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Blair and Tom share observations, reflections, and natural history of the Pacific Northwest Trail from their 3 month thru-hike.
Blair and Tom share observations, reflections, and natural history of the Pacific Northwest Trail from their 3 month thru-hike.
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Blair and Tom hike the PNT... and write a book about it

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We're writing a book and we need your help.

The 1200 mile long PNT (Pacific Northwest Trail) begins in Glacier National Park in Montana and moves westward along the Canadian border until its terminus on Washington state’s Olympic coast. It crosses through 3 national parks, 7 national forests, and some of the most biologically diverse and geologically stunning places in North America. A young and “untamed” route, it’s often referred to as America’s wildest National Scenic Trail.

Browns Pass, Glacier National Park
Browns Pass, Glacier National Park

With our first steps out of Glacier this July, we will begin our own PNT thru-hike. The best part is that you can be with us every step of the way (albeit, indirectly)! Utilizing our backgrounds in biology, environmental justice, and natural history, we will be authoring a compilation of photographs, poetry, wildlife observations, sketches and other reflections on our adventure. We’re dedicated to preserving as much of this scenic byway as possible for its cultural significance and ecological importance, and we feel that documenting our first-hand experiences is the best way to promote and protect it. Who knows, it may even be the inspiration for your next journey… 

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park

To help pay for this yet-to-be-named book, as well as a portion of the necessities for our trek, we set up this fundraising page. Please consider donating to our cause.

Note: This limited edition book will only be produced for Kickstarter backers.

Your support will fund:

  • $1500 Trail food
  • $500 On/off-trail transit & flights
  • $250 Off-trail lodging
  • $150 Permits
  • $100 Planning/navigation resources

More about Tom and Blair

Tom's journey into the wilderness started slow - from ages 0-18, time outdoors was restricted to the beach, with a weekly sunburn to prove it. Not until beginning his pursuit of an Environmental Science degree at Santa Clara University did he discover the joys of trail life. After his first 2-day backpacking trip, he made the reasonable decision that he was experienced enough to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Tom set out on the PCT in 2016 and never looked back: potato chips and candy for breakfast, desert-dwelling hermits, territorial cows... what wasn't to love? Soon after, he found himself on a plane to Philippines where he now works with coconut farmers. Tom's literary experience stretches from social enterprise business plans in Rwanda to blogging about early 20th-century German cocovores. No matter what subject or style, Tom loves writing. Learn more about Tom and his PNT updates at wheres-wheeler.com  

At age 10, Blair took his first backpacking trip in Northern California’s Redwoods. He emerged from the forest 7 days later thoroughly confused with all he had seen. Why are these trees enormous? What made that squirrel so aggressive? Which leaves can I substitute for toilet paper? To answer those questions and increase his understanding of the world around him, Blair developed a passion for scientific exploration of nature. By the time he graduated from Santa Clara University - where he specialized in ecology - he had become a prolific writer, having penned numerous too-long essays on the role of environmental ethics in modern business practices and natural resource management. Blair belongs to the cult of Edward Abbey, teaches children about water conservation, and survives off of bulk bin granola - a budding environmental poet, indeed.

So what exactly will this book look like?

As you may have noticed, this book has not been written; right now it exists only as an idea. We estimate the length to be 40-80 pages. The book will include beautiful color photography as well as:  

  • Descriptions of the trail’s natural and developmental history 
  • Stories and reflections from our hiking and personal journeys
  • Documentation and images (if we are able to get close enough) of wildlife 
  • Tales and images of other thru-hikers 
  • Poetry, songs, and other creative writing

Disclaimer

If the book does not meet your standards or expectations, we will provide a full refund.

The song featured in our video is Lovers' Carvings by Bibio.

Risks and challenges

It's quite possible that one or both of us don't complete the trek due to injury or not finishing in time. If we feel that we are unable to acquire enough material to write a book that explore the trail in enough depth to be compelling then we will provide a refund to those who wish to be refunded.

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    Sunday Stroll

    "JOHN JACOB JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT"

    Yup, we'll shout your name out from the highest point on the PNT. Who knows, you just might hear it. Probably a once-in-a-life-time opportunity.

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    Backpacking Guru

    1 E-COPY of our book. Immerse yourself in the bountiful wisdom and magic of the PNT from your mobile device or computer.

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    Thru-Hiker

    1 PAPERBACK & 1 E-COPY of our book. Nothing like turning the crisp pages of a physical book as you walk alongside us on the PNT.

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    Triple Crown

    2 PAPERBACK & 1 E-COPY of our book.

    With your contribution, dreams do come true. Like the Medici's or Maecenas from our ancestors past, your contribution support is what keeps humanity's creative spirit alive and well. We thank you in helping us take a leap forward toward our goal.

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    The Great Western Loop

    4 PAPERBACK & 1 E-COPY OF OUR BOOK
    A SONG WRITTEN IN YOUR HONOR
    5 HAND WRITTEN LETTERS FROM THE TRAIL
    A SHOUT OUT IN OUR BOOK

    Alright, it takes a special kind of person to chip in $500 in support of our journey and the PNT. Blair and Tom will make a point to meet you in person if logistically possible to tell you about our journey.

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