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Luckyman - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2012

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Begins: Apr 21, 2012
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2012

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Why Walk (Life fell apart or came together)

Hi Im Paul. There are many reasons people will embark on a five month journey to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Most of those reasons (whether for a nature experience or physical challenge, a time for self examination or a quest for a simpler life) fall into two broad groups; life is falling apart or is coming together. Falling apart can be the lost of a job in this economy, the death of a spouse, or divorce. I, being the Luckyman I am, have my life coming together in many ways. The immediate life change is a retirement. I am lucky enough to be able to retire at the relatively young age of 55, in good health (still at high school graduation weight), and have a supportive family. I was fortunate enough to marry my best friend 28 years ago, have 2.3 kids (3 to be exact), and plans for many future adventures together. The PCT adventure is one I have been envisioning for years. Having read the book The High Adventure of Eric Ryback: Canada to Mexico on Foot in high school and hiked some pieces on the trail while growing up in southern California. Now is my time.

On an average year about 300 people attempt the PCT as a thru hike. About 60% (180) finish. Over the last ten years Mount Everest is averaging about 400 successful summits per year and a one day record of 169 summits during the 2010 season. This does not mean the PCT is harder. It is less known by the world (please stay that way), does not have the biggest/greatest label (a focus for many), and does not have the companies selling it (pay us $ $ and you will reach the summit). What the PCT does have is beautiful scenery, a wonderful supportive group of trail enthusiast, and camaraderie among thru hikers that can only be experienced.

This year I want to hike in 100+ degree desert heat, post hole through Sierra snow, endure days of northwest rain, and have that journey of discovery as my life comes together.

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Life Is Good

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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