Valentine Breton. Hiking. April 23rd , 2018.
Why would anyone want to spend five months walking from Mexico to Canada? Most through-hikers get asked that question over and over. It‘s like asking a mountain climber why do you climb mountains. For me it started when I was active in the singles group of my church in Manhattan Beach a suburb of Los Angeles. Jason one of the class members started leading monthly hikes for the group usually in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains just north of Los Angeles.
When I found out that it went from Mexico to Canada I thought that would be something fun to do someday. In the years that followed I joined an adventure racing club and the outdoor activities progressed to longer harder and more frequent. In the summer of 2002 I went to Peru on a two-week hiking mission trip. That turned into a three-year stint the following year. In 2005 knowing that my term would be up in January of 2006 I started making plans to through-hike the PCT. The timing all came together no job no mortgage or other expenses and some money in the bank from selling my house when I went to Peru.
I was already mountain biking roller blading and rock climbing; and enjoyed the mountains and the other group activities so became a regular on the hikes as well. This was the start of my love of hiking. Jason also organized a few camping trips and backpacking trips including to the Grand Canyon. I had been brought up camping but had never done any backpacking before. One trip and I was hooked on that too. On many of the hikes in the Angeles National Forest we would see signs for and hike on part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Harness. If you are going on a mountain hiking trip then another important gear you will need is a harness. You can wear a harness just like a pair of pants and it will rest on your hips. While hiking you will need to use the harness for attaching yourself to the belay device or the rope and for carrying gear. A harness will act as a safety net for you while you are hiking over a mountain and make sure you wear it tightly enough so that if you end up flipped upside down you do not slip out of it.
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