Pacific Crest Trail - 2653 miles (4270 km) - 5 months - help me set a record!
Hello friends, family & random consociates!
Starting Apr 30, 2019 I will be setting off from Campo, CA to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This isn’t an easy task by any means, and I'm hoping that with your help I will be able to make my dream a reality!
Details about my Hike:
The Pacific Crest Trail is 2653 miles (4,270 km) long and ranges in elevation from sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009m) in the Sierra Nevada. The trail avoids civilization and the route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks where we will witness some of America’s most scenic and varied terrain – from scorching deserts to snowy mountains along the way. One month I’ll be hiking in 44 C (110 F) and the next I’ll be treading through snow in temperatures under -6 C (20 F).
I have under 1 month to prepare before I hit the path and I will be hiking solo. To hike the entire trail in a single trip is an achievement worthy of superlatives.
The hardest thing to manage is Finances without pay checks (I am gone for half a year) and I would need CAD $8,000.
The funds you provide will go towards training, Ultra-light gear, trail food, gear replacement, medication, insurance etc.
Here is the Expenditure breakdown:
Gear cost - $5000
Trail food - $3500
Gear repair/replacement (mostly shoes, new jacket and pants) - $1500
Resupply costs, including mail drop postage and fees on the trail - $2000
Town and Lodging and Miscellaneous (for shower, laundry etc) - $1000
To/from trail transportation, including replacement meals - $400
Health Insurance - $600
P.S: The total cost is estimated to be CAD 14,000. Personally, I have cut down my costs in the last few months and would be able to manage the balance funds on my own by selling my existing gear, paycheck contributions etc.
Looking up towards Mt Elbrus Summit, Russia, Europe's highest Mountain.
Why this challenge?
I hope to inspire people to be as adventurous and daring as one can dream of. I am especially interested to inspire others to break the box of learned helplessness by changing the mindset to individuality and chase greatness.
I strongly believe in pushing past our physical and emotional boundaries to attain greatness. You don’t need an official uniform, an official court, an official audience, an official brand or an official sponsor to be officially great. Somehow, we all believe that greatness is born, it’s a destiny, it’s only for selected few that we see in the movies and T.V. but I disagree. The truth is greatness is in all of us!
All my posts are inspired by my alpine friends. They help me stay grounded by reminding our common struggles. My life in the Mountains has been a series of achievements, disappointments, struggle, and joy. Mountains aren’t just beautiful landscapes. They teach us life lessons.
So, without your support I can’t make this a reality!
If you have any further questions, you can contact me on any Social media (links at the bottom) and would love to discuss with you further.
Once again, Thanks so much!
List of previous achievements:
~Summited Pico De Orizaba, 5,636 m (18,491 ft), Mexico. North America's highest Volcano which is also the third highest mountain in the continent.
~Summited Iztaccihuatl, Mexico's third highest peak at 5,230 m (17,160 ft)
Russia to climb the Europe's highest mountain, Mount Elbrus and reached 5557 m (18,231 ft) where the summit is at 5642 m (18,510 ft). Had to turn back 85 m below the summit due to extreme weather conditions.
~Free climbed the Granite Face of the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, which is the second largest granite monolith in the world at 702 m (2,303 ft). It is also a world class Rock Climbing Destination. (Free Climbing is a form of Rock climbing in which the climber use only climbing equipment such as ropes and other climbing protection only to protect against injury during falls but not to assist progress)
~Hiked and Climbed at multiple locations in British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA with a total of 18 summits.
~Finished long distance Obstacle course races and mountain trail running with a total of 15 medals.
Thanks so much!
Locomotive Mountain, British Colombia.