“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau
For us “Only the Essentials” represents the idea of simplifying our modern lives, immersing ourselves in the subtler wisdom of the wild, and carrying “only the essentials” we need to hike from the Mexican to the Canadian border on the Pacific Crest Trail.
On April 19th we set off on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which spans 2,650 miles as it traverses the mountainous spine of California, Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Crest Trail was officially finished in 1993, and crosses 26 National Forests, 7 National Parks, 5 State Parks and 3 National Monuments. It typically takes through-hikers around five months to hike the entire trail. On April 19, 2013 we will be beginning our hike on the Mexican border near Campo, CA and in October hope to reach the Canadian border at Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia. We will be hiking between 20 and 30 miles a day and resting one day per week. Food will be purchased on a weekly basis in towns near the trail and occasionally we will resupply by mail when necessary. Additionally, we will post photos and updates weekly on our blogs. Hiking the PCT is not only a physical test but also a transformative experience and an opportunity to bond with individuals dedicated to a mutual goal.
We will be producing a documentary about our journey on foot. During the approximate five months we are on the trail we will be shooting video and photography, and journaling on a daily basis. The documentary will include interviews of each of us on the trail, footage of those we meet along the way, moments of beauty, and our personal notes and reflections. We will shoot on two cutting edge compact HD cameras: the Sony RX100 and GoPro Hero3. Outfit Entertainment will be editing our footage and producing the final documentary. “Only the Essentials” will reflect the ebb and flow of the hike and serve as a window for the viewer to experience hiking on the PCT. Growing up in an increasingly indoor world where children suffer from what has been described as “nature deficit disorder”, at an early age we experienced the consequences of being sucked into a vacuum of consumerism, TV and computers. Our mission is to document the value of connecting with nature and the evolution we expect to experience during five months of immersion in the wild. We plan to spread our positive message to others by screening “Only the Essentials” in Vermont and entering the film in local and outdoor film festivals.
How Your Support will Help
Hiking the PCT is more expensive than you might expect, and usually costs between $4000 and $6000. Expenses include gear, food, lodging, transportation to and from the trailhead, camera equipment and production costs. While we have purchased the majority of our gear we are requesting your support with food expenses and the creation of film.
- $1 will pay for an energy bar
- $3 will pay for a dinner
- $12 dollars will pay for one day’s food
- $360 will pay for one month’s food for one of us
- $25 dollars will pay for an extra camera battery
- $40 dollars will pay for a memory card
- $50 will pay for the cost of a film festival submission
- $150 will pay for an external hard drive to store footage
- $400 will pay for the GoPro Hero3
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In Collaboration with
We will be working in partnership with our good friend Kevin Hartmann of Outfit Entertainment. Kevin attended film school at Columbia College Chicago, has professional production experience and will be editing and compiling the final film. You can view his work at kevinhartmann.com and vimeo.com/outfit
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Risks and challenges
It is estimated that between 500-800 people attempt to “thru-hike” the PCT from end to end each year: fewer than half finish. Our greatest risk is that one of us might be injured and forced off the trail. Through-hiking the PCT is described as 10% physical challenge, 90% mental. We feel our experience with long distance hiking and biking and our determination make us ideal candidates to complete the hike and the film, which we plan to release in December of 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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