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Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
PCT Complete on 08/29/2011 21:53:23 MDT Print View

Saturday 8/27 I reached the Canadian border after fastpacking the PCT in under 99 days. It was a very challenging year yet I was able to maintain my schedule in spite of the conditions. I credit my low base weight, about 8 lbs on allowing this to happen. I also want to thank all the folks here because without the transformation to UL my trip would have never happened. It is interesting that most of the folks at the front of the pack at the end had 10 lb or less base weights.

It's good to be back in civilization.

Edited by gg-man on 08/29/2011 21:55:05 MDT.

Dylan Snodgrass

Locale: San Francisco, CA
PCT Complete on 08/29/2011 22:00:18 MDT Print View


What a challenging year to complete the PCT in such a fashion. I enjoyed following you on PostHoler. All that snow it's just nuts. Congratulations!

Edited by TrueNorth on 09/07/2011 01:47:37 MDT.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Congratulations! on 08/29/2011 22:02:06 MDT Print View

Greg -

Wow! Very impressed by your speed and your base weight. Hope you enjoyed the experience. Am curious to hear what you considered the highlight of your travels. How many zeros did you throw in there? (I can't imagine many). Did you find that you had enough insulation at that base weight? Would you do anything differently if you had to do it again?

Again, congratulations. Glad to hear that you finished safe and sound. I enjoyed your trail journals. It's been a very snowy summer up here in Washington and been a bit discouraging trying to do much back country backpacking because of the snow and bugs. That you did that many miles so quickly is really a testament to your conditioning and light load. Very inspiring to read about your travels.


Edited by dirk9827 on 08/29/2011 22:12:06 MDT.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"PCT Complete" on 08/29/2011 22:24:40 MDT Print View

Nice work, Greg!

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Re: "PCT Complete" on 08/29/2011 22:27:54 MDT Print View

Congratulations! It's especially noteworthy that you were able to finish so early in such a difficult year!

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"PCT Complete" on 08/29/2011 22:32:41 MDT Print View

Hat is off to you Greg.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: "PCT Complete" on 08/29/2011 22:40:14 MDT Print View

Much respect, congratulations.

Edited by xnomanx on 08/29/2011 22:40:49 MDT.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Congratulations! on 08/29/2011 22:42:08 MDT Print View

Congratulations Greg! I hope you get a little time to "come back in", without being swarmed.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
PCT Complete on 08/29/2011 22:45:30 MDT Print View

An amazing accomplishment!

Will you ever be able to eat Hamburger Helper again?

edit: would love to hear more about your gear/food/water purification: what worked and what didn't when you have more time to digest this whole experience.

Edited by saparisor on 08/29/2011 22:46:49 MDT.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Congratulations! on 08/30/2011 00:13:51 MDT Print View


Congratulations on achieving your goal. What an incredible accomplishment. I enjoyed checking in and catching up on your posts on postholer. I look forward to hearing some of your stories in person.


Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Congratulations! on 08/30/2011 09:27:27 MDT Print View

Nice job Greg! An incredible accomplishment by itself, even more amazing given your time.

I looked at your Gear List and saw only the Whisp for rain gear.

I take it that was sufficient?

David T
(DaveT) - F
greg. pct. on 08/30/2011 09:56:14 MDT Print View


Nice work! Remind me never to go hiking with you in the Sierra snow... I'd never keep up. I hope you both did it fast and had a great time. Big congrats!

Chris Moore
(SoreFeet) - F

Locale: PNW
Congratulations! on 08/30/2011 15:04:37 MDT Print View

Strong work in a very challenging year!

I have been using a variation on your malto based energy drink that Jack (Tequila Kid) posted. Works great.


Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: "PCT Complete" on 08/30/2011 15:12:30 MDT Print View

BIG congratulations, Greg! 99 days!!! Nice job!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: RE: "PCT Complete" on 08/30/2011 18:28:45 MDT Print View

Right on Greg! Nice!!! Hope to hear some cool stories at next years BPL Meeting!

Stephen P
(spavlock) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: PCT Complete on 09/03/2011 16:05:21 MDT Print View

Congratulations! Awesome! I really want to hike the PCT next year. How did your iphone hold up? I'm curious about their durability on long hikes. I bring mine on hikes, but I don't have insurance on it.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: PCT Complete on 09/28/2011 16:57:40 MDT Print View


I just finished reading all 124 pages! Great trip. Seems like the pressure of a deadline weighed heavily on you. If you did not have a deadline and could spend 4, 5, or 6 months would you do it differently? Are there sights or side trips you would have explored?