Will Breaks His Wrist

It is official, Will, who has broken six bones in the past thirteen years, can now add a seventh one to his collection.  His recent acquisition is the scaphoid bone in his right wrist (he is right handed).  The break is a result of a skate board accident.  All other fractures of the arm take an average of 6 weeks to heal, but Will had to break a bone that takes on average 8 to 12 weeks to repair.   The reason for the lengthy healing process is because it is a bone that gets very little blood flow, especially for breaks that occur on the inside of the bone, deeper inside the wrist, like Will’s.  We were suppose to leave April 3rd for our PCT hike, but that has now been pushed back to some time after his next doctors visit.  The soonest they would x-ray it, to see how the healing is progressing, will be April 10th.  Depending on the results, the cast could be on for another four to six weeks.  Tim and I are hoping that it heals enough by April 10th so that a simple splint can be worn for the remainder of the time.  If not, we will have to figure out a way to have his cast removed somewhere up the trail.   This would take place somewhere between Wrightwood and Kennedy Meadows.

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Will’s Thoughts about Hiking the PCT

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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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PCT Communicator

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We just found out that a photograph of Will crossing the suspension bridge of Woods Creek in the Sierras made the cover of the PCT Communicator!  It is not known yet if it will be the spring or summer issue.  Either way, we will miss it because we will be hiking the PCT.