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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, one of the best ways to prepare for a PCT thru-hike is by reading PCT thru-hiker blogs.  (Read on for some of the best of these stories from 2017.)  Among other useful information, blogs will make you familiar with the hazards and challenges of hiking the PCT. However trail hardened you may be, you will likely have a rude wake-up call at some point during a thru-hike. Short of actually living it, reading other's stories can help set expectations, perhaps reducing the shock of...

Appalachian Trail, Hiking / 19.10.2017

The mist was blowing cold as we stepped out of the ski patrol hut early in the morning on top of Bromley mountain. Today we skipped breakfast and hiked the last 3 miles from Bromley Mountain to Vermont Hwy 11 so we could have pancakes at Bob’s Diner. After seeing rubber sap collecting hoses strung through maple trees. I had to have  real maple syrup. We had completed 112 trail miles. I had completed a few more given a couple of wrong turns and some intentional side hikes. We did...