89 of 101 Things To Do | The Pacific Coast Trail | Planting Seeds for 2023 w/ Chantal

The Pacific Coast Trail Map

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.

Pacific Crest Trail | A Walk Across The United States from Serge Pikhotskiy on Vimeo.

The starting point when traveling northbound is located at the USA/Mexico boarder near Campo, Californina. The finish line is located on the USA/Canadian boarder at Monument 78. If you measure the distance between Campo and Canada in a straight line it would measure around 1,000 miles.

The average time it takes to tackle the PCT is roughly 4.5 – 5.5 months. Most hikers average about 20 – 30 miles per day so they can finish before winter sets in near the Canadian boarder. Usually people going northbound will leave near the end of April so when they hit the high Sierra Mountain section the snow is melting and they finish it before the snow returns.

You need to bring a Bear cannister and use it after Kennedy Meadows as you hit the Sierra Mountains and into Yosemitie National Park.

The PCT covers 24 National Forrrests, 37 Wilderness Areas, and 7 National Parks. The trail climbs nearly 60 mountain passes and decends into 19 major canyons. It moves past roughly 1000 lakes.

Fewer people have hiked the PCT than climbed Mt. Everest. The highest point along the PCT is Forrester’s Pass at 13,200ft or 4000m. It has a total elevation change of 421,000ft.

Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season. Tying the trail together is a community of volunteers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we explore, create and support one of the best experiences on Earth.

Watch her Vlog below…

Above is a young woman’s hike and documenting her journey in 2019. She covered the hike in 137 days. My goals are to watch this series with Chantal and see what she thinks about the hike. Her playlist of the hike is here. I think a good goal is to do this in three years’ time. We will also watch the other docs that cover this trail. She needs to know that this hike is extremely difficult and it’s not all Instagram posts every hour. It’s incredibly challenging mentally and physically challenging and it would be a crazy struggle for both of us to finish this trek without injury that forces us both to quit.

Update: March 31, 2020 – Chantal and myself finished watching the nine-chapter vlog. Elina aka Tip Tap shown above on the summit of Mt. Whitney. Chantal is in. She wants to do it. “My friends won’t understand when I tell them that I’m going for a walk with my Dad for four months”, she said. If I could pick her trail-name now it would be “Cheese-Eater”. She wants to watch another series with me and I picked out another woman doing the PCT that we will start watching virtually online.

Update: April 12th, 2020 – Chantal and myself are watching Mari Johnson and her man’s vlog of them walking the PCT. Tonight we wrapped up episode 15 and they are just entering the mountains into the snowy Sierra Mountains. You can catch her vlog here. We want to launch a website about the trip and we will make YouTube Vlogs on the planning and the trip and also produce a podcast on the trail of the trip as we go. I’ve also started doing our trail notes in Evernote and working on the first 40km of 4,200 lol

Update: April 22nd, 2020 – Created a website after buying a domain and just adding structure and content to it. Securing different social media accounts with our branding. Created the shell of the podcast and now working on a trailer for it. Chantal is in school so we are watching our hiking vlogs usually at around 11:30 pm a couple of times a week.

Chantal is still in. Says she can do it. After Mari’s vlog we will watch Darwin’s PCT hike next. When we watch them we write down where they stay and what they eat in town so we have something to look forward to. 😉

What about Noah? Two years after doing this… it will be time to do something like this with Noah since he will be finished High School. After 13 days of walking through the desert, he will ask when are we going to get to Canada. Plus they don’t sell extension cords for his Xbox longer than 50 ft.

More information on the project:

Click here to check out our website (tablet or laptop view is much better than phone)

Tobermory | 51 of 101 Things To Do / Bruce Trail w/ the kids

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Tobermory, Ontario

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Stormhaven and High Dump are the two backcountry camping areas in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Located along the Bruce Trail on the scenic Georgian Bay shoreline, they offer a tranquil camping experience in a beautiful and remote setting.  It would be great to hike into the campsite and set up camp for a night and set off the next day for the next campsite.  To spend an extra day exploring the caves and swimming and exploring the Grotto, Overhang Point and Flowerpot Island.  After the adventure it would be nice to take the Chi-Cheermaun over to Manitoulin Island.

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I’ve always wanted to explore this part of Ontario and I’ve never been north of Blue Mountain before.  I think the kids would love it since we will have to carry our gear so we will pack light and be creative with our food.

Already starting a Notebook in Evernote with gear needed and ideas and resources.

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The Pacific Coast Trail | No Idea If I Could Complete This


i honestly don’t know if i could complete such a journey.  i could not imagine what it would be like to complete this.

This is not a beautiful hiking video | A Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike from Peter H on Vimeo.

“This is not a beautiful hiking video. It’s more about heat, pain, hunger, mountains, lakes, sweat, dirt, freedom, and friendship. Actually, it’s about walking. A long distance. For a long time.”

Watch Peter’s journey on the PCT above.

Would You Like To Go For A Walk? I Dare You!

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El Caminito del Rey or “The King’s Little Path” is often regarded as the most dangerous walkway in the world. This old walkway, now fallen into disrepair, is pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Alora in the province of Malaga, Spain.
The walkway was built between 1901 and 1905 to provide workers the means to cross between two hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls. These days the walkway is closed to the public, but that hasn’t stop thrill seekers from walking the narrow mountain walkway.

The walkway is 3 feet and 3 inches (one meter) in width, and rises over 350 feet 100 meters) above the river below.
 
The walkway was completed in 1905, but the inauguration did not take place until 1921 when Spanish King Alfonso XIII crossed it and the walkways been called The Kings Pathway since.
 
Constructed of concrete resting on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, it is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top has collapsed.
 

The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures.  After several fatal accidents, the local government closed the path in 2000. But there are still daring hikers who manage to get around the barriers and make their way across the gorge.