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Hello family, friends, and backcountry enthusiasts,
My name is Drew and I am a PCT addict. The first step to recovery is admitting your addiction, right? It all started out innocent enough, as most addicts certainly do. There I was, one summer day in 2006, walking along on a day hike in the beautiful Carson-Iceberg Wilderness when suddenly I noticed the PCT emblem on a 4"x4" post. Hmm, I thought. The trail I stand on stretches from Mexico to Canada.
First one is free, then you started payin'...Having the convenience of being within a reasonable two-hour drive to the nearest PCT crossing, I did a hand full of weekend day hikes covering a sauntering 33 PCT miles during that summer. The following year, my curiosity had grown furiously to a leisurely hobby, covering a modest 270 PCT miles in 30 day hikes. During the next two years, the hobby turned to a compulsive habit, covering 650 miles in 60 hikes. Over those four years, I've covered about 1100 miles of the PCT, ranging from the Mojave Desert to Crater Lake. And since I walk the trail twice when I day hike, in one-way and out the same route, I've hiked over 2200 miles on the PCT. But who's counting? My point is that I've reached a point where I now must drive a minimum of 8 hours one-way to touch new trail. So what do I do now?
Naturally, it's time for a thru-hike attempt. 2010
"Hold onto to your hats and glasses cause this here is the wildest ride in the wilderness"
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disneyland ride; overheard on the loudspeaker immediately before departure.
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