Hiking the PCT and other US trails

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Enzo, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Extracted from The Whimsical Women PCT blog thread ....



    I've come to the conclusion that if I ever do walk the pct it'll be as an old man
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  2. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    If I ever walk the PCT it will be as a widower....
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  3. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Def after kids have grown up, but also embarrassingly not sure I can cope with the solitude. Though by the time I get there it'll probably be like Snowdon!
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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    There's no solitude; unless you seek it.
  5. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    This sounds more of a problem that any solitude. A friend did it last year, his story makes it seem more of a procession of hippies going from one party to the next than any wilderness walk. Put me right off.
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    It's what you choose really.

    Really, as you no doubt know, opinion from the web.... can be.. diverse

    I liked the PCT hikers I met... most of whom I chose to meet
  7. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    I don't think I'll be doing any long distance trails, waaay too regulated for me.
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  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Its turning into the AT with better scenery then :) blue haze
    a wonder down some of the AT is a more likely prospect as my brother in law lives in new Jersey, never appealed though.
  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    HYOH
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  10. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    It is at least 20 years since I started wanting to walk the AT, doubt it will ever happen. PCT and CDT are both even fainter prospects, things to wistfully dream about and vicariously "hike" via Youtube videos.
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  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Walk whatever you want... The PCT, is what it is...
    The AT... too many trees
    CDT...too many roads...

    If your experience is UK, trail routes in Europe, US trails are different...

    Off trail in US wilderness... Yep
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  13. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Off trail in US wilderness would probably remind me a little too much of off trail in Australia. I'm getting lazy in my old age. :D
  14. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    This has more appeal, but very expensive and difficult to do from here. Time off from the daily grind is also big obstacle.

    Only time I was in the states, I was transiting through Miami airport and was arrested. American officialdom is very officious, don't know if I could be bothered with it again. On the other hand it would be good to see some really big wild land.
  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Have to admit its the landscape I find appealing not the cultural stuff. Had a girlfriend from mane and never took her up on visiting her folks. Should have really
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  16. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    So much less regulation than any in England, in fact very little at all except to help keep places as natural and wild as possible.
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  17. maddogs

    maddogs Summit Camper

    Mixed experience; Permits for the honeypots (e.g. JMT, Teton Crest, or Glacier) are a nightmare. BUT the value of them is, as you say, to manage the pressure on the environment. Outside the national parks (e.g. Wind River range WY, Escalante UT) no permits needed. At least on the public lands in many USAnian places camping is permitted, while in Englandshire it's technically not....but that's OK coz the scenery in Scotland is better ;)
  18. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    Just been reading the guide to the Hayduke trail, how many permits?
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  19. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Wild camping is permitted and encouraged on Dartmoor. TBH, after 45 years of wild camping, I’ve never had any problems in Englandshire :thumbsup:
  20. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    NPs are the exceptions to the higher regulations but limiting permits is the only way to keep numbers at a point where there is minimal impact to the natural environment...places we are trying to preserve.

    I was actually referring to the UK in general regarding regulations and laws...and the US is getting worse
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  21. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I often get the impression that the difference in politics between the USA and UK isn't a matter of left right but libertarian and authoritarian.
  22. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I find it generally harder in Europe in that sense.
    With exceptions like Scotland.

    Many NP in Europe wildcamping is just banned or highly regulated. And outside of NP is mostly private land.

    When I have been in the USA is dead easy to avoid the NP area and stay in the Wilderness areas. Just as beautiful, much more wild and you can camp with no problem anywere you fancy. A lot to do with the scarcer population and recent industrialisation compared to good old europe.
  23. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Didn't the whole idea of parks and national parks/protection of areas for recreation come from the states? I know the first parks in the UK were based on US parks. I find it easy to fall into the trap of eurocentrism. Just because we have all the history and culture :rolleyes:;)
  24. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Well John Muir was a scottsman so I think we can claim some there!
  25. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Wasn't there already a fair amount of history and culture extant in those American National Park areas before us Europeans 'discovered' them?

    And then, after some pretty horrendous behaviour, we finally realised that they might need protecting from our own particular brand of 'culture' ?? ;)
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