My riding companions
Yes, I love the idea of doing this trip alone and want to get plenty of time with just me and my animals. But that doesn't mean I don't want human company along the way when I can get it.
I love horse packing with other people. I am hoping some of my friends (or even an adventurous stranger or two) will elect to join me for specific segments of this trip. I am purposely doing the first year or so in Southern California in January/February, as it is never a bad idea to get out of Montana during the heart of the winter months.
Riding with me takes a little adjustment to the "normal" way of doing things. That works well for some people but not so well for others. I have to have a well laid out plan but be flexible each day as I see what my body can handle at any given time. None of my trips will be focusing on going from point A to point B, as most riders on the PCT do. I will have to do a lot of small excursions from base stations set up every 20 miles or so. I may not be able to go more than 5 miles in a day.
That said, with help, I am able to do some more traditional riding. If my companion wanted to ride a specific 40 mile stretch, for instance, and was willing to help me with horse care and camp set-up so that I could conserve my energy as much as possible, then I have no objection to doing some stretches of more traditional riding.
Look it over. Hikers are welcome - doing short days like this it is easy to stay together with a mixed riding and hiking group or to meet up at the end of the day. If it interests you, contact me and lets start planning!