9 Amazing Stories from Pacific Crest Trail Hikers


The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), stretching from Mexico to Canada, lures thousands annually. Only a few conquer its challenges. Discover 10 inspiring stories from determined PCT hikers, shared online.

Christian Thomas Geiger, also known as Buddy Backpacker, became the youngest person to complete the PCT in 2013, when he was only 6 years old.

The Youngest Thru-Hiker


Dale Sanders, also known as Grey Beard, became the oldest person to complete the PCT in 2018, when he was 82 years old. He hiked with a pacemaker and a titanium knee.

The Oldest Thru-Hiker


Adam and Lindsey Nubern, aka Nuventure Travels, completed the PCT in 2015, a milestone in their quest for the Triple Crown of US long-distance trails.

The Triple Crown Couple


Trevor Thomas, also known as Zero/Zero, is a blind hiker who completed the PCT in 2010, with the help of his guide dog, Tennille. He lost his sight in 2005 due to a rare eye disease.

The Blind Hiker


Stacey Kozel, also known as Iron Will, is a cancer survivor who completed the PCT in 2017, despite being paralyzed from the waist down.

The Cancer Survivor


Karel Sabbe, aka FKT (Fastest Known Time), a Belgian dentist and ultrarunner, set the PCT record in 2016, completing it in a remarkable 52 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes.

The Record Breaker


Reese Witherspoon, as Cheryl Strayed, starred in the film adaptation of "Wild." Cheryl hiked the PCT in 1995, seeking healing after losing her mother, marriage, and herself.

The Movie Star


Donna Saufley, also known as L-Rod, is a trail angel who has hosted thousands of PCT hikers at her home in Agua Dulce, California, since 1997. 

The Trail Angel


Colin Arisman, also known as Wild Confluence, is an adventure seeker who hiked the PCT in 2013, along with his two friends, Casey Gannon and Luke Kantola.

The Adventure Seeker


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