About Me

“Oh we warmed the ground, we hushed our sound
We slept on walking feet”
-Gregory Alan Isakov

Day 55: Highest summit on the PCT, around mile 778.
Day 55: Highest summit on the PCT, around mile 778.

Hello friends, my name is Tim! My trail name is Ironhusk, or colloquially, The Husk. (Some of you have even called me RustyHusk upon occasion…I know who you are.)

I began the PCT on April 15, 2015, with my cousin, The Breeze. We had been dreaming of this hike for over two years, and actively planning it for one. (Unfortunately, only several days into the hike, he had to withdraw due to a torn meniscus in his knee.) Later that week, we attended the first kickoff event and then I returned to the trail on my own.

The trail was a great experience. I learned a tremendous amount. I worked the hardest I’ve ever worked. The more time I have to reflect upon it, the more special it becomes.

A little background on myself. I was raised in Portland, Oregon, where I had a terrific scouting experience. Our leaders did such a good job of seeking all kinds of high adventure that a dozen of us remained until age 18. One such adventure included a 75-mile backpacking trek around Mt. Adams in the Indian Heaven region, most of which was on the PCT.

Prior to the 2015 season, it had been a very long time since I’ve done much camping. I had managed to get myself into trouble with several long endurance foot races in the past couple of years, including Chuckanut 50k, Ashland’s SOB 50k, two attempts at the White River 50 miler, and a 45-mile run at Autumn Leaves. And I may have been very nearly the caboose several times in the races that I did complete, haha.

Day 33: We slept in snow during the descent of Baden Powell, at a place called Jimmy Flats (mile 384).

Approaching my PCT start date, I felt confident about grinding out the miles and was more concerned about just sleeping on the ground and the other discomforts of camp life. I hoped I’d adjust quickly and become stronger for it.

I managed to hike 1,500 miles in the 2015 season. I returned to unfinished business on the PCT in 2016 and 2017, as well as a stint on the New Mexican portion of the CDT. The stars aligned in 2018, and I was able to return to the US/Mexico border and attempt and complete a full thru-hike of the PCT, reaching Canada on September 29th.

More about my other interests here:

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead!”
-Henry V

“Leaves are falling all around,
It’s time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I’m much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it’s time for me to go.
The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain,
And with it pain,
And it’s headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired,
But I know about one thing I got to do
Ramble on!
And now’s the time, the time is now to sing my song.”
-Led Zeppelin

12 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Nice meeting you over the wine table at Costco. So, when do you start?
    The rock formation I was trying to remember is Devil’s Postpile.
    Good luck!

    1. Nice meeting you as well. Thanks for the tips! We start April 15th, very excited. 🙂 (BTW, H3 was great!)

  2. Hey Tim, best of luck to you two on the hike. You guys will be in my thoughts. Take lots of pictures and be sure to come back down and tell us all the stories when you’re done. Most of all, ENJOY!!!!

    1. Thanks! There has been a lot of Type 1 fun and Type 2 fun, but even beyond fun, there was already a lot of spectacular moments where you’re just overwhelmed by the beauty around you, and how quickly one biome merges into the next. I expected the first two weeks to be the same as Day 1, just more of the same, but they were significantly different from each other. The 5 mile stretch out of Mt Laguna really blew me away!

  3. Hi Tim. Looks like you are having a great time and doing very well. We are enjoying the pictures. Be careful and have a great rest of your trip!! Wish I could do such a wonderful feat !!!!

  4. So, belatedly dear Tim, we found you. Not that we have not tried, but there were some serious computer breakdowns on our return from Asia. Well, here are, and here we shall be, till the end of your journey – and beyond; this will be exhilarating.

  5. Nice meeting you and your fellow hikers at the Burger Barn in Bishop,California on June 10. Have a successful journey.

  6. Hi Tim, It was so nice running into you on the trail yesterday (4/21/18 -Earth Day)! I wish you the best of adventures this year out on the trail. Stay happy, healthy and safe. -Victoria one of the two runner girls who asked you a ton of questions 🙂

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