Bronze's Expedition Log

Archive for January, 2009

Bears and Hardtack

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Researched permit requirements and bear canister requirements in my Wilderness Press guidebooks and on the PCTA site. For a nominal fee the PCTA will issue a blanket permit for any thru-hiker going more then 500 miles on the trail. I will need to get California Campfire Permit too, but these are free from any ranger station. (more…)

Muddy Mule, Skittish Mule

Friday, January 30th, 2009

We experienced heavy downpours throughout Thursday and Friday, turning Bootsie’s pen into a sloppy morass. Before the rains on Thursday, I’d ventured out of the property to begin nudging her outside of her comfort zone. We did a couple passes up and down the street, staying within a 20 yard radius of the front gate. I was hoping to build on this until we could walk back to the place she lost her cool on our initial walk. (more…)

Mornings with Bootsie

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I rose at 6:30 this morning and headed out to work with Bootsie. It’s pleasant to see the sun come up in the morning, especially lately when there are such billowy clouds in the sky. There was a layer of hoar frost on the grass by her corral, and my hands were numb and taut as I brushed her down and picked the caked mud and manure out of her hoofs. It will be nice when the rains are done and her corral dries out. As soon as the sun was out we warmed up quickly.

Hello and Welcome!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Hello all, Bronze here. Thanks for visiting! Once the expedition is underway I will be posting journal entries here as frequently as possible. Until then, please check out the Sutler’s Journal for updates and news on the preparations for my journey.


Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Hello all, Bronze here–thanks for stopping by! I will be posting my progress in outfitting this expedition here. Check back for any updates and photos pertaining to my preparations: buying or making gear, preparing food, crafting clothes, mule training, etc… Feel free to leave comments or questions.

Many people have expressed intrigue at my idea so hopefully this site will serve to answer any questions and keep my friends and family up to date on my progress. For anyone contemplating a similar journey, hopefully this site will save you some time in your planning and research.

Once the expedition is underway I will post journals from the trail as frequently as possible under the Expedition Log, but until then keep coming back here for the latest news on Bronze’s PCT Expedition!