Plant-Based Motivation: Record Setting Mileage for Vegan Trail Magic

I originally made this blog to tell my own story about the PCT, but I stumbled upon this article and can’t help but share it.

Hiker Accidentally Sets 118-Mile Trail Record in Search of Free Vegan Waffles

So this 2018 thru-hiker (Mike “Farley” Curtin) is vegan and supposedly hiked 118 miles straight, without sleeping, to get some trail magic waffles. It took him about 40 hours (that’s an average 2.95mph pace!) to cover the distance, motivated by the promise of free vegan waffles offered at vegetarian Big Lake Youth Camp in Mt. Washington, Oregon. I’m not sure on what authority this “record ” is set (if any), but whatever, we’ll go with it.

First of all, that is crazy ridiculously impressive in general, to complete that huge number of miles (without sleeping!) in that short amount of time. While Oregon is generally considered to be a less difficult section of the trail, that does NOT mean it is easy! By the time most hikers get there, they can generally lay down significantly more miles than when they had initially started the trail, but that typically means 30, 40, mayyyybe 50 miles in a day if they’re REALLY trying to prove something. But 118 without sleep? That’s nuts.

So, let’s put this in perspective: most people take 5-6 months to complete the trail. This guy did it in 78 days. The fastest known time for a self-supported thru hike of the PCT is 60 days 17 hours, done by Heather “Anish” Anderson, who is basically a celebrity in the hiking community. Anish is also one of only five people (and the only woman) to become a calendar year triple crowner (complete the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail AND the Continental Divide Trail between Jan 1st and Dec 31st of the same year). You can understand that when she responded to one of my Facebook posts a while back, I totally geeked out LOL! So anyways, this guy was moving pretty dang fast the whole time he was on the trail- it wasn’t just for the waffles.

Back on topic: I had already planned to send a resupply box to Big Lake Youth Camp and to probably spend a night there, but I had NO IDEA that it was vegetarian or that they had FREE VEGAN WAFFLES!!! This definitely gives me something to look forward to, especially considering I will be running low on if not out of food by the time I get there! I have no intention of trying to break this guy’s time record, but I DO intend to consume an obscene number of those vegan waffles.

I think it is incredibly awesome that plant-based diets are becoming more popular and that there are options like this along the trail. Farley mentions that he made the switch to a plant-based diet after watching the documentary “Cowspiracy” and realizing the environmental impact of dietary choice. This closely mirrors my experience and reasoning as well, and feats like Farley’s help to inspire others and bring more awareness to the issue.

Awesome job, Farley. BLYC, I look forward to tasting these delicious waffles- thank you for your thoughtfulness. Fellow vegans, keep doing awesome stuff and inspiring the world!

Original article linked above; written by Anna Starostinetskaya, published by VegNews on Feb 27th, 2019.

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