Shortly after returning from my 5.5-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, I volunteered to take on the task of creating the Class of 2016 video commemorating the experience. Now, if I would have known at the time how much effort that would be involved to complete this video, would I have signed up for the project? The answer is a definite maybe. Now that it is completed though, and it’s been a full calendar year since I first started trekking the trail myself, I couldn’t be more grateful for the privilege of being part of the total experience of living life on the trail, and re-living it vicariously through creating the Class of 2016 video.
I should have opened all this with a big thanks to all the hikers that contributed their photos and videos to the Class Video, and I’d have to reference the exact numbers again, but it was about nearly 80 different hikers who submitted roughly 10,000 pieces of media. While it was quite the organizational task to compile these into a somewhat narrative fashion, I quickly realized that creating the video played a part in my post-trail evaluation and reflection. Whether that means it made me smile remembering the good times and great views, or it made me resigned towards disappointing thoughts about how good life used to be, well, that depended on the day.
Regardless, I hope you enjoy the video, and if you have any negative reviews, I’ve placed a comment box at the base of one of those windmills in the desert which I’ll be checking at the end of the year. If you liked what you saw, I encourage you to check out what else the Pacific Crest Trail Journal has to offer, including some musings 365 Days Later about the trail, and if you are looking for a freelance writer, or perhaps you know somebody that is, please check out my Writing Portfolio and Contact Information link.
Until next time,