Welcome to my PCT journey. You can click on the photos below to navigate to all of my PCT blog posts, chronicling my entire through hike in 2019, in order from day 1 to day 157. Enjoy!
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650 mile footpath from the Mexican border into Canada. It crosses through both public and private lands in California, Oregon, and Washington. Most of it passes through protected wilderness areas. Why hike the trail? I didn’t know how to answer that question myself, even after I had committed to spending 5 months in the woods. For me the question became why not do it.
It’s a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch other people undertake the journey of a lifetime on YouTube than it is to actually walk 2,650 miles. And that is exactly what I found myself doing six months prior to starting my journey. Sitting on the couch, watching other people have the adventure I had been dreaming about since I was 16. I had to ask myself “What are you waiting for?” I turned the question over in my head for a long time. It is so much simpler not to take action. Safer, more convenient, more comfortable.
But the question remains: what are you missing out on by avoiding risk and uncertainty? The decision was made before I even realized. I was going to hike the PCT. I didn’t know yet the extent of the risk and pain I would experience, or the incredible lessons and experiences I was going to gain. However, I knew I wanted to find out where my limit existed. I wanted to find the horizon of my potential, just as explorers and adventurers have been doing for centuries. Care to join me?