Pacific Crest Trail Data Book: Mileages, Landmarks, Facilities, Resupply Data, and Essential Trail Information for the Entire Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada

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The future begins with a dream . . . . And what a wonderful dream it was! I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1996; to this day, memories of that life continue to make me smile. The sweet innocence of the unknown, the lessons still to be learned. How I yearn to feel those moments! I started on the PCT not fully knowing what to expect. It was the most challenging journey I had ever attempted.

The long expanse of...

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Pacific Crest Trail Data Book: Mileages, Landmarks, Facilities, Resupply Data, and Essential Trail Information for the Entire Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada

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Overview


FROM THE AUTHOR: THE JOURNEY

The future begins with a dream . . . . And what a wonderful dream it was! I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1996; to this day, memories of that life continue to make me smile. The sweet innocence of the unknown, the lessons still to be learned. How I yearn to feel those moments! I started on the PCT not fully knowing what to expect. It was the most challenging journey I had ever attempted.

The long expanse of the desert, the refreshing High Sierra, and the beautiful Cascade Mountains—nature became my home. Every night, I slept in different places, sometimes on a hill, in a valley, or on top of a mountain. I found myself seeking and finding special places, and treasuring the times when I could feel deeply. In nature, I saw more moments that in my mind could not be possible, and yet they happened. I remember the uncertainty, the not knowing of what would be. But, at the same time, as my knowledge increased and gave power, it also limited me. Knowledge created a boundary that at times became the border of my life. It was only by questioning what I knew and in doing difficult things that I could grow. Here I learned my four treasured lessons:

Take care of those whom you love.
Take care of your health.
Do not limit yourself to what you know. Try and learn.
Share your life. We are not meant to be alone.
I am glad that many continue to protect this most beautiful treasure.
To the future!

—Ben “Gentle Ben” Go, June 2013

A note about my trail name: When I started on the PCT, I met many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, most of whom had trail names. For two months, I hiked across Southern California with the veteran AT hikers pondering what my trail name should be. We finally reached Kennedy Meadows and saw the movie Grizzly Adams. Next thing I knew, my trail name Gentle Ben came into being, bestowed by the one and only “Rude Dog.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899977454
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Series: Pacific Crest Trail
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 157,775
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author


Benedict Go thru-hiked the PCT in 1996 and since that time has been committed to updating the essential pocket guide to the trail. All of his book royalties are donated to the PCTA's Jane and Flicka Endowment Fund, which helps fund trail maintenance and promote trail use.
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INTRODUCTION
The Pacific Crest Trail Data Book contains a summary of the entire Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), covering a distance of more than 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada. The trail passes through three states:
California, Oregon, and Washington. The PCT terrain varies from desert in Southern California, to the mountains of the High Sierra in Central California, to the Cascades in far Northern California and continuing through Oregon and Washington.

This book was created as an adjunct to Wilderness Press’s PCT guidebooks for planning, tracking, and as a quick reference on the trail. Trail information is comprised of landmarks, listed as they occur in a northerly direction, from Mexico to Canada. For each landmark, the following information is given: the mileage between points; the mileage from the Mexican border; its elevation; available facilities (such as water sources and post offices); and an occasional water alert when the next water source is more than 12 miles away.

This book provides:

An easy calculation of distances between any two points on the trail.
A profile of the trail elevation changes.
Assistance in preparing for hiking sections of the trail or the entire trail (a “thru hike”).
Assistance in establishing daily mileage goals while on the trail.
The average angle of the trail in degrees between the previous landmark and the current landmark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Wealth of information

    My son has been backpacking and hiking since October he started on the appalachian trail. Then went to the florida trail. He is now hiking on the west coast says This book has a wealth of information on all the necessary information for hiking the pacific crest trail. It contain mile by mile trail data. such as information on resupply data, landmarks, facilities,

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