Our Superbowl/Summer Olympics/World Cup starts in less than 40 hours. Amazing that we are setting out to hike a trail that we’ve already completed the large majority oflast year and I am more excited without question to see it all again in 2016. This post will not answer why, but I hope the posts coming over the next few months will start to paint a better picture of why we have chosen to live this ridiculous lifestyle.

 

We live in San Diego and tend to forget checking the weather is a thing.  Colorado and Utah reminded us on the way home from Missouri...good lesson before living outside again.

We live in San Diego and tend to forget checking the weather is a thing. Colorado and Utah reminded us on the way home from Missouri…good lesson before living outside again.

 

I wanted to provide a quick rundown of our general plans this year and other additional details that are important to us and possibly you if you want to follow along this year.

 

2016 Plans

 

  • May 2nd PCT Southern Terminus – Campo, CA
    • Plan ~30 miles per day this year, starting with 25-26 MPD in the desert
  • Mt. Whitney Summit – ~ Early June
  • 2 Week Oregon Challenge – Mid-July
    • We plan hike the entirety of Oregon (About 460 Miles) in less than 2 weeks.
    • Preferably we’d like to finish in 13 days including resupply (35.3mpd)
  • Complete Wonderland Trail in WA (80 Miles Around Mt. Ranier)
    • Short side-trip off PCT
  • PCT Northern Terminus ~ Mid August
  • From Manning Park, BC travel to Vancouver area for a couple days
  • Travel to San Juan Island, WA and Pick up Car
  • Drive to Colorado and begin Colorado Trail in Durango ~Mid-Late August
  • Complete CT near Denver – Mid Sept

 

As you can see, getting aggressive this year. We have been training quite a bit, putting in the miles with weight and feel ready to roll from the start.  Knowing what to expect on both trails makes the barrier for entry virtually non-existent comparatively and eliminates the unnecessary anxiety we all feel when venturing into the unknown.  Now we can simply focus on having a great time, pushing ourselves and finding new ways to make ourselves more efficient, both from what we carry to how we complete daily tasks. At this point, our path is clear, this is what we want to spend considerable time doing for the foreseeable future.  Might as well get as good at it as we possibly can and that improvement is something we both find rewarding and necessary.  The lack of work half the year is also considerable motivation….it’s amazing how hard we work to not work.

 

 

The PCT can even make the mail fun again.

The PCT can even make the mail fun again.

 

Care Packages

I’ve had several people ask me about this, so I wanted to provide at least a little guidance in case anyone is interested in sending us random things through the mail. First of all, please do not feel compelled to send us anything. Secondly, if you do feel so compelled, please request a good location to send your package through the comments on this blog, through our MMIW Facebook Page, or to our personal email. Third, here is a good link to get an idea of what to send or not send from a great blog to check out Walking With Wired Care Package Info.

Current plans for the beard are up in the air.  Comment if you prefer to see bearded or un-bearded Achilles this year.

Current plans for the beard are up in the air. Comment if you prefer to see bearded or un-bearded Achilles this year.

Hike for Mental Health

This year we have decided to work with Hike for Mental Health to raise money for not only mental health charities, but also the Pacific Crest Trail Association.  If you have interest in donating, please check out the link above for organization info, or you can click here for our fundraising page.

 

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We will also be incorporating more Instagram and Facebook usage to compete with the cool kids, so be sure to follow us there as well. Thanks to everyone who comments and follows, it’s fun for us to communicate in towns and remember other people can be great to speak with sometimes as well.  Comment if you have any questions, next update will be from the trail….