As Mark dots his i's and crosses his t's, and continues his quest to shave a few ounces from his pack, I thought I'd introduce myself as his guest blogger while he's on the trail. I'm Mark's brother Mike, the one on the far right of the photo below. I'm an attorney practicing in the state of Delaware...a tiny state whose length Mark will have hiked twice before he ever leaves the L.A. area on the PCT. Though I live on a flat coastal plain a continent apart, through the magic of the postal system, I'll be receiving and archiving Mark's photos while he's on the hike so you can get the latest news from the high Sierras. I intend to post a few pics while he's on the trail so you can remain updated on his progress. Keep checking in over the course of the next five months for updates and photos, and maybe a message or two from Mark!