Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Pacific Crest Trail aka PCT

These books are my bibles they will help guide me from Mexico to Canada 2,700 miles.
I will Start in one country and finish in another.
I will pass through deserts and scale high peaks. I will ford dangerous creeks/rivers and snow covered passes.
I will traverse through 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks.
I hope to finish it all in under 83 days. I will be doing it as a team with my friend Julian from France. We are both so excited about our journey. We will start sometime in May depending on how much snow we get in the Sierras this winter.

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22 comments:

Feminist Runner said...

What an awesome goal and journey.

Catra said...

Thanks girlfriend. It will make for a great story :)
Catra

Jullian said...

WOW.... it will be a beautiful journey..sure!!!!!
and after we will write a book...lol..;)
ju

jlynnbob said...

Catra,

We met at Western back in June, once at the orientation meeting and then again at Hwy49 crossing. You gave me a fruit smoothie and it was great! I was pacing Carsten Solheim, the oldes finisher of Western this year!

Anyway, just wanted to tell you that I started CrossFit this week and am quite sure after a couple of intro sessions with the trainer that I am in for a total butt-whupping! Did you have any surprises when you started? I am totally blown away with my "weak" areas and how quickly they showed up...hopefully not for long!

Anyway, good luck in your planning for PCT. Being from Texas, I have only experienced a very small part of it, but it is an awesome place!

Take care,

Lynn

adam said...

Hi Catra,

Just wondering if your trip will be self-supported or fully supported (with help from others)? Either way 83 days sounds like a serious goal and your trip will surely be a radical journey! If you and Julien need some help or company on the trail, when you are in Washington, let me know (poincenot(at)yahoo.com). I live in Seattle, have run some small segments of the PCT in Washington and dream of the day when I will be able to do the whole thing myself. The segments in the north cascades are the best! (I am biased).

This year I plan on visiting your stomping grounds and trying to do the JMT in 8 to 10 days of fastpacking. I am itching to run through the wilderness under a warm and cloud free sky. Oh wait, you get to do that all the time in CA, right! The weather here has been pretty miserable. I can't wait for next summer!

Whitney said...

Hey Catra,

sounds like fun!! I can't wait to hear about it! It sounds like major fun too :)

I just noticed in your picture...we have our nails painted the same color lol!

anyway, Take Care and have a great weekend!


Much Love,
Whitney

Whitney said...

lol Sorry, I said fun twice ;)

Cheetah Head said...

Good luck out there, I plan to do the same trip when I retire.

I post on the ruunnerworld.com forums (neverstops) and I remember that you had a Mt Everest climb as a future trip in your display line. I was wondering, have you seen the show Discovery Channel (I know I shouldn’t be watching TV) has going about a summit group from 2006. I saw the first two episodes which were very informative. I plan on hiking to South Face base camp in the coming years and it showed me a lot. Thought I would pass it along if you are still interested.

Namaste

Randy said...

You are amazing! I am a little jealous for sure!

Ultra Okie said...

Too cool Catra. What a great journey it will be.

Steve

Catra said...

Hey Ju-
Why write a book??? When will be staring in our own documentary.
What a fun time we'll have !
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey jlynnbob-

I remember you!
Awesome job! You started crossfit! woo hoo!!!
Suprises, yep I had sore muscles where I didn't know I had muscles.
As the unused muscles get worked you will become less sore.
It has totally helped my running. Since starting it I fell stronger in my hundereds. I noticed at night in a hundred my body feels stronger. I use to fall apart at night. Not anymore thanks to crossfit making me strong.
Enjoy!
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Adam-
No help from others. We will have mail drops that we have to go off trail to get.
That's the differance between supported(David Horton) had people meet him with supplies at the trailheads and take him to a nice cozy bed at night.
We won't have a crew helping us. We may have people going out with us for a week or two at a time.
And if were in an area where my friends live they can bring me fruit. ;)
When I know our schedule I'll let you know and we can meet up.

Oh good for you, you will be heading out my trail JMT(my true love) :)
You will enjoy every inch of it.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Adam-
No help from others. We will have mail drops that we have to go off trail to get.
That's the differance between supported(David Horton) had people meet him with supplies at the trailheads and take him to a nice cozy bed at night.
We won't have a crew helping us. We may have people going out with us for a week or two at a time.
And if were in an area where my friends live they can bring me fruit. ;)
When I know our schedule I'll let you know and we can meet up.

Oh good for you, you will be heading out my trail JMT(my true love) :)
You will enjoy every inch of it.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Whitney-
Yes it will be a blast!!!

Hey I guess we have the same taste in nail color;)
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Cheetah-

I still plan on a least visiting Everest base camp. I will go in 2008 season. I will decited than if I will want to attempt it in 2010.
Thanks I haved watched it. I never watch T.V but would love to see that. I will look the guide to ee when it's on.
Thank you!
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Randy-
Don't be jeoulous it would be cool to have you come out for 10 day through the Sierra section with us. I know you would love it!!!
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Steve it should be fun!
What race's do you have coming up??? I know I get to see you at Rocky Racoon 100 in Febuary!
XOXO,
Catra

Ryan said...

That’s a journey of epic proportions….I like how you dream BIG and aren’t afraid to follow your dreams no matter where they take you! The beginning part near the US/Mexico boarder looks interesting, what a change of scenery it’s like a barren waste land very eerie with that border fence dividing the US form Mexico. Form the dessert to high mountains sounds wonderful

Trek onward girl!

Jessica Deline said...

You know what's funny? I was recently watching "The Runner" and I said "I could see Catra running this trail - and I'll bet she will some day". I had no idea... Count me in for joining you on some sections through SoCal if you are looking for company!

Anonymous said...

Thta is incredible.You inspire me. Thank you :)..are you going to do PCT Rodeo beach run dec 23 w/ wendall n sara? ill be there doing the 30k i love their runs.

Catra said...

Hey Anonymous-
Thanks!
I'm thinking of doing the 50k since my b-day is the next day. I can do it as a b-day run!
I might be there ;)
Catra