From Mexico to Canada on foot in 123 days

From Mexico to Canada on foot in 123 days

CRESWELL, Ore. - Noah Strycker walked from Mexico to Canada in 123 days.

"It seemed impossible when I started and when I finished, I looked back, and it still seemed impossible," said Strycker.

The 25-year-old South Eugene High School and Oregon State University graduate got started May 19 at the border with Mexico.

He arrived at the Canadian border on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Averaging 21.6 miles per day for the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail, Strycker said he wore out five pairs of trail running shoes and a dozen pair of socks.

"It was an incredible journey, with many highs and lows literally and figuratively," he wrote to KVAL News, "from the Southern California desert through the snowy High Sierra, dusty Northern California wilderness, mosquito-thick Oregon, and lush and rugged Washington North Cascades.

"I ate countless thousands of calories of dehydrated food," he said, "had encounters with cougars and bears and rattlesnakes, forded raging frigid streams up to my chest, met a lot of characters and a few trail legends, routinely got lost and sunk in and fell down in the snow, and enjoyed every minute!"

He said 300 hikers started the trail this year. He estimated less than 50 would finish due to this year's deep snowpack.

"A lot of hikers are still out there, walking northward, hoping to reach the border before the snow falls," he said.

Strycker, an associate editor at "Birding" magazine and author of the book "Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica," said his next adventure is on the East Coast: he is headed for a field job on Metinic Island, Maine.

Maybe he'll hike the Appalachian Trail for an encore.

For more on Strycker's hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, check out his trail blog.