In 2015 I set out from the Mexican border to attempt my first long distance thruhike of the Pacific Crest Trail, walking 2,650 miles north to the Canadian border.

In 2016 I returned to hike the PCT in the other direction, from Canada to Mexico.


What is the Pacific Crest Trail?

  • Location: California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Southern Terminus: Campo, California
  • Northern Terminus: Washington/Canada border (which is in the middle of nowhere, so you have to walk 8 more miles to finish at Manning Park in Canada).
  • Distance: 2660 miles, plus extra for side trips to get water, trips into towns and side adventures like climbing Mt Whitney!
  • Highest Point: Forrester Pass 13,153ft / 4,009m
  • Lowest point: Cascade Locks 140ft / 43m
  • Elevation: +483,735 / -482,741 that’s the equivilant of climbing Everest – from sea to summit and back down again – over 16 times!!

My hike: the facts.

  • Start: April 13th 2015
  • Finish: September 7th 2015
  • Plus: I went back to hike the closed section between Stevens Pass and Stehekin September 14-18th
  • Total number of days: 153
  • Hiking days: 135
  • Zero days: 18
  • Nights with trail angels: 20
  • Nights in paid accommodation: 21
  • Nights in my tent: 111