(1) Where are you from?
Wellington, New Zealand
(2) What day did you start?
12th May 2018
(3) What day did you finish?
05th Oct 2018
(4) Do you have a trail name?
(5) If so, where did it come from?
‘Jandals’ is a commonly used word in NZ for ‘Flipflops’. I enjoyed wearing them as much as possible and always carried a pair.
(6) What did you dream of when things weren’t going well?
(7) Did you experience anything miraculous?
(8) Any memorable encounters with the elements, or wildlife?
I woke in the middle of the night after hearing branches braking to the right of my tent, I knew straight away it was a bear. I shook the tent and shouted to warn it off. As soon as I shouted, unknown to me a second bear, no more than a few metres from me suddenly grunted and started to run away from the tent. I had no idea for that split second what was going to happen. I will always remember the sheer power of the two bears as they sprinted away in different directions and listening to the branches of trees torn as they ran away.
(9) Think back to your “pre-hike self.” Now think of yourself here at the end. Has anything changed?
The PCT highlighted to me how easy it is to drop everything and take on a challenge of this magnitude. I realised I over complicated the planning before I started.
(10) Now that you are off the trail, what do you miss most about it?
The simplicity of trail life.
(11) Before you started, what were you most afraid of?
Getting an injury that would remove me from the trail altogether. I rolled my ankle on the first day, so that was a great start.
(12) Now that you are finished, what are you most afraid of?
Not following through on ideas/decisions for my future that I thought about while on trial.
(13) What’s the difference between life on the trail and life off the trail?
Your priorities change. In the desert, my first priority was water; where is the next source? Now I wake up and first priority is checking my emails.