#pacificcresttrail2017

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Finally cut off my trail beard and am back at work eveyday, Ive been busy moving and catching up, I really miss Mary Poppins and the trail, I am having a hard time adjusting back to real life. Thinking of future adventures and dreaming of being on trail. Cheers to my trail family, miss you guys! #postpct #pacificcresttrail2017 #shavedmybeard #backatwork #missthetrail #sobopct2017 #soboordie
"I'll show you a catnap." - Manzanita aka Trail Bait aka Trail Kitty aka Number One ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • That's all folks • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● • • • • • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #heygirlhey #optoutside #cats #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #kitten #pctdays
"Yay I get to backtrack and hike back down the Devils Slide Trail...yay..." - Hat ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Hat from #SanFrancisco by way of #Georgia • • • We met Hat as he came by out basecamp in the Mountain Fire Closure. Unfortunately we had to tell him no one was allowed in the area as the #PCT has been closed for repairs due to the Mountain Fire • • • The map he'd looked at made it seem like it was open but we had to inform him the trail would be closed for a while. • • • It was getting dark and he'd hiked UP Devils Slide thinking he'd been making great time, which he was. Alas as a trail crew working on repairs to a heavily damaged Section of trail we had to turn him around • • • He was bummed but still in good spirits as we chatted about his SOBO journey. He was the first official SOBO hiker we'd run into all season! It is definitely a different experience than NOBO • • • Remember, especially you PCT 2018 folks the Mountain Fire Closure is still in effect, but 2 more miles have opened. Please stay out of fire closures as the trail has not been deemed safe for hikers or stock • • • Follow Hat on his adventures @mommysbigboy • • • Be safe and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #southbound #shortshorts
"We've lived in LA for a few years but miss the mountains. It's a city sure but you can drive outside of the city to escape." Jon and Santa ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Coming down the trail after scouting the Mountain Fire damage on the PCT, we had a chance encounter with two hikers who'd just finished hiking up and down Mt. San Jacinto. • • • Jon and Santa from #France and #Italy have worked in the fashion industry for some time. They've lived around the world and LA had been home base for a few years • • • They'd never been to San Bernadino National Forest and wanted to hike up one of the tallest Peaks in Southern California. • • • People have this image of Southern California and LA being just one massive paved and developed area...but if you are willing to drive a little out of the way you can escape into mountains, forests, deserts, lakes and rivers. • • • We got to talking about how social media plays a role in today's culture and they encouraged us to look into becoming a brand ambassador for gear companies Given our background working outdoors and passion for teaching others about it....we are definitely interested 😊 • • • They want to travel and get to experience more parks, forests and natural areas in California and across the country! We are all for it! • • • Glad to see folks getting outside, exploring and visiting our natural spaces and supporting our public lands • • • Be sure to follow their adventures @santavb @jon.agostini • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #style #fashion #unitedoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #wandress #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking
"My friend built this trail when he was a younger and it's still there." - Brad ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • While working on the Fobes Trail (PCT alternate) we met Brad and his #pup Lily. • • • Brad told us how one of his old friends helped build the PCT in this area back in the 60s and 70s before it became the full PCT. Pretty amazing work. • • • Brad has lived in that area for most of his life and he found Lily a few years back and gave her a home. They go everywhere together now. She's a little bundle of energy when she gets out of the car. • • • Brad told our crew about the history of the Fobes Ranch area and the PCT in that area. Also there is a particular piece of history that folks may know if they have heard of Fobes Ranch that has played a part in shaping our culture...we'll let you look it up for fun. • • • Happy to have put some work in to finish the water damaged sections of trail and that 2 more miles have opened on the #PCT for this years class. • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #dogsofinsta #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
The desert was almost intolerable during the day, but when the sun was low or down, that was magical. Those 700 miles were only ever beautiful and difficult. #pct #pct2017 #california #nofilter #fbf #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #hike #getoutside
On our way home from Carlsbad we stopped at the PCT south terminus, and found the trail off highway 94. Shared our story with dreamers who were visiting the terminus. We drove by the 1 mile sign and had to jump out and take some pics. We are studying which trails we want to hike next and might end up in Europe. We are already back to work and scheduled 2 weeks out. So busy being back, and so happy at the same time! The blessings have been thousandfold. The lessons money can't buy. The 💘 love, trust, and commitment to each other is divine. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #family #trust #lessonsmoneycantbuy #eternity #mormon #familiesareforever #1mile #smile #girlswhohike #hiker #thruhiker #hikerhunger #Moretocome #vibrantcolors #nature #natural #campo #ilovemyhusband #eternalcompanion #happilyeverafter #mysweetheart #myforeverboyfriend #dreamers #commitment
#tbt to #cuteburnsofthepct , that ever recurring reminder that what only kind of kills you makes you stronger, beauty is in the eye of the beholden hiker with reception, and other related aphorisms. I will truly never be over the PCT, I miss it every single day.
Sometimes Katana will Lion King herself. Warms my little ol' heart
Had to do a little resizing to get this entire photo to show up on instagram. Few trees in North America are as dramatic or unique as Sequoias. They're so impressive, this one almost completely masks the impressiveness of the CatFox in this picture. You can barely notice her
Not having a phone or mp3 player for 134 days means you get a lot of quiet time to reflect and grow. It also means you get a lot of time to have songs stuck in your head, and sing them loudly, hopefully when no one's around :) #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #throwback #toomuchtimeonmyhands
This was a long day. Katana had stepped on a goat head spur a couple days earlier and got one of the thorns stuck in her paw. I got her into a vet in the nearest town the next day, got it removed, got some antibiotics, and took a day off to rest. We hit the trail the next morning, but I wanted her to have one more full day off her sore paw. Her day off resulted in me carrying her 22 miles on my shoulders through the San Felipe Hills that day. What is the upside? An even closer bond between little dog and I, as well as the knowledge of knowing I can carry her at LEAST 22 miles if I ever have to again...
"It's hard to beat these views, though the hike is a little tougher some days...it's still worth it." - Lorain ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Upon hiking up to Tahquitz Peak in Idyllwild on our way to work on the #PCT Mountain Fire Closure we stopped to check out the Look Out Tower. • • • As someone whose worked as a wildland firefighter and on trail crews for years you have to appreciate the jobs look outs do • • • Sure it can be a little lonely but the views, the setting, the surroundings are hard to beat. We caught Donner and Lorain as they were switching out look out duties for the day. • • • It was fun to chat with them and get their takes on why they volunteer (yup this Lookout tower is a volunteer position) and hear some of their stories on their experiences up there. • • • They have to hike up and down each time they go up there and they've both have volunteered for some years. Both live on the eastern side of the mountains and both had actually never run into the other until that day during shift changes • • • You get the best views, take measurements for fire weather and get to interact with folks who hike up there. • • • Thank you for your service up there and #happytrails • • • Check it out if you ever want to #volunteer ! • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #nature #photography #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #idyllwild #firelookout
Being a full time fur parent on trail can be exhausting. The only one who's truly asleep in these photos is Katana, however @schweppeshikes will tell you otherwise. He gets a real kick out of my trail narcolepsy
Ill be editing my Videos soon, lots to look forward to. Youtube Name is Hurlgoathiker # PCT #whatatrip #hikesobo #soboordie #livingadream #bestyearever #pacificcresttrail2017
Funny enough, about 700 miles further down the trail I would be charged by a female moose without a calf. This one was very aloof. Can you spot the calf in this photo?
2017 🎉🎊 No year will ever come close to how challenging and incredible it was. The year I solo walked across the USA. My year of self discovery, growth, clarity & direction. Sometimes we lose ourselves along the way and need to find where to pick up the pieces. It’s been a year of finding the joy, pushing my boundaries, facing my fears and resetting me. I conquered a lot of things, which I am eternally grateful for. Here’s to 2018 bringing on new beginnings, an exciting journey and even more sunsets. #2017 #2018 #nye2017 #nye #pct #pct2017 #pctsobo #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #losangeles #la #hollywood #sunset
I'm using this time to reflect on my greatest accomplishment in the last year. I'm proud I hiked as much as I did. I loved all the places I saw and the folks I met. I took some dandy photos, and I strengthened old friendships. But my crowning achievement was growing this beard. Look at it. Just wow! . . . . @blondeandbackpack #beardandbackpack #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pct #pct2017 #pctig #trekthepct #hiking #hikertrash #adventuresnotvacations #optoutside #campeveryday #backpacking #tourtheplanet #liveyouradventure #theoutdoorfolk #wanderlust #theoutbound #bpmag #natgeo #exploremore #thegreatoutdoors #traillife #keepitwild #choosemountains #1lifeonearth #beard #beards #beardporn #shaggygentleman
"Whaaaaat... about to geek out! Where's my camera?! I just found a salamander! Yup totally just did." - The Prodigy (seriously geeked out) ♢#humansofthepct ♢ ° • • One more little post of the wildlife we encountered while working on the #PCT this past summer. • • • And yes that was totes our reaction when we lifted up some dead and downed wood to use for rehabilitation of a damaged Section of trail. • • • We noticed some discoloration on the wood and then saw it wasn't wood at all. It was a tiny salamander who'd hidden in it as it was holding moisture in a very dry hill side • • • This was during our new trail construction on the Sierra Buttes Realignment so we geeked out even more • • • Happy to have snapped a few photos of this beaut and then we showed one of the volunteers who hadn't seen one before so that made his morning. • • • Afterward we covered the area up again so that the salamander could rest and go back to doing what salamanders do in dead, down and moist wood. • • • And no we did not pick it up. It has a protective coating on its skin so please try not to handle them in the wild unless you are a working with them or researching them • • • And yes we've picked up many a lizard this year but we do our best to handle with care and after some photos let them loose quickly. Try to follow leave no trace principles #outdoors , cheers • • • #Happytrails • • • #salamandersaturday #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #planetearth #optoutside #nerd #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #biology #backpacking #explorer #natgeo #discover
"Yeah the rain seems to come at us at every angle like in that one scene in Forrest Gump" - The C's ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met this group of CCC, @californiaconservationcorps up at Black Mountain after the finish if our hitch in September • • • They are from Region II, San Bernadino and had been working on the #PCT at Strawberry Junction for the whole season • • • They all had been with the C's for a various amount if time, some just for the summer while the supervisor has been a C for 5 plus years • • • It's fun to run into other trail crews and hear about their work and to just get some trail beta • • • They were hit pretty good with the rain and thunder that we'd gotten as well don't was nice the sun was out and everyone was dry...plus it was the last day of our hitches • • • Thanks for the #hardwork ya'll and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #giveback #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #diversity #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #conservation #conservstioncorps #beards
"We are hiking for one month and then back to Switzerland. When we started we saw a Southbounder finish!" - Franzpeter ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Maybe it was just those hitches but we ran into another duo who were section hiking. • • • Franzpeter and Francesco are both from Switzerland, though Franzpeter is half #Italian and half #Swiss and Francesco is full Italian but has lived in #Switzerland most of his life. • • • It was fun getting their take on the trail as this was in September(9/26/17 near PCT mile 190) when most of the NOBO hikers were starting to finish and before the SOBO hikers were getting closer to the finish • • • We mentioned how many Swiss hikers were on trail this year and how happy each of them seemed to be hiking out here • • • They were hoping to get to Hiker Heaven by the time their month was up but they also realized it was ok not to make it all that way • • • Franzpeter talked about how he'd traveled when he was younger because he wanted to see the world before settling down. That's when he met his wife. He encouraged us to travel abroad and see different cultures. Sound advice • • • He'd wanted to hike the #PCT his whole life but after starting a family he couldn't quite find the time until now. It's not the whole trail but he's doing a good chunk and might come back in the future. He convinced his friend Francesco to come along, who doesn't want to hike 500 miles? • • • You can follow their adventure @papa_sena_yui and @francepct • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #travels #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"We are hiking the trail section by section. At our current pace and calculations it'll be 6 years when we finish!" - Ed ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met Ed and Chris from Orange County, CA one day after coming back from our work site near PCT mile 192. • • • They has just come down from Fuller Ridge and were looking to get some food going before setting up camp • • • We'd had a pretty big thunder storm and downpour the previous 4 hours so everyone was ready to eat and go to bed • • • We took the time to chat a little with Ed and Chris and found out that they'd also met @simplyb.s when they started their section hiking way back in March when no one was on the trail yet...at least so they thought • • • It was such a fun moment trying to figure out if they'd run into anyone we had through our first part of the season in So Cal...turns out we had all met Brenna and Chaz. Small world • • • It shows the trail community is connected in so many ways but also that there's many options on how to hike a long distance trail. It doesn't have to be all in one attempt. Section hiking can fit your schedule, wants and needs. You have to "hike your own hike." • • • You can follow their journey @caractacus56 ○ • • #Happytrails to these two on their adventures and for the years to come as they enjoy every step of the #PCT along the way, Cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"The toadality of it all can be overwhelming...choices we make in this life that is.... In the end I'll follow my heart to the paths ahead." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Photo taken on the #PCT near mile 191. Happy #Toadsday , happy holidays, happy almost new year. • • • It's been a good one, what can we say...the sun is shining, the waves are crashing and the mountains stand guard. • • • Our whole perspective has again been altered with the meeting of our nephew • • • Everything is new, everything is real, everything is • • • A poem is long overdue so here goes: Overlooking the city as it awakens, Wind rustling the trees above, A answer arises and can't be mistaken, Souls wandering in search of love, Minds reach, they move and stir, We wake, we sleep, we do, Our days come, go and blur, We meet, we connect and bid adieu, But then you see that smile in the crowd, Just for a moment time stands still, You look at her, smile back proud, Is this it, the time your heart begins to fill, Can you capture this in a bottle? Does a freeze frame do justice? Don't trip, don't move, don't talk with your mouthful... If you hesitate she's gone so do you trust this? As seconds feel like hours, and the space begins to open, Either stand tall or cower, As the walls break or close in, And so you move forward, One foot in front of the next, You may be called a coward, ...If you just sent her a Facebook friend request 😅 •• • -The Prodigy 12/26/17 at Tsing Yi MTR Station #hongkong ;) • • • #Happytrails ya'll • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #freestyle #pctstory #poetry #optoutside #limerick #wanderlust #wander #travel #hornedlizard #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #nature #trailcrew #hornytoad #spokenword #backpacking #hornedtoad
Merry Christmas from the Pacific Crest Trail. 3 hr hike. 39 degrees to start. 75 degrees to finish. #red #greens #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #manzanita #tree #desert #desertplants #hiking #photography
Christmas on the PCT, will be done in 3 days. #pctsouthbound #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctxmas #Soboordie #lovingthistrip
"She won a photo contest with one of the photos she took during the Bridge Walk." - Orion ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • "I have a photo I hope to win a photo contest with too one day and it's inspired by Patchwork and her dedication to her craft." - The Prodigy • • • Sometimes you have the privilege of running into amazing people again and again. • • • When we ran into Orion @thewildinuspct in Bishop a few weeks ago we had to make it a point to say we had a few more photos from that special day he and his trusty mustangs crossed the Bridge of the Gods. • • • So in light of that serendipitous encounter we have for you a slide show of one of the most talented photographers we've ever met • • • Patchwork has an eye for the right moment in the right setting. Amazing work! Just glad we got a photo of her in the moment, and that she did not get hurt with all the traffic on the bridge at the time. Check out her award winning photo on her profile! • • • You'll want to #Swipe Left this time • • • And be sure to follow and support @thewildinuspct and their fight to find a cure for Ataxia • • • Also check out @kamilakielar and her amazing photography and @meaningfulhike and her journey through the PCT! • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #beards #pnw
IT’S HERE! LINK IN BIO! My final chapter of my PCT SOBO 2017. Apologies it has taken a bit longer than anticipated, but there’s a good reason! Important update! Thank you to all who have followed along on this journey of mine. I hope to have inspired at least one of you out there, in whatever it is you are searching for... keep being kind to yourselves. And now for the next chapter! 😀🎥🎬🌅 #pct #pct2017 #pctsobo #pctsobo2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #womenwhohike #optoutdoors #getoutside #hiking #journey #goatrocks #oldsnowy #mtrainier #washington #northcascades #goatrockswilderness
Wherever you go, there you are
"Yup I flew out here for this. I couldn't pass up a chance to volunteer out here...this has been one of the best experiences I've had out west!" - Zoie ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Zoie seriously flew out from #Chitown to come out and volunteer on the PCT! So cool! • • • She worked with us the entire last hitch in the Sierra Buttes on our re route and put into many hours constructing new trail • ○ • It was a blast having her around as she brought a positive energy to everything. One day she also said she'd like to hike the PCT, and if you know us we will always encourage people to do it!• • ○ The last update we received was that she has now signed up to work on a Corps Crew herself in the Southwest because of her experience volunteering on the #PCT ! • • • So if anyone is ever interested check out www.pcta.org for upcoming trail projects! • • • Also her #graphictee shirt is spot on or on fleek as they say now a days • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #tahoenationalforest #womenwhotravel #unitedoutside #nature #outdoorwomen #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #wolves
It was really windy, and the clouds falling off the shelf were mesmerizing. This was my third morning on the Pacific Crest Trail, long before I had any confidence that I'd finish the whole thing. Focussing on each day was vital. Sometimes I'd mentally slip, remembering that I had more than 2,500 miles to go... I'd feel overwhelmed and weak until I refocused on the day; the individual steps rather then the eventual goal. #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #hike #getoutside #tbt #desert #california #goals
"Zipping, that's what we say now when we are about to leave...like the sound of the zipper getting zipped on your packs." Shade ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • The last time we saw this trail family (@pnw_trailblazer @momentsthroughaaron @shade_spear @iamryangrimes ) was at #DonnerPass @visittruckee , as they headed toward Sierra City. Good thing their @granitegear gear was still intact! They had all just gotten some grub and brews at the Donner Pass Cafe • • • At that point they'd gone straight through the Sierras through some gnarly creek crossings and snow fields. • • • It was fun to spread a little trail magic and also get to hear some of their stories. We saw them off on their journey north to Sierra City next. • • • Thinking of the good ole days on trail, enjoy the Zipping, tipping and ripping• • • • #Happytrails , xoxo #PCT • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #trailfamily #trailmagic #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #granitegear #altrarunning #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"I do some manual labor for work but this is a lot different and cool to take part in." - Jake ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Jake (@jaketrautvetter ) drove all the way from #SanDiego up to the #SierraButtes to take part in the PCT Re Route project. • • • He heard about the project online and signed up to see what trail work is all about. • • • He worked with our crew for 3 days and got to camp in the back country • • • This last stretch of the project had us breaking through some bed rock and Jake had a pic in his hands most of the time we passes by, chipping away and shaping the trail • • • It was fun for us to teach but also to let the crew help teach the volunteers about trail work and what we look for on the #PCT as far as trail standards • • • Thanks Jake for heading up to the project and hopefully we can get him and other new PCTA members and volunteers out for more projects. Sign up at www.pcta.org • • • #Happytrails and thanks again Sage for the #Photobomb • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
Happy Solstice y'all. After tonight it's all an uptick from here till we meet the other half. . This was the best sunrise of my #PCT hike. Sleeping right on a flat cliff side with my friends. Pictures simply can't capture it right. . . . . #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctthruhike #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #womenwhohike #solstice #sun #witchesofinstagram #hike #longdistancehiking #witchlife #hikertrash #instagood #trail #outdoors #outsideeveryday #sunrise #mexicotocanada #longestnight
When in Utah, we found the former neighborhood we used to live in and the scene of mom's accident when she died, 27 years later. I picked up my own copy of the death certificate, and found my old middle school. We spent time with moms best friend, and 2 HS friends who now sell beautiful pianos in Draper. We went to downtown Salt Lake city and saw lots of touristy things. Salt Lake is a good city to talk to strangers bc the missionaries are always looking for convo. We made so many friends and met so many hundreds of people. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #hiking #nature #beauty #familiesareforever #eternalfamilies #eternity #eternalcompanion #saltlakecity #27years #loveconquersall #itshealthytoletgo #naturalbeauty #friends #choosetheright #momsanddaughters #specialbond #pianos #utah #hospitalsandhelicopters #momdiedinthehelicopter #itsallstillthesame #unitedworldwalk #eternalmarriage
"Sometimes we dream of island escapes with crystal clear waters and hammocks, other times we wish for the clearest night skies you'll ever see lying in the sand surrounded by stirring life." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • This thought came into our head while having a conversation about getting away. It's still unreal how fast this year has gone by • • • And we didn't want to let it pass without a few more Toadsday posts. @s_henkel we need a little help here. • • • As the holiday season is in full effect and we have time to reflect...yes that rhymed but we weren't really going for a poem here. ..we think • • • But going back to that thought, reflection, something we sometimes neglect without noticing. We've seen a lot happen around us, have been affected by things that we didn't think would ever effect us and yet we are still standing. • • • #Humbling , a word we use a lot but don't fully grasp. Right now we are humbled to be here, in this moment, alive, breathing air, looking out the window at the risen sun, typing, seeing, and yes even feeling. • • • Our guards been up for a variety of reasons yet right now it's not at defcon 4. Spending time with our nephew, seeing how we all once were and how it really is the little things that can bring happiness has been wonderful. • • • We've been encouraged to write again, to create, to explore and to reach out. A decision has been looming for quite some time and we think it will be decided here real soon, cause we only live once in this body, this vessel, this time. And if time.is the only thing we have then it's high time to use it • • • #Happytrails and Happy belated #Toadsday • • • Photo taken near PCT mile 195 with this little gem • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #planetearth #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #nature #photography #photographer
"I've been on a few PCTA projects in the past but this is by far the toughest but coolest spot." Ginny ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ginny came out from Mountain View, CA to #volunteer on the PCT #SierraButtes Re Route Project at the end of August. • • • She'd volunteered on a few other PCTA projects but nothing quite like this one. This project was about building a new trail and not maintaining or fixing the existing trail so it was quite unique and special • • • There are many #PCTA projects, some front country, others backcountry, some day projects, some multi day projects. This was a multi day backcountry project. Hard work, long days, elevation gain to the work site and rocks to crush. • • • Knowing that this part of the trail will be what thousands of hikers will walk on and know as the PCT in the future adds a little something to your work days • • • Not many folks can say they built some of the PCT and then go back to that section years later and walk it. • • • The trail changes every year due to fire, snow, land slides, wash outs, erosion, etc. We never know what a new winter will bring • • • But we know next year that this part of the trail will be open and to new hikers this will be the #PCT and we hope they enjoy it. • • • #Happytrails Ginny and to all, also thanks Sage for the Photo bomb • • • #unitedoutside #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #womenwhohike #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #sheexplores #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #womenwhoadventure
On our way home from our 8 month trip we stopped at Mount Rushmore and saw the amazing sculptures and learned how they made the magnificent mountain. Everything was so neat to see. I bought a children's book. What a great place. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #journeyofalifetime #mountain #mountrushmore #rushmore #natureisbeautiful #musicsingstomysoul #journey #lifetime #eternity #presidents #dynamite #eternalcompanion #rvlife #nature #beauty #hiking #liveforyourself #unitedworldwalk #eternalmarriage
We poured so much concrete while in Minnesota. It was the hardest job I've ever done probably bc I've never done physical work. I'm a really good finisher. I would never want to pour concrete in Minnesota again bc of the humidity; I was miserable but used to it bc of the pct. I'm proud of our work. I learned a lot. I was asked to get a saw one day and came back with a drill; I get lessons about tools when we go to Home Depot now. I was so scared driving that tractor thing; I definitely don't belong in construction. #pct #pacificcresttrail2017 #concrete #Petersonconstruction #Minnesota #winonaMinnesota #midwest #humid #art #creative #talented #Physicalwork #sweaty #mudandsnow #thehomedepot #comealongandtrowels #hikerhunger #learning #tractor #shethinksmytractorssexy #sawordrill #drill #ditzyandloveit #tools #lessons #finisher
The much more striking beauty of the desert doesn't last long when you have to live in and walk through it, shelterless at times, running out of water, burning in the afternoon sun. It just becomes hard to appreciate landscapes that don't want you there, it feels like they're trying to kill you. Southern Oregon's forests weren't as breath taking, but they felt welcoming, sheltering, full of life. Walking through them at Golden hour, in the middle of summer, I had the feeling that I could take as long as I wanted, the landscape was politely indifferent. Here there was less distraction, and I delved deeper into the questions I had about myself. #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #oregon #getoutside #hike #thruhike #goldenhour #forest @portlandartmuseum #picturingoregon
"Hiii my name is Ophi...you throw stick? You smell like tasty...you throw stick? Squirrel! Wait...just stick...you throw yes?" - Ophelia ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ophi (@opheliathebordercollie ), #bordercollie , visited our #trailcrew in the #PCT Sierra Buttes Reroute project to drop off supplies along with her mother @alliekatx • • • She immediately put a stick down in front of us expecting us to throw it...she knew us too well and we obliged • • • She was still a puppy, literally, at this point and given her genes full of energy • • • If you let her off leash you will have a heck of a time trying to catch her. • • • And she can jump quite high • • • And she likes chasing shadows ;) • • • Always fun to run into #trail pups as they always bring a smile to our faces • • • #Happytrails Oph #dog • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #🐶 #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
Because not enough real moments are shared. This video was taken moments after climbing the steepest section of Forester pass. On the ascent I lost my footing and Tim grabbed me by my backpack straps before I fell. This was one of the most vulnerable moments for me on the #PCT perhaps you can relate. Amazing to look back now at what we accomplished after this...if only I'd known what I was in for haha! #PCT #pacificcresttrail2017 #pacificcresttrail #foresterpass #couplegoals #thruhike #snomageddon #hike #hiking #pct2017 #pct #outdoor #outdoors #sierra #mountains
"An unexpected gift, at an unexpected time". Flashback to the most clutch trail magic ever, at the end of a 29 mile dry stretch :) #fbf #trailmagic #pct #pct2017 #thruhike #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017
"Are you judging us? These right here are the hikers that started in April. Last one to Canada wins...right?" - Purple Haze ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • A quick stop into #SierraCity for internet gave us the chance to run into many a hiker hanging out, enjoying the food and the camaraderie • • • Sierra City is a great #PCT hiker town and anyone who stops there stops at General Store and is bound to grab some food there. • • • There's a good chance that they'll stay at the Church and take a cold shower at the visitor center. • • • We ran into this group in the back of the store as we looked for a jar of kombucha. • • • Pictured are Newsfeed, from #Chicago (@thirstypoet ), Quoi from #Montreal , Five Star from #Venezuela (@mindbodytrail ), Purple Haze from Chicago (@basecamp606 ), & Tom from #Belgium (@tomdebruycker ) • • • It was a funny conversation because we were caught a little off guard as it was late August so we may have jumped to conclusions. • • • We really just wanted to make sure they knew (which they did) that the weather in the Cascades can change quickly and without warning • • • A few had come to terms with getting as far as they could and then coming back to finish. We again just wanted to make sure people knew to not push it to the end where winter would set in. • • • The Last One to Canada is fun to say but our goal as outdoor professionals is to make sure everyone is safe so if you need to stop or turn around it's ok. • • • And after our chat we passed out #PCTA stickers so all in all a good talk • • • #Happytrails to these hikers and be sure to follow their adventures • • • #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"It's my Birthday today...what a special place this is...and I think the universe works in ways that bring people together." Tyler ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We took a hike up to the #SierraButtes Lookout back at the end if August on our last hitch working on the new PCT reroute and ran into a family who was celebrating a birthday • • • Pictured are Tyler and Kelsey and their pup Kita • • • Tyler was celebrating his birthday in style by hiking up to the Look Out with his family and soaking the 360 degree views on a clear sky day • • • We obviously connected on the names but also just a good outlook on living in the moment and not taking our lives for granted. • • • You run into people for a reason and we are glad to have connected with this group • • • Luckily we brought some extra #PCTA stickers with us and had enough for the entire family! Our little gift to the birthday group • • • Did we mention their pup was super cute even though she was quite scared up at the look out she hung in there and was a trooper • • • One day they'd like to hike the #PCT and hope to get out section hiking next summer. • • • Happy Birthday and #Happytrails • • • #tahoenationalforest #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #adventuredogs #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #photography #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
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