Andrew Glenn waved goodbye and thanked his new friend Ben for the ride into Sonora, Calif.
Bloody, bruised, and dirty, Glenn then walked into a Starbucks across the parking lot, ordered a venti vanilla latte, called his family using the coffee shop’s phone, sat down at a table by himself, and began to write about his worst day on the trail yet.
Glenn, a 24-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., by way of Austin, Texas, had set out on a thru-hike of the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail six weeks earlier on April 25, 2017. Friends and family often ask Glenn what his motivation for hiking this trail was, expecting some deep, spiritual life goal or identity crisis. For him, however, the decision was much simpler than that. “The west has always captured my heart, so I trusted my gut that it would be a life changing experience, and I’m so glad I did,” Glenn said.
Although his decision was easy, finishing the hike was not. According to Glenn, there is really no way to be prepared for the PCT, you just have to do it.
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