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February 14, 2013
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Enjoy an armchair adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Few can say they've hiked one of America's most epic trails from Mexico to Canada. However, after completing the Appalachian Trail in 2009, former Colorado Mesa University student Jason Sullivan needed another challenge. So he chose the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for his next adventure. Over a five-month period Jason hiked 2,663 miles through California, Oregon and Washington along the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, some of the most rugged terrain in the country.The PCT, renowned for being one of the most beautiful, isolated and longest hikes in the world, attracts people from all over the globe. The first 700 miles of the trail stretches across dry, hot terrain hiking through the Anza Berago and Mojave deserts. The next leg could not be more different as the trail jumps up to the high Sierras where you don't see a road for 200 miles. During this part, hikers climb to the highest mountain in the continental U.S., prepare for snow-capped peaks, trade rattlesnakes for black bears, and don't plan on a resupply for 12 days. After this section you still have over half the trail left!Come hear how the rest of the trip unfolded Wednesday, Feb. 20, as Sullivan recounts his experience, from the magnificent views and amazing weather, to the fellow hikers and interesting people he met along the way. Sullivan will give a free presentation, "Trekking the Pacific Crest Trail," 7:30 p.m. at CMU University Center. Who knows, you may even be inspired to hike the PCT yourself.

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