The new year has arrived, and soon with it will be the Pacific Crest Trail. In just 79 days, I’ll be taking my first steps on my second major long-distance trail. Over the last few weeks, my pre-hike preparation has slowly proceeded.
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With my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike less than four months away, I spent a fair amount of Thanksgiving weekend researching new gear. Over the weekend, the first piece of new gear arrived: a dozen tent stakes.
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Picking a start date for the Pacific Crest Trail is not a simple matter.
In contrast to my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, where I arbitrarily picked a start date of six weeks after I decided to hike the trail, picking a start date for the Pacific Crest Trail actually required a fair bit of deliberation.
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“The Mountains Are Calling, And I Must Go.”
John Muir may have first said those words, but they ring no less true to me. And next year, I’ll see up-close the mountains that spawned that famous quote, as I embark on my second epic-length hike: a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
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