Pacific Crest Trail – see it all in seven minutes [VIDEO]


The Pacific Crest Trail is a stupefying 2,663 mile slog of punishing desert terrain, mountain climbs, rocky crags, vertigo-inducing ridges and unpredictable weather-related liveliness that makes the “grueling and demanding” Appalachian Trail seem like a mellow stroll. Seriously, it’s a beast.

The Pacific Crest Trail starts at the U.S. border with Mexico and finishes at Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington along the way. You don’t have to listen to me, but if I were somehow stricken with temporary insanity and decided to do the full Pacific Crest Trail, I’d book a week in the resort conveniently located in Manning Park after the hike. Maybe a month.

Roughly 300 lunatics attempt to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail each year (meaning they walk every inch of it from start to finish), which, in 2013, included this dude, who completed the trail in four and a half months, shooting three-second video clips along the way. He stitched it all together into this seven minute video montage which sensible people like you and me can now enjoy from our desks.

If you’re curious, the current world record for traversing the entire trail was set by Karel Sabbe, a 27-year-old (at the time) dentist from Belgium. In 2016, he completed the trail in 52 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes, averaging over 50 miles a day. This bested the previous record by a whopping 22 hours. This record, and the previous record, were both “supported,” meaning they had someone(s) to keep them company, monitor their health and carry their stuff.

The current record for an unsupported traversing of the trail is held by Heather “Anish” Anderson of Bellingham, Washington. In 2013, she completed the entire PCT in 60 days, 17 hours, 12 minutes. This beat the previous record by almost 4 days(!).