It’s thru hiking season! The Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff 2014 (ADZPCTKO 2014) is happening April 25-26th… right around the corner. It so happens that we have not one, but two friends who are embarking on thru hike attempts this year. As a way to stay in touch with them, live vicariously through their adventure, and also as a fun experiment they agreed to let me track their progress via the bloggy blog here and post updates as they stroll into civilization along the way from Mexico to Canada. It should be fun and everything will be updated in this post as their adventures roll along.
A Little About the PCT
The Pacific Crest Trail (“PCT” as we all know it) was designated a National Scenic Trail by Congress in 1968, as prescribed by Lyndon B. Johnson, you know… that one guy who was like the 36th President of the United States. The Pacific Crest Trail Association has published a timeline and history of the trail on their site. The trail itself spans between Mexico and Canada covering 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington and is part of the coveted Triple Crown of hiking which includes the PCT, Appalachian Trail (AT), and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). Elevations along the trail range from nearly sea level to over 13,000 feet across Forester Pass.
As one might imagine, tackling the PCT is quite an endeavor – not just of physical strength and stamina, but also of mental strength, dedication, and desire to have this one of a kind experience. In our modern age, running a marathon seems insurmountable to so many people, yet this journey is the equivalent of walking 100 marathons, through the desert, mountains, and foresta, while carrying your food, water, and gear on your back, and spending many nights outside. Most hikers take between 4 and 6 months to cover the full distance. Some plan meticulously, others take a more serendipitous approach. Many hike the trail solo, as Max and Adam are doing.
Meet Max and Adam
Max has been hiking since he was in his teens. He first started backpacking in his late 20’s. The desire to try a thru-hike began shortly thereafter. “I love the idea of seeing new places every day and sleeping in a different spot every night, all while on foot carrying just what you need. Hiking the PCT has been on my bucket list for awhile now“. After losing his job last year, Max decided the time to make it happen was NOW!
Adam is a relatively sane person with periodic bouts of crazy ideas. Sometimes he follows those ideas and strange things happen, like deciding to walk from Mexico to Canada. “At the age of 21, just before moving to Canada, I decided to go on a solo hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This was my first foray into backpacking alone and I spent one month wandering around the mountains”. Fast forward quite a few years to Adam now living in California and for the last couple of years dreaming about hiking the PCT, a dream about to be realized.
Updates, Check In’s, Naked Sightings, etc…
The map below shows Max’s and Adam’s respective last known positions. Below the map is a little running feed of check in’s, messages, statuses and that sort of thing. This will be updated over the course of their journey, forming a sort of running journal. Good luck guys and safe travels!!
|2014-04-15||MAX is:||at the Southern Terminuos!||“I’m now homeless, jobless, and car-less. Sh!t just got REAL…..”|
|2014-04-15||ADAM is:||not on the trail just yet||“I am packed and ready to go, now to pack the house…..”|
Hike It. Like It.