#pacificcresttrail2017

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One year ago today, I set out on the greatest and most challenging journey of my life. On July 12th, I left the Canadian border to walk solo across the USA, 2600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Mexican border. So many days alone in the wilderness. So many climbs. So many hurdles. So much fear. So much laughter. So much singing. So much joy. So much clarity. - I discovered integral lessons about myself that I had become blindsided by; the things I need, the things I don’t, what inspires me, what doesn’t, my strengths, my weaknesses, my truth and the importance to be my authentic self - regardless of what others think of me. It was the best choice I have ever made. - Since then, I have welcomed an incredible array of humans into my life, who support, encourage and inspire me. We all need more of that. Find your tribe. I miss every moment of the PCT; some were a lot harder than others, but with that darkness, I realised I still can glow. There is a light. Life truly is about putting one foot in front of the other. When you want to give up on it all, stand up, breathe and stay. I did. Keep going.🚶🏼‍♀️💖🙏🏼 - - - - #pct #pct2017 #pctsobo #pctsobo2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #canada #mexico #usa #hiking #thruhike #thruhiking #camping #journey #love #happiness #travel #life #inspiration #motivation #dontgiveup #pcos #womenwhohike #strength #getoutdoors #pctassociation
Throwback to last year in the sierras going over Forester Pass. This girl is excited to be getting back in the snow 😊
I ventured out to the beginning of the Pacific Crest Trail today ❤️ To those that don’t know, I began at this very point last year and hiked about 325 miles over the course of 2 months on this trail. There is no way that I am able to put the sheer beauty of that experience into words. I woke up every day to see the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I fell asleep each night exhausted under a blanket of stars. . Of course I hurt, I struggled, and I wanted to give up a few times. But in the end, all the pain I endured was very much a part of my trip. I would not have had it any other way. I hope to get back out there one day. . . . For more personal posts like this, check out my other account @derpnessa_maiko ❤️ . #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpacking #backpacker #kickedmyass
In exactly 7 days I will leave my temporary residence in New Zealand and head across the pacific to pick up where I left off last year. See you out there.. #pct #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pacificcresttrail2018 #newzealand #studyabroad #hike #takeahike #mammoth #redsmeadow #california #usa #travels
At 4 in the morning a year ago today, I Ubered to the Mexican boarder, and began walking North. I ditched my phone, and all other physical belongings aside from a 14lb @waymarkgearco prototype backpack of essentials (my new house). Over the next 134 days I found a sense of purpose, and then a sense of accomplishment. The trip taught me that you can earn those things, if they are things you want. 2,700 miles later, upon reaching Canada, I decided never to let the experience be taken for granted. Today I miss the trail and the adventure more than ever before, but I promise to myself that I will go on bigger adventures in the not too distant future. #adventure #getoutside #waymarkgearco #thruhike #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #godoathing
It may be hard to believe, but one of my most memorable nights on the Pacific Crest Trail I dodged a storm by locking myself in a public restroom for the night... If you're in Snoqualmie Pass and need accommodations I highly recommend it. #greatoutdoors #thisiswhywehike #pct #pct2017 @youdidnotsleepthere #youdidnotsleepthere #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #thruhike #hikertrash
Pictures do no good to how breathtaking the trail was, but these are a few of my favorites! These pictures are from all over the trail from Warner Springs to Tahoe to Seiad Valley. Best time of my life was waking up to see the most beautiful things I have ever seen every single day ❤️ . . . #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #backpack #backpacking #backpacker
I seriously love my pack, it’s an Osprey Aura 65 and it was one less thing to worry about while on the PCT. There’s going to be a lot of pictures soon btw, I can’t help but think of my adventures last summer now that hiker season is upon us haha . #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #osprey #ospreyaura #ospreyaura65
@hulaskull - "A year has passed... some of the best memories that have changed my perception of the real meaning of life and the love for nature that has been reinforced. #missyoudesperately ....but will see you soon again ;)” . . . . #pacificcresttrail #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail2017 #hiking #thruhike #backpacking #pct2018 #optoutside #trekthepct #pctig #hikertrash #wanderlust #pcta #thruhiking #hike #thruhiker #mexicotocanada #california #wildernessculture #mountains #adventure #seeyouagain
I miss the actions that don't have to sell themselves. I post pictures of my most recent great adventure to remind everyone how I want them to see me, even though the greatest part of that adventure was a challenge and it's resulting personal growth. The adventure was necessarily invisible to @instagram when I walked it. I was unable to seek affirmation from anyone but myself and my family (whose affirmation I already am comfortably confident in). Now I feel persuaded to share and brag so as to continue in the direction I like. How can I get a job in (and make a life out of) adventure WITHOUT boasting to interviewers that I walked really far? And then I'm bitter that others sell themselves better than me. Instagram inspires me to brag, to show off... "Look how much fun I'm having, look at all the places I'm going, look how fit I am, look at my face (as if it took work or merit to look the way I do), look at me cook, and look how happy all of it makes me." No, it's time for me to use Instagram differently. From now on it's about my friends, and interested strangers. It's to provide content of substance. It's to make people laugh and feel good. It's to let people think about an idea. Or it's to show people a place, time, or feeling in my life that they might find interesting. This is a valley in the Sierras I walked through with friends @archaichoney (Pitch) and @peeweegerman Twisted. We lived in the mountains, forests, deserts and planes. We felt alive and in the moment, hiking the 2,650 miles that make up the great Pacific Crest Trail. Things weren't always easy, but everything felt significant. It was a moment of great personal growth. If you are interested in these things, let's talk sometime, maybe you'll find yourself longing for an adventure like this, maybe you'll find it and take it on. #instagram #usewisely #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #thruhike #hike #tbt #sierras #sierra #nevada #sierranevada #view #mountains #adventure #live #life #livelife #walk #california
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A year has passed... some of the best memories that have changed my perception of the real meaning of life and the love for nature that has been reinforced. #missyoudesperately ....but will see you soon again ;) . . . . #pacificcresttrail #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail2017 #hiking #thruhike #backpacking #pct2018 #optoutside #trekthepct #pctig #hikertrash #wanderlust #pcta #thruhiking #hike #thruhiker #mexicotocanada #california #wildernessculture #mountains #adventure #seeyouagain
It’s 1:31pm in Texas. So it’s 11:31am in California. That means it’s been exactly one year since I completed my first literal milestone of the Pacific Crest Trail. I miss the trail every single day. The people, the dirt, the heat, the snow, the hunger, the exhaustion. I miss all of it. Looking back, I wish I would’ve posted more to social media while I was out there (something about not having cell service in the wilderness, I don’t know). But since all those trailversary moments are going to making their rounds now, I’ll do my best to recap that time for those who’ve expressed interest. Here’s my official first trailversary photo of my first selfie on the PCT at the first mile marker, along with the first day’s notes. #anxiouslywaitinguntilnexttime “At 11:14 AM on April 30, 2017 I started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Clark had to help me start. I was/am scared to do this... At 11:31 AM I completed my 1st mile. Took a break at a creek after 3 miles. It’s hot. Around mile 5, I almost saw/stepped on my first rattlesnake. Saw two more by the end of the day. Also saw a bunny! Made me miss my sister... Today I met Ross from Idaho, Joe from San Diego, Stephanie from LA, “Weasel” and Evan from Portland, Mike from Long Island, and Frog from San Francisco. There’s more people out here than I thought... I feel less lonely. Found camping at mile 11.36 around 8pm. No phone service. Messaged Mom from the Garmin. Wish I could talk to her. Been gone from Texas for a whole week. It’s strange to me and I miss my dogs a lot. My feet hurt. I popped two blisters already. Tried to eat some mashed potatoes. I don’t feel hungry. Peeing outside is weird. Camped with said people I met today. Went to bed around 9pm. Hiking to Lake Morena tomorrow.”
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
"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! 😉💪
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