71-year-old Nevada City resident Jack Emery was welcomed home by his family today after hiking 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Those that know Jack are not surprised that the grandfather of 9 has accomplished what many have never even dream of. Jack started on the Pacific Crest Trail in late March to complete the 2,650 mile trek. After preparing mentally, physically and spiritually for over 18-months he set off on the adventure of a lifetime.
From 100-degree weather in the desert to waist deep snow the Pacific Crest Trail tests even the most experienced hikers. Forest fires throughout the West made hiking the PCT very difficult this year.
Jack is an avid outdoor enthusiast, physical therapist and nearly 30-year resident of Nevada City. He has been happily married to his wife, Dare, for over 40 years. Jack has three daughters, Blythe White (Anthem, AZ), Ciara Bennett (Lincoln, CA) and Ashley Indrieri (Lincoln, CA), three son-in-laws and 9 grandchildren who range in age from 22 years-old to 7 years-old.
“For years my husband has planned and prepared to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. We all cheered him on during the journey that has tested him physically and mentally. After completing the 100-mile Western States trail run a number of years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before he checked another item off his bucket list”, said his wife Dare Emery.
While on the PCT Jack researched his next adventure of exploring the Amazon rainforest, though he needs some time adjust to life with lights, running water and real food. Jack kept a blog of his adventure that you can read at SierraWanderer.com. Jack plans to return to work at Body Logic Physical Therapy in Grass Valley and enjoy time with his family and promises not to start planning his next adventure too soon.