These hikes are not officially registered via any trail association.
Like everyone else. Adventure.
Vista views, accomplishment.
Navy Veteran with service related issues. Will be hiking for myself to "figure things out" and for Veteran Suicide Awareness.
I was introduced to backpacking in 2017 by my then-boyfriend. For all the wrong reasons, I wanted to impress the guy and thought backpacking was something I can do. He gifted me my first backpack and shared with me some of the gear he had double. I slept in a male-shaped sleeping bag, wore ill-fitting shoes and sported my favorite cotton blend shirt. My first backpacking trip was a bust. We completed what we set our minds on, but I was uncomfortable and in pain most of the time. Yet, there was something about outdoors that made me come back to it. I wanted to get better and do more. Push my limits. Fast forward a couple of years, I can now afford better gear that I know will fit me properly. I still shop for bargains and deals, but I look at each item as something that gives me joy (Yes, Marie Kondo, I used the word JOY) and something that will serve me well. My love for outdoors has grown tremendously since my first trip in 2017. I have completed 72 day hikes in 2018 and i'm nearing 50 as of this year. I organize hikes with our local Meetup chapter in Seattle I go on several backapcking trips a year also. I feel like PCT is something I should do. To prove myself that I can do that. To push through discomfort and pain and to achieve something special - to find pure happiness within myself, in nature, and with my most prized possessions carried on my back and in my heart.
By 2020, it'll have been five years since my first thru-hike on the AT and four years since my thru on Colorado Trail. That's far too much for me between hikes. I've missed the trail every day since finishing in 2015 and I'm more than ready to get back out there. PCT 2020 here I come!