Introducing The PCT Journalist

We’ve got a new feature on our website and we’re pretty excited about it. Every thirty minutes, The Journalist collects the latest PCT blog posts from around the web and displays them in a central location. For the geeks out there, The Journalist is an RSS aggregator.

We love reading trail journals. They’re a great source of inspiration, emotional stories and trail updates. It can be time consuming to visit a long list of different journals to check for updates. It’s also hard to find new journals.

On The Journalist, you’ll see just the first bit of everyone’s posts. We’re hoping you’ll click through to their website to read the whole thing.

Modern technology in the backcountry has led to an explosion in real time journaling. [Photo: Matt Honan/Flickr/CC]

Modern technology in the backcountry has led to an explosion in real time journaling. [Photo: Matt Honan/Flickr/cc]

We’re looking for new blogs to include. If you’re writing about the PCT, send us an email at [email protected] to be included in the feed. Also, we need your help. If you find anything broken, or a feed that’s not usually about the PCT, please tell us.

The Journalist is a long-time coming. Lon “Halfmile” Cooper and I have been talking about PCTA hosting such a feature for more than a year. Halfmile’s, a proof-of-concept test that’s been live since March, will be mothballed in the next few months. My warmest thanks to Halfmile for his friendship, support and gentle nudging on this project. Just as he donated his blog – – to us, his donation of is appreciated.

While you’re at it, check out Liz “LoveNote” Chaplin’s aggregator for the CDT at

Read The Journalist now.


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.