Last Updated June 9, 2019
For those hiking the complete Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, or vice versa, otherwise known as “Thru-Hikers,” my spare guest room and personal generosity are available. This is dependent on my time, will, financial condition, and availability. This agreement may be modified at any time, with or without notice.
I reside adjacent to the Northern Sierra, and will travel to a nearby trailhead to pick up to four Thru-Hiker backpackers at a time, and backpacks, in my 41-45 mpg (highway) compact sedan. This is a free service, contingent on terms. First come, first served. There must be the intent to complete the Pacific Crest Trail in totality, and also safety and sanitation concerns must be addressed. We will need some proof of this. Original photos and video, blog or vlog evidence, along with valid testimony, will be accepted. There may be some chance of polygraph testing for verification purposes.
Previous to any service or offerings, those with suspicious demeanors will need to submit an online criminal record check along with proof of identity. No drugs, homeless people, violent offenders, sex predators, felons or worse, pros, or ongoing and/or incurable criminally or mentally ill. Diseased, adversely symptomatic, or sick hikers will need to have some medical certification of non-contagious status, and some treatment can be provided with fee transport to a local medical clinic. You will need to have valid health insurance or some form of payment. A major concern is having been infected with West Nile Virus or Lyme disease, both easily contractible during the hiking.
For no charge whatsoever, you will have access to a shower and tub, high tech toilet, mattress, and luxury thick carpet for tarps and sleeping bags, to accommodate up to four backpackers in an approximately 12 x 12 foot room with LED lighting, window, some storage, heating or A/C. NO LIABILITY WILL BE ACCEPTED. YOU ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK! A sizable deposit may be required for potential damages and clean up. I request that you leave the room and facilities as you should and do for the trail and camps. Cleaner and better than you found them! Sanitary and cleaning supplies will be made available at no charge. NO SMOKING!
There will be a hose and open wash area for preliminary clean up and hygiene before entering the premises. You will be subject to some inspection. No weapons, dirty or hazardous items, or other illegal or objectionable possessions will be allowed inside. Transport to a laundromat or other wash facility will be offered beforehand with dirty or soiled gear. I can offer and loan some spare, washed clothing, size medium to large, Mens. There will be storage outside the property at your own risk, or other fee storage to be made available off the premises, at your own responsibility.
The home is also my living quarters. I will be there for some of the time, with my car available, with transportation expenses to be paid for or compensated, as I have the will or time to drive. The needs for rest and recuperation, a change of pace from the long distance hiking, dining ops, and clean-up are the reasons for Thru-Hikers to be served. I can’t afford to grant donations or cash, loans, free food or drink, or equipment replacement. I can serve as an informal mail pickup and package holding service, no charge, limited to space available. Prior arrangements need to be made for this. I also have home security, and there is surveillance. You may be recorded, and though privacy is respected, evidence of any suspicious or criminal activity will be forwarded to law enforcement.
You will need to contact me by video cell, or online messaging, for availability of lodging and services. I do go hiking, climbing, skiing, or traveling, too! There are also personal emergencies and business. The normal schedule of Thru-Hike completion usually means that hikers come by during the middle of summer. This has been a prime time for my own travel and hiking, though not so much lately.
Stays will be limited according to need. Evictions can be required or forced at any time. There is nearby local mass transit by a 13 minute walk to a bus stop. Some Internet access can be provided. Phone use or loan for taxi or other transportation can be made possible. Most Thru-Hikers will wish to be on their way. For those in need of additional rest, advice or consultation can be provided. There are local entertainment ops, and some dining within a few miles walking on local streets. The Thru-Hiker will have hiked some one thousand miles already. Those determined to hike completion will shortly wish to be back on the trail, and return transportation to the departure point on the PCT may not be possible immediately. You will be wished well on the remainder of your journey. Word on quitting, or injury or death, would be appreciated. Only some 50-100 Thru-Hikers are successful each year (c. 2015). It seems that most will fail. Rest and relaxation may contribute to a major change of mind on hike completion. We cannot be responsible for loss of Thru-Hiker status, or any other loss, injury, or death, from any decision to quit or to not quit the trail.
This is not a commercial enterprise or any organization run by profit, donations, or charity. My availability and generosity is contingent on how well this goes. This service may be revoked at any time.
We do not discriminate on any illegal basis. Similar respect and law abiding will be necessary toward other Thru-Hikers, and all neighbors. Crime will never be tolerated. Dignity and respect for all is foremost a priority.
It is my desire, as has been done for myself and others, to help in a successful and safe Thru-Hike! The completion of the Pacific Crest Trail is an admirable backpacking goal and athletic feat. There are other Trail Angels said to be along the way, providing assistance. I have no association with any of them. We do not run in any association with the government or any business. I am a private citizen, offering my help and assist, on my own good will, time, finances, and interest. Let’s all be friends, doing as good Thru-Hikers will do, for each other, along the way!
UNDERSTOOD, AGREED, AND CONTINUE
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