Aug 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm #1278677
Hiking MaltoBPL Member
Saturday 8/27 I reached the Canadian border after fastpacking the PCT in under 99 days. It was a very challenging year yet I was able to maintain my schedule in spite of the conditions. I credit my low base weight, about 8 lbs on allowing this to happen. I also want to thank all the folks here because without the transformation to UL my trip would have never happened. It is interesting that most of the folks at the front of the pack at the end had 10 lb or less base weights.
It's good to be back in civilization.
MaltoAug 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm #1774153
@truenorthLocale: San Francisco, CA
What a challenging year to complete the PCT in such a fashion. I enjoyed following you on PostHoler. All that snow it's just nuts. Congratulations!Aug 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm #1774155
@dirk9827Locale: Pacific Northwest
Wow! Very impressed by your speed and your base weight. Hope you enjoyed the experience. Am curious to hear what you considered the highlight of your travels. How many zeros did you throw in there? (I can't imagine many). Did you find that you had enough insulation at that base weight? Would you do anything differently if you had to do it again?
Again, congratulations. Glad to hear that you finished safe and sound. I enjoyed your trail journals. It's been a very snowy summer up here in Washington and been a bit discouraging trying to do much back country backpacking because of the snow and bugs. That you did that many miles so quickly is really a testament to your conditioning and light load. Very inspiring to read about your travels.
DirkAug 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm #1774164
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Nice work, Greg!Aug 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm #1774165
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Congratulations! It's especially noteworthy that you were able to finish so early in such a difficult year!Aug 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm #1774166
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Hat is off to you Greg.Aug 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm #1774170
W I S N E R !BPL Member
Much respect, congratulations.Aug 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm #1774172
Katharina LångstrumpBPL Member
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Congratulations Greg! I hope you get a little time to "come back in", without being swarmed.Aug 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm #1774175
Steven ParisBPL Member
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
An amazing accomplishment!
Will you ever be able to eat Hamburger Helper again?
edit: would love to hear more about your gear/food/water purification: what worked and what didn't when you have more time to digest this whole experience.Aug 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm #1774195
David W.BPL Member
@davidpcvsamoaLocale: East Bay, CA
Congratulations on achieving your goal. What an incredible accomplishment. I enjoyed checking in and catching up on your posts on postholer. I look forward to hearing some of your stories in person.
Cheers!Aug 30, 2011 at 8:27 am #1774270
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Nice job Greg! An incredible accomplishment by itself, even more amazing given your time.
I looked at your Gear List and saw only the Whisp for rain gear.
I take it that was sufficient?Aug 30, 2011 at 8:56 am #1774276
Nice work! Remind me never to go hiking with you in the Sierra snow… I'd never keep up. I hope you both did it fast and had a great time. Big congrats!Aug 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm #1774403
Strong work in a very challenging year!
I have been using a variation on your malto based energy drink that Jack (Tequila Kid) posted. Works great.
ChrisAug 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm #1774407
Kendall ClementBPL Member
@socalpackerLocale: Southern California
BIG congratulations, Greg! 99 days!!! Nice job!Aug 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm #1774503
Ken HelwigBPL Member
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Right on Greg! Nice!!! Hope to hear some cool stories at next years BPL Meeting!Sep 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm #1775758
Congratulations! Awesome! I really want to hike the PCT next year. How did your iphone hold up? I'm curious about their durability on long hikes. I bring mine on hikes, but I don't have insurance on it.Sep 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm #1784513
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I just finished reading all 124 pages! Great trip. Seems like the pressure of a deadline weighed heavily on you. If you did not have a deadline and could spend 4, 5, or 6 months would you do it differently? Are there sights or side trips you would have explored?
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