Frequently asked questions
What is the PCT?
The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance hiking trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coast. Passing through 3 states: California, Oregon and Washington. Completing the whole trail is called Thru-Hiking. https://www.pcta.org/
What lead you to decide to do this?
How long will it take?
The whole trail is 2,600 miles. Athletes finish the trail in 4 months, but I’m not an athlete! I plan to finish the trail in 5 months; walking 20 mile days with rest days about once a week with the occasional detour to enjoy the local area or meet friends.
Where do you start and finish?
The trail starts at the Mexico border and finishes in Canada.
When are you going?
Due to the uncertainty and unprediactablilty of Covid-19 I have decided to delay my trip from April 2021 to April 2022.
Why are you doing this? (You’re crazy)
Sustainable tourism which is ethical and ecological has been high on my priorities when planning travel adventures. The idea of walking the full distance of the PCT has captivated my mind as the ultimate adventure to test my ability to plan and carry out what is effectively a very challenging endurance and physiological journey.
Yes it seems crazy! But I believe that working hard and following your dreams will bring happiness.
What charity will you support and why?
Does all the money go to charity? But aren’t I just paying for you to have a holiday?
Are you doing this as part of a tour?
No this is a reasonably well known trail, as far as I know guided tours don’t exist here and part of the draw to this journey is doing the whole thing unaided and being self sufficient. Map reading skills will be needed.
Are you going with other people?
But isn’t it dangerous?
Yes I suppose it is dangerous if you are not equipped to deal with the hazards that may be present. I have plenty of time to learn skills and educate myself on all that may or may not happen. The element of danger is part of the attraction and the reason why not everyone would be able to or want to take on thru-hiking the PCT. The ability to plan and prepare will help but nothing can truly prepare you for the unpredictable.
But won’t you get eaten by bears?
Unlikely, there is more chance of being bitten by a rattlesnake. However there are mandatory bear deterrent activities that should be followed on sections of the trail, for example using a bear canister to store food and any other items that have aromas.
Aren’t you scared?
Not really, I’ve always enjoyed being slightly outside my comfort zone and pushing myself. There are aspects that I’m nervous about such as handling snowy areas and trying to keep my raynaud fingers at bay.
What about Coronavirus?
The situation is constantly changing, I had hoped I would be able to depart in April 2021 or later in Julty 2021. If travel to the USA was not possible I had some European routes planned.