Fun fact: I’m one of three Clymb employees to have thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2005. Over the course of five months, I trekked 2600 miles from Canada to Mexico with my college roommate, Tyler (Brand Event Manager at The Clymb). That same year, Brett (Business Development Manager), began hiking the PCT northbound.
Tyler and I never saw Brett on the trail — our paths probably crossed somewhere around Etna, California — but we still have plenty to chat about around the water cooler. It was in the middle of one such discussion that we got the idea to put together a lightweight trekking event for The Clymb. We wanted to give our members an opportunity to lighten their loads and walk farther, faster.
The Trekking Essentials event will help you do just that. Every hiker is different. There is no magic combination of gear that allows you to walk 30 miles a day without breaking a sweat. But one thing’s for sure: an effective long distance backpacking system needs to be lightweight. Every item in your pack needs to be assessed in terms of its value versus its weight. If possible, each item you choose to carry will serve multiple purposes. That’s why you’ll find tarps propped up by trekking poles, down jacket/half sleeping bag combos, convertible pants, and multi-tools in this event.
If you see some opportunities to swap your old hefty gear for something less burdensome, I encourage you to go for it. The feeling of cruising across an alpine ridge unencumbered by your pack is an exhilarating experience. If you’re curious to learn more about what it takes to prepare for a thru-hike, check out an article I put together for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).
Have a listen to Nate, Tyler, and Brett as they share their insightful and funny thoughts on thru-hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: