The Pacific Crest Trail

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Cicerone Press Limited, Apr 4, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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This guidebook is a complete guide to hiking the world famous Pacific Crest Trail. The Trail, or PCT, is one of the world's longest treks as it winds through the mountains of America's west coast. From Mexico's border, through the Mojave desert into California's High Sierras, into Oregon, and through Washington State's Cascade mountains, this is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery. 2650 miles is a lot of walking. While the PCT has been known, and walked, by thousands over the years, there was a burst of popularity following the 2015 film 'Wild' that chronicled the journey. To help with pacing, and making any hike enjoyable rather than a trial, the guidebook is written with a relaxed pace in mind and divided into 101 2 to 3 day stages which can, of course, be combined into longer days according to ability and preference. Alongside the notes and route descriptions, there are overview maps for the entire trail, and a detailed introduction that provides essential advice for planning and completing the route. From information on packing, supplies, water and bears, to details on the mountains, wildlife and regions trekkers will go through; this is an essential companion to taking on - and completing- this once in a lifetime adventure.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
9
INTRODUCTION
11
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
91
THE HIGH SIERRA
150
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
202
OREGON
248
WASHINGTON
289
LOCAL INFORMATION AND CONVERSIONS
327
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
329
SCHEDULES FOR 110 TO 180DAY THRUHIKES
331
SUMMARIES OF ANCIENT BRITS SCHEDULES
336
ANCIENT BRITS 2002 160DAY SCHEDULE
338
SCHEDULE FOR A 180DAY THRUHIKE
342
SCHEDULE FOR A SUPERSLOW START
348
LISTING OF CICERONE GUIDES
349
BACK COVER
353

USEFUL ADDRESSES
328

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About the author (2011)

Brian is an inveterate walker, having completed the PCT three times, backpacked the British coast, hiked from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees three times, completed all of the Scottish Corbetts and also completed all the Scottish Munros in one summer. A keen cyclist and canoeist, he has led groups climbing and hiking in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California.

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