Monday, April 8….That’s the date I’ll be at the U.S./Mexico border near Campo, California setting out with the goal of walking the 2,650 miles to the U.S./Canada border near Manning Park, British Columbia. The route I’ll be traveling is known as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), one of several long distance trails in the United States. The most well-known of these is probably the Appalachian Trail, so if you’ve heard of it, this is the same idea, but passes through the western states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
I’ll be carrying all the food, water, shelter and gear I need along with me in my pack, but this also involves resupplying in towns along the way and occasionally shipping resupply packages to myself at specific points that are more remote and may not have grocery stores, etc…
That’s the basic idea. It will take me 5-6 months if I’m able to hike the trail in its entirety. It’s something I have given quite a lot of thought to and am super excited! I realize that I’m very blessed to be in a position where this is even a possibility. At this point though, I can’t say that I know all the ins and outs of how it’s going to go. The truth is, I don’t have much backpacking experience, so most of this has been/will be learning as I go. Over the past few months, I’ve been researching the trail and how to prepare for it, making at least an attempt to train, and have been slowly acquiring all the gear I’m going to use.
My hope is to post updates of my adventure as frequently as I can on here. I’m new to the website/blogger world, but I’m going to give it a shot! My next steps between now and flying to California are to get the last odds and ends of my gear/become familiar with it, make sure I have all the necessary permits, finalize plans for getting to the trailhead, and plan/pack my food supply (at least for the beginning stretch)!
For those interested in finding out more about the trail this website is a pretty good place to start: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/. Otherwise, there are never-ending YouTube videos of past PCT thru-hikers that documented their journeys.