Call for submissions for PCT 2013 book

Send in your stories from this year. Rodger Dodger will edit them into a book.

PCT Class of ’13,

Want to help me create a PCT ’13 book? Hopefully you are all having fun reminiscing while getting photos/videos to Red Beard for the class video. So I thought now would be a good time to ask if you were interested in going old school, and getting out your pen and paper and telling a story about your trip.

Which story? You know the one. It’s the first story you think of when someone asks about your hike. If you are Anish or Zen Master, perhaps it’s the story about how you shattered the speed record of the PCT. Or if you are EZ Rider, maybe it’s the time you put out a lightning strike forest fire. For Spoons, it might be the time you decided to drop your pack after a 42 mile day in order to run the last 50 miles of the Cascade Crest ultramarathon.

But what if you aren’t a speed-hiking, fire-fighting, ultramarathoner? Then tell me about the time you organized an 18-person night-hike with glow sticks, or had a barbecue by a mountain lake, miles from the nearest road. Tell me about the time you hiked 20 miles the wrong way, or belly-crawled to avoid getting blown off the ridge by hurricane-force winds. Tell me the time that you almost got run over in your sleep by jeeps speeding past your head, or about when you almost got arrested for indecent exposure.

I’d like to put together a book with as many stories as I can get. Not only from hikers, but from trail angels, or trail crew, or loved ones left at home. The only stipulations are that it has to be about the PCT, and it has to be about this year’s hike. The book will be self-published. Contributors will get free copies to share with their family and friends. Other members of the class of 2013 will be able to buy it at cost. The book will also be sold online at, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the PCTA.

Ziggy and the Bear haven’t found many takers lately.

Ziggy and the Bear haven’t found many takers lately.

Most people I talked to on the trail thought this was a good idea. Most people I talked to had a story they wanted to tell. Now it’s time to put your pens where your mouths are.

Are you interested in contributing to this book? Please let me know, along with just a sentence or two about what you’d like to write about. For example, here’s my story: I ran across two day hikers in the Sierras. After a ten minute conversation, we discovered that they were my wife’s uncles, whom she hadn’t seen or spoken to in over 25 years.

So, what’s your story? e-mail me at [email protected]

-Roger Dodger

ps. Please forward this request to anyone you know that you think might be participating. The list I have doesn’t even include half the PCT hikers, let alone any trail angels or anyone else that might want to participate.

pps. Here is my trail journal if you are interested

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.