I read #wild
recently and it only reinforced my belief that my sister @dawnstar
is a #badass #superwoman #pct #pacificcresttrail
At 16 she and a friend planed out, saved up and hiked the pct for 5 months. My sister is a bad-ass!! She is currently recovering from ACL surgery, so if you feel like saying “hi” now is a good time.
Heading out on a long hike, thru-hike or horseback ride this year? Now is the time to train and build experience. Hike often. Test your gear. But primarily toughen your body and learn backcountry skills.
You’re out on your own on the #PCT
. start the learning journey, build up your mental toughness, and make sure your body is ready to handle endurance hiking.
A. Exercise a lot. As much as you can. It’ll be hard work on day one. The PCT is not a good place to have a medical issue that could have been prevented by knowing your body better.
B.Take practice trips. Go backpacking this weekend. And next weekend.
C. The trail requires mental strength. Prepare for very difficult days in heat, rain, wind, snow and more.
Planning, training and preparing is one of the funnest (and most exciting) parts of the experience! 📷: @thewildoutsiders
Glacier Peak Wilderness | July 31
With less than one week left I found myself in a difficult position. On the one hand, I wanted more than anything to be finished, to not have to get up and walk 30 miles everyday like I had done for the past 80 days. But there was also the part of me that never wanted it to end. Back in Southern California, a few weeks into the hike, walking all day had become my new reality. So, when I did finish I knew I wouldn’t be going home so much as picking up and relearning an old way of doing life that I barely remembered.
Just keep on walking. ⛰⛰⛰
This shot was taken by our good friend @thebennylove
on his 2018 PCT thru-hike. We had the awesome opportunity to sponsor two thru-hikers with our buds @patagoniaseattle
Stay tuned about what we will be doing in 2019! #pct
My wake up call this week. Dare to do things differently; shake it up! I always thought routine allowed me to live my best life... then I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail! 🤪
Jessie Greger posted this on my Ketogenic Backpackers group with Next Mile Meals. I am impress! Currently I’m doing a whole 30, but mainly I’m keto during my daily life. But what I haven’t done is be completely keto during my trips. Her results are amazing! We all know keto is doing amazing in the oncology department and other chronic health areas. Just great to see results from people you have been following! #keto #ketogenicdiet #throughhike #pct #backpackers
Next time you go into the wild, and no humans are within eye sight, scream. Yell so fucking loud that the animals look at each other like “damn that ones lost it.” Let yourself lose it for a second and get it out. Then take a deep breath in, release. Repeat this a few times. Now listen, closely and with purpose. For just a little while your mind will be quiet for you. You’ll hear things you didn’t hear before around you. And you’ll want to stay there forever. Don’t worry about disrupting nature, it’ll understand - even it, shakes and swishes and booms when it needs to let go.
_____________________________________________________________ Sometimes release isn’t pretty, most cases it’s not. Sometimes it’s loud and disruptive and confusing. Lean into it like you’re going 100 on a motorcycle, don’t just take your hands off the wheel. Direct it with intention and purpose. Drive the damn thing. When you’re yelling, yell not just to yell but to let go of what you are harboring so the universe can break that energy up for you and make you new. A shaky building may not need another support beam leaning on it adding pressure, but more so, a new foundation, a new approach, a new blueprint all together. No one is stopping you but you.
_____________________________________________________________ Afternoon thoughts, by me
**So much excitement!** • I plan on doing 2 shorter thru-hikes this summer (still researching trails) and have teamed up with @bonfire
to create 2 t-shirt designs in order to raise money for my hikes! This is one of the designs that you can order (link in bio) which came from my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike where I often said I had to “keep on keepin’ on” through all of the difficult times on trail. When you are doing something as daunting as a 2,650 mile thru-hike, sometimes the only way to continue walking is to put one foot in front of the other and not think about the huge mountain ahead. • I am wearing a small hoodie in the color Indigo. Thank you for all of your continued support and I cannot wait to share more adventures with you!! #wearbonfire
Technically this is an 11 year difference because I couldn’t find any pics that u could actually see my face in for 2009🤷🏻♀️ But here’s me on my 18th birthday backpacking on The Pacific Crest Trail⛰ and me today on my 29th birthday🥳 I think Im just fatter now🤣🤔 #10yearchallenge #pacificcresttrail #lagunamountain #18to29
Yesterday I found a poem I wrote almost a year ago. I don't write many poems, and I don't think I've ever shared one yet I feel compelled to share this one in particular.
These photos I've chosen to share with it are from Forrester Pass, the highest point on the PCT at 13,200ft. I had been growing sicker and sicker from elevation over the previous weeks, headache, nausea, coughing, personality changes, pulmonary edema. In short, I felt like I was slowly dying, but at the same time felt more alive than ever. My spirit thrives on this type of adventure, not sitting around in the safety of a home or plugging away at some career in hopes of a 'secure' future. The skills, knowledge of self, and mental fortitude I gain truly LIVING each day to the fullest are (to me) the greatest security I could ever desire. The only guarantee in life is death and knowing that so deeply I hope to live a life that is not only fulfilling to me but has less and less negative impact on future generations with each passing year.
living for tomorrow like today will come again
tell me the secret of time travel
because you seem to know the way
back to when life was simple and our bodies young
please help me see the way
because you live for tomorrow
like you don’t need today
show me how to time travel
because there was something I forgot to do
#pacificcresttrail #pcta #trekthepct #thruhike #poetry #womenwhohike #liveyourbestlife #poweredbyplants
(The many faces of me 😃) It’s an interesting time in my life right now. I have a lot of uncertain feelings and emotions swirling around inside me. It reminds me of when these pictures were taken (at least the first 3). About 3 months before I graduated college and at that moment I look very happy. But in fact I had so many uncertain things up in the air; my dock business was struggling in the slow season so I was super broke, my girl friend left me (but we still lived together in the house we bought, awkward) I still hadn’t found a job after college, and no idea where I was going to live or what I would be doing. I finally got an offer from a company in Seattle to be a Construction Engineer and life was too easy for two years. One of the last things I told my former employer was “life is too easy right now, it makes me uncomfortable, we need to struggle more,” and he quite literally looked at me like I had a dick growing out of my face in disgust lol...Fast forward to today, and as I fix up my Washington house to sell in a few weeks. I have no idea what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be once this house is listed and when I step foot on the PCT or even after trail. I don’t know why I choose to live my roller coaster type of lifestyle, but for some reason I’m always doing it lol. I just feel better with my back against the wall. Which is why the Pacific Crest Trail self-supported record is so appealing to me. I’m such a long shot from breaking it, but really I don’t care about records, I just want to push myself into those dark places where I seem to operate at my best and think with the best clarity... I have been finding myself thinking a lot on why I turned out the way I did. I’m certainly a weirdo for liking to do things under stress and being a nomadic type of human. But I find myself so excited for uncertainty, for adventure! What’s your next big adventure!?!? .
#hiking #adventuretime #adventurer #adventure #pct #pacificcresttrail #pct2019 #upperleftusa #motivation #thegrind #nomad #nomadlife #stayandwander #travel #exploremore
PCT I'm coming! Incredible feeling to get this permit confirmation. It was almost Impossible to get into the application process🙈 Now I need a beer to calm down my nerves 🍻😇 Cheers!
#pct2019 #mexicotocanada #permit #cerveza
Ollalie Lake Resort claimed to be 607 miles away from Canada. I came a far way - little did I know that the best part was still ahead of me.
It was quite a exciting day. After the shitty day leaving Bend (late start at 9am, hiking through lava fields and getting to camp at 8:45pm after very fast 31 miles) I allowed myself to sleep in an hour. Shortly after getting up I saw two deer, then continued hiking through burnt trees and smoke. Mt Jefferson was hiding behind a curtain of smoke - pity. I crossed Dead Horse Creek - at least that's how we called it after what had happened to a unlucky equestrian a couple of weeks earlier - the rotting horse still visible for those who dared to look. Had lunch with Boo Boo and her mom. Then I hiked up a pass, finally leaving the burnt area. Mt Jefferson was still hiding behind the smoke. Coyote encounter on trail - we were looking at each other for half a minute, wondering what had brought us there to meet. I passed a few lakes. Cold wind came up. Was it going to rain? I'd forgotten my rain dance the night before...rain was direly needed. There were some clouds forming and the wind eventually blew away the smoke. I got to Ollalie Lake and called it a day. Nice little spot, few cabins if you're early and have the money - or free camping like I did. The store has only energy to power its fridges - no light bulbs - which means they have to close when it gets dark. You could easily resupply here. I had resupplied the day before in Bend so I was good, went to set up my tent and get some well earned rest. What a day. And there were many more to come. 607 miles to Canada.
The Hiking Prodigy joins me for episode 12! This man is the tenth person to complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown, having hiked the PCT, CDT, and AT all in the year of 2018. We talk all about the mental strength require to walk the length of the United States three times! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and elsewhere!
Guess who just applied for her 2019 Pacific Crest Trail permit?!!! I still have to wait for approval, but it’s starting to feel real now! 3 months to go! 👟👟
Latest video is up on YouTube if anyone is interested in hearing about my @liteaf_gear
40L curve. Link to my channel is in my bio. I had a lot of people curious about mounting a bear can and an ice axe and things of that nature which I also address in this overview :).
The Tribe Has Spoken. You fine folk, along with our Expert Panel, have made their decisions on who should walk away with the top prizes from the 2019 Badger Sponsorship. Head to the link in @thetrek.co
’s profile to see who came out on top! #thetrek #trekthePCT
While I’m on bedrest with a back strain and lower chakra mess 😟 I got my place in line for the #PCT2019
permit application. I was approved to go NOBO in June, hopefully I can get an earlier start 🤞🏻