It’s getting real!

It all feels a little bit surreal. The moment is drawing near, the moment that we completely pause our lives, quit our jobs, pack up our apartment, sell our things, and go on an adventure of a lifetime. We are going to attempt to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s something I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time, but something that I honestly never actually took seriously until I met my now fiancée. Who, through complete divine coincidence, shared the same dream. We met almost four years ago, and since then almost everything we have done has been geared towards this. Four years. And in four weeks, we will be standing at the US-Mexican border as the sun’s first light illuminates the Southern Terminus. And then we will walk north.

Those with an astute sense of detail will have noted that I said attempt to hike the PCT. I used the verb attempt deliberately – we both know that we are in no way guaranteed to finish this thing. It’s a beast. From the Southern Terminus the trail runs for over 4,200 kilometres, through searing hot deserts and alpine wilderness, climbing thousands of metres of cumulative elevation, with the highest point being over 4000 metres high. We must carry everything we need to live on our backs for between 5 and 6 months, often walking days without seeing civilization, the entire length of the USA from Mexico to Canada.

Four weeks out, and our emotions are constantly switch between excitement and anxiety. Excitement, because for us, this really is the adventure of our dreams. Anxiety, because we really have no idea what this thing is going to be like. We’ve watched countless hours of YouTube, read more blogs than we’d care to know, followed the Instagram accounts of those attempting the hike in the past few years, and spoken first hand to those who have done it before. In terms of research, we’ve done our bit. But in terms of experience, we are simply going to have to find out for ourselves.

This is why Jules and I wanted to write this blog. This journey is hard enough to comprehend for us, let alone our friends and family. We want to share it with as many people as possible – the positives, the negatives, the experiences that many people have never experienced before (including ourselves).

Our aim is to post once a week, where possible. Over the next few weeks we’ll post about equipment, planning, logistics and motivations. We’ll give you more detail about the trail and our preparation, our thoughts and our fears. As much as we can, we want to bring you with us. If you have questions or feedback along the way, please do leave a comment or contact us directly. Right now though, I’ll cut this post short. There is still a hell of a lot we need to do before we leave, and the days are quickly disappearing. Until next week!

Brendan

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