My name is Jupiter, 26 years old, born and raised in south Florida, travel chosen to be experienced by foot.
In 2012 I attempted a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, making it about 400 miles until I was forced to quit. My inexperience and general lack of backpacking knowledge had me carrying a very beastly 60 pound backpack thinking I was prepared, in reality simply causing a lot of pain in my feet and ankles. Coming home I forgot about backpacking for a little while, moved, and eventually came back to it after going down some very negative paths. I remembered having the time of my life up in those east coast Appalachian mountains, I packed my things, and started going out into the woods again near where I lived. Frankly I needed a hobby, and a place to go rebuild myself after a rough couple years. What was just an innocent thing turned into an obsession. Given the reason for failing my first thru hike a big topic of thought and exploration for every new trip was how I could lighten my pack, and walk more freely on the land. I soon found myself backpacking twice a week every week. Going camping nearly every day I had off, and much to my managers dismay, taking an extreme amount of vacations. I racked up roughly 2,000 miles of small sections locally as well as further north on the AT. Pushing myself further and harder with each hike, going through a great period of learning and self growth. I found myself wondering what to do with this new found joy. Bringing us to 2016 and my 4,800 mile Eastern Continental Trail thru hike.
As a Floridian I wanted to hike the Florida Trail, and I still felt I had unfinished business on the Appalachian Trail, so I decided to do both of those in a single year. Quitting a job I really enjoyed to do just one didn’t feel like much of a reason at the time. A friend joked that I, “should just connect the two.” I laughed, he laughed, I went home, and that joke haunted me. So I did, tacking on the 200 miles south to finish in the Keys, and roughly 800 miles north to start way up in Quebec, while still connecting the two trails I originally wanted to walk with a large section of smaller trails and roads in between. In this process I brought one home for the team, and even set a self supported speed record on my home states trail, averaging 39 miles a day for 28 days straight, in a fury of madness down the center of Florida.
Beyond that in 2017 I met a girl, hiked with her from New Hampshire on the Appalachian Trail up to Quebec on the International Appalachian Trail for about 500 miles. Later that summer after spending a months time in Montreal I flew to the west coast, and got my first taste of the Pacific Crest Trail. Hiking with friends, though heart broken over the girl, I solidified my feelings that it was time for another really big hike. The dream and obsession began again.
Here I am now in 2018 embarking on a 5,300 mile walk, a round trip, or yoyo as I say, of the PCT. From Mexico to Canada then back down to Mexico again via the west coast crossing this country twice, up then down in one continuous hike. My goal is to be the fastest to ever do it, though there has only ever been 3 before to complete the feat.
After this year I dream of going for more records in the hiking world, or should I find myself without any big responsibility again maybe yet another mega long walk.
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