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Mon Nov 2 09:45:36 CST 2015
Another option is to start really early northbound on the Appalachian Trail
in Feb. or March, finish it fast and then southbound on either the PCT or
the CDT. Cloudwalker, a young man from Washington State, did the AT and
CDT last year that way and still made it to the American Long Distance
Hiking Association West's, Gathering in late Sept. to receive his Triple
Crown Award. He had done the PCT in an earlier year. But to do those
kinds of miles you have to be a super fast hiker. He clocked 35 to 40
miles per day at times on the AT, the physically hardest of the three, and
faster than that on the CDT. He's a really fast hiker. He just gave me a
rabbit chase up Mt. Diablo, our best local training spot, last week that
was one of the fastest times I've done in a long time, and he was
moderating his pace so as to be able to talk to me.
Eric, who I hiked most of the CDT with, made a big loop of trails over 2
years that went like this: PCT sobo (southbound) in the summer of 2010,
Florida Trail during the winter, AT nobo (northbound) during the summer of
2011, Arizona Trail during the winter and then CDT nobo in the summer of
2012. But he too is a really fast and strong hiker. He slowed down enough
to hike with us geezers in 2012 on the CDT only because he wanted to hike
with us. We never could have kept up with him otherwise.
Most of us mere mortals hike one of the big ones per season, or two or
three of the shorter ones. The three great trails range in length from
2,100 to 3,100 miles, enough that most of us can complete one in a season,
but not more than that. But if you are in the range of super fast hikers
the two options above are just an example of how you can link trails. Cam
Honan, AKA "Swami", a fellow Australian, actually linked 12 great trails,
if I'm remembering it right, over a 2 year period, creating some on his own
out of several shorter trails. He actually completed the Triple Crown,
PCT, CDT and AT in one calendar year during this time. But he's one of the
greatest long distance walkers on the planet at this point. So it can be
done, and if you're capable, more power to ya and keep us posted, as we all
love to follow the big endeavors.
Welcome to the PCTL and good luck on whatever you choose..
On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM, marmot marmot <marmotwestvanc at hotmail.com>
> If you want to string a few trails together, the ones that might work are
> the PCT(leaving in April,nb) Colorado Trail(mid August,sb)Arizona Trail(end
> of sept,sb)Ouachita Trail (start Nov,EB)Florida Trail(Dec,nb). And then
> depending on how much time and money you have you could just continue north
> on the East Coast Trail( Pinhoti Trail, Benton MacKay,AT,IAT). Of course
> all this depends on the weather cooperating. You would have to bus or hitch
> between trails but I was just trying to link them together in the order you
> could do them at the right time of the year considering heat,snow not
> backtracking too much etc.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Nov 1, 2015, at 8:46 PM, Brick Robbins <brick at brickrobbins.com>
> > 2015-11-01 15:39 GMT-08:00 Wayne Monastra <waynemonastra at gmail.com>:
> >> Im from New Zealand and planning (or trying too) a couple of your very
> >> hikes over your way late next year.
> > G'Day Wayne.
> > Welcome to the PCT-L
> > Hmmm, it is difficult, but not impossible to do multiple long trails
> > in the same year, since the lenght of a hiking season, and the time it
> > takes to complete a very long trail (pct, cdt at) are similar.
> > Also, when is "late next year" as the seasons are not very forgiving
> >> Keen for any info on the PCT and talk to those who have perhaps done it
> >> before..
> > This is a good place to find many folks who have hiked the PCT
> >> I tend to also do most of my trips solo, however would love to hike with
> >> like minded people if any are willing to join me.
> > you will meet many friends on the trail and will see the same folks
> > often, even if you are hiking solo. The window of opportunity is
> > fairly short to hike the whole PCT, so hiking in "the herd" is more of
> > a problem than hiking alone
> > But no worries, she'll be right mate.
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