After spending another summer striking out on permit lottery systems and reservations for trailheads I could never seem to obtain, I had decided that for 2018 I would make an effort to plan ahead as much as I could to ensure the year ahead would be full of opportunities to camp, hike, and explore a few places around the country. I had narrowed my list to about twenty National Parks, National Forests, and long-distance trails that I’d apply for permits for, see what shook out, and then see who’d be interested in joining me. At the top of my list was the 210-mile John Muir Trail based out west in the Sierra Nevada.
Since compiling my list, setting calendar notifications, and reading up on a series of potential new adventures that lay ahead I found myself spending more of my free time researching anything associated with long-distance hiking. Around this time one of the first somewhat difficult to obtain permit system had their dates for applications fast approaching. Although at the time I hadn’t fully considered what kind of challenges lay ahead, I had figured that I’d throw my name into the mix and see what happened after the fact. To my astonishment on November 1st, 2017 I had successfully applied to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Mexico to Canada
At the end of last year, I had spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out if I was physically and mentally ready to take on such a challenge. I somehow found myself in a scenario to where I was contemplating hiking over 2,000 miles in around 5 months when just a few weeks prior I was considering 210 miles in roughly two weeks. Needless to say after careful consideration, a lovely knee injury, and a bit of throwing caution to the wind I’ve decided to go for it.
On April 25th, 2018 I’ll be pushing off from the Southern Terminus a few hundred feet north of the Mexico with the intention of somehow ending up about 2,659 miles north at Monument 78 near Canada. Before I leave I’ll be documenting some of my reasons for doing this hike, what I’m most afraid of, what I’m most excited for, as well as how I plan on staying alive through it all.
It’s going to be a heck of a wild ride and I’m eager to share it with you as well.