I have been waiting to share this with you guys for quite a while! For a number of years I have dreamed about going on a Lord of the Rings style or walkabout (blame Lost for that one!) but didn’t really know how to do so. Whilst living in Hong Kong and being surrounded by skyscrapers, I learned about thru-hiking. I had heard the term before but never really looked into what it was. Well, needless to say, I fell in love with the idea and the more I researched it the more convinced I was that it was just what I had been after.
Thru–hiking is hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end. There are a number of long distance hikes around the world, but due to visas and normal practicality, I decided to choose one in the America. The USA’s three most famous are the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). They all present their own challenges and difficulty levels and take different amounts of time to complete. I decided to go with the PCT because it’s located on the West Coast, which has some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. I’m a West Coast girl in heart and now dream of getting to see it on foot.
The hike will take 5-6 months to complete and I’ll begin in mid/late April 2017. Now, I’m an absolute novice when it comes to this and I know many avid hikers will role their eyes at me attempting this, but honestly lots and lots of people who do the PCT have limited experience. You gotta start somewhere, right? I know it’s going to be crazy difficult and I’ll hate my life at some points, but I am a determined little fart and I have been planning and researching for almost two years.
Since I’m currently in Indonesia and will only be back in the states about 3 weeks before I start it, the planning is going to be difficult. I’m not going to get to “trail test” and of my gear and my training will only be a minimum. There aren’t many mountains to climb here in Indo.
So, to get to my main point, how does Grace Goes Global fit into this? Well, I obviously want to take you all along on this unique adventure, so here’s the plan:
I’ll be uploading weekly vlog style videos (by weekly I mean whenever I can get signal to upload, so there probably won’t be a set schedule). These videos will feature day in the life of a hiker, struggles/victories, what it’s like to live outside in nature for six months etc.
Throughout the hike I will also be filming a lot of additional footage that, at the end of the hike, I will put together for a documentary length film. I’ve been very inspired by other thru-hiking documentaries but none are by a woman. There are tons of badass female hikers, but not so much representation. I hope this’ll give that viewpoint.
Obviously, who knows what will actually happen once I’m on trail, but that’s the plan at this point. I’ll also try and write posts as I go along, but I’m not sure what that schedule will be like at this point. I’ll still be uploading travel content for the next four months and hopefully during the trail as well. I’m also going to be writing/filming some PCT planning posts for those interested in thru-hiking.
If you have any thru-hiking experience I would love tips, so please don’t hesitate to comment to contact me. Also if you’re a 2017 PCT hiker, I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be doing this solo and would love to make some connections and swap planning stories before we go on this journey.
Lastly, thru-hiking requires a lot of gear, which is very expensive if I’m honest. I’ll be purchasing my gear over the next few months, but if you work for an outdoor company who would like their gear tested or featured, please contact me. I would be glad to test out the gear and give it a full review/feature it in my content. Sponsors are the bees knees. 😀
Anyway, I hope you guys are excited for this next adventure and will come along with me on it! I can’t wait to get out on the trail! PCT 2017!!