I spent the last few days in Truckee having a great "what the hell am I doing in grad school?" time climbing Castle Peak, hiking through abandoned train snow-sheds, and attending the Pacific Crest Trail Association's TrailFest. In the 6 years since I've hiked the AT, I'd never once been to any of the typical hiker parties. This wasn't quite the hiker-reunion I'd hoped it would be, although it was fun and I did see several hikers I hadn't seen in a while. Hopefully I'll also be able to make it to the PCT kickoff (AKA the ADZPCTKO) or the ALDHA-West Gathering (AKA the ALDHA-West Gathering) this year.