Do you dream of walking the Pacific Crest Trail but need a push to get you going? Is so, then check out http://myamadventure.com/program-details/. The program, sponsored by Yama Mountain Gear, a company that manufactures and sells ultralight tarps and tents, is primarily a fundraiser to help benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association (and indirectly, Yama, too, I’m sure). The five applicants chosen to take part in the program will be expected raise $2000 for the PCTA, to blog, and to be willing to share their stories and photos with the public and the various sponsors of the hike.
Although some gear will be provided, as well as mentors to help the winning applicants prepare for the hike, the hikers will hike their own hike. Eek. A daunting idea, just as daunting as when I considered doing it all on my own. The main problem for me has always been the sheer bulk of materials and supplies that need to be carried for 2,660 miles. And water. Now, if water could be dehydrated, that would solve a major issue for me, but apparently, dehydrated water is no water at all.
Still, I promised a friend I would apply before the November 15, 2014 deadline. Now it’s just a matter of coming up with compelling responses to the following questions:
- What draws you to the Pacific Crest Trail and to long-distance hiking? What do you find attractive about it? Is there something you seek? Something you hope to get out of the experience?
- What about the mYAMAdventure program attracts you? What do you most hope to get out of it?
- What are your biggest concerns about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail?
- Please describe your level of hiking and backpacking experience. Have you ever attempted a long-distance hike? If so, tell us a little about it. (You don’t need any experience to participate in the program.)
- How far along in your PCT planning are you, if at all?
- Have you ever fundraised before? If so, please describe:
- What do you think is a realistic fundraising goal for you? How do you think you’ll go about raising the $2,000 for the PCTA? (We’re not expecting a well thought out plan here, just trying to get a general idea of how you think you might approach the fundraising aspect of the program.)
- Do you currently maintain a blog? If so, please provide the address: If you don’t have a blog or website you’d like to share with us, skip this question.
- Do you have any samples of your photography (available online) that you wouldn’t mind us checking out? If so, please provide links. For example, a link to your Instagram, Flickr, or Tumblr account.
- Do you plan to carry a mobile device with a data plan? (yes/no/not sure)
- Do you have a ball park figure of how much you think this hike will cost you? What is it?
- Are you planning to hike the trail regardless of participation in this program? Describe any possible issues or conflicts you might have regarding a commitment to hike the trail.
- What is your level of certainty for getting the time off work/school/whatever to hike the trail? (you’ll select at 1 – 5 type rating on the application)
- What sets you apart from the other applicants? Is there anything special you can offer the program? Some skill? Something about your personality?
- What is one question you’d add to next year’s application? Any that you’d remove?
- How did you hear about mYAMAdventure?
Feel free to enter! If you get accepted, I’ll do what I can to help promote your hike.
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.