PCT Thru-Hiker Survey (2017)

It’s here.

Mac’s annual resource compiled from Pacific Crest Trail hikers.

  • 566 completed surveys (up 48% from last year)
  • 57% Male, 42% Female
  • AVERAGE AGE 34 
  • USA 67.44%, Canada 6.98%, Germany 5.9%

Essential reading if you are planning a PCT hike.

If not the most interesting statistics are on gear.

The Annual Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Survey (2017)

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Everest – Beyond the Edge [2013]

Beyond the Edge is a 2013 New Zealand 3D docudrama about Tenzing Norgayand Sir Edmund Hillary‘s historical ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.

As well as featuring dramatised recreations shot on location on Everest and in New Zealand, the film includes original footage and photographs from what was then the ninth British expedition to the mountain.

It also includes audio from interviews with Hillary and recorded narration by expedition leader John Hunt. …

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

You can watch the entire film online free on YouTube. (1hr 39min)

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Cam Honan:

I recently returned from a two month hiking trip to Peru and Bolivia.

Due to the subfreezing conditions I was going to encounter, before setting out I decided to leave behind my beloved Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, and opt instead for its thicker and warmer cousin, the Thermarest NeoAir XTherm.

It turned out to be a good decision. …

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Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad

Tips for Women Hiking

Jennifer Saito posted a super comprehensive summary of hiking advice for the ladies

Best of The Bruce – Highest Point

trip report by best hike editor Rick McCharles

For no good reason other than it was the highest point on the Bruce Trail, I headed for the John Haigh Side Trail via Pretty River Valley Provincial Nature Reserve.

I stopped at tourist information in Collingwood and got a good map to find the trailhead.

There were several choices. Best looked to be Pretty River Access Trail. I could make a bit of loop with Pretty River Side Trail.

As a trail run, it was a pleasure. Lots of soft footing.

On the other hand, Pretty River Side Trail turned out to end in a bog. I had to backtrack uphill.

I was bitten by a small dog on a leash. (Actually it bit a hole in my running shorts, missing the skin.)

Later in the day I managed to lose my camera. Including the photos from this hike.

Rats. 😦

related:

• Bruce Trail app | Bruce Trail Reference Guide – 29th Ed

• BruceTrail.org