Why Hike the PCT Now?
I am a very active member of the AVA (American Volkssport Association dba America's Walking Club.
At a multi-day walk event held in Ashland OR our AVA President who lives in WA worked diligently to create a PCT hiker challenge book and sanctioned sections of the Pacific Crest Trail for volkswalkers and anyone else who is interested in the AVA to walk. Or check out my.ava.org to sign up for an account.
My friend Bob, had never hiked on the PCT before and he had this vision of section hiking the PCT in WA, eventually doing the entire PCT.
We've walked together before on long hikes so he asked me if I was interested in doing this with him. I said yes.
Every year in September the AVA fund raises and is part of the Big Give. The AVA tries to raise enough money through donations, campaigns and match donations.
Bob and I along with his dog Panda are hiking the PCT and asking people to pledge money to support the AVA.
We are calling this The Big Walk.
We hope to raise money to keep the AVA organization strong.
So that's why we decided to section hike the PCT. It may take us a few years but it is a worthy goal. So far my 'take' on the PCT is it is as stunning as it is brutal!
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I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.