How I Stumbled Upon the PCT
2017- The Beginning
I was a full-time student-athlete that hated where I was and who I was. One night in my dorm room I stumbled across the film The Way, and immediately started researching thru-hiking. I loved hiking and being outdoors so I wondered why I had never heard of something like this before. Being a full-time student-athlete and feeling like I wouldn’t be able to do it anytime soon, I promised myself that I would attempt a thru-hike once I graduated college.
2018-2020 – The Middle
I moved back home and decided to complete my degree at a nearby university. It would be better for my mental health and allow me to hike and travel whenever I pleased. Everything was aligning for me and I finally felt happy. Then everything changed because of COVID-19. With all the free time of being locked indoors, it only made me want to take longer walks and hike more trails in my area. Being outdoors sparked a fire in me that I did not want to burn out. I remembered the promise I had made myself and began researching thru-hikes again. I found Elena Osborne on YouTube, who documented her PCT journey in 2019. I had no idea what the PCT was, at the time, but it was calling my name.
2021- The Moment
I graduated and got my Bachelors’s Degree in August of 2021. On November 9th, 2021, I logged onto the PCTA website and applied for my long-distance permit. I was so nervous about not being approved but I left it up to fate. Then on November 23rd, I got that sweet email saying that I was approved to hike the PCT!
2022- The Now
Now, here I am. As each day passes I sit at work researching the best gear, the best tips, memorizing Leave No Trace, training, and mentally preparing. Every day I think about how five years ago I made a promise to myself, and in a week I get to fulfill it.
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