166: Jason Waicunas- How PCT Days became a multi-day gathering of hikers celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail

June 18, 2019

In this episode Jason Waicunas tells us how PCT Days grew from a small group of hikers hanging out swapping stories into an annual multi day event with hundreds of PCT hikers.

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I was fortunate to grow up in the woods of Connecticut where we had pretty good acreage on our property. We had a three and a half acre lot that segued into a state park called Penwood State Park. There were a number of hiking trails to go explore and at a pretty young age I was allowed to go free range. This was before tracking devices and cell phones and leashes and all that stuff you see now. But I was about 10 years old when I went on my first outing with best friend. We trudged through like a foot of snow and hiked like three to four miles, which was a lot for a 10 year. It was a lot of fun and I was fortunate to have that.

Things we talked about

PCT Days

Penwood State Park

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Association


The Appalachian Trail

Cascade Locks

Friends of the Gorge

Washington Trails Association

Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Oregon Desert Trail Association

Chinook Trail Association

Other Outdoor Activities


Favorite Books

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Favorite Piece of Gear under $100

Pocket sized Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

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