Introduction – about us and the trail

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Hi! Thanks for checking out our site. We made this as a way to keep friends and family up to date on our adventure but also for any PCT hopefuls to see what we did to prepare and how we found the hike.

We hope you enjoy our blog. Please get in touch by emailing us at joalhos@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Joal and Jenny xxx

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What is the PCT?

The Pacific Crest Trail is a long distance hiking trail that goes from the bottom of the United States through California, Oregon and Washington state to the Canadian border. The trail covers 2569 Miles, the equivalent distance of from London to the north pole or Land’s End to John o’Groats 3 times. The trail covers the highest points in Continental America in the Sierra Mountains, the scorching heat of the mojave desert, and the wet forests of Washington.

Going through 7 national parks, 25 national forests, the PCT reaches a top altitude of 4,400m when you include the hike up Mt. Witney. The trail stays deliberately remote avoiding towns and roads. This means we’ll need to bring our food with us and make detours to towns to resupply. We’ll be sleeping in a tent for 95% of the time only getting a bed when we treat ourselves in town and will have to plan out where we refuel our water, especially in the desert.

Below are some of our stats for our walk:

  • We’ll be starting on the 24th of April and hopefully finishing around the 8th of October
  • We’ll be on trail for 165 days or 5.5 months.
  • Our base distance is 2,665 miles (without any detours to towns). This is the equivalent of walking from London to the North Pole, or Land’s End to John o’ Groats 3 times.
  • We’re aiming to average 16.5 miles a day
  • We’ll make a total of 36 stops to resupply.
  • Our longest water carry should be about 40 miles (2-3 days so about 8kg of water)
  • Our longest time without city contact is 8.7 days (Sierra City to Chester)
  • Our overall elevation gain is 315,000 feet (96,000 meters) the equivalent of summiting Mt. Everest 10 times.

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Who is Joal? 

At the time of hiking the PCT I’ll by 27 years old. I was born in Holland and grew up in Thailand following my mum around who was an international school teacher. When I was younger I wasn’t a fan of walking, probably because I found it ‘boring’. My love for the great outdoors came after a trip to Nepal where we were treated to the most spectacular views, although I was a scout so did have some experience with hiking and bushcraft. The banner on this site comes from the spot where I fell in love with hiking; the Annapurna range.

Before the PCT I worked in technology for a large financial institution in London and in my spare time I enjoy board games and craft beer.

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Who is Jenny? 

I’ve always loved the outdoors, having grown up walking, camping and mucking out stables. I successfully broke Joal into walking and camping with some beautiful weekend trips to the South Downs in summer. It’s been a joint passion of ours since.

I love to explore and experience new cultures and have worked in an ashram in India, a nut farm in Australia and school in Bangkok. I’m most excited about waking up each morning under canvas.

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