Episode 70 Pacific Crest Trail Lessons with 2 Foot Adventures
Mary from 2 Foot Adventures is BACK to discuss all things Pacific Crest Trail 2019 related!
Mary and her partner run a mobile gear shop focused on ultralight gear built for the Pacific Crest Trail. They operate in a few locations throughout the hiking season and as of now are located in Warner Springs, California, at right about the 110 mile marker. These mobile gear shops are converted airstream style trailers that literally have everything you need for a Thru Hiker or really any type of backpacking. Trust me when I say they’re a godsend when gear is getting the best of you.
For years now, Mary has been operating these mobile gear shops and you can tell just by talking to her that it is without a doubt her passion. She absolutely loves the Thru Hikers and the PCT. She also has a unique look into what works for hikers and what doesn’t given the fact that she sees dozens and dozens of them in a single week (probably more like hundreds).
On this episode, we recap the 2018 PCT hiking season, chat about trends in gear, common pain points and problems hikers experience, and we even dive into the holistic side of what Thru Hiking means. There’s no shortage of great perspective and information in this episode and it’s now become one of my favorite conversations to look forward to each year.
Emory R. Wanger
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Recap of what 2 Foot Adventures is
Why being at Warners Springs so important
Everything you need in 200 square feet
Specialty gear you can expect to see in the trailers
Trends in backpacking from year to year
The issue with “believing” in the gear we’ve purchased
What finding the right gear can do for you
Why being flexible and open minded can improve your experiences
The PCT as a pilgrimage
Common issues in the first 100 miles
On finding the right gear that works for YOU
How hikers change as they move north along the trail
What about quitting the trail?
Finding YOUR trail along the trail
Life lessons from the trail
Learning to enjoy the process
On responding to problems
Audience Q and A:
Most popular water filter
Most popular shelters
Average amount of time it takes to hike the PCT
When is the best time to start the PCT
How many miles to start with?
Best resupply strategy?
Considerations for the PCT this year
How to connect with 2 Foot Adventures