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James "Lighthouse" Fotheringham
Begins: May 23, 2013
Date: Mon, Jan 21st, 2013
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Hello, welcome to my journey of busted feet, obsessive foodlust and utter lack of anything resembling modesty.
As of this moment, I've been clean for 133 days... yeah, I've indulged in the occasional showerless weekend... and maybe the old socks are still ripe and framed above my bed... but it just isn't enough! I crave the simplicity of living out of a small backpack; I want to feel the grandeur of not just visiting the mountains, but actually being part of the natural world within; I need to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail.
So for those of you who have absolutely no idea what this means, here are some fun facts:
What is the Pacific Crest Trail?
- The Pacific Crest Trail (or PCT) runs from Mexico to Canada, entirely traversing the states of California, Oregon and Washington along the way - this amounts to roughly 2650 miles (4265 Km), six million footsteps, and three pairs of boots.
- The terrain ranges from scorching desert, to the snow filled mountain passes of the Sierra Nevada, and the volcanic Cascade's of Washington; the elevation ranges from 140 to over 13,000 feet!
- Currently, fewer people have hiked the entire trail than have climbed Mt Everest.
- Each year around 300 people attempt the trek, with only 50% succeeding.
As I won't be able to start the adventure until mid-May, I won't quite be attempting the entire trail. The current plan is to begin at Big Bear Lake - 250 miles from the Mexican border - and hike to Canada from there. Also, since I'm rather broke, most of my gear is too... It's essentially the same lineup I used for my AT thru, with some fashionable duct tape thrown in for good measure - not only does it mean that my gear is nice and homey, but I get to pull off the hardcore hobo look with style!
Only 4 months to go... I can't wait to begin! :D
Pacific Crest Trail - 2013
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: www.pcta.org
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