Sunday, April 13, 2014

What is the PCT?

So what is the PCT anyway? It is a National Scenic Trail that is 2,650 miles long and runs from the Mexico border (Campo, CA) to Canada (Manning Park). It runs through multiple mountain ranges including the Sierra and Cascade. The trail ranges in elevation from nearly sea level to the highest point in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet (Mt Whitney). 

If you plan on hiking south to north, like I am, there is a 5-6 month window to complete the trail before you get baked in California or snow stops you in Washington. The majority of people who attempt a thru hike start in April and finish around August or September. This means hiking 20-30 miles per day is pretty standard.

This year there has been big news about the drought in Southern California with snowpack in the sierras being 32 percent of normal. It’s going to be a dry hike to say the least.

Four more days! I’m excited and scared at the same time. Excitement coming from having the opportunity to hit this trail running and the scares coming from so many unknowns. Not knowing what to expect in a place you've never been is always an uneasy feeling. I think my trail name should be “half way”. I feel half way prepared 100% of the time. I think it's normal...Looking forward to it though!

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