Starting April 29th, 2017 I will attempt to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) which is a hiking trail that extends from Mexico to Canada. Over the 2660 miles, I will hike through California, Oregon, and Washington. It will be an incredible 5 1/2 month adventure and journey towards personal growth and artistic inspiration. I’m working a ton right now to save money to be able to take care of my every day needs and bills, including health insurance while on the trail. I also need to purchase some new gear to ensure I can hike and sleep outdoors safely and comfortably through the desert, high Sierras, and the rainy Pacific Northwest. If you want to show support by donating some $$$, I’d be incredibly grateful. If you’d like to show support by writing letters, sending packages at resupply points, commenting on my blog, or just by sending positive energy out into the Universe, I would still be extremely grateful. Check out my blog https://annievarnot.wordpress.com/ or email me at email@example.com for more information. I am eager to synthesize my collected data and experiences from the trail into a body of inspiring contemporary landscape paintings.
There will be a lot of time to think on the pct. Without constant modern communication conveniences like cell phone reception and internet there will be moments of intense loneliness. I seek this solitude yet know from previous thru hiking that at times I will crave conversation. I have thus developed a plan to express and transfer what is on my mind to 8 1/2 x 11” color printed, topographical maps. When I stop into towns along the hiking route, I will send these trail notes to you, and in turn, you will send me a map of your day. I will also carry my watercolors and camera to visually document my experience in the wilderness. My topographical trail maps, journal entries, correspondence, and 2660 miles on the trail will inspire a series of mixed media paintings. These paintings will reflect a map of my emotional and physical experiences on the trail.
Even if you pledge just a penny per mile, it’ll give me a little extra motivation for the days of hiking when I want to bail.
The believe the donations won’t be collected until I complete the trail in October. I’ll give you plenty of reminders. All of your support means the world to me