Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

Whatever it takes: Hiking the PCT 2018

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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.

Derek Cullen


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.

I'm an Outdoor Adventure Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 I began riding a bicycle across Africa and it was during this adventure when I discovered a passion for the great outdoors and the general uncertainty of life on the road. Next April, I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.


  1. Adam Gaine

    July 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Dude, I’m so excited about this. Will you vlog it or blog it??
    Wooooohoooo. Good luck bro. SO excited for you. It’s funny I’ve heard once or twice my trip was inspiring to which I can only reply, well I to was inspired by someone else. Keep it up bro.

    • Derek Cullen

      August 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I most certainly will, my friend. In fact, I don’t half do things as you know – this will be my first step into B;logging/vlogging full time 😉 Cheers Adam, always here for you man!

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