The PCT is calling! After retiring November 1st I am on my 3rd month of not working. My new job is training for the PCT, a hike of 2,650 miles. My training is to hiking 5-6 days per week and with distances of 50 – 75 miles per week.
The great news is I have met some people that also plan to hike the PCT in 2016. I also have some good friends to help me plan and organize the trip. My PCT hiking buddy Jerry lives in Alamo and kicks my butt every time we hike up Mt. Diablo. But Jerry has not done any backpacking so our training will include a few nights on the trail using our gear and testing out our tents, sleeping system and food plan. It will be fun to work together to work out the logistics required for getting from Mexico to Canada.
The good news is we hike weekly with many “thru hikers” people who have hiked one or more of the three long distance trails in the US. Scott “Shroomer” a triple crown hiker ( PCT, CDT and AT) has been our mentor suggesting different gear and hike strategies to help us be successful. We meet other long distance hiking experts that continue to give us great ideas on how to hike the trail.
We are now hiking 4-6 days per week and today we did 12 miles on Mt. Diablo with over 4,000 vertical of climbing. It is great to get gear out on the trail and have our legs and feet get in shape for hiking everyday.