Cosby completes Oregon Coast Trail, bigger dream | New
Crossing the 402-mile Oregon Coastal Trail, dubbed OCT by seasoned hikers, involves disconnected and sometimes dangerous routes that require navigating tidal currents to continue. Add to that a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis – a disease that mimics breathing through a straw – and 25-year-old Colton Cosby’s ambition could be described as not a challenge, but rather a struggle.
It’s not that Cosby, or “CJ” as short for Colton James Cosby, saw it that way. He completed the route solo on September 20, carrying a portable nebulizer in his 30-pound backpack in case he needed extra fog to open his airways. Ironically, when asked what was most difficult about the expedition, Cosby’s response was quite common – “My feet hurt,” he said.
The entire business took 29 days to complete, or as Cosby described it: four miles an hour; 26 nights of tent erection; one night in a hiker’s refuge; one night in a Motel 6 (to take a shower and wash clothes), and an unfortunate road along the 101 where 10% of the trail is not rooted in nature.
“That’s when my feet hurt,” said Cosby, who at 210 pounds in stature spoke of the trek with a childish nature. “But I had to do it first. I plan on doing the Ice Age Trail in May or June of next year, and it’s 1,200 miles all over the state of Wisconsin.
A quick Google search places the Oregon Coastal Trail at 362 miles. But that doesn’t take into account the walking on the road that Cosby said he had to trudge between established walking trails and campsites – hence the extra and strenuous 40 miles for which Cosby said he wished. Oregon’s state park system invests funds for the sake of not only its feet, but the safety of those tackling the trail.
Cosby, who lives in Douglas County and completed his Oregon / California border trek in Curry County, however, is used to obstacles and is not easily put off. By the age of 5, Cosby had not yet started to speak. His adoptive parents learned sign language to connect with the active toddler, and his father said he has since adjusted to his son’s unique obstacles and ambitions.
“CJ can be hard to follow,” said David Cosby, who works in the forestry industry as a field security and fire guard for Dancer Logging. Inc. “Even more when he tries to follow his mind because he has so many hopes and ambitions of things he wants to do with his life. “
Junior Cosby said his ultimate goal is to cross the Pacific Crest Trail, a giant 2,650-mile jaunt that begins in the small town of Campo on the Mexican border and reaches north to Manning Park in British Columbia. Cosby hopes to master this trail and others while pursuing a degree in documentary filming between excursions. It could also mean a lot of travel time for Cosby’s dad, who walks with him on day trips on local trails, but chooses to travel remotely in his 32-foot trailer on long trips.
It is obvious that the duo is close. Cosby completed the Oregon Coast Trail on September 19, but decided to spend the night at Crissey State Park so he and his father could walk the last mile together, ceremonially touching the state park sign with the palm of your hand. their hands.
While Cosby has noted that he has the support of his father, he is also inspired by another: Nick Talbot, a climber based in County Durham, England who also has cystic fibrosis. Talbot was the first man with cystic fibrosis to climb the fickle Mount Everest on his third attempt. On his second attempt, he suffered cracked ribs and hypothermia after a magnitude 8.7 earthquake caused an avalanche that killed many climbers, including his friend and Google director Dan Fredinburg.
The community of climbers, although large, is nonetheless very united. Talbot responded to a request for comment from Coastal Pilot Curry on the making of Cosby.
“First off, a big thumbs up to Colton,” said Talbot. “402 miles is impressive for anyone, let alone someone with cystic fibrosis (cystic fibrosis). He had to overcome so much to get there. I’m glad that my Everest challenge has encouraged Colton to push new impressive boundaries, and I hope all CFers can live their best lives and push their own personal boundaries, whatever they may be.
“It made my day,” replied Cosby, who was eating his first homemade breakfast after the hike when told of Talbot’s words.
Talbot echoed Cosby’s desire to keep moving forward.
“I was inspired to climb by the desire to push the boundaries and increase the visibility and money of CF charities around the world,” he said. “It’s really hard to have lofty goals with CF because it’s so much harder to get as fit as everyone else, to cope with reduced lung capacity and potential infections, and to stay on treatment. Sometimes you have to develop special techniques for managing cystic fibrosis in order to reach your goal.
As for his next excursion? Cosby has admitted that he will have to give up his addiction to junk food, opting instead for a diet high in protein and nutrients.
“This time I was able to end the trip with a basic plan that was loosely planned,” he said. “But next time, I’ll need to eat healthier to walk 10 to 20 miles a day.”
Senior Cosby, possibly still recovering from the previous month, was more inclined to reflect on the day’s mile walk to the finish line.
“It was a very emotional time. He has an illness,” said David Cosby. “He’s going to die of it sooner or later, we just don’t know when. Until then, he wants to get the most out of life.”