(This post has been updated for 2021- the course is still available! All details below are current.)
I’m currently making my PCT 101 course available for the very special 2021 sliding scale price of ZERO to 300 dollars!
This 101 course on PCT thru-hiking includes a customizable gear list, a 12 week training plan, and hours of video on such thrilling topics as: getting a PCT permit, bears, injury, pacing and itinerary, gear, how to pack your pack, sobo vs. nobo, shelters, what to eat and how to resupply, budget, navigation, shitting in the woods, footwear and caring for your feet, creating content while on trail and so much more!
The course is at teachable.com and if you’d like to be added venmo me what you’d like to pay @carrotquinn or paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org – remember to put your email address in the notes section! And I’ll add you to the course.
If you’d like to pay zero dollars email me at email@example.com and I’ll add u!
Here is more info on how the course works:
The course is via teachable.com. After you send payment and your email address to me you’ll receive an email from teachable, prompting you to log in. You will then have unrestricted forever-access to four weeks’ worth of videos, documents and homework. You will be able to watch the videos when you want to and work at your own pace, and complete the materials on a schedule that works for you.
Here is the full course description:
Do you want to hike the PCT one day? Are you drowning while sifting through online information about gear, resupplies, permits and itineraries? Are you completely overwhelmed at the thought of training beforehand and injury prevention while on trail? Are you wondering what you can eat with your dietary restrictions, how many calories to plan for each day, and how much all of this is going to cost? Do you have the capacity to watch videos? Then this is the course for you!
In this four week course, we will cover:
-Gear selection: trail-tested options for the kind of gear that works for YOU, for your budget and comfort level. We’ll also cover footwear and clothing, plus info on what gear I personally like best for the PCT
-What to eat on trail, even with food restrictions: you can be vegan! You can be gluten free! Heck, you can even be paleo! Also stove vs. no stove, getting the nutrition your body needs, and how to plan your calorie intake
-Navigation: the guthook app
-The PCT permit: how to try and get one if you don’t have one already as well as how the permit works
-Itinerary: the best time of year to start the trail for what you want your experience to be, southbound vs. northbound, flipping, section hiking, and how to calculate miles per day and rest days
-Resupply: whether to send yourself boxes or resupply locally in stores based on your preferences and dietary restrictions, and how to avoid some common money-wasting pitfalls when making your boxes
-Training before your hike: This includes a training plan!
-How much is all of this going to cost: budgets for every comfort level
-Creating content while on trail: my experience and recommendations
-Fire and ice: snow in the Sierras, high river crossings, flipping around fire closures and other events you might need to be prepared for
-Injuries and health issues on trail: blisters, tendonitis, Bad Ankles, chafe, hypothermia, waterborne illness- what are they, and how do we prevent and manage them?
-Desert hiking: how to stay safe and hydrated
-A hundred things you might not have considered: shitting in the woods, campsite selection, trail names, condensation, mice, mosquitoes, hiking with others vs. solo, PCT trail culture, what to do if it’s REALLY windy or if it suddenly starts to hail, etc
-Are bears a thing? Do you need a gun? And other questions that might be keeping you up at night
-Plus additional detailed information on each section of the PCT: The desert! The high Sierras! Norcal! Oregon! Washington!
No hiking or outdoors experience is needed to take this course! This course is formulated with beginners in mind.
Who am I?
I’m Carrot Quinn. I’ve thru-hiked the PCT twice, and the Washington section four times. I’ve also hiked lots of other trails and routes, in almost every possible terrain, for a total of about ten thousand miles. The PCT is incredible, and it was my first long distance trail. I created this course because it’s something that I wish existed before my hike.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the course.