Welcome to the first installment of the Pacific Crest Trail Journal: Adventure is Near. During the next three months follow along as I gather the equipment, logistics and mental preparation needed to successfully complete a 6-month journey up the heart of the western frontier. With that being said, check out the new addition to the homepage, the PCTJ introduction poster:
The Pacific Crest Trail will surely have its moments, it’s high mountain peaks and rainy afternoons, and besides training physically for such a demanding fitness achievement, it has been a lesson in mental discipline to comprehend what my mind will experience during 6-months of limited civilization. Besides a few dedicated hikers signing up for sections at a time, there will be long stretches of trail where I will be alone, and as daunting of a mental landscape as that seems, thanks to an article sent to me from a reader from Headspace.com, entitled “What’s the Difference Between Being Alone and Lonely“ , it will be worth considering comfort in just “being” where I’m at in the moment.
On the other side of the spectrum, I suspect that by shedding some of the layers I’ve carried around with me over the last 26 years, I will have a new appreciation for the little things in life that perhaps we take for granted. I recently came across a video of Polar Explorer Aleksander Gamme, who in his return from a self-contained, solo expedition to the South Pole, came across a resupply he had strategically buried in the snow for his route back. Good luck checking this out and not feeling some of the same excitement that Aleksander Gamme feels when he finds his surprise: