Vegan Hiker Makes 2,655 Mile Trek From Mexico to Canada to Support Mercy for Animals
Nick Jaicomo - The Ski Channel
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June 12, 2013



June 10, 2013, marked the starting point for Josh Garrett’s journey across the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail – a grueling path from Mexico to Canada. (Mercy for Animals)

Josh Garrett, 30, a Santa Monica College track coach and exercise physiology instructor, intends to use his expedition as a tool to raise awareness and funds for Mercy For Animals – a national charity working to prevent cruelty to farmed animals and promote compassionate food choices and policies.

In 2009, Garrett thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in just 88 days, which is about half the time taken by most hikers. However, Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey, is confident that Garrett can hike the trail this time in under 64 days, the current trail speed world record. Mackey, who also shares a passion for plant based eating habits and who has hiked with Garrett in the past, will be sponsoring him by providing hiking gear, food and water.

In order to break the record, Garrett will have to keep a pace of 42 miles per day through 7 national parks and 25 national forests, home to a a variety of different terrains including the blazing Mojave Desert and the steep Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Garrett will be traveling over a marathon and a half a day, for 64 days in a row, through some of our planet’s harshest conditions.

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