2,650 mile hike from Mexico to Canada
On July 1st 2009 I walked south out of Manning Park, Canada to start the PCT. It took me the whole state of Washington to realize I was going to be able to actually hike the PCT, but I had to come off the trail for 20 days of work down in the sierras. By the time I arrived back on the trail it was mid-August and I had to learn to hike bigger days if I was going to stand a chance of getting through the Sierras before winter happened. 30 mile days became normal, and I discovered I enjoyed walking all day and into the night on the PCT. The trail was usually fun to follow in moonlight, taking on a whole new character with darkness.
The Sierras froze me out with two large dumps of snow in early and mid October, and forced me to route creatively. I wound up only missing about 8 miles of the PCT because of the snow, and my crossing of Forester Pass (the highest point on the PCT) was one of my happiest moments of the hike. I was so thankful to have been given the window to walk the length of Range of Light (my favorite mountains).
I arrived in Campo at the Mexican border on November 14th, just 5 days before my 30th birthday, meeting my goal of hiking 3,000 trail miles before turning dirty 30. The PCT was where I realized I not only was capable of thru-hiking, it filled me with a deep sense of satisfaction and joy. I discovered that spending months on a trail was my favorite way to live.
View a map of the route here!