Most of you reading this know me as Jacob but some of you, especially if you are from down here in Austin, TX will refer to me as The Aquanaut. People gave me that nickname after finding out what I do for a living. You see, I work as a commercial saturation diver in the Gulf of Mexico and after explaining what that entails a lot of people see it similar to an astronaut…or like an underwater astronaut…..hence the nickname, The Aquanaut. Which I think is a pretty cool nickname to have especially since everyone hiking the PCT will at some point earn themselves a nickname or as hikers call it a trailname, that is if they don’t already come with one. Every year, there are about 400 people attempting to thru-hike the Pacific Crest trail each with their own trail name that they use to sign registers, leave notes and updates for their fellow hikers and in their personal blogs and journals. It’s a fun way to help everyone remember and keep track of who people are on the trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2265 mile long trail that runs from Mexico to Canada traveling through California, Oregon and Washington , averaging five months to complete. Obviously most people can’t leave their normal lives for five months so I decided to create this blog in hopes of convincing friends and family to join me for smaller section hikes, anything from a day to a few weeks. There is a lot that goes into planning a hike, even if its just for a few days so here I’ll record my plan, gear list, resupply method and write posts as I learn about the trail as well as smaller posts to spotlight the individuals of my home support group and fellow Co-hikers.
My hope is to educate, motivate and to inspire you to join me on the trail. I will be your resource and support to get you there and you will be my motivation and support to keep me going.