Here's a rough plan:
September 4 - 11 - The Wonderland Trail (93 miles)
September 12 - 18 - Volunteer Trail work on the PCT in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
September 22 - Mid November - The Arizona Trail (800 miles) - AZT
Late November - Early April - The Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand (2,000 miles - think hobbits!) - TA
Early May - September - The Continental Divide Trail (2,500 to 3,000 miles depending on route choices) - CDT
That's right, I'm planning to go hiking for a year, including a week of trail work on the PCT. Not only that, but I will be fundraising for the nonprofit organizations responsible for creating, maintaining and providing information about these trails! The fundraising campaign is here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/fmYf1/ab/c3U9D9
Every year lots of folks hike for a cause and it's almost always an external one - cancer, lukemia, veterans, etc but without the trail those people would have no where to hike! Few seem to stop and ask where the trail came from and how they can help make it better. In the case of the CDT, the TA and AZT we can have a pretty huge impact on making these trails better. They are still being established and better routes through private land are being negotiated or purchased. The existing trail is often in need of improvement to make access safer and prevent erosion. The money you donate will support projects to negotiate access across private land, extend conservation land, improve the trail tread and signage and help volunteer efforts for trail maintenance. No one likes hiking on bushy, overgrown trail and private property rights always have to be respected. Without these kinds of trail associations, we wouldn't have such incredible places to hike! So even if you can't or don't feel the need to donate, please share the link on facebook, twitter, google +, whatever! Just get the word out in the hiking community that the newest trails need help and we're the ones to do it!
I plan on taking a long break after (and possibly before) the Te Araroa to catch up with family and do some fast paced CDT planning since I can't really plan that far ahead. I will have to keep things flexible and may not end up hiking 100% of all of the trails. The end goal is to support the trail associations and get the word out about how amazing they are - not a speed record or continuous back to back to back through hike.
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