They Made It! Hikers First to Thru-Hike Pacific Crest in Winter

If you haven’t been keeping up, long-distance hikers Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter, both of California, started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail last October in hopes of becoming the first to ever thru-hike the 2,650-mile trail in the winter. Well they just finished. It’s especially notable since they gave themselves less than 20 percent odds of finishing.

In sort-of related news, the Pacific Crest Trail Association revamped its permitting system to only allow 50 long-distance hikers to begin the trek each day. The organization expects a record number of hikers this year following the popularity of the film “Wild”.