The 5 W’s

Who?

What?

Where?

When?

&

Why?

 

Who am I

Allow me to introduce myself. My pseudonym is Wile E., genius. Wile E., Supergenius. Yeah. I like the way it rolls out. Wile E., Supergenius.

I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college.

I currently reside in the great Pacific Northwest, Washington state to be precise. Paying the bills requires me to use my creative expertise to design floral arrangements for a prominent local shop.

In my spare time I enjoy my canine companions, Dante and Asher with whom I traverse the wilds and complete obstacle courses.

I also play x box and yes this is my Gamer tag.

 

What is this all about?

I will be attempting, as many before me have, to hike South Bound(SoBo) from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail; the PCT.

In the coming days, weeks and months I will be updating this site with my thoughts, planning, gear picks, supply strategies and reasoning for my choices.

“One does not simply choose to Hike the PCT”

 

Where?

The Pacific Crest Trail (abbreviated as the PCT, and officially designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail’s southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, just south of Campo, California, and its northern terminus on the U.S.–Canada border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,659 mi (4,279 km) long without any detours due to Mother Nature, injury or illness. And ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009 m) at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Its midpoint is near Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade Mountain ranges meet.

It is open year round, although winter thru hiking has only been done once by professional team of extremely well skilled hikers in 2015. It is open to hiking and equestrian enthusiasts. And a favorite trail for many people across the U.S. and international borders.

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When?

When is tricky. Especially going SoBo. Because of current snow packs and late Spring snow in Washington and Oregon setting a definitive departure date is impractical. Unless you are a muy bueno mountaineer-er with exceptional snow skills, leaving Washington too early or too late could be disastrous.

On-line research through many a blog of previous SoBo contenders has given us a good signal for estimating a safe departure date. All previous experienced SoBo thru hikers agree that when Hart’s Pass has a total of zero, as in no snow on the ground, that is a safe time to start your trek.

This does not mean that all is clear on every pass there after. It just means that if no new snow is covering Hart’s Pass that the Spring melt is hopefully taking on a one way direction— melting.

So I have a start “window” between July 1st and the 15th. Unless I am lucky and a Chinook(warm wind) comes through and rushes the melt I wont risk leaving earlier. I am by far no mountaineer.

So leaving in July and trekking at an even pace(I have no idea but most sites say 20 miles a day is minimum to complete the trail in a season) and do not fall ill, or to an injury and Mother Nature does not foil my progress I estimate that I should hit the Southern Terminus on my birthday in November. How cool would that be?

Why?

“Why not?”

So everyone thinks I am crazy. And I am. But this is something I had wanted to do as a teenager, however then it was going to be on horse back. Unfortunately I have no horse, so by foot I will go with one of my trusty side kicks.

Why now?
Because I have nothing stopping me. I have no career, no children needing my every attention at home and no spouse to miss me terribly as I wonder in the wilds.

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