So for our friends and family who have heard the news, we are thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on March 25th, 2019. We’ve been getting quite a few questions about what it is, our planning process and strategy. We will hope to answer all those questions below!
First off! what is the Pacific Crest Trail?
It is a 2,653 mile or 4,270km trail that starts at the US/Mexican border and finishes in Manning Park, Canada. It goes through 3 states, 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Lora and I estimate it will take us about 5 months to complete with an average pace of 18 miles per day.
Where will we get our food?
Well, Lora and I will purchase most of our food from towns and stores along the trail. The trail itself passes through or close by, multiple towns as we progress slowly north. Our plan is to stock up on food at the bigger towns and mail it to the smaller outposts, giving us the best possible selection of food on the trail. If needed, we will hitch-hike into town and vice versa on our way back to the trailhead.
What equipment are we taking?
This will need its own blog entry, so we will keep it short here. We will take what most folks take on a typical overnight trek. Tent, sleeping bag, stove, trekking poles etc. The basic gear does not change too much. The big difference is Lora and I will set up a bounce box with additional supplies (Think ice axe, crampons etc) for when we run into technical terrain.
What is a Bounce Box?
A bounce box is a flat rate box with the USPS that will contain our specialty equipment, along with other items such as food, new clothing and even shoes! The strategy here is we can mail this box to us several weeks down the trail, once we get to the post office, we can either open it and use the items, or have the post office mail it ahead again if we decide we do not need anything. The best part is, with priority shipping we do not pay for the forwarding service as long as we don’t open the box itself! Genius!
Showers? You’ll probably start to stink soon right?
YES! embrace the stink! With any multi day hike, stink is going to happen. For us, we plan on taking a 24 hr (called a zero by hiking terms) hotel break every 7 to 10 days to recharge. in between that time, we may take half days for laundry and food resupplies. Along the trail we can bathe in rivers/streams/lakes and even baby wipes if needed!
Will you post updates along the trail?
Andrew plans to do quite a bit of photography and video while we hike. Nearly a quarter of his total gear weight is dedicated to camera equipment and given the photos he’s taken from our past adventures, you will be in for a treat! We will update our blog weekly and will post our first youtube video on March 22nd!
Did we forget something? If so, email us or leave a comment here and we will get back to you!