Thanks to everyone who reached out to see how my hiking plans have been affected by COVID-19. These are definitely challenging times for all of us, and I consider myself lucky to not be affected more (work is online, no kids out of school, no other risk factors). Hope all of you are safe and positive as well. Go outside, ski and hike!!
With regards to the PCT, for now I have decided to postpone my start date (originally for April 11) for 3 weeks to May 2. This is mostly based on the recommendation of the PCTA not to hike right now and the California “stay at home” order. At that point (6 weeks from now) I will reassess and see if the hike is possible, then make new arrangements as needed.
If the situation prevents a PCT thru hike, I will use the leave from work to hike where possible in BC. Obviously it wouldn’t be the same adventure but if I can spend those 4 months outside, I will be happy. I still believe that trails are a great – isolated! – place to be right now if you’re acting responsibly towards any other hikers and any towns you use for resupply.
This too shall pass.