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So what is the Pacific Crest Trail? and Why?
About 400-600 hikers generally start a thru-hike each year (trying to complet the trail in one year.) The success rate for thru-hikers is generally about 40%. Hikers tend to start in late April or early May heading south to north so they can gt through the desert sections early and then get into the mountains in mid-summer. Hikers must find water at natural sources along the way, which can be up to 30 miles apart in some of the arid sections of the trail. Food is typically resupplied every 3-10 days at trail towns close to the trail.
It's fairly easy to describe what the PCT is. More difficult is decsribing why people want to complete it. I'm sure it's different for every hiker, but for me it combines several things that I love - a major challenge, an adventure, awesome scenery, freedom to travel on my own schedule... If you've never spent a lengthy time wandering up the trail, it's hard to explain. There is time to think about your place in the universe. What is important to you. Who is important to you. What you want to do most when you're back in the real world. It also makes you aware of how unimportant many things are that we stress about everyday. It's great for putting things in perspective.
There is also a great sense of camaraderie when your'e meeting people engaged in the same challenge. This won't be a lonely hike in the wilderness - there is a whole community of people moving north and meeting the same day-to-day challenges and enjoying the same daily successes. So I'm looking forward to the people interaction part of this adventure too. Hikers can be colorful characters.
Being in the wilderness has always been something I have loved - though it's sometomes hard to explain why. I just feel really lucky to be able to do this while I'm still young and healthy enough. CARPE DIEM!!
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