Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Whatever it takes: Hiking the PCT 2018
Yes, I am hiking the PCT in 2018.
I had originally planned on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail two years ago and in 2015, I even travelled across Canada to “practice” on the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland.
Thing is, what would I have done when it was over? Head back to Ireland and look for a job? Absolutely not, I wanted to take these outdoor adventures for the rest of my life but rather than beg for sponsorship to fund these trips, I decided on an alternative path.
Creating an online business and moving to Africa
In short, I decided to become a travel writer to finance my aspirations of becoming an outdoor adventure blogger and over the next two years, I would travel the world and work online. It was incredibly difficult to take on this journey alone but to be honest, it was just as hard to put my passion for outdoor adventure on the back burner. However, throughout this period I remained entirely convinced that if I worked hard enough, a small online income would allow me to achieve the lifestyle of an outdoor adventure blogger – with or without a sponsor.
Eventually, my travel writing evolved into a content business which in turn became a small digital marketing agency and in the midst of this progress, I also took on the role of an adventure tour leader in Africa.
Becoming an Outdoor Adventure Blogger
And I’m just too young to be mulling over memories or contemplating the past but this morning was my last as an adventure tour leader in Africa and a genuine moment of great realisation. Because it took two years to figure all of this out and create an online business that would allow me to follow my passion full time. It was also a rather small plan but for me, it was a masterplan that required great sacrifice.
You see, I have taken many “backward” steps over the past two years but there was always a motive for each of these steps as I needed to focus on making an online income to take these adventures. So yeah, the time has come to return to my obsession for outdoor adventures and interestingly, I will be going all the way back to my original plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018.
Hiking the PCT 2018
Starting at the border with Mexico, the PCT travels for 4,250 kilometres along the spine of the High Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges all the way to Canada. It will take six months to complete and I am excited to share this entire journey with you, my friends.