Hi, I’m Gizmo. I’m not a morning person. I like to learn things the hard way, although preferably only once. I woke up a few months ago and decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. Why, you ask? Because it is a socially acceptable way of being unemployed for five months. Ok, there might be a little more to it than that, but I’ll leave the analysis to someone else.
Why are you hiking the PCT?
To have a real cool time.
Are you really going to walk all the way from Mexico to Canada?
It’s certainly the plan.
Why the PCT and not the AT?
How many active volcanoes can you see from the AT? That’s right, none.
What is your training regimen like?
I’m spending about 15-20 hours a week studying for my professional engineering licensing exam. I’m hoping it’s a transferable skill. I also go climbing on the weekends, and while I’m not sure if humping 50 lbs straight uphill for 20 minutes is really relatable to humping 15 lbs up switchbacks all day long, it’s got to help a little. Right?
What else are you doing to get prepared?
I’ve spent a lot of time getting together my gear, but not much on food/resupply/itineraries. I LOVE GEAR, but getting away from long-term, detailed lists and schedules and itineraries is kind of the point.
Why are you keeping a blog?
I don’t know; it seems really self-indulgent. I’m hoping to develop my voice, maybe share this experience a little wider. Also, my mother will read it. And now you are too. (thanks!)
What are you most excited about?
Probably the scenery from the john. You can only stare at the back of the bathroom door so many times before you realize: the view sucks.