2016 has been one of the best years of my life. My computer bit the dust earlier this year and I made it an effort to get outside and enjoy life. Ive floated the majority of The Buffalo River, hiked numerous trails and loops in and around my hometown, and have spent the last 2-3 months preparing for my next adventure.
I realized this year that I'm most happy away from material things, just outside in nature living in the moment. There's more to life than just having a good job, and paying bills over and over. I want to push myself mentally and physically I want to see things and experience things that only a handful of people will ever have the chance to do. I don't want to turn 50 years old and be unable to do the things I want to do now.
Why I’m participating with mYAMAdventure
I love that YAMA Mountain Gear does this program. It's super inspiring that Gen and the mentors are willing to put their extra time and resources into helping brand new hikers achieve their goal. The information
that I've learned in this program in just the last few weeks has already been better than any blog post or book out there. They take the time to get to know your own hiking style and give suggestions and feedback that will help make the hike a more enjoyable experience. Super thankful to be a part of this years program.
What hiking the PCT means to me:
The PCT is going to be the most difficult but yet rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. I know that every climb is going to be difficult but at the top of every mountain will be an awesome view. I can't wait to meet the other hikers on the trail, hear their stories, share mine, and make some amazing friendships that will last forever. I know by the time I end my hike I'm going to be a completely different person and that's exciting.
Why support the PCTA?
Without the PCTA there would be no trail for all of us to enjoy, from fire detours to down trees, without these volunteers and staff the trail would be a mess. I want to inspire people to get out on the trail and practice LNT ethics so that the trail will last for years and years so that we all can enjoy it and make some of the most memorable moments of our lives.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Elliot