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One of my favorite places I stopped to draw on the PCT. The clouds this evening cast their own filtered light and the stream was chatting away pleasantly. . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #pct17 #pct2017 #hikertrash #drawfromlife #artisttravels #horseshoemeadows #norcal #sierranevadamountains #sierras #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #thruhiker #humansofthepct #thruhiking #sleepinthedirt #lonepine #mountainview
#Repost @hikingprodigy • • • "I came up with a name because many people my age tell me I'm dumb & I shouldn't be hiking. They say do what people my age should do...sit & enjoy my age. I don't want to live like that & have regrets." - Dumb 67 ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Cherry & Dumb 67 were the first couple I met on the PCT coming out of the Manzama wind farm & into San Gorgornio Wilderness. • • • I noticed the flag on Dumb 67's pack & asked where he was from & he mentioned #Taiwan . He then said his wife was from #HongKong ! They have both retired to do this.• • • We stopped to talk & I explained my origins as well, being a HK citizen too! They had moved to the states after time abroad & have been in So Cal, volunteering with trail clean ups & even helping at the Chino Hills 50k, which was our first 50k last year so we'd crossed paths at some point. • • • At one point I caught a hornytoad for them to take a photo & then I took a photo of them...then found out later the SD card was broken, argh. • • • Flash forward 4 days & on the descent into Silverwood Lake we come across two familiar campers! They hadn't stayed in Big Bear so the timing was just right that we ran into each other • • • They noticed the stainless steel trowel I carry & mentioned they carry the plastic ones because they've found three on trail already haha. • • • I remember specifically the way Dumb 67 brought up his trail name...it inspires me to continue going against the norm or status quo. We live too sedentary a life & forget what it's like to connect with ourselves outside. • • • Of course I am using social media still, but also trying to use it as a tool and platform to get folks outdoors, inspire them & maybe even change the world a little bit...ambitious we know. • • • Glad we finally got to get a photo of them. Also note the crocs, living it up on the #PCT . • • • HappyTrails to these two & hope to run into them again once we get back onto the PCT • • Pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #inspire #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #outdoorasian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #trailli
"I came up with a name because many people my age tell me I'm dumb & I shouldn't be hiking. They say do what people my age should do...sit & enjoy my age. I don't want to live like that & have regrets." - Dumb 67 ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Cherry & Dumb 67 were the first couple I met on the PCT coming out of the Manzama wind farm & into San Gorgornio Wilderness. • • • I noticed the flag on Dumb 67's pack & asked where he was from & he mentioned #Taiwan . He then said his wife was from #HongKong ! They have both retired to do this.• • • We stopped to talk & I explained my origins as well, being a HK citizen too! They had moved to the states after time abroad & have been in So Cal, volunteering with trail clean ups & even helping at the Chino Hills 50k, which was our first 50k last year so we'd crossed paths at some point. • • • At one point I caught a hornytoad for them to take a photo & then I took a photo of them...then found out later the SD card was broken, argh. • • • Flash forward 4 days & on the descent into Silverwood Lake we come across two familiar campers! They hadn't stayed in Big Bear so the timing was just right that we ran into each other • • • They noticed the stainless steel trowel I carry & mentioned they carry the plastic ones because they've found three on trail already haha. • • • I remember specifically the way Dumb 67 brought up his trail name...it inspires me to continue going against the norm or status quo. We live too sedentary a life & forget what it's like to connect with ourselves outside. • • • Of course I am using social media still, but also trying to use it as a tool and platform to get folks outdoors, inspire them & maybe even change the world a little bit...ambitious we know. • • • Glad we finally got to get a photo of them. Also note the crocs, living it up on the #PCT . • • • HappyTrails to these two & hope to run into them again once we get back onto the PCT • • Pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #inspire #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #outdoorasian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
6-19 Trail Day 55 pt2: mile 746.19 . . . Paradise was called Horseshoe Meadow. So picturesque with the stream cutting through the green grass, backdrop of mountains, lots of open sky, all surrounded by forest. I immediately dropped my pack and announced I wanted to stay here for the night. Who needs town when you have a place like this? . . We set about stripping off shoes, socks, and gaiters. Wasn't long before everyone was in the stream, and the boys joined us. We spent all afternoon frolicking, drawing (at least I did), hanging out, and soaking up sun. Was nice to relax with town only .4 miles away and no rush or need to get there. . . As dusk began to fall, about half the group decided to head into the campground to get a hitch. The rest of us set up tents and settled down to watch the sunset. @crumbsontrail had cookie crumbs, I had powdered milk, and someone had a gallon bag so we dipped cookies in milk as we watched the clouds change color. Liter Bit tried to feed herself though her mosquito net head cover, and found that doesn't really work. . . It began to get cold, so we all grabbed our sleeping bags and took them over to the sand. Time for some girl talk and star watching, which went on for several hours. Slowly the group trickled to their tents, though I wasn't in mine until the sky was starting to lighten again. #allnighter . . . #soleonthepct #pacificcresttrail #horseshoemeadows #trekthepct #pctig #pct17 #pctclassof17 #pct2017 #sleepinthedirt #hikertrash #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #adventure #backpacking #getoutside #humansofthepct #travelbyfoot #thruhiking #inkonpaper #stars #pct #upsidedown
"I come from Slovakia so I didn't know where to send bear can to...so yes I will carry from here through Sierras." - Vlado ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • As the clouds crept by on 4/7/18 we continued to push toward Silverwood Lake ok a big day. • • • We came across a gentleman in the middle of the trail who waved and started talking about how this was the last campsite for 3 miles. • • • He'd set up a nice tent in an overlooking knob but unfortunately we still had 6 more miles to go so we made sure to talk to him a bit before continuing on • • • Vlado, from #Slovakia had wanted to hike the trail for some time and now he is, unless someone corrects him, the first person from Slovakia to hike the PCT. • • • His pace isn't the fastest he says but his goal is to finish by the time his permit is complete. It is always inspiring to see folks get after it after years of saying "maybe one day." • • • We noticed his bear can first and mentioned he didn't need to carry one until he got to the Sierras. He answered in broken English that he didn't know where to buy them so he bought one right when when arrived. • • • To be clear, English isn't his first language but he understands it and can communicate quite well. The quote above looks like there are grammatical errors (it's what he said) even though we have sometimes mispelt things accidentally...ok maybe we mispelt a lot of words in the past 😅 • • • Anyways it was fun to run into Vlado as we were able to provide him with a #PCT sticker and he was quite happy. He asked how we got it and we mentioned it was his lucky day that he ran into us ;) • • • We hope he's enjoying the trail and if you see him be sure to get his story and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #slovakian #ageless #hiking #camping #slovakadventures #traillife #yolo #backpacking #inspire #slovaknature #slovakia 🇸🇰
Another gorgeous sunset. What a great reward for another day of hiking, hot it was, but beautiful it remains...
There are just too many good pictures today, so you're gonna get a morning post and evening post. 6-19 Trail Day 55: miles 735.04-746.19 . . . We slept in, then packed up and made it a whole .01 miles from camp for our first break. Turns out just around the corner was a beautiful, beautiful view. Us three girls were there for a while, joined soon by @orimoskowitz , then @drew_a_blank , @physsie_hikes , and @crumbsontrail. We stuck around for a few hours, then headed into the forest. . . Lunch was set for a Cous Cous Creek Swim, but the creek was only really good for some for bathing. @kmv77 and @naturemonsterr caught up with us for lunch, and we had some intense pinecones fights, which escalated into our first snowball fight. Physsie's bear can was the basket for some pinecone throwing practice. . . After nap time and laundry was dry, we moseyed on to where we were all going to meet back up at the trail junction into Lone Pine. There was one steep climb, but mostly gentle trail. . . The boys took too long though, so we continued without them. And left them a sign in big branches that we left, goodbye. We hiked this portion all together, excited to get to town. Ran into Campo, who was going back to trail into the Sierras. After about a mile, the trail opened up into a little slice of paradise #butwaittheresmore #thestorycontinues . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pctig #trekthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #sleepinthedirt #womenwhoexplore #travelingbyfoot #livingoutside #backpacking #thruhikers #humansofthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #gettingout #optoutdoors #optoutside #adventures
"A picture? Are you sure? Well when on the PCT, yeah!" - Ducky ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We ran into Ducky before and after the last #PCT Deep Creek Crossing as she was hiking with Chameleon. • • • Her maps actually told her to do the older crossing, which is what we remembered, but everyone else did the new crossing as the new signs went that way • • • The new crossing is a little longer bust a loy shallower for folks who've hiked it in the past. • • • Ducky is also from Utah but no relation to Rabid Rabbit from the previous post. • • • We definitely dig her sock sleeve style as it easy pretty sunny that day and we didn't reapply our sunscreen enough • • • You have to be creative on trail so use what you have and think about multi use for anything item you carry with you. The more uses the leas you have to bring! • • • Be sure to follow her on her hike @ash_ambree • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #desert Via :@hikingprodigy Follow me : @Hiking_lover_Taylor #hikingtrails #hikingclub #hikingpup #cashmeoutsidehowboutdat
"A picture? Are you sure? Well when on the PCT, yeah!" - Ducky ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We ran into Ducky before and after the last #PCT Deep Creek Crossing as she was hiking with Chameleon. • • • Her maps actually told her to do the older crossing, which is what we remembered, but everyone else did the new crossing as the new signs went that way • • • The new crossing is a little longer bust a loy shallower for folks who've hiked it in the past. • • • Ducky is also from Utah but no relation to Rabid Rabbit from the previous post. • • • We definitely dig her sock sleeve style as it easy pretty sunny that day and we didn't reapply our sunscreen enough • • • You have to be creative on trail so use what you have and think about multi use for anything item you carry with you. The more uses the leas you have to bring! • • • Be sure to follow her on her hike @ash_ambree • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #desert Via :@hikingprodigy Follow me : @Hiking_lover_Jones #hikingtrails #hikingclub #hikingpup #cashmeoutsidehowboutdat
"A picture? Are you sure? Well when on the PCT, yeah!" - Ducky ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We ran into Ducky before and after the last #PCT Deep Creek Crossing as she was hiking with Chameleon. • • • Her maps actually told her to do the older crossing, which is what we remembered, but everyone else did the new crossing as the new signs went that way • • • The new crossing is a little longer bust a loy shallower for folks who've hiked it in the past. • • • Ducky is also from Utah but no relation to Rabid Rabbit from the previous post. • • • We definitely dig her sock sleeve style as it easy pretty sunny that day and we didn't reapply our sunscreen enough • • • You have to be creative on trail so use what you have and think about multi use for anything item you carry with you. The more uses the leas you have to bring! • • • Be sure to follow her on her hike @ash_ambree • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #desert
"We are hiking to Walker Pass and then that's it for us as we've hiked the rest of the trail over the years. The desert is different than Washington that's for sure." - Dog On ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • From #Mazama , Washington. Dog On and Extra Credit are out this year to finish the last section of the #PCT . • • • Southern Californian, the 650 miles from the border to Walker Pass is all they have left. • • • They have volunteered on the PCT up in Washington for years and are looking forward to finishing the trail • • • And to top it off, they offered to bring us out mailed packages from Mazama to the trail if we needed! Trail Angels who are hiking as well, what a treat • • • A thru hike may never have been in the plan for them but that is ok. Again we have our own schedules out there, our own goals and its our hike. • • • They mentioned due to other commitments it took them a little time to finally get to finishing the trail. Alas, they like many others have enjoyed the desert but at the same time miss the access to fresh water in the PNW. • • • In addition we helped describe what poodle dog bush is, how to identify the plant and calm their nerves that the plants they'd passed were not. • • • Photo taken on 4/7/18 after the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT...yup we had to get them some stickers too! • • • Wishing them #happytrails and hope to see them up in Washington • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #washingtonian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #ageless #inspire #yolo Via :@hikingprodigy Follow me : @Hiking_lover_Turner #hikingtrails
"We are hiking to Walker Pass and then that's it for us as we've hiked the rest of the trail over the years. The desert is different than Washington that's for sure." - Dog On ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • From #Mazama , Washington. Dog On and Extra Credit are out this year to finish the last section of the #PCT . • • • Southern Californian, the 650 miles from the border to Walker Pass is all they have left. • • • They have volunteered on the PCT up in Washington for years and are looking forward to finishing the trail • • • And to top it off, they offered to bring us out mailed packages from Mazama to the trail if we needed! Trail Angels who are hiking as well, what a treat • • • A thru hike may never have been in the plan for them but that is ok. Again we have our own schedules out there, our own goals and its our hike. • • • They mentioned due to other commitments it took them a little time to finally get to finishing the trail. Alas, they like many others have enjoyed the desert but at the same time miss the access to fresh water in the PNW. • • • In addition we helped describe what poodle dog bush is, how to identify the plant and calm their nerves that the plants they'd passed were not. • • • Photo taken on 4/7/18 after the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT...yup we had to get them some stickers too! • • • Wishing them #happytrails and hope to see them up in Washington • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #washingtonian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #ageless #inspire #yolo Via :@hikingprodigy Follow me : @Hiking_lover_Taylor #hikingtrails
Trail traffic jam...cows mean-mugging in the a.m. makes for a difficult commute.
"Yeah I found out my shoes drain last night after draining them from the last unintended crossing." - Rabid Rabbit ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Rabid Rabbit, from #Utah crossed the last #PCT Deep Creek crossing thinking he could get by without having to take his shoes off. • • • He got about two thirds of the way across before looking up at us and saying and realizing, "that's it huh?" He just stepped into my head water, shoes on and barreled through to the other side where we were filtering our last batch of water • • • He plopped down and decided to put his feet back in the water, shoes a day socks still on by the way, as he waited for his hiking partners Dog On and Extra Credit (who took their shoes and socks off btw) • • • That's when we noticed he had the @altrarunning Lone Peak 3.5's on so we mentioned it's a good thing they built that drain in the shoe so you can drain them faster. • • • He chuckled and mentioned the comment above. It's funny the things you learn out on the trail and the situations in which you discover new things about your gear. • • • We wish we could tell you his trail name came from Monty Python and the Holy Grail but alas we never got the full story before we crossed paths one more time. • • • Either way we think Rabid Rabbit put on a good hiker pose for this photo. It was unintentional but he was just getting service and seemed comfortable laying there with his pack on so what better photo op? • • • #Happytrails and happy #earthday • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #workit #yolo #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #escape #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #altrarunning
Quite the show last night...and what an occasion...it was John Muir's birthday yesterday!!!! Happy birthday to a great man!!
Sometimes you just have to take time to sit on an eagle's head.
The three of us were LITERALLY wishing we had an IPA and an amazing man walked up and said, "I'm setting up a grill with brats and beer for hikers if you guys are hungry!" And we said, "YES!". Soooo glad we decided to chill for a moment and enjoy the shade!!! Thanks Trail Angels!!! The trail always provides...
First 100!!!!
"We are hiking to Walker Pass and then that's it for us as we've hiked the rest of the trail over the years. The desert is different than Washington that's for sure." - Dog On ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • From #Mazama , Washington. Dog On and Extra Credit are out this year to finish the last section of the #PCT . • • • Southern Californian, the 650 miles from the border to Walker Pass is all they have left. • • • They have volunteered on the PCT up in Washington for years and are looking forward to finishing the trail • • • And to top it off, they offered to bring us out mailed packages from Mazama to the trail if we needed! Trail Angels who are hiking as well, what a treat • • • A thru hike may never have been in the plan for them but that is ok. Again we have our own schedules out there, our own goals and its our hike. • • • They mentioned due to other commitments it took them a little time to finally get to finishing the trail. Alas, they like many others have enjoyed the desert but at the same time miss the access to fresh water in the PNW. • • • In addition we helped describe what poodle dog bush is, how to identify the plant and calm their nerves that the plants they'd passed were not. • • • Photo taken on 4/7/18 after the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT...yup we had to get them some stickers too! • • • Wishing them #happytrails and hope to see them up in Washington • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #washingtonian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #ageless #inspire #yolo
"Did you know that Deep Creek has the highest concentration of fecal matter in the water of all the water sources on the PCT?" - Chameleon ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Not what a lot of hikers want to hear...but they need to hear it and read it and let that sink in a little bit. • • • Chameleon, from #ColoradoSprings and #ATCLASSOF2016 asked that to some other hikers as we did the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT. • • • We should definitely add that it is worse closer to the hot springs and down stream as that is where a majority of the activity and recreation is concentrated. • • But we should also remind people to always filter their water and be aware of the activities in the area of the water source. • • • Please follow @leavenotracecenter guidelines and stay at least 200 feet away from water sources when digging your cat holes. • • • Also please pack out your Toilet Paper • • • Chameleon was taking a break to put her shoes back on when we gave her and the other hikers #PCT stickers before heading off towards Silverwood Lake. • • Happytrails Chameleon and thanks for keeping folks informed about the water sources, cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #desert #nature #escape #socal #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside
"I'm the old guy whose hiking who isn't dead yet." -Jet Trail ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Jet Trail, from #Yaak , #Montana was just finishing filtering water after Deep Creek when we crossed paths on 4/7/18. • • • He's on his first big long distance hike and was hoping for a better water source when we stopped to chat. We mentioned there was one up the trail a little bit. That brought a smile to his face• • • Having retired he wanted to enjoy his time off so here he is, hiking across the country. • • • This is the second Montanan we've met and it's sweet to see folks from Big Sky Country out on the #PCT • • • He isn't on social media but has a friend following him online so if you are that friend we hope this reaches you. • • • The desert is a little different than Northwest Montana but he's enjoying it thus far. • • • And to clarify, the quote above was in jest but he did mention he hadn't seen too many folks his age yet. Also he's going his own pace for now and hopes to pick up more miles as he continues north • • • Here's to a happy hike Jet Trail and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #retirementgoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #yolo #ageisjustanumber
Hello desert...we meet again...💖🌵
"I may be on a stricter timeline than most other hikers. I start school in August so I need to be in Washington by July. That was the compromise with the parents." - Eric ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Eric, yup just Eric (for now maybe) from Chicago originally but also a graduate of the Claremont Colleges in CA recently • • • He studied neurological sciences and was accepted to the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Graduate School in Dallas. • • • We met him just past the Bridge to Deep Creek and hiked together for several miles as we approached the hot springs on 4/7/18. • • • During his time in California for undergrad he'd hike parts of the #PCT such as Baden Powell, Deep Creek and a few other spots • • • So after college he decided, what better time to do the PCT? "I'm stl young and before I fully commit to my graduate studies I needed to do this." • • • His body took some time to adjusting to the miles and after a week off in LA he's back on the trail and ready to cover some miles. His hope is the snow won't be very high by the time he gets to the Sierras...a lot of us hope that. • • • Be sure to follow his hike @eric_monty48 • • • #Happytrails Eric • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #thegreatoutdoors #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #garmin #hikerhunger #hikeon
#Repost from @hikingprodigy ... "There was this one hitch on the trail where she was adjusting her pack by the road & once I turned around there we're two cars waiting to pick us up." - Pick up & Mantis ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • This is Pick Up and Mantis from #Austin , TX. They are hiking the #PCT this year after a few years of thinking about it. We first met them going into Big Bear but then ran into them again on the descent from big Bear on 4/6/18. • • • We actually hitched into Big Bear with them. We weren't having much luck but once they came over we got a ridge pretty quickly. • • • They have hiked parts of some of the shorter long trails in preparation for this hike and are enjoying all the different landscapes of the trail thus far. • • • This environment may be different for them but their mindset is great and they are keen on enjoying each part of the trail without stressing too much on speed or miles. • • • Even though they couldn't train on mountains in Texas they still got out on hikes with their gear. That is such an underrated part of folks preplanning for their hikes. • • • If you haven't hiked with any of your gear, broken in your shoes that can lead to injuries in the very beginning. We encourage you to get out with your gesr, whether it be walking around your neighborhood or going on a multi night backpacking trip. Feel it out, adjust as needed. The trail is not forgiving and you must adapt and adjust as you go. It definitely helps to know ahead of time though if something won't work. • • • Be sure to follow Mantis and Pick Up @Angerhikes on their PCT journey, couple goals • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #couplegoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #creativetravelcouples
#trailmagic 💖💖💖
"Last year I had a 7 pound tripod for my 8 pound camera...it's a little lighter this year." -Tripod ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Tripod from last years #PCTClassof2017 whose back on trail this year for another go. • • • He's a photographer from the Bay Area and last year was his first attempt at a full thru. He made it 1500 miles last year due to the high snow levels and fires. • • • We were filtering water at Deep Creek by the Bridge on 4/7/18 when we ran into him. His goal is to get through to the Canadian border this year and not have to flip flop or section hike • • • Last season he took photos of our trail crew up at Gobblers Knob and it was greatly appreciated. • • • You can follow his journey @fimagelman • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #brownpeoplehiking #brownpeoplecamping #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #thegreatoutdoors #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"There was this one hitch on the trail where she was adjusting her pack by the road & once I turned around there we're two cars waiting to pick us up." - Pick up & Mantis ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • This is Pick Up and Mantis from #Austin , TX. They are hiking the #PCT this year after a few years of thinking about it. We first met them going into Big Bear but then ran into them again on the descent from big Bear on 4/6/18. • • • We actually hitched into Big Bear with them. We weren't having much luck but once they came over we got a ridge pretty quickly. • • • They have hiked parts of some of the shorter long trails in preparation for this hike and are enjoying all the different landscapes of the trail thus far. • • • This environment may be different for them but their mindset is great and they are keen on enjoying each part of the trail without stressing too much on speed or miles. • • • Even though they couldn't train on mountains in Texas they still got out on hikes with their gear. That is such an underrated part of folks preplanning for their hikes. • • • If you haven't hiked with any of your gear, broken in your shoes that can lead to injuries in the very beginning. We encourage you to get out with your gesr, whether it be walking around your neighborhood or going on a multi night backpacking trip. Feel it out, adjust as needed. The trail is not forgiving and you must adapt and adjust as you go. It definitely helps to know ahead of time though if something won't work. • • • Be sure to follow Mantis and Pick Up @Angerhikes on their PCT journey, couple goals • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #couplegoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #creativetravelcouples
In the beginning...
Sunrises on the PCT...
"I did the Warrior Hike a few years ago. I've been hiking ever since." - Farmer ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Farmer, from #Tennessee is a veteran who has hiked across many of this countries long trails • • • He's an AT 2016 alum and has hiked the AZT, the CT and most of the CDT. He's on the PCT now and excited about all the different parts of this trail. • • • We ran into him toward the end of our hiking day on 4/6/18 above Big Bear • • • We talked about hiking, favorite parts on long trails, where best to take zero days and the lifestyle of long distance hiking all the time. • • • He was headed into Big Bear so we made sure to give some beta on where to stay, get food, etc. He in return offered to help if we had any questions about the CDT so we're excited to have another source to talk to. He did mention some hot springs we definitely needed to visit on the CDT !! • • • Farmer is a wealth of knowledge and if you see him on the trail be sure to chat with him. You may realize he'll inspire you to get on another trail soon after the #PCT :) • • • And when he's done he'd like to see what the weather is like and then go and finish the CDT in Montana so for any cdtclassof2018 you may run into him too. • • • #Happytrails and happy hiking • • • pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ctc2018 #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #camping , #campinglife , #campingwithdogs , hiking
"I did the Warrior Hike a few years ago. I've been hiking ever since." - Farmer ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Farmer, from #Tennessee is a military #Veteran @warriorexpeditions who has hiked across many of this countries long trails • • • He's an AT 2016 alum and has hiked the AZT, the CT and most of the CDT. He's on the PCT now and excited about all the different parts of this trail. • • • We ran into him toward the end of our hiking day on 4/6/18 above Big Bear • • • We talked about hiking, favorite parts on long trails, where best to take zero days and the lifestyle of long distance hiking all the time. • • • He was headed into Big Bear so we made sure to give some beta on where to stay, get food, etc. He in return offered to help if we had any questions about the CDT so we're excited to have another source to talk to. He did mention some hot springs we definitely needed to visit on the CDT !! • • • Farmer is a wealth of knowledge and if you see him on the trail be sure to chat with him. You may realize he'll inspire you to get on another trail soon after the #PCT :) • • • And when he's done he'd like to see what the weather is like and then go and finish the CDT in Montana so for any cdtclassof2018 you may run into him too. • • • #Happytrails , happy weekend and happy hiking • • • pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #inspire #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #nature #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ctc2018 #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #backpackermag
“I’m here, from South Africa taking 6 million steps to raise cancer awareness for children back home. It is only Day 2 at around mile 35 and I have already met so many wonderful people on this incredible trail. See you in Manning Park!” -Peter www.6millionsteps.co.za @ospreypacks @salomon @pctassociation @6millsteps #humansofthePCT #pacificcresttrail #pctig #pct2018 #hikertrash #pct
"I just retired in January. I've been thinking of this for 9 years...My wife was really supportive all those years and then when it got real that changed a little because neither of us thought the day would come...it's ok though she's going on her on adventure in a few months." - Shorts ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Shorts, from San Diego was readjusting his pack when we walked by him on our way to Deep Creek on the early morning of 4/7/18. • • • He was an air traffic controller most of his life and just retired. He said there was a certain age where the company says you can't do the job anymore (we'll omit that for now ) • • Shorts agreed with them but also knows he could have continued doing it...but he was ready to pursue another goal...the PCT • • • He mentioned his wife and she was very supportive and then when the day came to retire they both realized the #PCT was more real than ever. There was some hesitancy but after Shorts got hiking they've seen each other a few times. • • • But Shorts also convinced his wife she needs to follow her heart and so she's going to hike the Camino Santiago next month! #Couplegoals • • • We'd run into Shorts a few more times that day as he was trying to get to mile 318. He's got a great attitude and says he's just excited for the whole trail • • • #Happytrails Shorts and see you up trail • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #yolo #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ageless #inspire #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #dreams
"I found out that resupplies suck." - Preacher ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We ran into Preacher as we continued to hike a few more miles as the dark clouds rolled in on 4/6/17 • • • He was hiking #SOBO from mile 294 toward Little Bear Springs Camp. • • • Preacher, from #Palmdale had hiked many sections of the PCT over the years and found out that a full thru hike wasn't for him. • • • And that's fine, we mentioned a full thru isn't for everyone and we are even more impressed by the dedication from folks who can spread it out over years such as the gentlemen who finished his last section last year after 37 years! • • • We are all out there on the trail for our own journey and it doesn't matter if you do the trail in one year of 30, so long as you enjoy yourself and are happy no one else should judge you for how long you choose to hike. • • • Preacher realized he didn't like resupply stops as much as he thought he might. Let us be clear though its.more.so because of the extra weight you gain in your pack as you load up for the next stretch. • • • We are always fast into town but a little slower out because of the weight difference. So we gear you Preacher... preach! • • • Wishing Preacher #happytrails as he continues to finish the #PCT section by section, Cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #thegreatoutdoors #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hikeyourownhike #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
6-17 Trail Day 53: miles 704.64-719.20 . . . Woke up with the sun and walked most of the morning with @dtucker_hikes. We found the sign and officially crossed over into The Sierras together! SO EXCITING. The desert felt officially behind us as we climbed to the top of the first hill and looked down into a green meadow with a river running through it and a backdrop of mountains. Mountains we'll be going right through! What an entrance. . . Met Apocalypse, @aladdin_hikes , Potato Volcano, and Dr Pain at the first creek and sat for a bit with them. Then headed for that river for lunch. It was a looooong lunch break. We swam up and down the river, basked in the warm sand and sun, and spent a great deal of time with little clothes and lots of hikers. @brendanbordato tried out his sleeping pad as a raft, which was very entertaining. So were the chipmunks who were trying to climb into open bear cans. . . Liter Bit got trapped in her fleece when she broke the zipper, but zip-tie to the rescue! We reluctantly left our lunch paradise and headed for the forest. It was only 2.7 miles to our camp spot, but it took a while to get there. There was so much to look at; the view of the meadow with the winding river was incredible. Then, once in the trees, there were tiny waterfalls, one after the other. . . The camp spot was lovely, but full of mosquitoes so @drew_a_blank and @physsie_hikes got a fire going for some smoke cover. The stars came poking through the treetops as we were finishing preparations for the night. @kmv77 , Butters, Rooster, @djh3327 , @orimoskowitz , Whoopie, Physsie, @co_basten , Liter Bit and I all told riddles around the campfire for dinner. #theylovedthem #buthatedthemtoo . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #sleepinthedirt #traillife #optoutdoors #adventure #liveoutside #thruhiker #humansofthepct #backpacking #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #riddles #campfires #inkonpaper #cowboycamping #sierras
"We had a wolf rehabilitation center outside of Reno for years. Our goal was to raise them healthy in a good environment before sending them to permanent wild homes." - El Lobo ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met El Lobo from #Nevada on our descent into Deep Creek on 04/07/18. He was cowboy camped under some good trees as we had been expecting rain the night before (it just missed us) • • • It was early and he was getting ready to prep and enjoy his hit chocolate for the day. I stopped to chat and got to hear some of the amazing work he and his previous partner had done working with wolves • • • He was literally a wolf man! Raising a pack of wolves! So cool to meet people like this who help preserve and protect our planets wild animals! • • • This is El Lobos first long distance thru hike and he's excited to see how the Sierras look as he grew up in those mountains. • • • He's just taking it easy, enjoying the trail and spending some time in the trail towns along the way. We love this mind set and were happy to give him a #PCT sticker before snapping this photo. • • • He's not on social media but if you see him out there on the trail be sure to talk to him to hear more of his amazing work with wolves! • • • The trail is a magical place, #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wolfman #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #wolves #wildlife #photography #desert
6-16 Trail Day 52: miles 702.23-704.65 . . . First thing this morning we ran into Legend, so we went with him for pancakes and songs, plus a bonus creek crossing lesson. Then we headed to Grumpy Bears for some Wi-Fi and more milkshakes. Spent most of the time there with Taylor and the Swiss @taylormichaelallee @paede_g @middle_of_nowhere_pct @schneeebi and @crumbsontrail. . . Then we took a trip over to meet Yogi, pick up a few things, and ask her a few questions. After a really nice long chat, we grabbed our 6-pack and headed to the river for a swim. Ran into Megaphone and his family there who fed us pasta, salad, and bread, then invited us to have dinner with them, which was awful nice. We spent time in the sun, swam in the water, and practiced creek crossings. . . Headed back to KM and packed up, made a round of goodbyes, and @callielion and Hikapedia headed out with us. Stopped by Megaphone's family's bbq and hung out there for a while with @km77 , Mr Tidy, Stacks, Gigs, @drew_a_blank , and @physsie_hikes. We didn't leave till twilight and had a short, sandy walk to camp where @orimoskowitz was waiting for us. . . Packs are so heavy right now with the addition of the bear can and snow equipment. One we arrived, we saw many PCTers at this campground, so we all gathered in a few spots together and prepared for cowboy camping. Just after we settled in there was a disturbance - apparently a car driving through the campground had accidentally left a kid behind. None of us could stifle the laughs as we watched this young teen running after the van screaming repeatedly, 'MOOOOM! STOP DRIVIIING!!!' #newcatchphrase #cantmakethisshitup #youhadtobethere . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #sleepinthedirt #traillife #optoutside #adventure #liveoutside #thruhiker #humansofthepct #backpacking #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #kennedymeadows #trailmagic #creekswim #cowboycamping #sierras #inkonpaper
Picking up awesome dudes in this world. Happy to help out PCT hikers. “Free Bird” from Austria has made it to Big Bear from Mexico border. Happy trails y’all #pct2018 #humansofthepct #pct #hike
"The first time I looked out on the porch & saw the sun up at 6am... I thought...this isn't real" Julie ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • On our way back to Big Bear we linked up with Snacks, Stretch & KP whom we had hiked with from Mission Creek up to Arraste Camp. • • After a rest day we all took to the road, Highway 18 to be exact, to find a ride back to the #PCT . • • Having 4 gentlemen wasn't the easiest & there were many a vehicle that passed us without a glance, with NO being mouthed & some just in wonder as to why we'd be standing at the side of the road with our thumbs out & our packs beside us • • And then Snacks gave it one more go & Julie pulled up. She was on her way to the market before seeing us. • • She's lived in Big Bear 30 years, having come from the coast & ocean fog in the morning. The sun rising that early with no fog was new & amazing. • • • We had a previous photo of the three hikers but it was lost in our corrupted memory card. • • Snacks (@trail_snacks ), from Phoenix is on his first thruhike, Stretch (@0ffthebeatenpath ) from Pennsylvania & #ATclassof2015 , KP (@scottyjoehikes ) from Harpers Ferry & #ATclassof2016 and fellow @thru.pack ambassador. Be sure to follow their hikes at their respective accounts.• • They are cruising and should be at Kennedy Meadows in no time...though we recommended many a place to take multi zeroes and some good trail food establishments to visit in the upcoming towns. • • These three are a fun group to hike with so if you run into them give them a trail high five from us as we probably won't see them again till later this year• • We also ran out of room to tell you in detail Snacks left his poles in Julie's car, got an immediate hitch into town to look for her, found her and then got a ride back all within an hour...the trail provides. • • #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #nature #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #vagabond #trailfamily
"I got off at Tahoe last year and came back to Big Bear for a job. Now I have a place up here too. I'm looking to get back on trail this year after the snow melts." - Bullet ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ok our way back to Big Bear we somehow misplaced our sleeping pad 😂 • • • We went to a local sporting goods store to see what they had and came away with a foam pad to test out...at least it's better than nothing. • • • We had a long walk back to the Motel where we'd be meeting some other hikers but we started walking as the sun had set across the lake. • • • About 20 minutes later a mini suv did a u turn and pulled up next to us. The window rolled down and the driver asked if we needed a ride? • • • Yes of course only if it wasn't out of the way. Turns out this is Bullet from #PCTClassof2017 . He wasn't sure at first if we were a hiker until he saw our pack, which is when he turned around. • • • It was another moment of the trail providing and also connecting with another hiker. He is from LA. Ut has been a snowboard instructor in Big Bear this season as he looks forward to getting back on the #PCT where he left off last year. • • • The pctclassof2018 is beginning their hike and thr herd will soon form. Places like Big Bear will soon be fresh with dirt covered legs, scratched up packs and trekking poles galore. • • • It's part of the trail, the atmosphere and the culture. Another great part is people like Bullet giving back in any way they can to the trail and this years hikers. • • • Be sure to follow him @afitlifestyle • • • Thanks Bullet and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailangel #unlikelyhikers #brownpeoplecamping #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #escape #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
6-15 Trail Day 51: miles 693.53-702.23 . . . Woke up and headed for the South Fork to wash up. And then 700 miles where @co_basten is meeting us! I heard her coo-ie and found her bringing beer and honeydew trail magic. Walked into Kennedy Meadows all together . . Went to Grumpy Bears for burgers and MILKSHAKES and ran into @twerkinthedirt , @wandering.encounters , @flowerpower8888 , @crumbsontrail , and The Four Horsemen. @neon14at was attempting to eat a giant pancake and he looked scared. . . Spent the day unwinding and gathering Sierra supplies - bear cans, crampons, ice axes. Jew Crew was trying to figure out how to use an ice axe and the rest of us were trying to figure out how to fit everything in our packs. Then Co, @orimoskowitz , Crumbs and I went to Tom's next door for movie and disk golf (sorta). . . Clockwork Orange was put on, and I was not a fan so I decided to go walking. Found stars at the river, and stayed there watching for shooting stars until it was too cold #waypasthikermidnight . . . #soleonthepct #pacificcresttrail #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #pctig #sleepinthedirt #womenwhoexplore #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #optoutdoors #liveoutdoors #adventuremore #getoutstayout #kennedymeadows #hikertrash #thruhiker #humansofthepct #700miles #thruhiking #sierras #trailmagic #inkonpaper
"This is the longest trip I've taken...ever." Ash ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Firstly let me apologize, all the photos we got these past few days on trail apparently disappeared due to a corrupted sd card 😤😧😲 • • • So sad. We met so many fun folks out on trail between Cabazon and Big Bear. • • • But to make up for it we Want to get the humansofthepct 2018 started off with our friend Ashley who if you look closely is rocking the #PCT stickers on her lovely van. • • • She's been in #Portland for quite a while reppin the PNW but is on a vanlife adventure traveling to different national parks as she heads east. • • • She's currently driving across the country in said van with her co pilot 🐱 • • • She's headed back west in late summer so all you hikers be sure to thank her if she stops to do some trail magic. • • • Wishing everyone happy hiking and #happytrails • • • Follow this gypsy @ashe_flows • • • And yes we will get our SD Card fixed or find a new one asap. • • • 🙏 • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trailangel #optoutside #sheexplores #outdoorwomen #womenwhoadventure #escape #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #vanlife #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"It will be the first balloothru of the PCT & it will be epic." - The Prodigy ♡#humansofthepct ♡ • • • Plans have changed...our new goal is to be the first person to have hot air ballooned the entire #PCT2018 and/or any Long Trail😬 • • • And if we succeed there we will then move on to the #CDT2018 & then the #AT2018 . We'd like to be thr first thru balloon rider on the #triplecrown #CTC2018 😅 • • • There's a lot of talks of #FKTs and records these days so we just want to set title straight that it isn't about the record but about making our wildlands accessible to balloon enthusiasts. Though a #FKT or FKF will be an added bonus 😉 • • • We also are making sure the balloon lobby is being represented since all the money is in drones now. If people can take drones why can't we take our balloons?😜 • • • Be sure to follow our balloon trip as we start in thr desert at the Southern Terminus April 27th 😘 • • • Also we are looking for name suggestions for our balloon so feel free to comment below with yours! • • • Happy #flying and happy easter • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #traillife #backpacking #nature
"Sometimes the trail speaks to you." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • The desert speaks to us because the plants and animals live in harsh conditions but they adapt. • • • The life that is there is fascinating and we hope you all appreciate it as you hike through. The ups and downs of the desert bring you through so many landscapes and niches. • • • Keep your eyes out for rattlesnakes as they will be coming out soon. Be sure not to disturb them and give them space. We do not condone folks throwing rocks at them to get them off the trail , it's their home so respect their space, even if it means you lose a few minutes off your pace. • • • Respect the trail • • • Anyone whose hiking now, you may either Pass this spot, be passed this spot or will come to this spot soon. • • • Take a guess? • • • Let's just say you just left one magnificent part of the trail and are about to enter another • • • Keep your eyes out for some familiar faces soon. • • • And remember to help follow @leavenotracecenter principles when backpacking out there • • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2018 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #goals #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #altrarunning #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #epic #yolo #thegreatoutdoors
"People often get it stuck in their minds that the desert is flat, hot & not pretty. If we got that stereotype to stick maybe we can reverse it because all of the above is untrue. The desert is not flat, it's not always hot & by God it's gorgeous. I've seen more wildlife in the desert than in any other spot on trail." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • For folks who have started their #NOBO thruhike be sure to carry your rain gear. It will be wet at times & it will get really cold at night. • • • Don't let others sway you into thinking the desert sucks. I won't try to sway you that it doesn't but do want to provide the alternative to the negative Nancy mindset that is easy to fall into • • • Remember you will be hiking across three large mountain ranges before you get to Agua Dulce, it's not all flat in the desert. On the contrary you get into shape & harden yourself before you reach the Sierras • • • Also, be on the look out for the unique & endemic species you'll be sharing the trail with. Be careful not to disturb the flora & fauna. Try to set up camp on durable surfaces & to not relieve yourself on the plants & cacti as that will attract unwanted attention from wildlife. Help practice @leavenotracecenter principles • • • Also be on the Lookout because you will be amazed at how the desert may not seem like it's alive but there is life all around you. • • • You'll experience some of the most stunning sunsets & star filled skies so don't just huddle away into your tent (unless you are about to get hypothermic...though that's a whole different topic). Be open. Be watchful & be a part of it. • • Embrace the trail, nature & the environments you cross...you'll see later on how its shaped you • #Happytrails class of 2018 • • Photo taken near Cajon Pass just off the #PCT one night as we set up camp in 2017. We got to meet our neighbors for the night 🐸🐸🐸 • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderess #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail2018 #hiking #camping #backpacking #escape #vagabond
"This is a first right? Thru hiking kitten ends up at #PCTDays and hangs out at the bar all day...then passes out. Maybe we are wrong? We hope so?" - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • For folks who didn't get a chance to meet Manzanita, aka Trail Bait last year here's another reminder of her trail legend. • • • Along with Lil Yachti, Trail Bait became one of the most popular figures on trail last year. She was adopted on the trail by @sk8rboi69 in Wrightwood and pretty much grew up on trail • • • We first met her while working on a large #PCT Reconstruction project just north of Belden. For folks who hiked before 2018 you'll remember the climb up Belden and the various parts of the trail that had water rushing through it. Well, we took care of one of the hardest hit sections and it's been rebuilt • • • It'd been a long and hard hitch with lots of rock work. Then one morning we met Lil Yachti, Brew Hiker and this bundle of joy (see previous photo profiles ) • • • Let's just say she was a hit at PCT Days in Cascade Locks. She was a regular at the bar that @thunderislandbrewing Was running. • • • You can continue following their adventures on their instagram feed and we hope to run into them again soon outside where the wild things are. • • • We've had a set back on our training and need to take a step back. It's frustrating but that's life. We hope to be on track to start the #ctc2018 but will keep you posted. • • • Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailkitty #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #cats_of_instagram #hiking #camping #trekking #traillife #backpacking #adventure #explore #travel #escape #thruhike #longdistancehiking #wandress
"People often ask what are some of the most memorable spots on the PCT...like where did it hit you that you were on the trail? Well..." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • For anyone whose hiked the #PCT you'll know this site all too well. For those hiking now or in the coming years this is a site that can gave generate many emotions for people. • • • The Bridge of the Gods crosses thr border from #Oregon to #Washington and is one of the iconic parts of the trail. • • • Crossing over the Columbia River with the Gorge surrounding you and the water below it can be a trip. We recommend folks who don't like heights to not look down . • • • Our thoughts when we crossed..."whoa, holy cow we've walked over 2100 miles from the border to here and we still have 400 plus more miles to go, do we want it to end?" • • • There are many spots along the trail, so different and yet we all can get a different feeling being there. That's part of the beauty of the trail, it's up to you what to make of the scene and moments😊 • • It doesn't matter if it's a sage brush plant or a rolling creek, remember you are out there and enjoy the time you have to spend in these spaces and time. • • • Now that hiking season is in gear, what are some of your favorite and iconoc spots on the PCT? • • • What about other trails? • • • Or ones you look forward to getting to? • • • Shout out to @the_wild_in_us and @ms.yingtan who crossed the Bridge that beautiful day • • Photo taken before the horrific fire burned through the Gorge last year. Thank you to the crews out there helping to restore the trail and to the amazing communities out there that are a huge part of our trail community. • • • Hope the class of 2018 is having a blast see you all soon, • • • Happy weekend and #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #getlost #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #ctc2018 #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ontheroad #hiking #escape #wandress #columbiarivergorge #inspire #tbt #throwbackthursday #granitegear
"If you are hiking for the miles good for you. If you are hiking for the views then good for you too. Whatever made you come out here, enjoy the process and respect others while they discover theirs." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Another #hornytoadtuesday has arrived. • • • #Hiking season is in full effect as we have reports that many a hiker have already started in their #NOBO journeys. That's aweseome! We hope to see you all in thr next few months! • • • This is just a friendly reminder for hikers in this year's class to respect wildlife, help follow @leavenotracecenter practices and to enjoy your hike while letting others enjoy theirs. • • • We encourage you to try stay in tune ei th your surroundings and not get caught up in your head phones and electronics. • • • You'll be surprised how much wildlife you'll encounter in thr desert alone. • • • You'll be caught off balance when you get to Mission Creek and Whitewater Preserve, yes there is water in the desert ; ) • • • You'll be breathing a little harder too when you realize the desert isn't flat...and there are very high mountain ranges you get to go up and over • • • And yes there may be snow • • • And you should totally summit a few of these mountains that are right off the trail. • • • Enjoy it, all of it. Because it all adds up whether we see it now...you'll look back on it and realize the desert kicked my 🍑🍑🍑, but it was so worth it • • • Photo taken near #PCT mile 142 • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #at2018 #cdt2018 #ctc2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hikeyourownhike #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #hiking #camping #trailcrew #tentlife #planetearth
"I love working with cross cuts, I love digging in the dirt...I can't ask for anything more when my job allows me to be out here." - Lily ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • Here's our final photo of our #trailcrew from the #pct2017 season. • • Lily was featured here a few weeks ago but we owed her the post burn area photo. • • Along with the rest of the trail crew, our last hitch was in San Bernadino National Forest where we were building rock retaining walls just northwest of Swarthout Canyon. • • This This area was heavily damaged by the Blue Cut Fire in 2016. Most of the vegetation was burnt & soil retention was nonexistent. In many parts of the #PCT , small water flows turned into massive Gulleys that washed out the trail. • • Our crew was able to install many larger walls so that we could help slow the erosion on the trail before the winter hit • • If anyone has done any rock work you know how difficult it can be to find rocks, get them safely to the work site & then installing them. • • Needless to say, the trail crews faces say it all. We work hard, don't expect much gratitude and work in all conditions (unless it becomes a safety hazard). • • Like Lily says, we get to work outside using our hands & awesome tools. Sure we play with dirt & rock & some people don't understand...but we do :) • • So we encourage all of you who are hiking the PCT or any trail this year to sign up to #volunteer , give back to the trails that give you so much in return. • • Sign up at www.pcta.org under #volunteering opportunities & look up other organizations who do #trailwork . If we don't protect & maintain our Landa & open spaces, who will? • • Oh & next time you run into a trail crew, be sure to say "thank you!" You'll get a smiling and dirt covered face in return. Don't take our word for it, just look at all the faces in this profile ;). • ○ Be sure to follow Lily as she continues to do #conservation work @ofthelilies_ • • #Happytrails#pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #smile #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #Americorps #aceinspires #hardwork #camping #backpackers #vagabond #escape
The Boy Scout Girls from 2017 PCT are back together again today in Colorado! All the way from Iowa and Germany :) Great to go walking around the lake together this morning, just like old times. . . #soleonthepct #humansofthepct #pctreunion #lakecitycolorado #mybackyard #yesilivehere #lakesancristobal #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #boyscoutgirls #colorado #pacificcresttrail #hikertrash #hikerfamily #gettingout
Big news from @hikingprodigy today! They are going to attempt the Hiking Triple Crown in 2018, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail! See the original post below: Repost from @hikingprodigy "We cry, get dirty, smelly, grungy, caked in mud, polka dotted with bites, tired, sore, hungry, hangry & much more. But we also laugh, smile & find something deeper...whether or not we realize it now or later...so yeah it's worth it. " - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Today is our day of birth, another lap around the sun, another calendar year on this planet, another 12 months of experiences to learn & grow• • • So we've been teasing for some time about an announcement of sorts • • • We are pretty low key but wanted to keep folks informed... • • • To help make it official for us we are here to say we are headed back to the trail! • • • Not just the #PCT ... • • • But the #CDT too... • • • Oh &... • • • The #AT as well... • • • Here it is in mathematical terms...cause we learned in school if it's math, it's real: PCT '18 + CDT '18 + AT '18 = CTC '18 • • • So to put it into English terms, we are hiking : The #PacificCrestTrail , The #ContinentalDivideTrail & the #AppalachianTrail in 2018...which equals the Calendar Year Triple Crown 👑👑👑 • • • Only 5 people have successfully finished this hiking feat with @freeoutside being the last in 2016. We actually met him that year so he got the 🔥started. • • Wait whaaat??? • • • We know you'll have questions so we are setting up our website [check back soon for the link] • • • We will be joined on this hike by the amazing duo @mymountainiswaiting who dubbed us the Prodigy in 2016... it's only fitting we will be hiking 8000 ish miles, & 22 states in a little over 8 months • • • We will post more on what this means with the humansofthepct & the exciting partnerships we are developing with various orgs & companies • • • We want to thank you all for following along last year with #pctclassof2017 & are excited to be part of #pctclassof2018 , #cdtclassof2018 & #atclassof2018 • • Stay tuned & as always, #happytrails • • • #calendaryeartriplecrown #outdoo
"We cry, get dirty, smelly, grungy, caked in mud, polka dotted with bites, tired, sore, hungry, hangry & much more. But we also laugh, smile & find something deeper...whether or not we realize it now or later...so yeah it's worth it. " - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Today is our day of birth, another lap around the sun, another calendar year on this planet, another 12 months of experiences to learn & grow• • • So we've been teasing for some time about an announcement of sorts • • • We are pretty low key but wanted to keep folks informed... • • • To help make it official for us we are here to say we are headed back to the trail! • • • Not just the #PCT ... • • • But the #CDT too... • • • Oh &... • • • The #AT as well... • • • Here it is in mathematical terms...cause we learned in school if it's math, it's real: PCT '18 + CDT '18 + AT '18 = CTC '18 • • • So to put it into English terms, we are hiking : The #PacificCrestTrail , The #ContinentalDivideTrail & the #AppalachianTrail in 2018...which equals the Calendar Year Triple Crown 👑👑👑 • • • Only 5 people have successfully finished this hiking feat with @freeoutside being the last in 2016. We actually met him that year so he got the 🔥started. • • Wait whaaat??? • • • We know you'll have questions so we are setting up our website [check back soon for the link] • • • We will be joined on this hike by the amazing duo @mymountainiswaiting who dubbed us the Prodigy in 2016... it's only fitting we will be hiking 8000 ish miles, & 22 states in a little over 8 months • • • We will post more on what this means with the humansofthepct & the exciting partnerships we are developing with various orgs & companies • • • We want to thank you all for following along last year with #pctclassof2017 & are excited to be part of #pctclassof2018 , #cdtclassof2018 & #atclassof2018 • • Stay tuned & as always, #happytrails • • • #calendaryeartriplecrown #outdoorasian #wanderlust #wander #yolo #pacificcresttrail #humansofny #optoutside #unitedoutside #altrarunning #injinji #nature #photography #hkhiking #roscoeoutdoor #brownpeoplehiking #smile #explore
6-9 Trail Day 45: miles 592.9-612.0 . . . Today had lots of water breaks on trail, every two miles or so. 600 miles was in a bit of a weird spot on a winding uphill dirt road. I spent the water breaks with different people - 602 with the Aussies @liviajane11 @therealog_88 , 604 with Cous Cous Balls @orimoskowitz , 607 with Liter Bit, Nature Monster, Counselor, Ready @wandering.encounters , Picky @flowerpower8888 , and the Aussies again. . . 607 was a beautiful little spot for lunch by a cold creek. Creek laundry was done, and very very brief showers. Learned a lot about hookworms from @naturemonsterr and continued on our way. Almost immediately ran into Santa's Helper with Gatorade, pastries, and general sugary snacks. Got the update on the water caches ahead, and headed for camp. . . We've been in Sequoia National Park all day today, tomorrow we return to desert. Tonight is a girls night - Liter Bit and I helped Nature Monster through her first girls only night. Wind started up and got bad all night long #windistheenemyofsleep #wishthereweremorebushes . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #pctclassof2017 #pctig #trekthepct #backpacking #liveoutdoors #hikertrash #exploreoutdoors #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #600miles #thruhiking #thruhiker #humansofthepct #inkonpaper #trailart #sketchoutside #adventure #sleepinthedirt #backpacking #getoutstayout
"No headphones... If I did there'd be a lot of missed sights, sounds & experiences...which could include a blade of sunshine cutting between the trees or this little hornytoad who was crossing the trail." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • It's been a while since #hornytoadtuesday , but it's back. It's also good preview for Thursday. • • The quote above was an answer to someone who asked about whether we hiked with music or not? In 2016 we chose not to hike with music or podcasts for a few reasons. As a result we were very in tune with our surroundings and body. • • That's not to say it's wrong to hike with music. It's your choice...but please be respectful of others outside who may want to experience the trail differently. Not everyone wants to hear your music blasting off your blue tooth speakers 😜 • • If we had headphones in while hiking in 2016 we would have missed the buck charging through the Meadow at us in Yosemite; Or the badger that was hissing at us in Oregon; or the illegal Mountain bikers who passed yelled at us in Northern California. • • That's not to say there were points in which we didn't wish we'd had some podcasts or tunes to listen to. There's a way to use technology as a tool; & then there's the overuse when we are outside. • • If we are out there searching for signal to send a text, we may forget to stop and listen to the rustling leaves or watch the clouds roll across the ridge. We just hope folks enjoy the natural areas they get to walk through when on the trail & don't forget that those spaces have been around much longer than social media or phones. With how fast information is spreading, we have to find our own path with this dilemma. • • So with that We'd like to ask all of you... Where do you find your balance with technology & the outdoors? • • Thanks for sharing & #happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #pct #bpmag #wildlife #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #lizardsofinstagram
"Being on the PCT has been eye opening. The amount of work that needs to be done...it seems like we can have a full time crew and then some. Maybe we'll be back on it next year." - Zac ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Zac, the ACE project leader joined us on the #PCT Sierra Buttes Realignment Project along with Maddy. He is also from New York, though Upstate, not the city. • • • So with everyone on the crew we had New York covered essentially. • • • This was Zac's first time as a crew leader and we'd like to say he did a great job in the role. He made sure the crew knew his leadership style and was able to lead through example • • • Zac also wanted to learn and be able to improve upon his trail building skill set so he was very open to feedback • • • He also brought his guitar to every hitch, playing long into the nights. It was sweet to see how dedicated he was to learning thr guitar (self taught ) and hoe that translated to his work ethic • • • After our PCT crew finished Zac headed out to lead another ACE crew and we are sure he'll be back on the PCT one day. • • • He doesn't have instagram but if you see him on the trail be sure to stop and thank him and his crew for what they do. Trail crews don't get much credit for thr amount of work they accomplish. .. and it's not about the praise but having been on crews for years a thank you goes a long way. Like 2650 miles long • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #musician #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #desert #wild #nature
6-7 Trail Day 43: miles 566.4-573.3 . . . Woke up early today and found our way in to the hotel breakfast a third time. While waiting to get back to trail we decided to go for a walk around town and found a very green field with trees next to a park. After a while it started getting crowded though, and when the kids' party came with cake and ice cream they weren't gonna be sharing we headed back to the German Bakery. . . Liter Bit and I split some pastries and we started calling trail angels to see if we could get a ride back to trail. After at least an hour of trying @liviajane11 found Roger... who seemed a bit on the crazy but nice side. . . Holy. Shit. I've never squeezed a Chihuahua that hard before. Or been that terrified in a car before. How we managed to make it to the trailhead in one piece I'll never know. I think I may have also cut off circulation in @therealog_88 's arm, but not sure if he even noticed considering the death defying stunts we were surviving through. . . Once at trail it was up up up (all the way to Canada). Most of the hikers we knew were hiking with us. Liter Bit and I raced the sunset to the top and caught some beautiful colors behind the wind turbine silhouettes. The almost-full moon came out and we went looking for some wind cover. . . There wasn't much except every now and then a grove of bushes, by this time mostly full of hikers already. Found @mycrazyadventurescalledlife with a group that had some extra room so we settled down to cowboy #bushestotherescueagain #bushesarefriends #whatwouldwedowithoutthem . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #windfarm #windturbines #sunsets #sunset #sunsetsofinstagram #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #adventuremore #adventure #exploreoutdoors #sleepinthedirt #optoutside #optoutdoors #backpacking #thruhiker #thruhike #thruhiking #hikertrash #park #nearlydied #tehachapi #liveoutdoors #humansofthepct #dramaticsky #inkonpaper #artistontrail
"I definitely like this work but also want to get into restoration and ecology in the near future. That's my background so it'd be fun to pursue that further. Also I can't take photos without something in my hand or a weird face." Maddy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Maddy joined our crew in the summer at our Sierra Buttes Realignment Project. We had some crew turn over so she was reassigned to the #PCT crew. • • • She's originally from NYC but had been traveling for over a year in South America before returning to the states. She began looking for jobs out west ... common theme ;) ? She landed with ACE and headed to California. • • • We didn't realize it at the time but when she joined our crew it was her first time doing trail work, her second hitch with ACE and first time doing rock work. • • • Looking back, it's even more impressive what she did and how she picked up on trail skills through the rest of the season. • • • She brought some comedic relief as well, whether she realized it or not in the moment. Maddy had some New York mojo and it carried over on conversations at time, much to everyone's delight. • • • After our crews season she continued with ACE and is on another crew in California. • • • You can follow Maddy on her journey @m_deezy • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wandress #unitedoutside #womenwhoadventure #sheroams #sheexplores #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #womenwhoinspire
6-5 Trail Day 41: mile 566.4 Tehachapie Zero . . . Had a big breakfast at the hotel with just about every other hiker in town, and a car chase was on the news. Had to say bye to @co_basten today. Leah drove @kalynmacdonald , Laundry Mat, and @dtucker_hikes to slack pack then we hit up the post office and library. Tried to figure out resupply options but it was too much of a headache and we missed Co, so we joined @liviajane11 and @therealog_88 at the hot tub/pool instead. . . Found out a lot of people we started with from Scout and Frodo's have gotten off trail already. Hung around for a bit with all the hikers at the hotel - everyone had an open door policy. Packs, shoes, laundry waiting to be done, all of that stank too bad to close the doors. Plus, we're all used to outdoors, and walls feel like they close us in too much now. Later we went to sushi with the Aussies and Taylor and the Swiss @taylormichaelallee @paede_g @middle_of_nowhere_pct @schneeebi. . . Hockey was on; Pens and Preds are tied 2-2 in the series now. Tried to go to the brewery after the game but couldn't get around the railroad tracks. Soooo ended the night with the Jew Crew joining us for beers in the room. Sleeping a lot of hikers in the room tonight - no floor space left #floorislava #easymode . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #tehachapi #taylorandtheswiss #packing #resupply #sushi #hockey #beer #hottub #hikersofinstagram #hikertrash #hikerfamily #humansofthepct #pcthikers #zeroday #hikingart #inkonpaper #adventure #adventuremore
"I'd like to hike the trail one day...it'd be fun to go back and look at all our work sites to see how they've held up." Nijiel ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • From #Ventura , CA, Nijiel had been living and working in Arizona before coming back to California and then taking a position with ACE. • • • Along with Joseph and Lily, they were a part of the original crew that showed up on day one to work on the #PCT having never done trail work • • • Nijiel always was curious about learning more about the areas we worked in, purchasing a naturalist guide for the Sierras and even a gold panning set for an area we worked that had high concentration of precious metals found in the past • • • Along with other members we challenged him to hone his work Skills and to take opportunities to lead volunteers when we had them on a few projects • • • He and Joe were the two members that were with us every hitch, from #SoCal to Nor Cal to the Sierras and back to So Cal...pretty incredible the amount of terrain we covered • • • He's now furthering his leadership skills and trail skills as an assistant crew leader with ACE in California. • • • Follow his journey @nijiel777 • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #trailwork #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #aceinspires #conservation
"I'm looking forward to the task of leading my own trail crew and developing as a crew lead...and then after a few seasons I'd like to go back to school for my masters." - Kat ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Another transplant from the midwest, Kat was an assistant crew lead for the ACE crew who worked on the #PCT last season. • • • From Akron, Ohio, yup thr same Akron as the @kingjames , Kat went west to take a chance and work as an Americorps service member. • • • From day one Kat wanted to learn more about trail skills and seeker more roles that pushed her to develop her leadership style • • • Another thing that was fun to see was her goal to learn to play the guitar more efficiently through the season. On any hitch where we weren't hiking in all our gear she'd try to bring her guitar and play after work • • • She's a project leader now and leading her own crew in California, her next step in her current career in conservation work. Hopefully she can inspire that next member to take up a leadership role too! • • • Oh and last we checked she's looking for a truck or van so if anyone has one get in touch with her and follow her journey @native_kitkat • • • Photo taken in San Bernardino National Forest • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #internationalwomensday #outdoorwomen #womenwhoadventure #conservation #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #inspire
"I think I'm going to stick with this line of work. I want to see where it takes me." - Joseph ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Joseph, from San Pedro, CA, was one of the original members of the ACE trailcrew we worked with for 7 months on the /PCT. • • • When he first arrived he had never done any trail work nor had he backpacked ever. • • • A good season under anyone's belt can change that very quickly. • • • On one hitch in particular we made sure to let him know that we wanted to see him improve his communication skills when working with other crewmembers. It was good to see him improve on that throughout the rest of the season. • • • Joe would admit he wasn't always the fastest on the crew when hiking to and from the work site but he was there to work, learn and contribute. • • • Also, Joe was known for many of the random and funniest quotes on the crew due to his delivery and timing. • • • Thanks for the hardwork Joe and hope you continue to pursue a career in conservation work. Be sure to follow him @its_typical92 • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #conservation #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #beards #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #aceinspires
"Moving out West was one of the best and scariest decisions... I don't get to do trail work as much as I used to with the new job... but when I do it's worth it." - Alicia ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Alicia, not pictured in her work outfit because we forgot to take a photo on our last day working together, taking a quick break at Whitewater Preserve just off the #PCT • • • She came out west from the Midwest #hoosier and joined ACE several years ago. She's since moved up to become a Coordinator for the crews in Southern California. Alicia came out to several of our projects and was an acting crew leader for our Chips Creek Project on the PCT. • • • Her trail work history also includes working on the Sierra Buttes Realignment Project, which is open now for the new Class of PCT hikers! • • • Similar to Lily of the previous post, Alicia had an office job and wanted a change of pace. There was a yearning to do something different, work outside and see more of the country. • • • Well we're happy she's doing what she's doing, helping out the next generation of conservation workers and supporting them on their projects. • • • Oh, and she has a cute and overly energetic pup, Ophelia, who has been featured on this feed before. • • • Follow her adventures @alliekatx and Ophelia @opheliathebordercollie • • • #Happytrails • • • • • • • • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #outdoorwomen #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"I left that job after two days after realizing it wasn't for me. I just searched for the first job online that allowed me to work outside...and here we are." Lily ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Lily, Hailing from Buffalo, NY and a former member but now a project leader for the ACE crews in California. • • • We got to work with Lily from day one on the #PCT when she and a few other members arrived in Southern California with little to no background in trail maintenance or construction • • • Time sure does fly • • • She'd literally left a job in finance after a day on the job realizing it wasn't for her. She went on Google and typed in something to the line of "working outdoor jobs" and little did she know she'd soon be going across the country to a very different environment • • • Let's just say when we first had Lily install a check step it wasn't the nicest looking one...but she admits months later that it was a valuable lesson in knowing when to take a step back and not get tunnel vision. • • • She left midway through the season but things worked out. Her trail skills have been honed and she desires to learn more about trail skills. She's definitely keen on staying in the conservation field for a bit and that's what we need, a more diversified field with opportunities for all people. • • • Here's to her getting out there and inspiring others to give back, get out of their comfort zone, take a leap of faith and follow their hearts • • • Follow her @ofthelilies_ as she continues her journey • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #outdoorwomen #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #conservation #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #womenwhoinspire
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