After doing the 452-mile Oregon section in 2011 — 17% of  the trail — Welch and hiking partner Glenn Petersen decided to attempt the entire 2,650-mile trail. "Cascade Summer" is Welch's book on the Oregon portion. (Click on cover to go to purchase page.)

Below, right, is a COOL REVIEW from Bunny Thompson at Sisters' Paulina Springs Book Store, one of my favorites:
Coming Spring 2023 (providing Welch gets the PCT finished!): 

Seven Summers*
My adventure hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail

* And a few bummers
from the PCT

Me, right, with brother-in-law Glenn Petersen atop Old Snowy in Washington's Goat Rocks Wilderness, September 2016. 

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A young deer kept running ahead of us on the trail between Burney Falls and Castle Crags in Northern California, August 2017.


PCT hikers break camp at dawn to begin their hiking day in the shadows of Mt. Adams, in southern Washington, September 2016.


Keeping my feet in decent shape is a constant challenge, though my discovery of Altra shoes has precluded disasters like this end-of-the-trail shot, right, in 2016.


Left, starting at the Mexican border in 5 a.m. darkness, 2019.  Right, one of the most depressing days on the trail turned glorious when, amid the rain of Washington, we ran across some serious "trail magic." A man whose son had completed the entire PCT the previous year was dishing out all sorts of wonderful food and drink to unsuspecting PCTers on the day after Labor Day, 2016. I ate like a sailor rescued from sea after 40 days.


In 2011, I celebrated surviving a rugged day getting around the snow-packed western shoulder of Mt. Thielsen, north of Crater Lake.