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    Manfred
    BPL Member

    @orienteering

    Companion forum thread to: Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

    When I was relatively new to BPL I read about Malto’s PCT hike and thought to myself that I want to do that too once I’m grown up. Now that I’m 60, I

    #3813097
    Manfred
    BPL Member

    @orienteering

    You can read  day-by-day descriptions and find daily photos in this blog.

    #3813208
    Alex (he/him)
    BPL Member

    @malexreed

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! I would love to do a long trail someday but it will probably be close to retirement age like yours. It’s inspiring to hear your story, thanks!

    #3813223
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    I’m 59 and heading out next month to try to hike across Colorado and maybe also New Mexico. I’m pretty worried about my fitness for such big mountains but I do have all the time I need without worrying about making big daily miles. The PCT is so beautiful with the desert flowers and views. The CDT amazes me with the sky. As a life-long Southern Californian I rarely see such amazing skies.

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    #3813224
    Alex (he/him)
    BPL Member

    @malexreed

    Diane – I live in New Mexico. I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but please be cautious about the CDT south of Cuba in the summer due to dehydration / heat exhaustion risk! Otherwise sounds like a glorious adventure. Have you looked at the “Northern New Mexico Loop”? It’s a month-long trail that includes that nice CDT section. I think the suggested weather windows are May/June and September?

    #3813240
    Tom D.
    BPL Member

    @dafiremedic

    Locale: Southern California

    This is great Manfred. I don’t know if you remember running into me and my sons on the JMT in 2012, we talked for awhile approaching Crabtree Meadow. Great to see you still hitting the trail with your wife, and on the PCT no less!

    #3813255
    Terran Terran
    BPL Member

    @terran

    Mission Creek probably benefitted from the flushing. It can get vastly overgrown with roots sucking up much of the water. What you did find would be full of decaying leaves.

    I got a text the other day from an old friend saying “no more long hikes”. I still plan them in my head. At 67, I no longer have the ambition. I’ll be driving around Colorado this summer. Fishing and doing a lot of short hikes. Just getting out there just because I still can.

    Nice write up.

    #3813286
    Diane “Piper” Soini
    BPL Member

    @sbhikes

    Locale: Santa Barbara

    I think by the time I get to NM it will be September. I will probably save NM for next year.

    #3813836
    Manfred
    BPL Member

    @orienteering

    In my last day in the Sierra section I finally saw a bear. Amazing and exciting!

    The picture won‘t upload here, so you will have to look for it in my next blog post about today.

    #3814018
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    I’m about to turn 60. I wish I was in shape enough to do the PCT. Maybe I could still get there. But I’ll enjoy all the hikes and backpacking trips I can do, no matter how long.

    I’m really enjoying your blog Manfred. The post on Reverse Diet is really interesting. I hope you will post more about how the long miles affects your weight and energy level, and any strategies you resort to.

    #3814931
    Manfred
    BPL Member

    @orienteering

    The dream stays alive – walking from Mexico to Canada in continuous footsteps. The Shelly Fire closed a big part of the PCT and I road walked 100 miles around it in a record heatwave to keep the my footsteps continuous.

    https://pct2024.wordpress.com/

    #3814933
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    “People in shiny new cars were speeding by, but these poor people stopped to help someone who was worse off than they.”

    I have experienced this more times than I can remember. Whenever I have hitchhiked, it is never the rich who pick me up, even as a solo woman. It’s working class or clearly poor people who lend a hand. Most of the time those offering a ride have to clear space, because they have lots of stuff, kids, dogs, etc. in the vehicle too. But they find room. I once got passed by multiple giant RVs and people who waved at me, until finally a rusty little pickup stopped filled with an entire family and all their belongings (or so it seemed). I wonder why it is that those who have more are even less generous? Perhaps those with less know what it’s like to be on foot, and know what it means to have someone help.

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