When the first real considerations to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail trickled into my thoughts a year ago, it felt like I had ages to get ready and plan the trip. Now, with nearly just two months until my departure date, every detail has developed much sharper edges. I’ve got my gear nearly set, my official permit has been issued, and now I’m focusing my attention towards the smaller details of the trip. Food considerations, post-office addresses and always ensuring that I’m safely surviving in the elements, some of these details would be very difficult to figure out without a few very valuable resources:
Craig’s PCT Planner (pctplanner.com) is an online trip planning resource specific to the Pacific Crest Trail. You input your predicted hiking speed and elevation slow-down, as well as your starting date, and Craig’s PCT Planner spits out a long list of something similar to what you see here:
With the ability to change resupply points along the trail, including the number of rest days taken, as well as providing topographic representation of each section, Craig’s PCT Planner is very user-friendly and in conjunction with the PCTA Interactive Map, as well as the PCT Data Book, you can find comprehensive trip planning information even before you open the guidebooks.
Trip planning often involves these certain hard skills, or data-focused abilities, but considering my story-telling aspirations for the trip, certain soft skills need to be in focus as well. I’ve been practicing the time-lapse feature with my GoPro, and the following 10-second video was made with 45 minutes of shooting time-lapse video at a .5 second interval:
Finally, as mentioned before, my official Long Distance Permit from the PCTA arrived to me via email this week, and although I had been dreaming of this for nearly a year now, suddenly at the moment, opening my inbox and seeing the actual issuance of my departure into scenic beauty, well, it felt good. I rode those good vibrations out and created the newest addition to the homepage, be sure to check it out: