Chances are that things won't go to plan on a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. One of the best things you can do to prepare for a PCT thru-hike? Talk to PCT thru-hikers and see what they would do again, do differently, and suggest that others (i.e. you) do. Questions like what gear do I get? Where do
Every year, hopeful Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers must decide when to begin their thru-hikes. True, this has become slightly more difficult over the years with new PCT permit regulations and the increasing popularity of the trail, but generally, hikers are able to get starting dates they're more
No matter what you do to plan for the Pacific Crest Trail, you're probably going to feel a little overwhelmed (you shouldn't). But it can seem difficult to answer questions like what gear do I get? Where do I resupply? Do I really have to dig a hole and poop in it and then pack out my toilet paper?
I tried to break the news gently, but now time for willful ignorance has come to an end. The Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy have all officially requested hikers to postpone or cancel their thru-hikes (in related news,
Planning for the Pacific Crest Trail can seem overwhelming if you've never done a long-distance hike before. What gear do I get? Where do I resupply? Do I really have to dig a hole and poop in it and then pack out my toilet paper? Yes, you really do. The truth of it is, you don't really need to
This information comes from the Pacific Crest Trail Survey and aims to give you an idea of what mistakes others made pre, during, or post-PCT in the hopes that you will hopefully, be able to live your best PCT life. That said, these are statements from individual hikers should in no way be taken as
No matter how many times I tell you that planning for your Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike is useless, I know that you're going to have a difficult time believing me (I know I would). That's why, as past of my Annual Pacific Crest Trail Thru-hiker Survey (2015, 2014, 2013), I ask hikers what they
As part of my incredibly scientific Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey (2015, 2014, 2013), I ask hikers what advice they have for the next year's class of dirtbags. This year I have separated the advice from the data to ensure that it does not become lost among the mountains of numbers and