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Not Your Average Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Not Your Average Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Okay, I lied. This is pretty much your typical PCT Gear list. But everyone loves a gear list, right? The Big Three Pack: G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack Tent:  Six Moon...

Jan 21, 2021 : Rachel Frey
Flying with Backpacking Gear

Flying with Backpacking Gear

Many thru-hikers fly to a local airport before they start out on the trail.  Some NOBOers on the PCT fly to San Diego.  Many AT thru-hikers fly to Atlanta.  Here...

Jan 21, 2021 : David Smith
My Ultimate Year of Backpacking – A Transcontinental Shift

My Ultimate Year of Backpacking – A Transcontinental Shift

Back when life was normal, before COVID was a reality, I entered the PCTA lottery hoping to snag a PCT thru-hiking permit.  My number was something miserably high.  A few...

Jan 20, 2021 : David Smith
Phoenix Year

Phoenix Year

  2020 was going to be my year to hike the PCT. Everything had come together, the money, the time, the training. Relatives sponsored me so I could purchase lighter...

Jan 19, 2021 : Becca Mickley
Desert Shakedown

Desert Shakedown

It’s permit day! I’m counting down the hours until permit release, even though the likelihood of a responsible NOBO hike seems slimmer than ever. To occupy the wait, I thought...

Jan 19, 2021 : Sibley
4 Trail Features I Won’t Take for Granted on the PCT

4 Trail Features I Won’t Take for Granted on the PCT

When my life fell apart in 2020, I made some radical changes. One side effect was newfound appreciation for the work required to maintain a hiking trail. Shaking things up...

Jan 3, 2021 : Sibley
Possibly Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Possibly Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

I’m Possibly, a 2018 AT thru-hiker, and I’m possibly a 2021 PCT thru-hiker. The trail name “Possibly” was bestowed upon me when I hesitated to claim the title “thru-hiker” only...

Dec 20, 2020 : Sibley
Thru-hiking Questions that Local Backpacking Helped Me Answer

Thru-hiking Questions that Local Backpacking Helped Me Answer

What do you do when you’ve been anticipating the PCT for 5 years, actively planning for it for two years, and finally had to sit it out (because .... 2020)?...

Dec 15, 2020 : Lance Goehring
Breaking the Silence, from NOBO to NOGO

Breaking the Silence, from NOBO to NOGO

Reality Setting In It has been months since I was supposed to start my northbound Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I never made any official announcements because part of me did...

Aug 5, 2020 : Kevin Neft
Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

In February 2008, I moved from Phoenix to San Diego to start a new job. During the weeks that followed, the economy began to experience a downturn that would later...

May 30, 2020 : Richard Humphreys