I've made the extremely difficult decision to cancel my thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail this year amid all that's going on in the country right now. After taking into consideration guidance from the Pacific Crest Trail Association and National Forest Service I think that socially responsible thing to do is stay at home and avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the more isolated communities along the trail that don't have the health care resources that larger cities do. While I've spent so much time planning and preparing for this hike I realize it's ultimately a luxury and privilege to be able to attempt to hike it and not a necessity. The trail will be there the next year and the year after that or for whenever the timing is right. I want to thank everyone who showed support and shared words of encouragement during my planning of the trip. It meant more than you could know. I also want to give a huge thanks to all those who donated to my fundraiser for the Sierra Club. Taking care of our environment and the outdoor spaces we love is still a cause I strongly believe in and if people would still like to donate, my fundraising page will be open until the end of the year. Wishing that everybody stays safe in this time of uncertainty
On March 29, 2020 I'll be starting my northbound thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For those of you who aren't familiar with the PCT, it is a national scenic stretching form the California/Mexico border to the Washington/Canada border. It passes through three states, California, Oregon and Washington, and crosses 26 National Forests, seven National Parks, five State Parks and four National Monuments. On my hike I'll experience everything from the desert to snow capped mountains to Pacific Northwest forests.
After a year of planning I'm both excited and nervous for this 2,650 mile journey and all the steps it will take me to get from start to finish, but my goal of walking the length of the west coast from Mexico to Canada won't be the only goal of my hike. Experiencing some of the most beautiful places nature has to offer has played and will continue to play a big role in my life, which is why I'm setting the goal of raising $2,650 for the Sierra Club on my hike. (I thought this was a good goal based on the number of miles I'll be walking)
I think it's important to give back to the outdoor spaces that we both live and recreate in to make sure they are around for us and future generations to enjoy. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and enable the Sierra Club to do things like:
• Provide cleaner, cheaper, energy.
• Protect our land, water, and air – from our backyards to the other side of the globe.
• Save animals being threatened with extinction.
• Make the outdoors accessible for everyone.
I'll be uploading pictures of my progress to this page but you can also find me and follow along on Instagram hike_cmc.