My name is Craig Stanton and in April 2007 I will be on the Mexican-American border, about 50 miles east of San Diego. Facing north I will walk every step of the way to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. 1100 miles as the crow flies I will instead traverse 2650+ miles of majestic deserts, foothills and mountains that make up the seven national parks, nine wilderness areas and three states of the PCT. I hope to do all this before mid-October 2007 and return to New Zealand in time for what will seem to be a very lazy summer.
The Pacific Crest Trail
One of America's most famous long distance hiking trails the PCT goes from the Mexican border north to Canada staying about 150 miles from the coast and staying withing the mountains as much as possible. It's the west coast equivalent of the better known Appalachian trail. 500 miles longer and much more remote it attracts only a small fraction of the numbers the A.T. gets which is partly why I chose it, as well as the border-to-border aspect which seems neater to me.
If you want to get an insight into the sort of landscapes it covers I recommend the work of two photographers, Deems Burton and Aaron Doss.
About my hike
I plan to set off from Campo on April 20th, and using PCTPlanner.com I have mapped out a rough schedule that gets me to Oregon in late July, Washington by late August and Canada by late September. That is all subject to change of course and my speed will vary with pack load, terrain, and the people I meet along the way. Soon I'll upload the schedule and if I'm lucky my trusty server admin will update it for me. I'll be sending back emails when I reach public phones, which will be more often than I find internet cafes but still not very often. So if it's been two weeks without an update it doesn't necessarily mean I've been eaten by a bear.
Oxfam do good things around the world to help fight poverty and give people in developing nations a hand-up. I've got enough saved to make it through six months without work so though help is appreciated it isn't neccessary. If you feel inspired to do something nice today consider donating to Oxfam.