Friday, May 9, 2014

PCT Blogs I Follow...

It has been awhile since I've posted anything. As I wrote in my last post, I've been following blogs of current PCT Thru Hikers. Honestly, I'm following so many of them, that I lose track of the characters who are hiking. Here are links to a few of them. You will notice that most of these blogs are written by 20-Somethings. And they are all Caucasian. Most just graduated from college and seem to be taking one last adventure on their parent's dime.

This blog is an exception. It is the blog of the famous "Halfmile". This guy created free apps and maps of the Pacific Crest Trail. He is a legend. He is hiking it this year with his girlfriend. Halfmile is not a youngster. Enjoy his blog here. Another person is documenting Halfmile's hike on this blog that consists of beautiful photographs of Halfmile and other hikers.

There are more than a few couples on the trail this year. Mandie and Josh are both blogging about their experience. This couple is quite likeable. They are different in that they didn't start this hike in super-duper shape; sort of an everyman and everywoman's hiking story. Very approachable. Here is another couple who are doing the trail together. Must be romantic. And yet another by a French couple who seem to live their life together by hiking long trails. Wish I had the money to do that. Must be trustfunders.

There are lots of women  hiking solo this year: Hiking Sunbeam is written by one such person. Erin is another such person writing about her experience. And then there is Alice. And another better than average blog by Berlyn. Unfortunately, Berlyn injured herself and had to drop out for a bit. Here is another blog by Kelsey. And don't forget Nicole. And Laura. Did I mention Joan? How about Emily? As you can see, most of the blogs I've found have been written by women. Brave women of the PCT. I wonder how much of this is influenced by Cheryl Strayed?

There are a few men writing too: There is this guy. And Steven, who at least quotes Aldo Leopold in his title of his blog. And another guy who calls himself: Nomad. And this one by Rob.

That's 20 blogs I'm following about this year's PCT class. All of them are pretty much the same: hike lots of miles carrying as little as possible. Get to the next town: drink beer and eat lots. Repeat process.

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