Watch This Before You Decide to Thru-Hike

If you were to get your education on thru-hiking from Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, you might come away thinking that it was a half-year vacation.  This is not the case.

The following video includes footage from Zach “Badger” Davis‘s 2017 SOBO PCT thru-hike. While PCT hikers are granted breathtaking views throughout their journey, there are many days where unspectacular scenery are the norm—and pain, gear failure, and repetition are the standout features of a hiker’s day.  This short video is meant to serve as a reminder that a thru-hike is chock-full of challenges, and to succeed, hikers must be as hungry for the struggle as they are for the scenery.

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Comments 6

  • Mike S : Dec 18th

    I would suggest people review this video after each lengthy hike.

    I’m looking forward, far forward to doing the AT. When I retire in a few years. I have no illusions of the mindless boredom that awaits. But, with age, comes experience. Early on, I did a number of deployments in the US Navy. Hours turn to days. Days to weeks. The view from weather decks only changes with the weather. Since then, I’ve done a few 100 mile bike rides. When you look at a distant mountain, for a couple hours and the view doesn’t change, you have a lot of “me” time. A lot. If you can’t go hours without human contact, this might not be the extreme sport you would enjoy.

    • Eric Thompson : Dec 19th

      Thru hiking isn’t an extreme sport in any way.

      • Mike S : Dec 22nd

        Time, money, commitment and follow through. I’d call that an extreme sport, albeit in slow motion.

  • Bosch : Dec 18th

    Exactly, more cow bell, too funny.

  • Brooklyn : Dec 19th

    Zach i had no idea you hiked the AT, (Drink). Great Video. Always interested to hear your perspective. Looking forward to the challenge.

  • Andrea : Apr 15th

    Nice. Good points, good scenery. Great jokes.


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