The Pacific Crest Trail challenges became a bit more real to Tacoma siblings Elena and Gus Wimberger, who have now hiked more than 300 miles in less than three weeks.
The third member their party, Elena’s boyfriend, Carter Chaffey, missed days on the trail because of a sprained knee – and both Elena, 22, and Gus, 18, have battled physical issues.
That said, Carter has rejoined the troupe and both the Wimbergers are committed to finishing the 2,663-mile journey.
The subject of a May 7 column, the Wimbergers added to their blog yesterday, and it’s another fascinating look at life on the trail. Wonder about the hard days? Read Elena’s description of the descent from San Jacinto:
“The Descent consists of a 16 mile section of exposed switchbacks with no water sources or caches along the entire downhill slog. In addition to this nightmare for your knees, there is the additional mental challenge of being able to see your destination the whole time: a bridge crossing the I-10. As the crow flies, it was 4.2 miles from our camp at Fuller Ridge to the I-10 crossing however, by trail, the section included 20 miles of walking, 16 of them relentless downhill switchbacks.”
Still, the kids are staying on schedule, including a rest day, and even put in one 30-mile hike last week.
Follow them on their blog and, if you’d like, you can support a cause they’ve dedicated their walk to, the Etta Projects.