Post by Peter Bakwin on Nov 8, 2017 8:54:47 GMT -5
Hi Helgi, -In my opinion you don't need to mail the boxes yourself. -You should carefully read this entire thread & the Read This First post on this site. You will see that taking reroutes is very controversial. But reroutes will almost certainly be required to hike the PCT on any given year. You need to be very clear about which reroutes you take, and how this affects the distance & difficulty of the route. -Real time tracking with the InReach is an excellent start to verification. More info on that in the Read This First post. Good luck with your planning & hike! PB
I am not an expert, but hope I can give you some input:
1. Do I need to mail all of my drops, or can I enlist a friend to mail them as I go?
Should be ok to have a resupply person that does the mailing for you, as long as you have no pre-arranged meetings with that or any person along the trip.
2. If I have to mail all of my drops, are there any specific locations where they only hold them for a certain period of time? If there is a time limit on those specific drops, what is the time limit?
That needs some planning, I would recommend to look into several PCT resources like Yogis Guidebooks or Halfmile. It makes also a difference if you mail to a Post Office or to a private owned business. It is important to always write an ETA (estimated time arrival) on the boxes. But how to label Pct boxes is explained in the resources above.
4. I know the fires, especially those along the PCT corridor in Oregon and Washington, are compromised. If I have to veer from the “official PCT” in any way, will my attempt be null and void, even if I stayed on foot entirely?
That is a bit of an "grey area" I fear. Some people state before the attempt, they will only take the pct and no detours..well if they state that and in case in some occasion they have to take a detour for whatever reason, basically their attempt would be over. So I think it is smart to think of what you will do in advance and state it before. Than stick to it. Some detours will make the journey even longer. Some shorter. Hard to say and not really a rule about that chapter. I think it is important to always rejoin the trail where you left it after resupply for example. So you won´t hike out of town on a shorter way to the trail and cut a piece of trail out.
I also have the Triple Crown of 200s on my calendar for 2018 after I complete the PCT.
Well it is good to have plans But dont plan too much after that. Doing the PCT in sub60 days is not an easy undertaking and you should give your body and mind the time to recover in the long haul.
Any website or social media to follow on your attempt or planning?
IMO, the PCT FKT should be like the Olympic marathon record. Some courses are easier, some are harder, but the shortest time is #1. #2 can bitch all he wants that #1 had an easier course, but so long as the course #1 took was the official, legal route incorporating gov closures and PCTA detours at the time, the FKT stands.
Theres no other solution that doesn't permanently foreclose the possibility of a new FKT. With global warming, fire detours are going to increase, and even those are going to seem miniscule compared to the big forthcoming change in the route once that asshole ranch in SoCal forms an agreement with the PCTA.
Yassine, I'm confused about your OR PCT thing. Above (first post in this thread) it is reported that Brian Donnelly did the OR PCT in 7d22h37m (August 9-17, 2013). You were involved in that trip, so I think you must know more about it than I do. Is there an error? Thanks! PB
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was w/ Brian for part of the way of his fast Oregon PCT Fkt, but unfortunately I had to drop out. As far as I know, Brian holds the fastest time overall. He did it Self Supported and his time is very impressive!
I went back a couple years later w/ a couple friends to attempt the fastest overall time, but we were doing it supported. I naively thought that maybe it would be easier doing it Supported, but no, I was wrong. We fell short of the fastest overall time, but as far as I know we claimed the fastest "Supported" time. I hope this sheds a little light on it!
Hello to everyone, just want to tell you about my plan, I am planning to do PCT yo-yo style, self supported, starting on 05/22.I will do it with my usual motto - no ABC (alcohol, bed, car).I will use Garmin Inreach for tracking, set at 30 min. due limited battery live. I will also take selfies at points far from roads, I think the best will be at trail junctions where the names of these trails will be visible. And I will try to get email addresses from fellow hikers. I will do that in case I will be lucky and finish it I would not want that FKT be DQ for some reason! If anybody has any questions or suggestions I am all ears .
Hi, Jupiter here. Just wanting to claim my intentions publicly for this year that I will be attempting to break the self supported yoyo fastest known time on the Pacific Crest Trail set by Eric D in 2007 in a continuous 5,300 miles hike from Mexico to Canada then back to Mexico. Scott Williamson in 2006 completed this feat in 191 days besting his first successful hike, while Eric finished in 183 days just a year after. The later number is my aim. My intention is to do it in the same style Scott has coined over many long hikes in the past, as a backpacker carrying all of my food water and equipment between towns, without vehicle support following me up the trail or meeting me in any fashion, while also walking in and out of all my town stops. Should any of that change, or I deviate from in a subtle way I'll be honest about doing so. I will follow the official route of the PCT the entire way but in the likely event of a closure for fire or otherwise will take an official detour as Joe/Karel did on their supported hikes. I will not be carrying a spot or inreach, which I guess you guys can argue with me later if someone finds my documentation to be lacking, that is ok and this whole thing will just be for me as ultimately I do this because I love to and deeply want to. As for the speed aspect it is also just something I love. I post here to you all out of respect for those who come before me, and paved the way, cracking the code, and solving the puzzle. I'm not the first, and won't be the last but thank dearly everyone who makes this possible, and has inspired me over the years.
As I hike I will update most to instagram, but also will post photos or story to facebook, blog, and youtube whenever I find I have time which should be pretty often. I plan on documenting the journey heavily which will hopefully help later with any sort of verification. If you're interested in following I don't think I'm too difficult to find.
In 2016 I hiked the 4,800 mile Eastern Continental Trail in a very similar style without much vehicle assistance, and even ending with an FKT on the Florida Trail. This yoyo of the PCT is what I dreamt about while out east, culminating in an obsession for the next year, and the deep planning of for the past 9 months.
I start May 10
ps I'd say see you out there Shiggy, but I think that would mean one of our attempts went wrong!! So here goes, goodluck.
Hi Jupiter, it looks that we are going to hike in the same style.Anyways we might meet on the trail after you turn at the border and start SoBo and I will be still NoBo. Good luck to you too! And also thanks for the update, I did not know about Eric D and his FKT. But I am aiming to do it in sub 180 days so it doesn't change much.SHIGGY