#pacificcresttrail2017

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I’ve been reminiscing about my PCT hike a lot recently. Watching videos, looking at photos, following other hikers’ treks from this season. Maybe because in 9 days, it’ll be my PCT Trail-versary... It is mind boggling how quickly that time came and went. It is even more mind boggling that it actually happened. I actually did that damn thing... Anyway. For anyone who has the easiest time prepping for a thru-hike or only posts clean, well-organized photos of their gear, here’s a realistic representation of what my PCT prep looked like a year ago. #anxiouslywaitinguntilnexttime
A young owl that got in the camper we were staying in last summer in the Southern Sierra. We were on the PCT. Zero day. Either a young long earred Owl or young great Horned owl! In either case, Awesome!!!!! The little guy flew away! #wildbirds #wilderness #pct2017 #adventure #inyonationalforest #zeroday #backpacking #womenwhoadventure #freedom #ilovemountains #themountainsarecalling #pacificcresttrail2017 #owls #owlsofinstagram #audobonsociety
After resting in Hiker Heaven for a two days (a thru-hiker’s paradise in Agua Dulce) I returned to the trail slow and steady. The tendonitis was still there, but the pain had lessened greatly, and with each step my faith that I wouldn’t have to quit was renewed. I briefly swung by Casa de Luna for some trail magic, but returned back to the trail that evening to sleep outside. I woke up the next morning to find my shirt speckled with holes. Mice had gone to town on the salty, sweat soaked merino wool hung up to dry the night before. As my knee felt better my daily mileage picked up, and I pushed a 25mile day from Hiker Town, over the LA Aqueducts, passed Joshua Trees, and into a wind farm. Early that following morning when I finally crashed, I slept under the blinking lights of a thousand giant wind turbines dreaming of a War of the Worlds”. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire #laaquaduct #joshuatree #windturbines #waroftheworlds
One step at a time I pushed on with my tendonitis, north from Wrightwood. Solidly accepting that I needed to slow down was healthy choice. It took the mental pressure off of falling behind schedule and provided the time to take frequent breaks and rest my knee. As I reaches the frog closure along HW 2, I opted for the old PCT detour and walked the road instead of a crazy long detour through a valley. Was pretty scary walking through the tunnel though with cars zipping by just a few feet away. As each day passed I noticed the pain lessening; it was incredibly relieving realizing this. If I kept walking, I would still heal. With each step my body adjusted its gate and strengthened other tendons and muscles. As they became stronger the injured tendon was given a break. In time it would heal but for now I could keep trekking north. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire #tendonitis
VIEWING WARNING: Some might experience Vertigo. 👀🏔😆Let’s keep going. 🔈on! I kept the original sound so people can understand all I heard for months. Just me and the mountains... and my music. 🤪 The official highest point on the PCT, Forester Pass at 13,200 Ft elevation. TAKE ME BACK!! - - - - #foresterpass #highsierras #highsierra #thesierras #pct #pct2017 #pctsobo #pctsobo2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #mountains #hiking #thruhike #whyihike #getoutdoors #womenwhohike
I often tell new thru-hikers that the fastest way to quit is to push yourself too hard to fast. Take your time at the start and earn your trail legs slowly. But the long waterless stretches on the PCT made small days logistically difficult and I found myself frequently hiking 20+ mile days. This abuse played its toll on me, and by Wrightwood (~ mile 360) my right knee had developed tendonitis. I took a week off in Wrightwood, nursing my injury at a very generous trail angel’s house. Then after 5 days when it felt better, returned to the trail covered in KT tape. But within a few miles the pain returned and each step was excruciating agony (as you can see from my frustrated selfie)! I pressed on though and by early evening summited Baden Powell. My perseverance was not enough though, and by dusk I had only hiked 10 of the 18 mile goal and was still 3 miles from my next water source with only a few sips remaining. Exhausted and feeling defeated, I gave up for the day and settled in for a cold night on Dawson Saddle. I had a dinner of dry ramen noodles and chocolate, and called my girlfriend for some comforting words of encouragement. As I watched the sunset from the ridge I started rationing my food and making new plans. I wasn’t ready to quit, but something needed to change or this injury was only going to worsen. So I made a plan to take it slow for a few weeks and stretch out this 70mile stretch from 4 to 7 days, I could always make the days up later, but for now I needed to find a way to stay. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire #tendonitis #badenpowell #sunset #dawsonsaddle
Hiking alone after my brother left, I took off North on the PCT. Down Fuller Ridge, past Cabazon and the White Water preserve, and into Big Bear where I took a half a day break to resupply and work out some body issues. I had a hard time making miles in that last section, always feeling tired and lethargic. In town, when I weighed myself I realized I had dropped 15lbs already, twice what I was predicting. So I changed things up for the next section; carrying extra food and more skittles for regular sugar intakes. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire
🌍Paris Travelers Festival 🌎 Sharing our experience on the PCT in Paris ! 👍👍 #pct #pct2017 #thruhike #thruhiking #mexicotocanada #hiking #randonee #marcher #granderandonnée #adventure #aventure #sharingthejoy #wilderness #wildernessculture #trekthepct #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pcta #pctassociation #neverstopexploring #neverstoplearning #mountainering #gowild #abm @pctassociation We talk a lot about the association! Hope more people from France are coming to hit the Trail! We even convince a girl from Peru to go hike the Trail!!
Missing walking through the desert (and all things) just means I'll be sure to do it again. Got this shot just before feeling watched, and then seeing a coyote lazily watch me. That was the first time I've ever felt spooked and comforted at once. #fbf #desert #pct #pct2017 #coyote #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #hike #getoutside #walk
Ett år siden allerede..😂 full av forventning og med null peiling på hvordan de neste fem månedene blir...😇 Nå blir det bok håper jeg. Sjekk kampanjen . Link i profil. 😁 #tbt #pacificcresttrail2017 #utno #lifeisgood #loveit #turjenter #liveterbestute #friluftsliv #natur #usa #bokprosjekt
Part 3 currently uploading. Link in my profile page. I haven't really promoted these yet, besides through IG stories, because I wanted to get more of it done, but now that California is finished and 3/5 planned videos are in the books, here we go. This is partially a learning project for me, as I have almost no video editing experience, so hopefully I'm slowly improving my video production skills. I'm contemplating how best to share my upcoming CDT adventure. For the sake of convenience, staying updated on IG and producing videos similar (though hopefully better!) than these, after the trip, seems to make the most sense, but part of me wants to try to be a bit more ambitious. I just don't know if I'd have the patience or energy, not to mention time, to edit on trail... Maybe let me know what you think if you're interested.
A year ago today I started the hardest journey of my life so far, The Pacific Crest Trail, 2560 miles of trail, fire, snow, ice, desert, forest, pain and joy. I love my tramily and miss you all!!! Good luck to this year's class! Happy trails!! #bestlifeever #happytrails #pacificcresttrail2017 #pcta #pct2018 #pct #mugsy #1year #instafun #instadaily #instagood #instamercial #marmott #hikingadventures #thetrek #thegreatoutdoors #next #whatsnext #newadventures
Casa De Luna 2017, with Country Gold, Griz, Gypsy and 7UP, Hawaiian shirts, taco salad, rock painting and best of all Terrie and Papa Joe Anderson!!!!! A must stop on the PCT!!! Photo credit: #the_wild_ways #casadeluna #pct2017 #hawaiianshirt #tacosalad #danceforyourlife #hikertrash #pacificcresttrail2017 #pacificcresttrail #getoutandexplore #livelife #instalife #instagood #instadaily #grizgoes @casadelunaterrie
I made a map of the Pacific Crest Trail and its shape and length in various regards, and @halophytecollective included it in their zine along with a bunch of other awesome maps! Check it out (look in bio). #map #maps #zine #slc #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017
A little video of that time I took a little side trail solo climb to the highest point in the lower 48 states, 14505ft, just because I could. You do you. Happy Easter! 🐣😁 - - - #mountwhitney #pacificcresttrail #pct #pctsobo #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail2017 #highsierras #highsierra #keepclimbing #mountains #hiking #thruhike #travel #explore #live
Throw back to the PCT this past summer. This week, I had a friend visit me who I met on the trail and gave me some photos of myself I never saw from last summer. 📷 @strawberry__pop Man, I wish my sleeping bag was still that clean! Also, kinda still miss that trail... when life was as simple as walking everyday, all day. #hikertrash #pctig #pacificcresttrail2017
"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 image of me hiking the Pacific Crest Trail sums up so much of what my world looked like for 5 months of 2017. This still takes my breath away. 📸 by @burgie_burgie - - - - #pct #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pctsobo #pctsobo2017 #pacificcresttrail2017 #thruhike #thruhiking #landscape #mountains #journey #hiking @pctassociation @pacific.crest.trail
#prostozpodrozy O samotnym przejściu Pacific Crest Trail myślałam od lat. Odpowiedni moment pojawił się jesienią 2016 r., gdy ze Stanów zaczęły docierać informacje o rekordowych ilościach śniegu na zachodnim wybrzeżu oraz przewidywania, jak wpłynie to na wędrówkę w 2017 r. Nikt nie był w stanie precyzyjnie określić, jak będzie wyglądał szlak, ale dominowała opinia: tak trudno i tak pięknie w historii Pacific Crest Trail jeszcze nie było. [tekst i zdjęcie: KAMILA KIELAR @kamilakielar ] . . . #podroze #magazynpodroze #ig_podroze #czytampodroze #podrozewameryce #hiking #trekking #pacificcresttrail2017 #pacificcresttrail #PCTig #pct #PCTA #travel #travelgram #usa #outdoors #outdoorsusa #naturelovers #mountains #instatravel #hikingculture PODRÓŻE 4/2018
Recently backpacked 34 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail over a day and a half. Check the awesome videos I put together over those two days. It’s easy, just go to the top of my account here and click on the link that will take you to my YouTube channel. Thanks and don’t forget to subscribe! 😃👍 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pct #pct2018 #pct2017 #hikertrash #backpack #backpackers #backpacking
"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
Now I've known Flowers @stef_is_wild since before the PCT. Her start date was the day after mine. As I was leaving Scout and Frodo's house for the Southern terminus I first met her in person as she told me good luck from the sofa and I gave her some left over beers I had from the day before. Flowers and I joke around about how the fact that there isn't any photographic evidence that her and I have even met in person. Despite having met up on and off trail there's not one pic of us together. I DID however take this pic of her on the top of Mt. San Jacinto back when we had left Idyllwild in our seperate groups. This was the first 10Ker side trip for us on the PCT but the snow on top was like the "tip of the iceberg" of what was in-store for us in the Sierra that year.
In the bottom of an excruciating valley (5,000 feet on either side), there is a tiny town called Belden. Raves and partying are there all summer. People drop acid, pass out naked, bottles scattered via booze haze, hikers have epiphanies and get off trail... It's a different place. Someone there opened up to this stack of railroad ties, and walking through party fallout on a Tuesday morning, the message felt genuine and personal. #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #belden #california #fbf
Want to talk about pushing the limits of your own comfortzone? Look no further than Ricki-Bobbi @carolyn_barakso. This bad ass chick goes from taking mirror selfies at royal palaces to crushing big miles through #impassable conditions. Here is a photo of her going beast mode through freezing water in the Sierra on the PCT in 2017 where few felt comfortable even entering. I didn't get to finish my hike with Ricki Bobbi but in true trail fam fashion she tracked me down after I made it to Canada and had some celebratory beers with me in Vancouver. MISS YOU RICKI BOBBI!
Thinker @markyurk Bandanas, and I sitting on top of Muir Stone Hut at the end of the Summer Solstice watching the sun set. I remembered sitting on the top of the hut occasionally looking behind me in hopes that YoungBlood @pajasaurusrex and Rocco would be triumphantly hiking up to the top of Muir Pass in time for the sunset. The conditions in the Sierra sadly caused them to not make it here for this moment but they were there with my 2 new trail brothers and I in spirit. #thetrek
We have been waiting so long for these medals. We are beyond excited! This trail is by far the hardest thing I have ever attempted, or conquered thus far in my life! The pride I feel is indescribable. To be in an elite group of thru-hikers is the utmost respect and we have earned our position. I am beyond proud of myself. We are looking forward to more thru-hikes namely the CDT, and my hike I want to do is the AZ trail; It's only 800 miles ☺. The people we met, the experiences we lived, are once-in-a-lifetime. My hiker name is Venom bc I am born in the chinese year of the snake. I wanted my name to be symbolic of who I am. More than one person asked, "did you get bit?" Of course, my smart ass answer is, "no! I bite!" My babes hiker name is "Dr. BMW" and later "Goshee". How much we miss the trail and the freedom of disconnecting from society is yearned for daily. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #ibite #rvlife #mormon #familiesareforever #foreverwithyou #thruhiker #hikertrash #2650miles #aztrail #800miles #venom #goshee #drbmw #pride #indescribable #foreverboyfriend #cdt #continentaldividetrail #3100miles #offgrid #disconnecting #somuchfun #kinesiology #radiokinesis
We have been waiting so long for these medals. We are beyond excited! This trail is by far the hardest thing I have ever attempted, or conquered thus far in my life! The pride I feel is indescribable. To be in an elite group of thru-hikers is the utmost respect and we have earned our position. I am beyond proud of myself. We are looking forward to more thru-hikes namely the CDT, and my hike I want to do is the AZ trail; It's only 800 miles ☺. The people we met, the experiences we lived, are once-in-a-lifetime. My hiker name is Venom bc I am born in the chinese year of the snake. I wanted my name to be symbolic of who I am. More than one person asked, "did you get bit?" Of course, my smart ass answer is, "no! I bite!" My babes hiker name is "Dr. BMW" and later "Goshee". How much we miss the trail and the freedom of disconnecting from society is yearned for daily. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #ibite #rvlife #mormon #familiesareforever #foreverwithyou #thruhiker #hikertrash #2650miles #aztrail #800miles #venom #goshee #drbmw #pride #indescribable #foreverboyfriend #cdt #continentaldividetrail #3100miles #offgrid #disconnecting #somuchfun #kinesiology #radiokinesis
After spending the weekend of the 4th of July off the PCT in Yosemite Mash @alexfrieswyk Pabst @dirtymitch15 and I in true hiker trash style tried to convince the visitors of the park that we were only half as crazy as we smelled and to give us a ride back to the PCT. I wonder whatever happend to that cool chick who gave us a ride from the gas station to the trail head that evening?
One of the best friends I made on the PCT is this feisty gal named "DK". After having my trail fam leave the Sierra due to the dangerous water crossings this speed demon, who started much later than me, caught up to me around the 1000 mile marker. She had the same intent of hiking the PCT continuous foot path as I did. This turned into a rare feat for someone to accomplish in 2017 with the fire closures hitting the trail like falling dominos around us. This just after such a difficult battle against the elements in the Sierra. Having a great teammate like @erinissnazzy (DK) caused us hold each other accountable when it wasn't easy. She was good company on long road walks and turned what most would have found un-enjoyable into unforgettable memories. To this day we have a friendship litterally forged by "Fire and Ice" thanks to the PCT.
"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
Had a great day off enjoying the beautiful weather today here in Washington. Working on regaining my climbing strength that was lost in the 5 months spent on the PCT last year. Also met a girl from Hopkinton, NH there. Just goes to show that while the World is so big with endless avenues to explore the community of us adventure seekers is relatively small. Looking forward to going to Wallula Gap tomorrow, hopefully my baby arms can take it! 😉💪
"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
People who know me well know I'm as "hiker trash" "dirt bag" as is gets. I haven't had a bed or a real mattress since March 2015 and won't be getting one any time soon. @thermarest has been my bed for 3 years and many more to go if I'm lucky. 😁 Anyone else have Z - Lite fever?
🏔WA🏔 . Cloud mist clinging to rock. The night and day before this was so wet. And my rain anxiety had kicked into high gear. My tent floor, flimsy cuben fiber had tiny holes all in it, making a pool of water around my sleeping pad. It was a poor and very cold night of sleep. As it goes though, you wake up, a little miserable because you have a new definition of what physical misery is and you "cheerfully" trudge through salmon berry, thimble berry bushes, getting drenched from the rain that clings to them. Also acquiring new scratches to your already trashed legs. You come to the top of the long climb and there's the sun, the mountains, huckleberries, the rocks and alpine firs. Lay out all your gear, get your sleeping bag crispy dry, feel full on life and powdered cappuccino mix and continue on... . My missing this is only growing. Even though in the moment I took this picture all I was dreaming about was avocados, French press, never walking again, being able to preen myself in a real bathroom, and a loaf of sourdough with a pound of butter. . . . . . #pct2017 #yearoffireandice #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pct #thruhike #thruhiking #traillife #trailstories #northcascades #longdistancehiking #womenwhohike #mountains #mist #witcheswhohike #cascades #mountainheart #mountainblood #hikerhunger #feral #witchlife #pacificnorthwest #pnw #pnwonderland
We never took land like this for granted, even when we were frustrated by hundreds of miles of sun cups (bucket-sized, hardened bowls in the snow). I have less interest now in weekend trips, or even week long excursions to beautiful places. What's the point of just visiting the mountains? I want to live in them, and I want to walk through them. #mountains #sierras #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #hike #thruhike #outside #getoutside #rei
"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
First glimpses at pics from the tail end of the trail are looking promising :) 'JEN!' and I found a grocery store with exactly one disposable camera left in stock, and the nice lady at the store gifted it to me upon hearing I'd lost my digital earlier on trail. #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #tbt #randomactsofkindness #film #disposablecamera
"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
Just in time, Joey and I made it to Idyllwild and summited San Jacinto before he had to leave. After he hitched out alone (oh how much had a grown as a “thru-hiker” in those two weeks) I resupplied and climbed back up San Jacinto and continued on the PCT over Fuller Ridge. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire #sanjacinto #fullerridge
If there is one thing thru hikers like as much as being on trail, it's probably talking about being on trail. @waymarkgearco did a "hiker spotlight" in which I talk about some of the expiriences and take-aways we get from walking real far :) Check it out! (link in bio) #walk #walking #thru #thruhike #hike #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #mountwhitney #shortshorts
My brother had two weeks... just two weeks to hike the first 180mi of the PCT to Idyllwild with me before he had to get off and go home. With the Mt. Laguna blizzard we were days behind schedule. We pushed hard though with bigger miles through the desert and reached Idyllwild two days before he needed to hitch out. So we rested up, then summited San Jacinto his last day on the trail for a final hike before grabbing beers in town with some other thru-hikers we had met along the way. #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire
"Whatever happens, this trail will always be our special place. There is a feeling, hard to describe... but know that I'll be back." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • • • Sometimes we just need to go for a walk. Sometimes it's a way to clear our minds, calm our thoughts, clear our heads. Other times it's something deeper, other times its hard to put into words. • • • • • Whatever your reasons don't hold back, be open to what lies around the bend, smile and do you. • • • • • Hope you all enjoy your weekends. For those that are at work, I'm with you 👊✊👋 • • • • We have a few more posts about our trail crew to put up and then the 2017 PCT posts will be complete, stay tuned next week, until then keep it real • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #nature #photography #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #pct #landscape #escape
"This is a much different environment than the PNW... that's what's so unique about this trail." - Holly and Joe ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • • Meet Joe and Holly from Federal Way, outside of Seattle and Tacoma. They mentioned "There's nothing special about Federal Way" when describing where they came from • • • Yes the desert is different than the Cascades, but there's also a lot of similarities. • • • Many first time hikers come to the #PCT thinking there is no elevation change in the desert...that is misinformation and what leads to a lot of injuries and folks leaving the trail...there's quite a lot of elevation change • • • This photo was taken in San Bernadino National Forest in the Blue Cut Fire burn area. It'd been heavily damaged as our crew put in rock retention walls. • • • Given we hadn't seen any other hikers and weren't expecting to it was quite the surprise to see Hilly and Joe come through so late in the season. • • • They were taking there time and weren't on a strict schedule to get to the border on their SOBO, which is a great treat cause you have the trail to yourself at that time of year. • • • And with that we have to say these were officially the final hikers we'd encounter in 2017, that's not to say we don't have a few more photos to put up of our trail crew, but it's been a fun side project with humansofthepct. • • • Getting to meet everyone in trail last year was a blessing, especially because we got to work on the trail and give back. • • • 2018 hiking season is about to begin, be safe and be aware, remember we are all out there for different reasons and that's the beauty, the trail brings us together and we can either share in the experience or have choose our own adventure • • • Be sure to follow Holly and Joe @randor5000 & @ohhollyann • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #beards #tentlife #backpacking
A magical secret lodge on trail, where I met Cooper; the cutest dog ever, and @aurorasmedley ; who is now writing amazing introspective work from the thru hiker's viewpoint. It was a summer of great people and dogs :) #dogs #people #pct #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail2017
"Well my pack fell into a river...it was a flowing river." - Landslide ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • On our last day working in the San Gorgornio Wilderness we ran into this #PCT SOBO trail family. • • • Schwinn and Sundance from Salt Lake City #SLC and Saltania and Land Slide from #Saskatchewan . Did we get that right? • • • Apologies if we got the names wrong and the story isn't quite as you told us... let us know for any corrections • • • They were heading up Fuller Ridge to San Jacinto so we didn't want to keep them from the ascent. We just wanted to get some quick trail information from them. • • • Their Sierra experience was a lot less stressful than NOBO folks it seems as they didn't encounter any snow. The difference between #SOBO and NOBO can be so drastic, they are two different hikes altogether. • • • Luckily we had a few stickers left, our last ones actually and we sent them off on the last stretch of their journey. • • • Be sure to follow their journey @michelle.kerback and @megara_t • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wandress #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #tentlife #backpacking #bpmag #traveler
A journey of 1,700 miles, begins with a single step. . . . . #intothewild #walktheworld #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hiking #nature
"You don't see this very often...nor get to experience it first hand. I'm just happy to be here, happy to share and watch these three as they continue their journey." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • It's not everyday you get to see a thru rider on the #PCT . Even less of a chance of them riding across the Bridge of the Gods from #Oregon to #Washington • • • Happy to have been able to capture part of this on video, though apparently we can't upload the whole thing. • • • Here's Orion with Gary and Mineret during a beautiful August Day on a very iconic part of the PCT • • • Be sure to follow them and their campaign to raise awareness about Ataxia @the_wild_in_us and @the_thirsty_farmer • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backcountry #backcountryhorsemen #backpacking
Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another. - John Muir #johnmuirquote #johnmuir2017 #pct #pct2017 #trekthepct #pctig #thruhike #thruhiker #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #hammockcamping #wanderlust #catamountgear #yearoficeandfire
🏔TRAIL STORIES🏔 . Washington memories captured by my longest hiking partner Dlegs. We first met when I was bent over the body of a small baby squirrel that fell from a tree. He had copper hair, a very deep voice, startling green eyes & hands that made my own seem so tiny. He wanted to go to a movie theater, I wanted to go to a hippy grocery store. So we hitched into town together. I made fun of him, because I ate more than him while we sat at the grocery store. Being that he was more fit & significantly taller than me, I was surprised (to which he would relentlessly remind me of until we parted ways in Canada). We argued our way out of the town we hitched into. We poured our hearts out & told the most intimate secrets mearly hours of meeting one another. His ability to keep steady to his point, while also circling around it in a conversation was admirable. His presence grounded my erratic fire driven ways. . We camped 5 miles outside of Belden town, up on a breezy ridge. The thud of the rave in the valley below carried us into sleep somehow. . He challenged me to follow him over coffee the next morning, surrounded by gorgeous naked women and strung out folks on MDMA. I wanted to break that 30 mile barrier. . & so I did, I did my first 30 crawling my way out of Belden in terrible heat. It was a long climb. Probably the worst place to attempt this. I chafed in places I never thought possible (my labia if you're wondering). I was drenched for hours in my own sweat. Only to reach the top and get fucking bit by a huge horse fly & almost pass out due to heat exhaustion but be greeted by the coldest spring. I had passed him, & he saw my pack sitting in the dirt while I perched on a log up on a slope where he could not see me, collecting water. Watching to see what he'd do. He waited on me while I delivered my soul back into my body by means of a packet of tuna, a few tortillas, oily old cheese, a payday bar, two jerky sticks, half a bag of chips, an oatmeal cream pie, handfuls of lemonheads & two liters of water. . Fascinating what curiosity will drive you to do. Our bond was strange and I didn't understand it, but we stayed together until the very end. Love ya Dlegs 💚
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