Hi, my name is Kirk. In the summer of 1991, after listening to close friends describe their incredible experience hiking Canada’s West Coast Trail, I decided I wanted to experience the trail myself. The following summer, I drove my 1972 Volkswagon Westfalia across the country from Ontario to Vancouver Island and hiked the beautiful WCT. It was everything they said it was and then some. I was hooked. While researching and preparing for the West Coast Trail, I happened upon information about the Pacific Crest Trail and knew right there and then that I wanted to experience the PCT as soon as possible. Well, LIFE has a way of sometimes getting in the way of doing things “as soon as possible”.  A promising career, marriage, two beautiful children and multiple relocations across Canada and the USA over the ensuing years meant I would have to be patient. Twenty-six years later, the time has finally come !!!. My backpacking experience has been somewhat limited. Growing up in the Montreal area provided an opportunity to hike some small sections of the AT in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine as well as the occasional hike in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta and the Coastal Mountain Range of B.C., but save for those few occasions, I have done little in terms of “extended” hiking. So it is with some trepidation that I find myself preparing for the longest hike of my life. And naturally, I hope it ignites a passion for future thru hikes …. but for now ……. one step at a time. I retire from a 35+ year corporate career on March 31st and two weeks later will be setting off from the Southern Terminus heading NOBO. What better way to celebrate retirement and transition into the next phase of life than to take a long walk in Nature, from the Mexican border to Canada, on one of the Worlds greatest trails, contemplating the past, the present and most importantly, the future. Please join me on this amazing adventure and share in the experience.