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The title of this entry is really a misnomer. I've been either getting going or getting ready to get going on the trail for about as long as I can remember. I hiked my first part of what was to become a portion of the Pacific Crest Trial when I was 7 years old; climbing from Upper Echo Lake into Desolation Valley. Later, in high school, I convinced two friends of mine who were brothers that, and our respective parents, that it would be a great idea to drop us off for a weeks unsupervised adventure in late May in Desolation. After I finished school, 30 years ago, I did my first official section hike and continued hiking off and on thereafter. Backpacking, I found, was good way to inaugurate or solidify business relationships.
I never really took a thruhike seriously, however, until I turned 50. This milestone was coupled with a predictably thorough physical exam by my doctor. Though in my case the exam unexpectedly included such captivating snippets from my doctor as, "Uh-oh," followed by, "What did you say your father died of?" and concluded with, "We need to order some tests right away!" Fortunately, this was a false alarm, but I spent a few long nights staring at the ceiling. The first night the big regret that lept unbidden to the fore was that I hadn't thruhiked the PCT. That year I began regular section hiking and also concentrated on how to thruhike the entire trail.
Last year I was a member of the Class of 2009. I sold my business and began training in earnest. Injury forced me off the trail at Big Bear, but not before I was given my trail name. A slow convalescence found me trail angeling my fellow hikers from Kennedy Meadows (South) up through Ashland, Oregon; often with Dave, the father of two hikers that year: Chopper and Saviour. After a long rehabilitation I'm back on the trail this year!
Pacific Crest Trail - 2010
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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