February 21, 2014
Lesson 3 – Super Hikers on the PCT
Last winter tHInK outsidE interviewed Sunshine and Monkey, 2 very young and intrepid record holders using an on-line Google Drive Document. This worked perfectly for long distance interviews that would normally not be possible. View photos, information, and the tHInK outsidE student interviews from last year on the web page “Super Hikers on the PCT“.
Great news! This year my good friend and hiking partner, Wired, agreed to visit with our class live via FaceTime. Wired has hiked the PCT 2011, the CDT 2013, and is hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer 2014 to receive her Triple Crown of Hiking. She is the writer of a very followed on-line trail journal Walking with Wired.
Conducting an video interview was a brand new experience for me and I was a bit nervous about getting a good Internet connection. I wanted to make sure the experience with the kids would go smoothly. Wired agreed to test our equipment a few days ahead. I highly recommend this. She currently is a substitute teacher and lives in Portland, Oregon, so we needed a good connection from both of our schools.
After trying Skype and Google Video Chat the connection was poor at best, freezing and splotchy. Wired came through with the idea to test from her car at her school with FaceTime. It worked beautifully.
At the beginning of the class I gave the students a little bit of background about Wired using the Super Hikers on the PCT web page: her hikes, blog, and goal of getting the triple crown. The US map of the 3 long trails was very helpful.
Together in pairs students generated at least 3 questions they wanted to ask Wired. After the interview session, the students reflected aloud what they learned and what they thought. This was a rewarding, valuable, and very educational activity.
Huge thank you Wired for taking the time to share your experiences, hikes, and inspiring story.
The next 2 videos are just a few of the questions from our day.
Video #1 Student Generated Questions:
What was the hardest trail you have hiked?
Have you ever gotten injured while on the trail?
Do you get to see running lava?
What inspired you to start hiking?
Are there any poisonous animals or bugs on the trail?
Video #2 Student Generated Questions:
How did you get your trail name?
Have you seen any wild animals like mountain lions?
Have you ever lost the trail?
How long does it take you to get homesick?
How many miles do you hike in one day?
All resources for this lesson are on the “Super Hikers on the PCT” web page from the top menu.
Student On-line Trail Journal Entries from the Week:
“I was amazed by how many trails Wired has hiked.I also learned that it takes a lot of time and preparation to get ready to hike a trail like the PCT. I was thoroughly enticed when Wired told us about how many times she has stumbled upon rattlesnakes. I would personally like to thank Wired for telling us about the PCT and sharing so much personal information about hiking with us. I will never forget Wired and all of her exciting adventures on the PCT and CDT. I was also surprised that the most frequent animal/reptile that you come in contact with on the trail are snakes…I do not know if I could hike these trails because I am TERRIFIED of snakes.”
“I was surprised that when somebody asked if she brought a fire arm and she said she didn’t bring one.Hope she gets the triple crown!:D.”