Wow… I had the chance to interview Marketa and David Daley from California who is hiking northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail and they are approaching the 500-mile mark with their 3 kids. Sequoia is almost 5 and her two brothers are Joshua who is 3(1/2) and then little Standa who is almost 2 who Marketa carries in her Osprey carrier on her back.
It’s a long episode. I also interviewed her sister and her dad. What they are doing is crazy awesome. So so so difficult just the logistics with carrying everything and then food and water. The kids can’t really carry anything so they have found it really difficult dealing with the desert section that runs the first 700 miles. After that is the Sierra Nevada and that’s a whole different ballgame.
Marketa is on Instagram and since starting the PCT her followers have gone from 200-300 peeps to almost 9,000 people. Here photos of the kids are incredible and her write-ups are detailed on the pain and struggle.
What I did for the podcast episode is I got a friend to record the first 39 days of write up’s from Marketa. Cara that I worked with at Lufthansa helped me. I asked a friend in San Diego if she could record a 10 min walk with the wind blowing. I added the background sound to all of Cara’s commentary and then I took all the interview content and broke it into little segments to add in between all the daily recaps.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think if someone knows their story from following… this episode is a wild run showing that the impossible can be possible and listening to it is lots of ups and downs.
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.
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.
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.