The Walk

Beginning in early spring 2011 we will undertake to hike the 2650+ mile long Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  We have created this site in order to be able to communicate with our friends, family, and the world in order to create publicity for the project beforehand, as well as to be able to stay in touch more effectively throughout the journey.  We intend to deepen the experience of such an intense passage through the varied landscapes of California, Oregon, and Washington by offering a walking college along the way (both physically and virtually) as well as by conducting what may be the worlds longest foot powered ‘mega transect’.  We seek to share the experience of living lightly with as many folks as possible, and to share our backgrounds in ecosystem literacy and environmental ethics.  The data we collect will be useful as a means of comparison to understand current plant species distributions as well as future changes in the coming decades.  These many shared experiences and research efforts will culminate in the authoring of a naturalists guide to the PCT.

The Pacific Crest Trail

“Zigzagging its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) boasts the greatest elevation changes of any of America’s National Scenic Trails, allowing it to pass through six out of seven of North America’s ecozones including high and low desert, old-growth forest and arctic-alpine country. Indeed, the PCT is a trail of diversity and extremes. From scorching desert valleys in Southern California to rain forests in the Pacific Northwest, the PCT offers hikers and equestrians a unique, varied experience.

Located within driving distance of San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle, the PCT is both easily accessible and blissfully wild at the same time…It offers the best of the West – the Mojave Desert, the Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney, Yosemite National Park, Marble Mountain and the Russian Wilderness in Northern California, the volcanoes of the Cascades including Mt. Shasta and Mt. Hood, Crater Lake, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Rainier, and the remote Northern Cascades.

Over the past decade the PCT has become a favorite target of thru-hikers and thru-riders (the hearty souls who attempt to hike or ride an entire long-distance trail in one “season”). Each year, in fact, an average of 300 hikers attempt to cover the full length of the PCT (thru-riders are more rare but increasing in number). Thousands of other hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year, some traveling only a few miles in the course of a day hike.”

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