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PCT Planning, PCT Thru Hike / 20.05.2018

Having hiked 650 miles from the Mexican border at Campo to Walker Pass in 37 days without having a single zero day, I'm now taking a 26-Zero. That's 26 days off the PCT. Over this break I've eaten a lot, but I've also started back with some high intensity training by pushing my heart rate to 160 plus during short workouts. I have to admit that the eating has happened more frequently than the training. The reason for this planned return to Roswell, Georgia was the expected birth of...

PCT Planning / 26.02.2018

I've been working a great deal over the last 6 months to dress up my blog to make it ready for my PCT thru-hike. I've also practiced with Instagram and Snapchat so I can hit the ground running. I'm not interested in troubleshooting or implementing new blog features while on the trail, much less trying to learn how to use Instagram or Snapchat. In the end, I'm out there to hike and I'd like to minimize my time on social media and posting blogs. The best way is...

PCT Planning / 17.01.2018

The PCT Pre Hike Survey was sent to the 351 people planning a PCT thru-hike in 2018. In all, 152 people completed the survey.  The PCT Pre Hike Survey consisted of 10 questions having the common theme of outdoor experience and physical preparation. It occurred to me that anyone crazy enough (myself included) to attempt a 2650 mile hike through desert and over mountains might be, let's say "unique".  As I expected, this appears to be a very adventurous group that is not adverse to  hardship and suffering. Over 44% of...

PCT Planning, PCT Thru Hike / 18.12.2017

Short of actual experience, a great way to prepare for a PCT thru hike is to become familiar with the PCT thru-hike top hazards and challenges by reading PCT thru-hiker blogs.  (Read on for some of the best of these stories from 2017.)  No matter your experience with hardship, you are likely to have a wake up call when you actually encounter any number of challenges. Short of actual hardship experience, reading other's stories in advance helps the brain process the degree of difficulty, perhaps reducing the shock...

PCT Planning / 05.05.2017

In a sense, I have been planning to thru-hike the PCT for years. Now, I am at the stage of picking the year I will attempt this hike. I ain't gett'in any younger! Like high school graduates, thru-hikers talk about the PCT "class" they belong to. I was in the Milton High School class of 1978. Maybe 40 years later, I will be in the PCT class of 2018. Or could it be 2019, 2020, 2021, or even later? At some point I have to pick my retirement...