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