Will’s Thoughts about Hiking the PCT


I am Will Holston and I am 13 years old and am in seventh grade. This summer I will be hiking with my family on the Pacific Crest trail. Besides hiking, some of my favorite things to do is to be with my friends, play basketball, go to the trampoline park, have air soft gun wars in the neighborhood, and ride my skateboard. My mom will not allow me to ride my skate board again until we come back from our PCT hike because she suspects I have a broken wrist from skate boarding. She is afraid I will hurt myself worst which will prevent us from from hiking.

I am excited to hike the PCT, but there are things I am not looking forward to about the hike. The biggest one is not seeing and playing with my friends. My friends are David, Park, Tyler, William, Addison. I also am not looking forward to hiking in the desert. Hiking in temperatures over 100 degrees day after day does not sound fun, especially with backpacks that are really heavy with water. The water that we will be carrying to drink will not even be cold, it will be as hot as the air. Sometimes hiking can get to be boring. This usually happens on long, slow ups. While I hike, I usually think about things I want to do with my friends, make up stories, or figure out, in my head, how to make things. For the first time, on our PCT hike, I get to have music and books on tape to listen too. I am also nervous about all the possible things that can go wrong that we can’t plan for: rattlesnake bites, mountain lion attacks, poison oak and poodle dog bush encounters, snow storms in the Sierra Nevada’s and the Cascades, big river crossings, running out of food and water before the next food drop, hiking when hunting season’s begins, and trees falling down and hitting us on the head (this really happened to my mom).

There has only been five other kids that have hiked the trail. I like knowing that what I am about to do, not many people have ever done. I wonder about all the people I will meet and things I will see. I want to see wildlife like bears, elk and the salamanders of Northern California. I get to see a river where all the rocks around it and the river bed is obsidian. I will stand on the highest point in the continental United States and walk behind a waterfall. I want to catch a fish and have it for dinner. I look forward to eating the huckleberries and black berries of Oregon and Washington. I am going to witness and experience many amazing things. I have learned that in hiking, sometimes things get really hard to do, like climbing up a long steep miserable pass, is always worth the effort because it usually results in something good, like a view. I like mountain top views that go on forever. They are beautiful and they make me happy.

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