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City: Atlanta
State: Georgia
Begins: May 21, 2011
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Mon, Jan 17th, 2011

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A New Conversation

Your new conversations will start having a familiar pattern after deciding to hike the PCT……. A mythical conversation with “Jim”

(Jim) Want to join us our trip to the Bahamas in June?

(Greg) I can’t, I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this summer.

(Jim) What’s the Pacific Crest Trail?

(Greg) It’s the west coast equivalent of the Appalachian Trail; it runs from Mexico to Canada.

(Jim) When do you leave and how long will you be gone?

(Greg) I am planning to leave the Mexican border May 22nd and it will take a 100 days.

(Jim) A hundred days?

(Greg) Well most people do it in 5 months but I can only take 100 days.

(Jim) How far is it?

(Greg) 2653 miles.

(Jim) How many miles per day will you be doing?

(Greg) Of the 100 days I will be hiking about 87 and averaging 30 miles a day?

(Jim) What are you doing to train for this?

(Greg) A year and a half ago a started doing long hikes, 30-48 miles a day and I work out an hour a day at the gym?

(Jim) How are you getting food?

(Greg) I will be passing through towns close to the trail every 3-5 days and I will hitch or walk to town and pick up a resupply package at the post office.

(Jim) Who are you hiking with?

(Greg) Myself. I will be starting a month later than most of the other hikers and will doing higher mile days. I will meet most of the rest of the hikers twice, once going into the Sierras and once after my 5 day break.

(Jim) How many people thru-hike the PCT?

(Greg) About 200-300 every year.

(Jim) Are there shelters?

(Greg) No, most nights I will be sleeping under the stars.

(Jim) Aren’t you scared of Bears? Snakes? Mountain lions?

(Greg) No, more concerned with lightning, stream crossings and random falls.

I have had this conversion dozens of time since deciding to do the Trail. So prepare your elevator speech now if you decide to hike the PCT.

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Malto's PCT Adventure

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:


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