Just a note to update friends and family on the status of my 2017 PCT thru hike.
There is no hike, I had to cancel my plans.
I spent a ton on new gear, got my PCT permit, got a plane ticket, had everything planned, and two weeks or so before my start date I twisted my back putting on a new fully-loaded backpack. This re-injured my back, which required surgery back in 2005, and while I had hoped it would clear up in time – it didn’t. I am now suffering painful sciatica worse than I have in years, and I guess it is great that this didn’t happen on the trail.
Bummed to say the least. I hope to be in shape enough for a short 40-80 mile hike on the PCT in WA in August if possible.