"We met Josh outside Julian at the same watering hole as David (Roo). Both Aussies were usually together, so we saw him as well in Julian, Idyllwild, briefly in Wrightwood, Kennedy Meadows South, Kearsarge Pass and Hostel California in Bishop. He is a very kind soul with a great sense of humor. Also a very talented photographer! Mantis and I were always in a better mood when we got to hang out with Josh and David. They have a charismatic magnetic aura around them and everyone we met loved hanging out with them including ourselves! If you want to follow Josh you can find him @joshua.settle" - Journey Man
What's your name / trail name or both?
Josh - Pit Stop
Where are you from?
Why did you decide to do the PCT?
The challenge of walking across the country, border to border seemed like an appealing challenge, whilst simultaneously (and temporarily) satiating my desire to hike through mountainous terrain.
What has been the most challenging thing you've encountered on trail so far?
A) Working up the courage to unzip my sleeping bag at 1am each morning in the sierras to enjoy another day of slogging through the snow.
B) Being the victim of some unrequited love for what otherwise would have been a ripper trail romance.
What is something you've learned so far on your hike?
Don’t let the end goal (getting to Canada) compromise the social aspect of the PCT - enjoy the company of those around you!
We met Chute at the KOA in Mount Shasta. We leap frogged with him for quite some time. Last we saw Chute was briefly after Bend. He sort of just does his own thing and hikes by himself most of the time, but when you stop at a mutual water source or campsite he is a great conversationalist.
I met Quaking Leaf in passing in Kennedy Meadows South. He was such a ball of joy whenever another hiker came walking up to the General Store. He was usually the first at attention, clapping and cheering for everyone. If he recognized the hiker, he cheered even louder, gave them hugs, and greeted them with a cold beer.
We met Frankie near Apache Peak on San Jacinto. He was wearing his large straw hat and getting ready to go over San Jacinto with Georgia just because she told him, "C'mon Frankie." This dude is a chill, real one. He's always ready to send it and send it with a smile.