It’s about time I gave you all those stats you’ve been soooo looking forward to.
Life after the trail has been very very strange……..
We didn’t think that either of us would get post trail depression but there ya go!
We will be OK, it’s just very difficult to go from six months in the wilderness to full on life. We have very different priorities now and have been finding it hard to make decisions. In hindsight, not selling the farm was the best thing that could have happened. We have come back to our serenity, our little piece of paradise.
Work for me has been overwhelming at times – I have a brand new appreciation for the massive responsibility we have – it’s life and death!! With that in mind I am decreasing my work hours from March to 3 days a week.
Work for Chips has been hectic as he picks our blueberry crop, as of today he has picked (with minimal help from others) 500kg/1100lb of product!!! He has also taken on a small amount of building work. We now employ a lovely young woman, Katherine, to man the farm gate sales for us she is amazing!
What does the future hold? We’re not sure….. in the immediate future (April 2019) we are planning a northbound (NOBO) hike of the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle NSW. Yes you are right we hiked this trail in 2016 SOBO, we missed a few sections and we are a lot fitter now. We will be trialling new lighter packs, new hiking poles and breaking in our new tent liner (We got a replacement under warranty from Wild Earth)
PCT Statistics and facts
Total PCT adventure from whoa to go $24K AUD
included flights (international and domestic USA), car rental, hotels, food and activities.
Total trail cost $10 – 11K USD this was for the two of us and included all food (trail & off trail), accomodation and gear.
We broke our tent (Big Agnes Copper spur 3), stove (Soto), Chips’ watch, several fingernails, water bladder and my walking poles.
We both went through 5 pairs of shoes (Altra), 3 pairs of toe socks (Injinji) and swapped out 4 pairs of Darn Toughs (have a lifetime guarantee)
We walked 2670 miles – 4272km
156 days on trail 28th April – 8th October
+8 days off trail at midpoint (and 1 day doing trail magic at Chester which was a blast!)
California 106 days (4 zero)
Oregon 21 days (1 zero)
Washington 29 days (2 zero)
Idyllwild 2 nights
Wrightwood 1 night
Tehachapi 3 nights
Independence 2 nights
Burney 2 nights
Ashland 2 nights
Cascade Locks 2 nights
Snoqualmie 1 night
Holden Village 1 night
Campsites – stayed in each one night
Mazama (Crater Lake)
Trail Angels – you ALL rock!
Scout & Frodo one night for orientation, marquee accomodation, dinner, breakfast and transport to the trail
Mike’s Place one night – water, food and tent site with dual occupancy loo LOL
Muir Woods @ Mary’s place one night iced water in a cooler on arrival, interesting shower/toilet setup and tentsite.
ZZ & Top Mockey @ Big Bear one night with transport to & from the trail/grocery store, shower, laundry, bed in the trailer out front with own bathroom, dinner & breakfast
Hiker Heaven @ Agua Dulce one night with transport to & from REI/grocery store via In & Out burger LOL, shower, laundry and tent site
Casa De Luna @ Green Valley one night with yummy food, hugs from Terrie, transport back up to the trail with Mary and tent site in the magical manzanita forest
David & Rosy our own private trail angels @ Chester Five nights (three separate occasions) with absolutely delicious home cooked meals, amazeballs margaritas, shower, laundry, bed in the trailer out front and transport to & from the trail/grocery and post office.
Kyle & Mick in Yakima friends of my cousin Sue. Picked us up from Packwood Lake took us home to their beautiful home in Yakima where we had a bed, did laundry and were fed delicious food. Then dropped back up to White Pass
After the trail transport from Manning Park Canada to Langley Canada (2 1/2 hours!)
a night in Bellingham with Kim and Pat and another night in Chester with our amazing trail angels David & Rosy now more like family!
Trail Angels met along the way
Couple at Barrel Spring our first encounter of trail magic
Hamburger Helper and his friends at Scissors Crossing
Coppertone your spiders (root beer float) are the best mate! We should know I think we ended up being treated to them 5 times!
Large group of dayhikers at Vasquez Rocks
Kathy, John and Scott at Ebbets Pass
Ally and the ladies at Carson Pass plus Laurie in the carpark.
The amazing secret squirrel effort along the way sorry can’t give details it would spoil the surprise for future hikers.
Random boxes all along the way on highway exits ie Big Bear, Cascade Locks, I10 near Snow Canyon Rd, Mazama Village and Rainy Pass
Animals – seen
Bears: black 6, Brown 0
Pika several but only one photo
Deer several hundred
Elk a few
Rattlesnakes 1 but heard 6
snakes many including a really big python near Hauser Creek
fluffy ants? a couple red and beige
goats a whole herd
Birds – Eagles, condors, nut crackers, falcons, sparrows, starlings and many more
Spitler Peak – Taquitz Peak
Elk Pass – White Pass
Suiattle Pass – High Bridge
Harts Pass – Woody Pass
For Endangered wildlife
Eagles Roost for the yellow-legged frog
There you have it our hike in a nutshell. If you got this far congratulations. Writing all this down brings back reminders of all the wonderful people we met along the way other thru-hikers, day/section hikers, trail angels and just people. It blows me away just how kind and generous people are!
We also want to thank Randy & Terre Krotzer for keeping all our surplus gear and luggage safe for us until we picked it up we really enjoyed dinner with you guys it was a lovely reunion albeit too short.
28th April 2018
old school symbol
followed that symbol all the way to Canada
8th October 2018
When we finished the PCT we both said “What now!?” and pretty much both agreed, at the time, that we would not go away for six months again. Well now that the dust has settled and so have our minds and emotions we are reconsidering that wild claim and even considering another PCT thru-hike!!! I KNOW! So stay tuned folks this could get very interesting…….