294-Hiking the PCT with type 1 diabetes

Show notes

In the past we have interviewed hikers who have walked the Pacific Crest Trail in the US and while everyone’s experiences are different, Australian Katrina Hemingway has her own story to tell. When Katrina undertook her journey with British hiking partner Helen, apart from being ‘older hikers’ they were both having to manage their type 1 diabetes which added an extra degree of complexity to the planning and management of this hike.

In this podcast episode we listen as Katrina talks us through her epic journey.


Podcast overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:36)
    • Katrina’s Background? (time index 0:02:11)
    • The Pacific Crest Trail (time index 0:09:24)
      • Why this trail and why the quick start
      • Why north and not south?
    • Additional challenge presented by diabetes (time index 0:23:41)
    • Gear general (time index 0:26:47)
    • Leaving hubby behind! (time index 0:32:37)
    • Food Resupply (time index 0:29:20)
    • Phone on trail  (time index 0:31:44
    • I just can’t see the appeal of long distance hiking (time index 0:36:33)
      • What do you love about long distance hiking?
    • Big 3 gear (time index 0:38:13)
    • Navigation (time index 0:45:21)
    • Water (time index 0:46:07)
    • Trail names (time index 0:48:12)
    • Challenges on trail  (time index 0:51:35)
    • Trip highlights? (time index 1:00:45)
    • Lowlights (time index 1:06:44)
    • ‘Older hiker’ (time index 1:10:06)
    • Would you have done anything differently? (time index 1:12:21)
    • Revisit in 2023 (time index 1:13:32)
  • Final thoughts (time index 1:21:00)
  • Close (time index 1:30:32)

Katrina's Website

To find out more about Katrina Hemingway and to read her online book go to her website here

Katrina putting on her pack, the easy way (image by Katrina Hemingway)

Katrina on the Pacific Crest Trail (image by Katrina Hemingway)

Helen and Katrina on the PCT 1604 miles travelled (image by Katrina Hemingway)

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