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City: Here And There
State: And Everywhere
Country: Americas, Australia, Africa
Begins: Apr 1, 2012
Date: Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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About The PCT and Why I want to hike it!
My original goal for this page was too talk to other thru hikers and learn about gear and everything else PCT. However, after reading several peoples journals I have come to see this PCT journaling, as a documentary, as a way for people who love and care and support us to track and see our progress, to live vicariously through the grand adventure we plan to take. I realize this will take place a lot more once we are on the trail. After all who wants to live vicariously through a guy who’s typing words into a computer about a futuristic trip… fun stuff!
It’s neat too think though as well about future thru hikers (that will complete the trail after our completion date) who will read these words maybe even several years from now while they plan away! I know that I’ve gotten tons of great tricks and tips from reading the few journals I have so far.
So, if this is a sort of documentary then I feel compelled to answer the questions like what, where, when, why, how and who? In that order:
1. What/Where: The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (or PCT) is a trail that runs from Campo California on the Mexican border to Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada across the USA thru the states of California, Oregon, and Washington on the west coast of the country. It is one of eleven National Scenic Trails in America and is tied as being the first established along with the Appalachian Trail in 1968 and is the third longest extending to 2650 miles.
2. When: In order to complete the PCT before the winter weather rolls in you have a certain window of time. Most hikers start in April or May from the southern terminus (campo) and will finish anywhere from four to six months later at the northern terminus (Manning Park). The hikers that start north and head south usually start a bit later than that (from my understanding mid-June). As of now we will probably start April 2012.
3. Why: Why? Is a good question. It’s a question that seems to not need answering for me, but then again I know me pretty well, so for everyone else I will try to explain. I have always had a huge passion for the outdoors and nature, ever since I was little I would catch snakes, bugs, minnows, frogs and anything else that crawled around outside. I would get covered head to toe in earth cutting trails through our property, exploring every square inch of land that I could. I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, canoeing; climbing everything about it is grand. To have the world at your back door is an amazing experience. Sleeping outside under a blanket of stars, seeing everything pass at a pace that is natural (2-3 miles per hour is the average hikers speed). Part of why I want to hike the trail is because I love nature, another part is because I want to write a bigger story with my life. I want to look back and remember that I lived well before I breathe my last. I want to achieve my dreams no matter how big or hard. This trail will be one of the most challenging things I ever do maybe the most challenging, but that is what will make it so memorable, that fact that pain is binding means that upon completion my wife and I will have grown closer to each other, it means that the relationships we develop with other hikers will be lasting. We will go through something together that very few other people will be able to relate to, therefore binding us together. (Lastly, and thanks to my wife for this fantastic idea!) Would be to raise money for some deserving charitable organizations I hope to find sponsors that upon our completion of the trail will give donations to these charities. Hey, if we want to do it anyway then why not raise some money for people in need too. It’s a win, win that way. Also the extra motivation to finish will come in handy I’m sure, especially after 1500 miles or so.
4. How: Hike! Ha-ha. Though this is a question I will be figuring out the fine details too for several months to come. We have tons of work to do to get ready. Everything from training, to research, to buying gear, food prep, map study and I’m sure lots of other things that I don’t even know yet. My knowledge of this trail is growing daily.
5. I’m planning on it being both my wife and I. Also anyone we meet along the way and log miles with and of course you, who are living somewhat vicariously through us :) .
I hope that answering those questions will help everyone out following this, especially those who follow from the comfort of home and have seemed to have lost the ability to dream BIG. My hope is that you will leave and live, live life to its fullest, take risk, make decisions and dream to leave comfort for an amazing adventure!
Also I encourage you to take a look at other hiker’s journals, I know that they would appreciate you stopping by and maybe even signing their guestbook! Hey you can sign mine too! Hopefully everyone doing the trail this year (2011) will be updating from the trail itself. That will be neat to follow their journey! Since we’re not starting until 2012 our journal will probably be mostly gear talk and training updates about smaller hikes and walking to the grocery store instead of driving! I wouldn’t blame you if you were more inclined to follow those actually on the trail this year.
(If you’re wondering about the name it means “Lefty” in Spanish. “Lefty” has great meaning for me, I’ll get into that in another entry, but I like how it’s said in Spanish, Yup!)
Nomadic For Clarity
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