2,665 Miles On Foot!

It’s official: I’m going to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail this summer. A new adventure is afoot!

The backcountry trail catapults north from Mexico through the deserts and mountains of California, Oregon, and Washington, ending at the Canadian border 2,665 miles later. To cover the distance in one season, I’ll have to do it in four months, averaging 22 miles per day without breaks. The logistics are intimidating: I bought four pairs of shoes, crampons, and an ice axe this week, and ordered a bear canister to protect my food, which will be mailed to post offices along the route. About 300 hikers attempt the whole trail each year, and about half of them make it; more people have summited Everest than finished the PCT. But I’m psyched for the challenge! It’s gonna be a great summer.

I’m home in one piece after spending the winter banding birds in Costa Rica. Apologies for the silence over the past month; I went on a whirlwind birding trip at the end of my three months in CR (and saw more than 450 species of birds!) and have been recovering in Oregon for the last couple weeks.

As things gear up for the summer, though, I’m ready to plunge into a new adventure, of a somewhat more physical type. I will begin hiking north from Mexico on about May 17, with regular updates here on progress. Stay tuned!

3 replies
  1. Denise Hamilton
    Denise Hamilton says:

    Wish you all the best on the trail!! So glad to see that you are still among the living! 8-) When you quit posting so long ago, I’m sure your fans (me, included) began to wonder what happened to you. 450 birds- Wow!

  2. Jean Brown
    Jean Brown says:

    Glad to see that you are back on-line Noah…best of luck on the PCT. Maybe we will see you passing through on the trail at some point!

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