Mariette Beaudoin. Hiking. April 24th , 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.
Other Gear. While this was the most essential mountain hiking gear that you might possibly need depending on your preference and style there are several other hiking gear you can use too. Some of this gear includes cams chalk bags for the winter and webbing. If you ever decide to go for mountain hiking whether you plan to by yourself or with a hiking partner never leave without the mentioned essential mountain hiking gear.
We carried ice axes but after the first couple of passes they were used mostly for digging cat holes. The sun cups were one of the biggest problems along with post holing in the soft snow in the afternoons. Almost everyone used trail running shoes except the Europeans who wore mountaineering boots. We had wet feet the whole way through the Sierras from the snow and river crossings and much of Washington from the rain and new snow but surprisingly it wasn‘t much of a problem. We did get tired of the snow and needing to be constantly on the search for the trail. I would like to go back and hike the John Muir Trail (most of which is the same as the PCT) in the fall when you can actually walk on the trail.
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.
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