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Alumnus to Share Pacific Crest Trail Experience

Press Release | By Eric Breier

Some people celebrate graduating from college with a brief vacation.

Jacob Thum, who earned his kinesiology degree from Cal State San Marcos in spring 2016, devoted months to hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans the U.S.-Mexico border to Canada.

Thum will share stories about his adventure during a free community event at Cal State San Marcos on April 13. No RSVP is necessary

The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968. It gained widespread fame from the 2014 Reese Witherspoon film “Wild” as well as the Cheryl Strayed memoir on which the movie is based.

Thum will discuss everything from the logistics and difficulties of navigating the trail to the rewards of committing to a months-long hike.

The presentation is sponsored by CSUSM’s College of Education, Health and Human Services and Campus Recreation.


What: Cal State San Marcos alumnus Jacob Thum tells his story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border near Campo to British Columbia, Canada, near the U.S. border

When: 6-8 p.m., April 13, 2017

Where: McMahan House, California State University San Marcos

Cost: Free

Parking: For driving directions, campus map and parking fees, visit the CSUSM Parking Guide.

Information: Contact Hugo Lecomte at or (760) 750-6001


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 15,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.