Monday, October 18, 2010

PCT : Closing the Chapter

Today I received my PCT completion medal in the mail.  As a thru-hiker, I had the option of registering on the website to receive one.  The site claims that because of the donation of Eric Ryback (the first pct thru-hiker), all current or past thru-hikers are eligible for a FREE medal.  I simply had to fill out some forms.  I know these things can't be cheap, so I gave an optional donation to the PCTA to at least, hopefully, cover the cost.  On the front is a raised map of the trail with both the current PCT logo/marker, and the previous marker from a few decades ago.   On the back, they've engraved it with my name and year.

All in all, this is a nice way to close the chapter on an amazing and challenging summer.  I am very glad I had the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and walk such a breathtaking trail.  I am also glad that the chapter is behind me.

Antarctica is coming up fast.  I deploy in one month.  I am scrambling here to get many things done before I leave.  I am looking forward to another field season, but I am also realizing that this will be the third christmas, thanksgiving, and new years day that I'll miss.  I will enjoy my time down there, but also be content knowing it may be my final season for a while.  (pending involvement with another project).

that's it for now...

"I'm enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing." - Thoreau


Boris T said...

The medal looks awesome, congrats!

Good luck in your prep for the South Pole.

Peter 'Java' said...

I loved reading your Blog, I hiked with StraightJacket on the AT for a few days on the AT in 2009. I'm going to hike the PCT in 2011 and was wondering how well your Iphone worked for you and who is your service provider. I'm Java, from Canada and am wondering how I can keep a consistent blog like yours...any and all help is greatly appreciated.