The first responses we got were stunned “you want to do what?”, “hike from Mexico?”, “…all the way the Canada?” And, I’ll admit, it even sounds a little crazy to me (still!).
But we didn’t decide to try to hike 2,650 miles on the PCT in 2017 all willy nilly – it started small. So small that our first trip together barely included any hiking at all…portaging, more accurately. On our first trip we stuck to what we knew. And I had grown up camping and lake-hopping in canoes with my Dad, Uncles and cousins in the Kawarthas, Algonquin and Killarney, Ontario. So I rented a canoe and Adam and I drove the old, blue ’85 Chevy truck with the bench seat in the front to Powell River, Sunshine Coast. Adam’s Dad hosted us for the night and dropped us off at our put-in point for the Powell Forest Canoe Loop the next morning. Luckily for us, after only knowing each other for a couple of months, that first trip was magic! We were hooked. We had made it through relatively unscathed: Adam had a fantastic catch of the canoe as it slid off of the makeshift roof racks on the bumpy longing road…while driving! and we’d persevered to cross the challenging windy and snaggy Lois Lake. As the warm sun set on us on the ferry back to Vancouver, we were already planning our next trip!
Since that first trip, there have been many more adventures. Maybe some of them will get mentioned here too. But for now, I’ll explain what it is that we’re planning now.
The Pacific Crest Trail, PCT, is a 2,650 mile (that’s 4,265 km!) trail from Campo, California at the Mexican border to Manning Park, British Columbia – right down the highway from Adam’s hometown of Chilliwack, British Columbia. There are loads of websites that can tell you anything you want to know about the PCT, so we won’t do that here. If you’re interested, check out the PCT Association website.
You might be wondering about the logistics, so without the dirt-bag thru-hiking details, here’s how it works:
- we plan to be on the trail about 5 and a half months starting in June 2017
- we will resupply food and gear every 4-7 days or so as we hike through trail-side towns
- at locations where there are limited resupply options, we’ll be mailing ourselves resupply boxes
- in order to make it to Canada before the snow flies through Washington, we’ll have average about 30 km a day
Stay tuned to hear about journey along the way.