Based upon my running “contract”.
- Start the race (get to the course healthy)
- Finish the race (do not DNF)
- Run the entire race (no walking, sitting, etc.)
- Achieve a personal record (PR).
From the Spirit Eagle website: The Spirit Eagle 2009 contract isn’t complicated – it still only has 5 points. And it reads like this:
- We’ll walk from the Mexican border to the Canadian border.
- We’ll maximize our time-on-trail. For the PCT, this means a minimum of 5 months to complete the hike.
- We’ll see the country, meet the people and learn whatever lessons God has to teach us.
- We’ll walk the mountains and the wilderness as much as possible – and “roadwalk” as little as possible. But we’ll also take some of the “alternate routes” that we did not take the last time we hiked the PCT.
- Finishing the Trail is important, but not nearly as important as enjoying the Trail. If the push to finish gets in the way, we’ll re-examine what we’re doing and why. If necessary, we’ll take 2 years to finish rather than compromise on points 1, 3 and 4.
I think I need my own hiking “contract”.
- Get to the hiking start point (PCT, Campo, CA on US-Mexico border).
- See the country along the trail, meet the people on the trail, and learn new things before. during and after the trail.
- Be safe, follow the rules and etiquette of the trail, and thank those who provide help and assistance along the trail.
- Get to the hiking end point (PCT, Manning Park, BC on US-Canada border).
- Hike the entire trail (PCT, from Mexico to Canada or vice versa, no yellow-blazing, i.e., hitchhiking or riding around large sections of the Trail, in other words, stay on the official trail, no flips, no skips, no alternate routes)
- Hike the trail in one season (PCT, if and where possible barring safety issues such as forest fires from April to October).