One Month Til Lift Off: Our Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike

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We’re less than one month away from our official start date on our Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike. I can’t believe it’s this close, and I probably won’t believe it until I’ve spent a few days on the trail and fully comprehend what we’ve gotten ourselves into. I’m sure that a solemn, “realization” post will be dispatched from the desert within our first few weeks.

For now though, here’s what our life is looking like, or rapidly devolving into, with one month left to go until the trail.

Planning for the Pacific Crest Trail

High time, but we’ve finally acquired all of our gear for the trail. In an absolutely necessary use of time and words, I listed what we’re taking with us in Our Pacific Crest Trail Gear List, Parts I, II and III (coming soon).

And conveniently left until the last minute, our lack of resupply box strategy, bounce box strategy, and potential resupply points. Basically, figuring out how to get food and water out there, for anyone not familiar with trail terminology.

Our 10 liter water bladder, wrapped up inside of our BearVault bear-proof food canister; everything that will give us life in the next 6 months.

Our 10 liter water bladder, wrapped up inside of our BearVault bear-proof food canister; everything that will give us life in the next 6 months.

Unraveling Our Normal Life

Taking five to six months out of your life to go walk around in the wilderness is pretty nuts, but we’re only doing it because we already had even nuttier plans to travel the world for a few years. It wasn’t that big of a stretch to tack this on to the front of our plans.

Yes, this means quitting our jobs. That is the first question people usually ask. Not taking a sabbatical, not taking a long vacation- quitting.

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This also means selling or giving away nearly everything we own. While we downsized big time when we moved into our tiny apartment, we still have the daily necessities, and what seems like a substantial amount of crap when you’re trying to get rid of everything.

Spending Time with Family and Friends

It’s only five (or six) months, but we’ll be out of touch for most of it. Nikita and I have used up pretty much every available weekend to visit with friends and family.

Working on This Blog

Looooong nights and weekends, prepping the blog for our Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike.

Looooong nights and weekends, prepping the blog for our Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike.

Free weekends aren’t free when you have a side project. Luckily (or unluckily?), we packaged both our thru hiking and blog projects into one, and have been building a functional, but suave Pacific Crest Trail Journal within the blog that we’ll be updating along the way.

Our Pacific Crest Trail Journal features everything trail related, from planning and preparation, to posts about the trail, while on the trail, that we’ll be updating whenever possible.

On the left, "Where Are We Now?" shows our hike progressing along the trail.

On the left, “Where Are We Now?” shows our hike progressing along the trail.

SUPER AWESOME BONUS: Nikita, PHP code extraordinaire, integrated a map feature with a satellite phone we’ll be bringing, which will update our location straight to the blog. So our family and friends can see how little we move towards our finish line each day, search and rescue can know where to look for us if it comes to that, and crazy murderers can set up an ambush for us along the trail without having to wait too long. You’re welcome, everyone!

We also dabbled with (see anguished over) a name change, and decided that what we once felt was catchy and fun, didn’t really fit us and our vision for the blog anymore.

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Read how the yuppies lost their yup, aka our blog name announcement. You can also see our thoughts on naming a blog.

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  1. I’m fairly certain that the second picture was actually taken at our house, on any given day.

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