Many of you have heard that we are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and may have thought to yourself: “that sounds like fun… wait a second, what is the PCT again?”
The PCT is a 2,650 mile long wilderness trail stretching from the US/Mexico border in California to the US/Canada border in Washington. Crazy, right? The very fact that it exists at all is pretty amazing and is thanks in large part to the Pacific Crest Trail Association which helps manage the entire length of the trail, the countless volunteers who maintain the trail, and the cooperation of the many public agencies and private citizens that own and manage the land the PCT traverses. If you’re ever looking for a worthy non-profit with which to make a donation of your time or money, look no further than the PCTA.
So why have we chosen to hike the PCT? The simple answer is that you would be hard-pressed to find another trail on earth that rivals the PCT for its sheer beauty and diversity of landscape. The trail takes you through nearly every climate zone in North America, from the desert lowlands and chaparral hills of Southern California, to the glacially-carved alpine wonderland of the High Sierra in Central California, to the volcanoes and noble forests of the Pacific Northwest… the PCT has it all!
A lesser known but just as important part of the trail is the strong community that has sprung up around it. From the camaraderie of the fellow hikers around you all sharing the same goal, to the incredible kindness and generosity showered upon PCT hikers by the local communities each year, the PCT is a place to make lifelong friends and be reminded of the goodness of humanity.
For all these reasons and more, we are hiking the trail!
Plus you can get a really killer sock tan during the hike… Just saying.
I hope you all have fun following along with us on our journey, sock tan and all!