Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Joahua Garrett vegan hiker mercy for animalsJoahua Garrett vegan hiker mercy for animals

Vegan Track Coach Hikes 2,650 Miles for Animal Rights

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett possibly set a new world record when he tackled the famous, 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in just under 60 days. When asked how he managed to make his journey along the trail from the boarder of Mexico to Canada at an astonishing 45 miles per day, Garrett gave credit to his vegan diet.

The longtime vegan, who accomplished a feat that many outdoor enthusiasts dream of, spent two months hiking alone to raise money for the animal rights group, Mercy for Animals. Ultimately, he hopes to raise $10 for every mile of the Pacific Crest Trail and donate a grand total of $26,500.

When the Los Angeles Times asked Garrett how he was able to get enough protein for the strenuous journey from a solely plant-based diet, Garrett said “I get my protein the same way a gorilla does, or a wild mustang or an elephant. A plants-based diet gives us everything we need for strength and endurance. We don’t need to eat meat in order to be healthy and strong.” Although Garrett burned about 8,000 calories a day and lost 15 pounds over the course of the two months, he said a felt strong throughout his journey.

Garrett, who was raised on a traditional meat-filled diet, made the switch to veganism after meeting his girlfriend, who rescues turkeys; “I just realized that they are so smart and have great personalities. I thought, ‘How can I eat them anymore?'” Garrett was also touched by documentaries like Forks Over Knives, a film that links a diet rich in animal products to many illnesses.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is not yet able to verify Garrett’s possible record-setting time, but Jack Haskel, trail information specialist, said “I have no reason to doubt Josh when he says he did what he did… It’s a really incredible achievement, hiking that fast.” It is still to be determined whether or not Garrett will hold the official Pacific Crest record.

Photo credit: Twitter/@VeganHiker

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments
  • Jana Gibson

    Nice article with just a little correction needed. The Pacific Crest
    Trail Association simply does not verify records — which is different
    from not being able to verify Garrett’s. It is not correct to suggest
    that it is “still to be determined” whether or not Garrett will hold the
    record. It has been widely reported, on NPR and in many major
    newspapers that he holds it (at least for now, till somebody breaks it).
    Here’s the Pacific Crest Trail Association report congratulating
    Garrett:
    http://www.pcta.org/2013/pct-speed-record-is-shattered-twice-13750/And here’s a great little video of him on the Mercy for Animals web site http://www.MercyforAnimals.org/veganhiker

shutterstock_526346818

Sheep Farmer Fined For Killing Swans – How Anti-Cruelty Laws Are Never For The Animals

The law reprimands him, not because he killed the swans, but because his treatment of them.

shutterstock_526720321

Relationships With Non-Vegans And Why They’re Problematic

Engaging in animal exploitation every day should be a deal breaker.

note

For Those Upset By The New £5 Notes

We’re merely telling the non-vegan public that one form of animal use is worse than another.