Travel Journal: The Pacific Crest Trail

Curi­ous what it’s like to back­pack the Pacif­ic Crest Trail? Fol­low along as we inter­view Kim, our fear­less VP of Pro­duc­tion, Design, and UI, about her expe­ri­ence hik­ing and camp­ing along a 32-mile stretch of the trail in Oregon.

WHY THE PCT?

My love of sur­vival shows def­i­nite­ly played into it — I was so curi­ous about the dif­fer­ent skills you need to be suc­cess­ful when you’re out in the back­coun­try. This trip was the per­fect way for me to learn some of those skills, with the added bonus of get­ting to hike a piece of the world-famous PCT.

IS THERE A REASON YOU CHOSE THE WOMEN-SPECIFIC TRIP?

My daugh­ter was get­ting ready to head off to col­lege, and I was excit­ed about send­ing her out into the world with this awe­some out­door expe­ri­ence under her belt. But I also want­ed to make sure she felt as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble dur­ing the trip. With that in mind, the women’s trip was an obvi­ous choice for us — it sound­ed so invit­ing and free from intim­i­da­tion around try­ing some­thing new. We end­ed up with an incred­i­ble group; I would do anoth­er women’s trip in a heartbeat.

THIS TRIP COVERS 32 MILES OVER FOUR DAYS — HOW DID YOU PREPARE?

After I booked, the tour oper­a­tor emailed us a 6‑week rec­om­mend­ed train­ing plan, which was super help­ful! I hiked local trails, adding in ele­va­tion gains and a weight­ed pack over time. We were also pro­vid­ed a detailed pack­ing list, which I fol­lowed close­ly. I already had some of the basics, but I bor­rowed a num­ber of items from friends and cowork­ers and pur­chased a few things as well.

WHAT MADE THE TRIP SO SPECIAL?

Def­i­nite­ly the peo­ple, the women on the trip. The group size is small, which allowed for tons of one-on-one time with each oth­er and with our (amaz­ing!) guide, Julie. She was a wealth of knowl­edge and it was so great to be able to ask as many ques­tions as I want­ed and have plen­ty of time for feed­back. The trip was made even more spe­cial by the beau­ty of our sur­round­ings and all the knowl­edge I gained, includ­ing the prin­ci­ples of prac­tic­ing Leave No Trace.

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