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Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

512 miles, 111,000 feet of elevation gain, and 107,450 feet of elevation loss. And you thought the Sierra were hard! Due to the south-to-north trend of hiking the Pacific Crest...

Aug 14, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Coming in at 456 miles, Oregon is the shortest state on the PCT. It is also considered to be one of the easiest to hike. The eastern and western halves...

Aug 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

Despite the prevalence of the HYOH mantra, there is still a lot of pressure on-trail to do a "true thru." Being short means that you have different concerns when thru-hiking...

Jul 31, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How to Complete a Thru-Hike Without Killing Your Significant Other

How to Complete a Thru-Hike Without Killing Your Significant Other

Whilst at the PCT starting monument, the legendary trail angel, Scout, pulled us over to one side; “Have I given you the couples chat yet?”. Why would you need a...

Jul 25, 2019 : Joal & Jenny
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

While each section of the PCT boasts its own beauty, the High Sierra is commonly thought of as the most grandiose. This section spans 390.25 miles and has total elevation...

Jul 7, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Southern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Southern California

At just over 700 miles, the Southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail is a diverse and stunning landscape, brimming with life, and a fitting start or end to...

Jun 1, 2019 : Lindsey Gordon
How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Choose a Backpack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Before you buy a backpack for your PCT thru-hike, get a reasonable idea of what your pack weight will be (all your gear, food, and water). Most backpack companies state...

Apr 4, 2019 : The Editors
How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

How to Finance a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

One of life's biggest stressors—both on and off the trail—is money. Don't bring that stress with you during a thru-hike, or at least try to minimize the impact. Running out...

Mar 4, 2019 : Megan McGowan
Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

Five Bad Days on the PCT and How I Got Through Them

There are plenty of blogs, vlogs, Instagram feeds, and hiker war stories out there that highlight how awesome doing a long-distance hike can be. Everyone has amazing stories and pictures...

Feb 28, 2019 : Smokebeard
Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

Bears, Noro, and Lyme: What to Worry About (or not) on Your Thru-Hike

So, you’re planning to head out on trail for a long walk. Maybe even a thru-hike of one of the Triple Crown trails — the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail,...

Feb 25, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans