The One-Pack Mission


In November of 2007, Aaron J. Nicholson, an English student at Oregon State University, decided he would hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from California’s northern border to the Columbia River — a 460-mile journey across the State of Oregon. To add to the challenge, he vowed not to restock food or gear for the entire distance. No stores, no restaurants, no food drops — nothing. All he would consume would be out of his own backpack.

He set out alone on August 9th, 2008 with an immensely heavy pack containing 50 pounds of food. Without a stove and fuel, he planned to eat only cold, dry, meager rations for four weeks. Could it be done? Could he make it all the way to Washington? His adventures are chronicled in his new book, The State of Determination.