Jul 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm #1291861
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:Jul 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm #1893755
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
A good read and good pics. Thanks, Anne!Jul 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm #1893764
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Great story, thanks
The longest I go is 5 nights… Hmmm…Jul 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm #1893841
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Super Pix! Toally psyched me for this summer's upcoming hike.
But will never understand how you folks have the will power to go out there for so long.
Long or short, good hiking!Jul 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm #1893846
@firestarter01Locale: Bay Area
Great article and pics, I one day hope to begin a long distance hike (maybe the PCT). In the last image your pack looks quite small and I'm wondering what kind of tent, sleeping bag, and food you carry?
Keep it up,Jul 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm #1893848
Great thread and difficult for me to read, not because of the way it was written, but because it hits so close to home.
The trail is waiting for you.
Go out and find your trail.
Cheers!Jul 11, 2012 at 10:20 am #1893943
Great article, Anne! Yup, conflicted, as I'm finally going to do the JMT this August–and, like you describe, have visualized longingly doing the PCT for some years. Turning 60 this year, but–hope springs eternal! Thanks for your heart, humor, good writing and beautiful photos. Peace, Dambara BegleyJul 11, 2012 at 10:35 am #1893955
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I was reminded of the old Jansport advertisements that said, "Get out, while you can!"
I wonder if through-hiking creates "trail bums", as with surfing or skiing, looking for that peak experience, over and over again (no pun intended). I don't know how through-hikers adjust to being back in the city afters months of being in the wilderness. It's bad enough after a weekend, let alone many months!Jul 11, 2012 at 10:44 am #1893961
@paulmagsLocale: People's Republic of Boulder
"I wonder if through-hiking creates "trail bums", as with surfing or skiing, looking for that peak experience, over and over again (no pun intended). I don't know how through-hikers adjust to being back in the city afters months of being in the wilderness. It's bad enough after a weekend, let alone many months!"
It can. Oh it can. :)
Post Trail re-adjustment
Really need to update the doc as things have changed even since I wrote it (I'm engaged, in 'career' mode for the next few years, but still planning to get out there again for 2 months in well, 2-3 years. )
Still..once a bum, always a bum. :)Jul 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm #1894028
@mammomanLocale: NE AL
Great article….I've been feeling the same "call" for a while now, and thus I am going for my B.A. this fall….or should I say associates degree anyway as it's the Foothills Trail. Might be the start of something though.Jul 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm #1894187
Anne, you are a pleasure to read. Was kinda bummed when it was over. But I do hope you go on your CDT adventure and that it'll be everything you hoped it would be. And I admire your resolve in quitting your job to follow passion. Few folks have realized that and they are almost certainly less for it. I know I'd be if I hadn't surfed every day for a number of years and worked sometimes when I had to. I remember coming home from the beach hearing the wind and birds in the trees. The days lazily going by and taking naps after long sessions of fun glassy waves. I'm really glad for, and still fondly remember, those times. I know what it feels like to not be under the pressures of everyday work life and I hope to again experience that in retirement as well. Thanks for helping me recall some very pleasant memories and know that I'll be creating more as time go on.Jul 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm #1894634
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
fantstic article. Thank you for writing such a well written story.Jul 14, 2012 at 4:38 am #1894678
@gklottLocale: Texas Hill Country
Thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading more of your adventures.Jul 16, 2012 at 8:15 am #1895150
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
Great article. Very inspiring.
Can you post your gear list, or at least the highlights and insights about your choices?
Thanks.Oct 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm #2230334
I found out through the grapevine that Anne O'Regan, the author of this article, wrote a book on the experience of thru-hiking the PCT. I ordered a copy and liked it so much I read it all the way through in one sitting. Full disclosure: I hiked a little bit with Anne in 2010, but I'm recommending this book because of how well she captures the experience and the quality of her writing. If you enjoyed this article, you'll like her book. In my opinion it's definitely in the top tier of thru-hiking books. I don't think it's available on Amazon, yet, but you can order it through her website: http://anneoregan.com/index.html It would be great to hear other reviews.
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