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Patrick "" Walsh
Begins: Apr 1, 2019
Date: Mon, Oct 8th, 2018
Start: Richmond, VA
End: Richmond, VA
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Yep, we're doing it.
I was hemming and hawing all summer, but recently I resolved myself to the fact that it's now or never. I'll hike the PCT next year. Holy shit!
Lots of logistics lie between me and Day 1. I have some business things to sort out. I'm hoping to have as few financial liabilities and responsibilities as possible while I'm on trail. As of today, that's not possible. So, in addition to planning the hike over the next 5-6 months, I'll be working at full chat to sort out my business commitments (selling some things off, hopefully) so I can fully focus on being present and without distraction on trail.
The enormity has hit me. How do I even START to plan something like this? I'm always tool-oriented. What tools do I use to stay organized? I'm going to go with a digital approach. A combination of MS One Note and Excel, for now. I'm sure some things will have to be printed and laminated, but overall I think the fluidity of the task at hand requires something that's easy to 'etch a sketch' if necessary. Digital it is.
There are SO many resources for would-be hikers. I can't imagine attempting this twenty years ago. No wonder more and more people are doing it. I worry about trail over-use, but based on the Instagram stories of 3-4 hikers I followed during the 2018 season, it still looks very much like a wilderness trail...apart from the fact that there's enough service on trail to post Instagram stories!
I feel like I am stirring 15 different pots right now, between work, business commitments, moving around Asheville, etc. By November, I'll be devoting 100% effort towards the hike and anything that needs to get done for it.
Hold on to your hats!
Patrick's 2019 (or Maybe 2020) PCT Thru-Hike
Woo woo woo!
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