Hiker culture

This is what hiking 2000 miles feels like

By Kara Kieffer, PCTA P3 Hiker

2000 miles feels like waking up tired every morning, like eating the same food again and again until it loses all meaning. It feels like wondering with amazement when 20 miles became a short day. Like pushing yourself up the last climb of the ... Read more

There’s a Boots McFarland book out

By Geolyn Carvin

You’ve probably seen a Boots McFarland cartoon somewhere: online, in a hiking club newsletter or perhaps the black and white comics featured years ago in the PCT Communicator.  Where do these cartoons originate and where do the ideas come from?

I’m a nature lover, like you. ... Read more

Billy Goat, the PCT Guru

An excerpt from the PCTA’s 2016 publication of  The Pacific Crest Trail, Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail.  The book is available on Amazon and in the PCTA online store.

By Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann

Since 2003, he has wandered the campground at Lake Morena County Park near Campo and ... Read more

Shadows Shall Reappear

By J.J. King, 2017 P3 Hiker

“If all is right within you; if you have enthusiasm; if you have curiosity; if you can take it all as a great adventure; just see what you can do about it, while you are here.”

~ Mardy Murie

Our grand and memorable endeavors ... Read more

Emphasizing the smiles, not the miles

By Krystian “Snap” Repolona, 2017 P3 Hiker

“You can’t quit today. You can quit tomorrow, but at midnight, tomorrow becomes today, and you can’t quit today. You can quit tomorrow.”

I vividly remember seeing these words written on a shelter wall after a notably long day on my Appalachian ... Read more