Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pacific Crest Trail

I ran into an old friend the other day.  Her ambition she told me was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail next year.  Probably starting in April, which seems to be the optimum month for this.  She's thirty something and so this mammoth task should be well within her fitness range.  The PCT is 2,663 miles long and runs from the border with Mexico right up through the Sierras through Oregon and Washington state to the Canadian border.  It's estimated that about 300 people start this hike every year but only about 180 finish it.  The object is to camp for three or four days and then perhaps rest up in a motel off the Trail, and attend to matters like replenishing food and a visit to an ATM.  The route passes along Big Bear Lake to the north of us.  With an aimed 20 miles a day, one has to put aside six months to complete the journey.  Enough time to allow for problems.  I would dearly like to do it myself, but I wonder if the lower joints would hold up.  Perhaps a large quantity of Aleve and definitely a good pair of boots.

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