PCT Mountain Lake

Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Whenever I tell anyone about my plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, the most common response (after telling me how weird I am) is “Why are you doing this?” And since I’ve never had a good response to that question, here it is.

The first time I read about the Pacific Crest Trail I knew immediately that I would be on the trail within the next few years. The only really long-distance hike I’ve ever done was immediately after I graduated, hiking coast to coast across the French Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. While all my friends were applying for jobs or getting ready to do their Masters degrees, the only think I could think about was buying all the gear, planning my route and researching information on how to fight bears. The walk was, and still remains, the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but it was by far the most rewarding. It got me hooked on hiking. As soon as I got home and woke up in a real bed for the first time in 44 days, I was frantically Googling my next hike. Read more

Pacific Crest Trail Waymark

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada – It’s Happening!

So it’s finally time to stop talking about it and start doing it!

This April I will set out on a northbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I will depart from the Mexican border in Campo, California and 5 to 6 months later will arrive at Manning Park just north of the Canadian border.

To reach the end I will have to walk 2650 miles (4265 kilometres) through three US states, six national parks and 25 national forests. I will hike through the desert, across the snowy Sierra Nevada mountain range, through forests, lakes, flooded rivers, canyons and lava fields. I’ll be making friends with bears, rattlesnakes and maybe even a mountain lion or two. Read more