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City: Bakersfield
State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 1, 2015
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Fri, Dec 12th, 2014

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The number one question and the most difficult to explain about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is WHY? For me its been a long process and along time coming. In the late 80's and early 90's I worked on the wind farm in Tehachapi and the PCT was next to the wind farm and I hiked a lot of the area but one day I stopped to talk to a group that was thru hiking south bound from Canada going to Mexico and I really thought that was pretty cool! A seed must have been planted because a thru hike was often thought about then life went on and I ended up in Bakersfield years later. I started doing day hikes when ever I had some free time with a local hiking club then I started backpacking (with a very heavy pack) then one day at work I was on my lunch hour and started reading trailjournals about the PCT and the trail was something I really wanted to do but with work, marriage, and ministry it seemed impossible until I retired. One year I spent 54 days in the wilderness hiking and my pastor took me and my wife out to supper and told me when God gives you a gift you need to use it for His glory somehow and he was right! My dad's mom was Cherokee but she wouldn't teach her kids the language because she was afraid the government would take her kids to boarding school but she still didn't trust white mans medicine and made medicine for my dad until he joined the military so I always had a great interest in Native American plants used for food and medicine so I started a hiking club in my church called Faith Adventures and I take kids and adults out and teach about plants, medicine, taking care of our environment with a Native American storytelling that ties into the Scriptures. Sequoia Natural History Association had a "hike big" contest in 2010 and I won! I got free gear in exchange for my journal and thru hiked the High Sierra Trail and climbed Mount Whitney and from that point the PCT started to call me and only a thru hiker would understand that! To make a long story short my best friend passed away along with some other life long friends my age and I started looking at what's really important to me and the PCT has been that dream for along time! My wife sad if everything was paid off then I could quit my job and hike the trail! Well I turned 55 cashed out my pension and 401k paid everything off after quitting a great job so I could live a dream of many years, so now I'm in the planning and training process! Why hike the PCT? It's been in my heart and mind for so long and God opened a door for me to do it so "its on" This will be a challenge to do something this big but I will give it my best shot to thru hike it in one season from Mexico to Canada!
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Pacific Crest Trail 2015

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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