These pictures appear to be from the first day on the trail as Mark and his buddy Dan prepare to walk away from lives typical of 300 million Americans, and full-time into the soon to be well-worn shoes of one of a mere 300 successful PCT thru hikers of an average year.
I've taken the liberty of making some minor edits to these photos (cropping, etc.) using my meager Photoshop skills, but otherwise, they're strait from Mark's camera.
Since posting photos + text couldn't be more difficult on Blogger, here is a list of what appears below:
a. The trailhead into the San Jacinto Wilderness at Idyllwild. The hike begins here for real this time!
b. An obstacle looms in the distance.
c. Last minute weight check. According to another photo, both Mark and Dan came in just under 43 pounds each.
d. Our intrepid hikers: Dan on the left, Mark on the right. I can't wait to see the "after" photo in five months. My guess: just a tad woolier.