In few regions of the world—certainly nowhere else in the United States—are found such a varied and priceless collection of the sculptured masterpieces of nature as adorn, strung like pearls, the mountain ranges of Washington, Oregon and California. The Pacific Crest Trailway is the cord that binds this necklace
— Clinton Clarke, PCT founder



PCT Basics

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs ~2650 miles from Canada to Mexico, through the western US states of Washington, Oregon, and California

We walked the entire trail in a single year

That makes us "thru-hikers" (vs. "section hikers")

We chose to hike SOBO (south-bound)

Many, MANY more hikers go NOBO each year

Most thru-hikers adopt "trail names" - ours are Huckleberry & Macro (read this blog post to find out why)

We were on-trail for 126 days, starting from Ross Lake on July 6

We were at the Canadian border on July 8 and reached the Mexican border on November 8

Confused by PCT LINGO? CHECK OUT THIS GLOSSARY

 

Q. Where did we sleep?

A. Mostly outdoors

Our PCT Campsites

A Few More Facts

We each went through ~4 pairs of shoes

The entire journey took around 4 months

This included 4 "zero days" with no hiking at all

We typically carried 4-6 days of food and supplies at a time

We made 24 resupply stops in towns/resorts along the way

We were SOBO thru-hikers #40 & #41 to sign the trail register at the PCT southern terminus this year 

We carried a compact backpacking stove for cooking and did not build any campfires


PCT Stories

Our Blog

Every on-trail post can be found grouped by PCT section with more pictures and interactive maps

Want to binge on our entire season's SOBO thru-hike (including pre- and post-trip entries)? Find every PCT-related blog post in our ARCHIVE

More PCT blogs

Our 2016 NOBO favorites:

There aren't too many 2016 SOBOs, and even fewer of us kept a blog. But here are two we like:

+ check out the PCTA Journalist blog aggregator, to see what others have been up to on the Pacific Crest Trail

Some PCT Vlogs

  • Fellow SOBO Neemor's VLOG blends great views & trail commentary with a little dry humor
  • We never met SOBO Solar Body, but he made some sweet PCT videos 

Even more PCT stories

Fellow SOBO Happy Feet's site about hiking the PCT southbound, with great planning advice and plenty of stories from this year's SOBOs

+ find a well-curated selection of PCT stories online at the Pacific Crest Trailside Reader

 

the PCT in Pictures

A picture may be worth a thousand words but the memories created are priceless
 Most popular IG posts of 2016 by @trailhapa - plenty of PCT

Most popular IG posts of 2016 by @trailhapa - plenty of PCT

 Likewise, @echerita's "Best Nine" is 2/3 PCT thru-hike

Likewise, @echerita's "Best Nine" is 2/3 PCT thru-hike


More PCT pictures, stories, and maps by section:

Northern Washington | Southern WAshington | Oregon | Northern CAlifornia | Northern Sierra | Southern Sierra | Southern CAlifornia


Pre-Trip PCT FAQs

Food

Q: How much food do you carry?

A: We don't have to carry food for the entire trip at once. Like all thru-hikers we've made a plan to "resupply" along the trail. Time/distance between resupply locations varies, but is generally 5-6 days. Many parts of the trail have frequent road crossings that facilitate resupply every few days, though we do not plan many periods of less 5 days between stops. Through the Sierra Nevada range in CA will be our longest stretches without resupply, as road access is limited and many options require long walks on side trails & over passes to reach the road. We currently anticipate having two 8 or 9 day stretches between resupply dates in that section. Incidentally, the longest backpacking trip we've done without a resupply is 14 days (we've done several 10-13 day trips without resupply, though on those trips we haven't covered the high daily mileage typical for thru-hiking).

Q: HOW DO YOU RESUPPLY ALONG THE TRAIL? 

A: "It takes a village" as the saying goes - in our case the village consists of friends, family, and some awesome people we haven't even met in person (yet). Andrew's family lives near Seattle and they have generously offered to meet us each place the PCT crosses a major road throughout the entire state of WA to deliver those resupplies. Our plans for the rest of the trail vary. In some places we will mail a resupply box to a hiker-friendly store or motel in a town near the PCT (post offices will hold mail/packages for PCT hikers, but usually have more limited hours). Cheri's family lives near the halfway point of the PCT so we'll stay with them as we pass through. They are also serving as our homebase for mailing resupply boxes and spare clothing/gear. We are lucky to have several other friends, friends-of-friends, and friends-of-family who live near the trail throughout OR & CA that will hold a resupply box, pick us up where the trail meets a road, and host us for the night before returning us to the trail. In a handful of locations we'll depend on hitching a ride from the trail to our resupply point and back to the trail. 

Q: WHAT DO YOU EAT?

A: Many thru-hikers live on a diet of food that can be found in convenience stores (think Pop Tarts, Snickers bars, Slim Jims, Knorr sides, instant ramen, Minute Rice, etc), whether they buy along the way or purchase all of it in advance. We recently saw a FB post from someone who abandoned their Appalachian Trail attempt early in the hike and was trying to sell their remaining resupply food -- 400 packs of chocolate Pop Tarts, 250 PayDay candy bars, 40# salted peanuts, 80 packs ramen... you get the idea. While there's some beauty in the simplicity of this "junk food" approach, it doesn't really fit our lifestyle. Food is an important part of our lives at home, and that focus doesn't change on the trail. We look for high-quality foods that are calorie-dense, relatively light in weight, able to sit around in a resupply box for weeks or months, survive jostling in a backpack, and don't take up too much space in a bear canister. Variety is important to us on the trail as it is at home. Oh, and the food has to taste great too (at least on the trail), or it doesn't make the cut. We don't worry about calculating calories but know that we'll each be burning 4000-6000 daily through much of the hike so try to take food that counts!

Almost all of the dinners we eat on-trail will be meals we prepared at home and dehydrated ourselves. This allows us to have a wide variety of healthy & delicious vegetarian (or pescetarian) meals with locally sourced, organic ingredients. The rest of the day we'll generally depend on store-bought/packaged items but still try to source foods that we enjoy and can feel good about eating. We'll almost always start the day with a brekkie of granola + dried milk +/- freeze-dried or dried fruits, and coffee (Cheri) or tea (Andrew). From there we tend to eat every hour or two through the day until it's time for dinner - the longest lunch ever! Thanks to several friends in the industry we've received some generous discounts and donations to supplement plenty of standard shopping.

Here's a laundry list of what "lunch" items you might find in our food resupply boxes: tuna packets, Justin's nut butters, Doctor Kracker crackers, Somersaults crunchy snacks (they're a favorite, they pack extremely well, and they're local!), various Clif bars & Shot Bloks (also local), GU chomps, powdered hummus, Primal strips vegan jerky, dried fruits, nuts, applesauce pouches, ProBar meal bars, Wasa crackers, tortillas, dark chocolate, asian rice crackers, SushiNow instant miso (kind of local - Santa Cruz), fig bars, sesame sticks, Swedish fish, Mary's Gone Crackers, peanut-butter filled pretzels, yogurt-covered raisins.... We'll hope to augment with some fresh foods purchased along the way that will keep for several days at a time - like hard cheeses, some fresh fruits and veggies, avocados, etc. In a few places along the trail we plan a full "grocery" resupply rather than a shipped box, and in those areas our dinners will be quickly prepared meals easily made from supermarket ingredients - think deconstructed lasagna.

Q. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR TRASH?

A. Pack it in, pack it out! We carry all food wrappers and other trash to the next resupply point, where we can dispose of our garbage properly. We usually dedicate one or two ziplock bags to trash as we hike. When planning food and packing our resupply boxes we try to minimize packaging to reduce the amount of garbage to carry on-trail. 

Gear


Q: WHAT DO YOU CARRY? HOW MUCH DOES IT WEIGH?

A: Our gear list is down below. We've listed weights of many items for those who might be planning a trip who want to compare options. We tend to own gear that is relatively lightweight, though we would not qualify as "ultra-lightweight" backpackers or "gram-counters." We want to be prepared for any type of weather or trail conditions, though a lighter backpack is ideal. When we consider whether to include an item in our backpacks we compare weight to benefit. Some "luxuries" are worth their weight! We'll probably make some adjustments as we go, though much of our gear has already been with us on many backpacking trips so we're comfortable with our setup.

Q: HOW WILL YOU RECHARGE YOUR DEVICES ON-TRAIL?

A: Solar chargers are popular among thru-hikers, but we carried one on our JMT thru-hike and found it to be a huge hassle. We spent an enormous amount of time fiddling with the device to get the right sun exposure, and the energy produced was relatively paltry. Solar technology has improved dramatically since then, but so have our power needs (wants). For the past several seasons we've hiked with a compact external battery from RAVpower - it holds enough power to completely charge a smartphone ~3 times. For the PCT we upgraded to a new model of battery, which weighs a bit more but also has much greater capacity. We'll plug it into the wall to recharge whenever we are in town, then use it in between resupply points to charge our phones, camera, and keyboard. We prefer battery-powered headlamps for convenience/reliability and will always have fresh AAAs in our packs. Our GPS unit takes lithium AAs, and we will also have spares available.

Clothing

Q: WHAT DO YOU WEAR? DO YOU GET COLD?

A: Since we have to carry everything that we will wear or use, clothing needs to be multi-functional or layer well. What people decide to wear is pretty individual. Most will have a long sleeve and a short sleeve shirt, a warm layer, and a waterproof layer. As you can see from our gear list, we each have several layers to choose from and if it's really cold we might be wearing all of it at once.

Q: DO YOU WEAR HEAVY BOOTS LIKE CHERYL IN "WILD"?

A: Through WA in July there is a lot of hiking across snow. We have waterproof trail running shoes combined with tall gaiters to help keep our feet dry in this section. Once we cross into OR, we will change into lighter weight trail running shoes and gaiters for the rest of the hike. Neither one of us prefers to wear heavy hiking boots.

Q: DON'T YOUR CLOTHES GET DIRTY?

A: In a word, yes. In fact, really, really dirty. SO dirty that after a while they can never look clean again. But we will do laundry when it is available at resupply stops, usually wearing our rain clothes so that we can wash everything else at once. And on-trail we rinse underwear, socks, and sportsbras then hang on the outside of our packs to dry so that each day we have a "cleanish" set to wear. We plan to pick up a new set of hiking clothes (pants, shirts) around the halfway point of our hike, so we won't be wearing the same exact clothes for the entire journey.

Hiking

Q: DO YOU SLEEP IN A TENT OR UNDER THE STARS?

A: Both. We always carry a tent and will spend plenty of nights in it. If we don't expect bugs, precipitation, or extreme cold we often just throw our sleeping pads & bags down on the groundcloth and sleep right under the stars. While there are lighter weight tents and shelters available, we prefer the convenience and reliability of a freestanding tent and chose one of the lightest on the market. We absolutely love our 3-season Mica FL 2 from The North Face. It's been with us for several seasons now and has been amazing in all types of conditions including late fall snow in the Sierra and serious hail in the Rubies. As much as we love our tent, it's a pretty compact affair and it's good that we like each other. No glamping here. 

Q: How far do you hike each day?

A: Snow remains in the Cascades through July, and the Pacific Crest Trail is not marked for winter use. Trail signs and tree blazes may not be visible, so we must spend time locating the route. Walking on snow is more difficult than walking on the ground (think of running on a sandy beach). Finally, the trail may not have been "logged out" early in the season, so we will have to navigate downed logs and other obstacles. In short, this all takes longer than hiking a well-maintained and snow-free trail. Our goal is to hike 12-15 miles daily through early WA. Our mileage will gradually increase as the snow melts, the terrain gets easier, and our packs get lighter without snow gear, so we will probably hike upwards of 30 miles daily through parts of OR and northern CA. Through the Sierra our mileage may be closer to 20 miles a day due to more difficult terrain and heavier packs (many days between each resupply). 

Q: Where do you camp?

A: We generally sleep wherever we stop for the day, using what is sometimes called "dispersed camping" since there are not designated or developed campsites along most of the trail. Sites are selected at least 100' from the trail and 200' from a water source, in an area with a durable surface, to minimize our impact (standard leave-no-trace principles). In some areas there are designated campsites for backpackers that look much like a typical car-camping campground without any space for parking. They charge a small fee and provide a picnic table, fire ring, and area for pitching a tent. We prefer dispersed camping but in certain areas it is required to stay in designated sites (ie. Tuolumne Meadows, Crater Lake, Stehekin). Occasionally, we have the luxury of staying indoors. In particular we are looking forward to the splurge of a stay at Timberline Lodge in OR, the hospitality of the Trout Lake Abbey in WA, and the generosity of several friends who have offered to host us in their homes as we pass nearby.
 


PCT Gear List

Andrew

Basic Gear

Backpack: Mtn HW Ozonic 65 OutDry (3# 15oz/ 1.8kg)

Sleeping Bag: Mtn HW 800-fill down Phantom 15F (2# 1oz/ 0.95 kg)

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm (15oz /430 g)

Hiking Poles/WA: Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles 105-155cm (1# 5oz/ 600g)

Hiking Poles/OR & CA: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z-Poles 130cm (10oz/ 284g) 

Ice Axe/WA: Black Diamond Raven 65cm (1# 1oz/ 480g)

Crampons/WA: Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampons (1# 5oz/ 608g) - switched out for Kahtoola Microspikes at Rainy Pass

Water Bladder: Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L reservoir (6oz/ 170g)

Headlamp: PETZL 50lm Tikka Plus 2 (2.9oz/ 83g)

Hiking Umbrella: Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow (8oz/ 227g)

BugNet

Lifestyle

iPhone SE w/Lifeproof Case

Apple earbuds

Smith Parallel D sunglasses

Cash, cards, ID, PCT permit in a ZPacks cuben fiber zip wallet

Hiking Footwear

Shoes/WA: Montrail Caldorado OutDry trail runners (12.2oz/347g)

Shoes/OR: Altra Superior 2.0 trail runners (8.7oz/247g)

Shoes/CA: Altra Lone Peak 3.0

Gaiters: Dirty Girl lightweight/running gaiters

Outerwear & Layers

Warm Jacket/WA & OR: Patagonia Men's Down Sweater 800-fill down jacket (13.1oz/ 371g) 

Warm Jacket/Sierra: Mtn HW Nilas 850-fill down hooded jacket (1# 6oz/ 631g)

Rain Jacket: Mtn HW Shell DryQ

Wind Jacket: Mtn HW Ghost Lite (3.1oz/ 87g)

Mid Layer Top: Patagonia R1 fleece hoody (13oz/ 365g)

Mid Layer Bottom: UnderArmour thermal tights 

Rain Pants: REI rainpants

Warm Hat: Mtn HW windstopper hat

Gloves: Mtn HW Plasmic OutDry (2.5oz/ 72g)

HIKING CLOTHES

Pants: Mtn HW convertible pants

Shorts: Patagonia StriderPro running shorts

Hiking Socks (x2):

Short-sleeved Shirt: Mtn HW collared zip polo

Long-sleeved Shirt: Mtn HW button-up hiking shirt

Warm Hiking Shirt: Salomon Trail Runner Warm HZ LS Tee (9.9oz/280g)

Underwear (x3): Icebreaker

Solar Sleeves: Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves (1.3oz / 36g)

Solar Gloves: Columbia PFG Freezer Zero fingerless gloves

Sun Hat

Buff (x2)

Belt: Mtn HW webbing belt

CAMP WEAR

Camp Shoes: Classic Crocs

Sleep Shirt: Lightweight short-sleeved tech shirt

Sleep Shorts: TNF Better Than Naked running shorts

Camp Socks


 

 

Shared

Shelter

Tent: North Face Mica 2 (Trail Weight 2# 11oz/ 1.23 kg)

Cooking & Eating

Stove: MSR MicroRocket & case (4.2oz/ 119g)

Fuel Canisters: MSR IsoPro 8oz

Cookware: Titanium 1.5L & 1.0L pots, 1 titanium & 1 plastic lid

Kitchen Misc: Rubber pot-scraper, bamboo spatula, bio-degradable liquid soap, lighters x2

Cup (x2): Snowpeak insulated titanium 450mL mug (4.2oz/ 118g)

Bowl (x2): Guyot Designs silicone 770mL Squishy Bowl (3.3oz/ 94g)

Utensil (x2): Snowpeak titanium spork (0.6oz/ 16g)

Multitool: Leatherman Juice S2 (4.6oz/ 131g)

Water Treatment: Sawyer Squeeze filter with gravity feed system, 2L clean bag and 2x 2L dirty bags

Bear Canister (x2)/ Sierra: Bearikade Expedition (36oz/ 1kg)

Food Bag (x3): 15L SilNylon drawstring bag (1oz/ 28g)

Navigation & Safety

Paper maps (halfmile) for current trail section

DeLorme PN-60 handheld GPS loaded with maps for entire PCT (6.5oz/ 188g)

ResQLink personal locator beacon (4.6oz/ 130g)

Technology & Power

iPad Air 2 w/Lifeproof Case in a ZPacks custom cuben fiber zip pouch

1byOne folding bluetooth keyboard (7oz/ 198g)

RAVpower 26800 mAh Xtreme 5.5A external battery (1# 5oz/ 595g)

RAVpower 30W 2.0 wall charger (3.4oz/ 96g)

1' USB to lightning cable (x2)

1' USB to mini-USB cable

alkaline AAA & lithium AA batteries

Camera

Sony RX100 Mark iii + spare batteries in a ZPacks cuben fiber zip pouch

Gorillapod compact tripod

Personal Care

Toiletries: Comb, hairbands, toothbrush, tooth powder, dental floss, lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, nail clippers, eye drops

Lightweight camp towel (x2)

Sea to Summit iPood trowel (3.5oz/ 99g) 

Compact First Aid kit

Miscellaneous

Small notebook & pens

Velcro straps (to attach umbrellas to packs, etc)

Compact permanent marker

Sea-to-Summit UltraSil dry bags

Spare ziploc bags

Duct tape!

 


 

 

 

Cheri

Basic Gear

Backpack/WA & OR: Osprey Aura 50 (3# 2oz/ 1.42kg)

Backpack/Sierra: Mtn HW Women's Ozonic 58 OutDry (3# 14oz/ 1.74 kg)

Sleeping Bag: Mtn HW 800-fill down Women's Phantom 15F (1# 14oz/ 0.85 kg)

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest Women's NeoAir Xlite (12oz/ 340g)

Pillow: Big Sky Dream Sleeper inflatable pillow

Hiking Poles/WA: Black Diamond Traverse Ski Poles 95-145cm (1# 5oz/ 585 kg)

Hiking Poles/OR & CA: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z-Poles 110cm (9oz/ 155g)

Ice Axe/WA: Black Diamond Raven 60cm 1#/ 452g)

Crampons/WA: Kahtoola K-10 Hiking Crampons (1# 5oz/ 608g) - switched out for Kahtoola Microspikes at Rainy Pass

Water Bladder: Osprey Hydraulics LT 2.5L reservoir (6oz/ 170g)

Headlamp: PETZL 60lm Tikka XP-2 (3.2oz/ 91g)

Hiking Umbrella: Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow (8oz/ 227g)

BugNet: Basic mesh head net

Lifestyle

iPhone 6 w/Lifeproof Case

Apple earbuds

Native sunglasses

Cash, cards, ID, PCT permit in a ZPacks cuben fiber zip wallet

Hiking FOOTWEAR

Shoes/WA: Montrail Enduro OutDry trail runners

Shoes/OR: Hoka One One Challenger ATR #2 trail runners

Shoes/CA: Altra Lone Peak 3.0

Gaiters: Dirty Girl lightweight/running gaiters

OUTERWEAR & LAYERS

Warm Jacket/WA & OR: Mtn HW Women's Nitrous 800-fill down jacket (9.5oz/ 265g)

Warm Jacket/Sierra: Mtn HW Women's Nilas 850-fill down hooded jacket (1# 4oz/ 553g)

Rain Jacket: Mtn HW Women's Torzonic DryQ (11.7oz/ 331g)

Wind Jacket: Mtn HW Women's Ghost Lite (3.1oz/ 88g)

Mid Layer Top: Patagonia Women's R1 fleece hoody (10.7oz/ 303g)

Mid Layer Bottom: Smartwool leggings 

Rain Pants: REI rainpants

Warm Hat: Everest Designs wool hat with ear flaps 

Gloves: Mtn HW Women's Plasmic OutDry (2.1oz/ 60g)

HIKING CLOTHES

Pants: Mtn HW Dynama Pant (5oz/ 143g)

Skort: Mtn HW Mighty Activa Skort (6oz/ 171g) for 1st half / Purple Rain Hiking Skirt for 2nd half

Hiking Socks (x2): DarnTough, SmartWool

Short-sleeved Shirt: Columbia Silver Ridge Zero polo

Long-sleeved Shirt: Columbia Pilsner Peak Omni-Shade trail button-up

Warm Hiking Shirt: Mtn HW lightweight merino wool half-zip

Underwear (x3): Smartwool PhD

Sports Bra (x2): Mtn WH Mighty Activa Sportbra

Solar Sleeves: Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves (1.3oz / 36g)

Solar Gloves: Columbia PFG Freezer Zero fingerless gloves

Sun/Rain Hats: Columbia PFG Bonehead straw hat (OR & CA) / Columbia Silver Ridge Bucket II (WA)

Buff (x2)

Camp Wear

Camp Shoes: Classic Crocs

Sleep Shirt: Lightweight short-sleeved tech shirt

Sleep Shorts: Athleta Hana run short

Camp Socks: SmartWool


 

PCT Logistics

Transportation

  1. Road trip with a good friend to Southern CA
  2. Two nights spent with Cheri's sister Julie
  3. Amtrak train from Riverside all the way to Seattle
  4. Two nights spent with Andrew's family 
  5. Water taxi up Ross Lake to the Devil's Junction trailhead on its eastern shore
  6. Follow the Pacific Northwest Trail to its junction with the PCT at Holman Pass
  7. Walk north on the PCT to the Canadian Border at the 49th parallel, touch Monument 78
  8. Turn around and head south on the Pacific Crest Trail, bound for Mexico!
  9. Julie will pick us up at the border, date TBD

Resupply Strategy

  • 9 boxes to be mailed a few weeks in advance of each arrival, by Cheri's dad and/or brother
    • If Calvin doesn't eat them first! The dangers of leaving your resupply in a house with a labrador retriever...
  • 10 boxes to be left with friends & family before we leave, to be picked up as we pass through (or delivered by them to a spot where the trail crosses a road)
  • 3 locations where we will purchase food and supplies for the next stretch of trail

Gear Exchanges

  • We'll leave snow gear (ice axes, crampons, snow poles, tall gaiters) with Andrew's family in southern WA, and pick up our lightweight hiking poles & summer gaiters at that stop
  • Bear canisters will be waiting at Becky & Bryan's place in Truckee to be carried through the Sierra, then sent home
  • We'll have some extra warm layers added to our Sonora Pass or Tuolumne Meadows resupply boxes to help get us through cold fall nights in the high Sierra
  • Spare clothing and gear will be left with Cheri's family to add to boxes if needed, by request
  • New shoes, socks, and replacements for broken gear will be ordered by phone or online and shipped to the next resupply point
  • Anything we decide we don't want or need will be left with friends, given away, or sent home
 

Communication

  • Our phones will generally be left in airplane mode to conserve battery life
  • We'll check for cell service and send/receive text messages every few days
  • We'll have WiFi access & more robust cell coverage in towns (~weekly) to check email/VM, post blog entries, & make calls
    • In the Sierra there are longer stretches between access points
  • We DO carry a personal locator beacon (PLB)
    • It does NOT post location updates, send messages, or do any type of 2-way communication 
    • It DOES provide us a way to summon assistance in the case of a true emergency 
    • We have never needed to activate this device, and hope it will remain un-used on the PCT
  • We'd love to receive written communications - see our planned itinerary and consider sending a card, letter, or small care package to us along the way

Cat, Plants, Bills, Mail, Cars

  • Our cat Nigel will be off at his own sleepaway camp, staying with friends during the hike
  • Our indoor plants will also go to camp of sorts, with Jen who has a very green thumb
  • Our favorite outdoor container plants are split between a neighbor's house and Cheri's ceramic studio collective (the rest of them will have to fend for themselves)
  • Emily will stop by to water the blueberries, Meyer lemon and fig trees, and a few Japanese maples we don't want to risk losing
  • All of the bills that couldn't be cancelled are on auto-pay
  • We have electronic access to all of our bank accounts for regular use
  • Cynthia has taken on the task of checking our mail and keeping an eye out for any bills that slipped through the cracks
  • Our cars will sit at Cynthia's & Heather's places for the duration of our trip

Home

  • Our house is being remodeled, and we would have had to move out for some period of time anyway
  • Belongings that aren't with us or waiting at a resupply location are in storage 
  • Our garden and yard will need some serious work when we return... but that is a price we're willing to pay
 

Support our PCT Journey

We are both fortunate to have found fulfilling careers in professions that we love. This little "sabbatical" is made possible by many years of saving, direct logistical help from several friends, generous acts by more people than we could list here, words of encouragement from many in our awesome community, and a leap of faith that we will both find good jobs with great people when we return home.

We are huge believers in a universal 'karma bank', and in the concept of 'pay it forward', so you can participate in our journey directly by contributing to our PCT hike, or indirectly by helping others in need.

If you want to be a part of this journey, here are some ideas:

Send us a note of encouragement, or some tasty treats

Donate to (or volunteer with) the Pacific Crest Trail Association in our honor - they're the primary stewards of this great trail

Host a hiker (cyclist, kayaker, trail runner...) in your home, or share a meal, or provide a warm shower, or offer a ride from a trailhead to town

To create karma, you perform good deeds with no expectation of anything in return for your kindness. Good deeds for the greater good of the community, country, or world magnify into greater karma. As your karma bank improves, you will find that good fortune, love, and a longer life become your destiny – all things that were not there before the good deeds were performed.