Jacob Leistra / "Game Boy" / PCT 2019

Staying Motivated

I’m very excited to start the PCT, but I fully expect to be bored at times on my hike. I plan to combat boredom and lack of motivation the same way I do in real life: music, podcasts, and books. Here’s a quick look at what I plan on listening to and reading on the trail.


First and foremost, I’m a habitual album listener. I love listening to albums in completion and experiencing them as a whole concept rather than a collection of singles. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve downloaded for the trail:

And here are some new (to me) albums I’m also bringing along:

When I’m not listening to albums, I really enjoy Boiler Room DJ sets. Here are a few of the best:


I’ve been saving up a month’s worth of episodes from my favorite podcasts:


I’m bringing only one ebook/audiobook, gifted to me recently by a good friend:

  • IQ84 by Haruki Murakami

It’s a doozy, so I’m betting on it lasting me for most of the trail.

All of the above should keep me occupied when I’m bored. Hopefully I’ll be crossing the finish line soon enough.

Photo: Glico Man at night in Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan. September 2016.