A thru hiking veteran describes his 2013 PCT odyssey from Mexico to Canada
By Stephen Olshansky
Hi, you can call me Otter, that’s my trail name. Everyone gets one when they become a thru hiker, going for the really big distances. I have been a long distance hiker for over 40 years.
This season, the 2660-mile Pacific Crest Trail is my goal. It will take me anywhere from 90 to 180 days.
The perfect place to begin my epic journey was the official Pacific Crest Trail gathering the weekend of April 26th-28th. This is the start of the trail for most Northern bound hikers or “nobos” as they are called. The gathering is held at Lake Moreno County Park in Campo, California. Lake Moreno Park is located 20 Trail miles from the southern terminus of the PCT at the Mexican border.
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