So as I am talking to my friends and family I am getting the idea that I should do a quick overview of what the PCT, AT, CDT and a triple crown are; and maybe a bit more about what I want my European adventure to be.
The Pacific Crest trail, or PCT, is a trail that runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. The PCT is about 2,650 miles in length and goes through California, Oregon, and Washington. As the trail has become better known, more and more people are hiking it; and more and more people are offering assistance to those who are hiking the trail…..see mom I’ll be ok!
If you wish to know more check out the pacific crest trail association website: http://www.pcta.org/
The Appalachian Trail, or AT, is a trail that runs about 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine. The trail passes through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Unlike the PCT, the AT has many 3-4 sided structures along the way to camp in and get a bit of protection from the elements.
If you wish to know more check out the Appalachian trail conservancy website: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
The Continental divide trail, or CDT, is a trail that is about 3,100 miles and also runs from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. The trial runs through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. This is the newest and least developed of the trails, which is also why this will be my last of the 4 adventures, I am hoping they will blaze a little more of the trail before I set out into the least traveled wilderness trail J
If you wish to know more check out the continental divide trail coalition website: http://www.continentaldividetrail.org/
The triple crown is completing all three of these trails.
For my European adventure I am going to use a website called http://www.workaway.info/ . This is a website where you register to stay with host families, you work 20-25 hours a week for them in return for room and board. I think this will be the most amazing way to see the world and really get to know the locals and their customs.
There is my quick little tutorial 🙂