In Southern California, there’s a tight-knit community of hiking bloggers. Many of you from the area may know Kolby Kirk as The Hike Guy, who committed to 100 hikes in a year. This past April, Kolby was planning to meetup with 100Peaks, ADKinLA and myself for a day of hiking with fellow SoCal hiking bloggers. A couple weeks before our hike, Kolby had a change of plans. Laid off due to the poor economy, he decided that now was as good as ever to fulfill his dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. A few weeks later, he was at the Mexican border, taking his first steps in a long, twisting journey.
Over 100 lbs. lighter, 1600 miles further and 159 days later, Condor (his PCT trail name) has landed, just shy of the Oregon border.
I’ve been following Condor’s updates on his Facebook page, where he wrote Thursday night:
“Well, my friends, I have found my northern terminus. After hiking for hours through 18 inches of snow in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, I came to the realization that I have found my limits.”
Kolby has inspired many to take up hiking and live life adventurously. Congratulations on your adventure, Condor! I can’t wait to hear and see more about your five month adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail.
UPDATE: Be sure to check Kolby’s 3-minute video of his PCT experience.
Learn more about the Pacific Crest Trail at PCT.org.