Monthly Archives: February 2014

Frequently asked questions.

I thought I would go ahead and post the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.

Q: What is the PCT?

A:  The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail traveling from Mexico to Canada, traversing California, Oregon, and Washington including the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The Pacific Crest Trail is approximately 2,663 miles long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.  Contrary to what Tim Clark may tell you, it is in fact the Pacific Crest Trail, not the Pacific Coast Trail.

Q:  Why are you doing this?

A: I think that most people that ask this question are actually wondering why anyone would do this.  There are people who already understand why, and others who don’t.  For those that don’t understand it would be difficult to explain.  To address why I am doing this now?  It is something that I have wanted to do for a number of years, pretty much the top of the bucket list, but the time was never right.  But it was time for a new challenge, and I couldn’t think of any thing more challenging than this.

Q: Will you be carrying a gun?

A: No.  I am honestly surprised how often I have been asked this.  It is after all the Pacific Crest Trail, not the Pakistani Crest Trail.  Most of the things I am worried about (Sun, snow, illness, bugs) can’t really be addressed with a gun.  Plus a gun has additional challenges. First off is the weight.  Also, many times you have to hitchhike which is much more difficult standing on the side of the road holding an AR-15. 

Q:  What will you do when you finish?

A:  Get a job.

Q:  What gear will you use?

A:  I will address that in a later post.