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2000+ miles 128 days 122 Cliff Bars 98 packs of Mr Noodles 50 in town burgers 32 river crossings 24 blisters 6 amazing friends + bro 3 pairs of shoes 2 emotional breakdowns 1 epic walk #pct2017
In just two weeks I'll get to see the Sierras again. Pure luxury
Last time I was in this desert section of the #pacificcresttrail it was 115 degrees - I felt weak and exhausted and unable to see the beauty around me. ————————————————————— Over the weekend I returned for a backpacking/trail running getaway. My body felt strong, I felt happy and everything around me looked different than I once remembered. ————————————————————— How we feel on the inside can shape what and how we see the world around us. Take care of your body and mind, be kind to yourself, and take notice of the subtle yet beautiful things you can see in your life. ❤️ . . . . . . . #trailrunning #trails #mountains #adventure #tehachapi #inspire #ultrarunning #optoutside #beauty #nature #hikerchicksrock #mtnchicks #seemerlag #pct2017 #sheexplores #withguthook #mountainsaremymuse
#sierra #sectionhike day 13 (sept 13, 2018) ~ more ansel adams wilderness 😍 ~ I was coming through this section at the wrong time of day to get really great pictures. and, for some reason, I was really distraught about it. I don’t carry a real camera and don’t have any real skill, but I still wanted *my* best picture of this view. luckily for all of us, ansel adams already took the best pictures. ~ I didn’t realize until I was in this spot that there was a hole in my heart created by post cards of ansel adams’ pictures I first got in my 20s. there were many little things that set my PCT hike in motion. I just didn’t know his pictures were one of them until I was stood in this spot with tears running down my face. ~ #keepingitreal tho I was also swearing at the wind. I wanted to camp here and take a picture with morning light, but I had to carry on and find a more sheltered spot. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
#sierra #sectionhike day 13 (sept 13, 2018) ~ I stayed in a cabin at red’s meadow resort with a couple of trail friends. we had breakfast and pleasantly chatted away the morning. I didn’t want to rush because they were ending their hike. and it was really nice to hike around and get to know cool people. ~ after red’s meadow, the PCT and JMT split for 15ish miles. I’ve heard the JMT section has several really pretty lakes. but I was out to hike a PCT section, so I stayed on the PCT. I wasn’t disappointed. the views of the ansel adams wilderness were just outstanding. I *almost* didn’t mind the wind, which was putting on a blowhard of a show. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
I believe “Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon Rocks!,” oil on wood, 7”x9” 2018 is finished...tbd 😁 #rockpaintings #oregon #pct2017 #oilpainting , #landscapepainting
My favorite part of the PCT? Waking up every morning. Even on the last day, I paused here to enjoy the sunrise, looking back on days passed and wondering what the trail would show me that day. Now, one year after kneeling in the dirt at the southern terminus in the company of a few incredible humans, I look back on those days as some of the best of my life. But I also look forward to the next sunrise, unsure exactly what it might bring. The spirit of the trail lives on in me, even though I ache to be back on it's firm, dusty tread. #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pctsobo #thruhike #canadatomexico #hikertrash #neverstopexploring #thetrek #oneyearlater #sunrise
#sierra #sectionhike day 12 (sept 12, 2018) ~ I hiked a short day of 13ish miles to get to red’s meadow resort, which is another hiker resupply and rest stop, by lunch time. my hiker hunger kicked in in only 12 days since I was keeping my food weight, and therefore calories down. ~ yes, this is probably the biggest shake I’ve ever had. it was chocolate, and it was good, but the best shake I’ve ever had was in seiad valley (it’s car accessible. so please go fact check me.). ~ #unflatteringselfie #keepingitreal #hikerhunger #hikertrash #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
Sometimes people meet as volunteers and become incredible friends who go on epic adventures together. ----------------------------- Actually, it happens all the time. 😀 ——————————————————------ Pictured L to R Janette (founder of the PCTA NorCal Trail Crew) and Angie (Rocker extraordinaire and current PCTA Big Bend Trail Maintainer of the Year) enjoying a day spent exploring the Rogue River.
Hat Creek Rim. Probably the most underrated part of the PCT. So many beautiful views on it
The day I solo sunrise hiked Mt Whitney during my journey on the PCT. The most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. Tears of joy were shed. I sure miss the trail
Our very own Angie Panter spent the last week in Washington learning about falling trees. She's pretty much a rock star and we are quite proud of her! Rock on lady!
Natural. @alexfrieswyk
#sierra #sectionhike day 12 (sept 12, 2018) ~ sometimes we only post the pretty pics. they get us likes and rose color our experiences. but sometimes the trail isn’t pretty. most of the ugly sections are because of people. but on this day, I hiked through a rare natural burn area. ~ the rainbow fire burned the area around red’s meadow in 1992. it is starting to recover, and isn’t the complete scorched earth experience I’ve had walking through other burn zones. the tree skeleton obelisks are striking in their own way, but it was still sad hiking. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
That time we got Justin to rock out on the rocks! #rockershavemorefun
This has to be one of the best thing about long distance hiking. Enjoying a sunset with some friends you've just met
#sierra #sectionhike day 11 (sept 11, 2018) ~ lake virginia is the bluest #blue that ever blued ~ there are just some things a picture doesn’t do justice. one of them is the blue of lake virginia. if you want to fact check me, you’ll have to hike your butt up there and have a looksee. ~ I really wanted to swim here, but the wind was starting to get ridiculous. I kept hiking until just passed the next lake (purple lake). I pitched my tent in a fairly sheltered spot and listened to the wind howling all night. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
I’m just really thankful for you. ♥️ . . . . . . . . . #hiking #backpacking #pacificcresttrail #pct2018 #pct2017 #washington #WA
#sierra #sectionhike day 11 ~ the long climb out of fish creek valley that I call silver pass junior. ~ sometimes the long climbs don’t have a name so you feel like you don’t get “credit” for them. ~ this climb was all exposed hot switchbacks. I admit I was a bit disgruntled until I used one of my many rest breaks to look down seeing how far I’d come and give myself my own credit. ~ hiking is hard (for most of us. some people look like they fly over the trail, but I’m *mostly* not jealous). I have amazing gratitude that my body and mind are able to carry me over these miles, and that I have vision to see and appreciation all of this natural wonder. ~ I said in an earlier post that my mind is usually quiet or enraptured while I hike. which is true, when I’m lucky enough to be healthy. on this day I remembered how much pain I hiked through last year. there were days I called J crying because I didn’t think I could make my body take another step, but my mind and heart only wanted to keep walking. on those days I prayed to hike pain free even for a day. ~ now I look back grateful and amazed to have hiked 200 miles thru the sierra without pain. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
#sierra #sectionhike day 11 ~ #bridge over the untroubled waters of fish creek ~ real bridges are rare in the sierra. so they always warrant a picture. and this creek really is a river. I was very glad the bridge was there. ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
#sierra #sectionhike day 11 ~ south side approach to #silverpass ~ it was a cold morning. you can tell by how clear the sky is. I didn’t start moving until around 8:30, late for me. a few minutes into my day I met a southbound couple saying it was early for them. they usually don’t hike out until 10:30 - sounds lovely and warm. I bet they were motivated to catch the ferry to vvr. #hikeyourownhike my friends! ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
Alpine lakes. They're OK I guess
#sierra #sectionhike day 11 ~ #cutewater seriously people #whyihike ~ I’m really this dorky and easily amused. I’m almost always hiking solo, and I never wear headphones. from reading other hiker’s journals, I understand that this isn’t the norm. most people get bored or bothered by being in their head too much. my mind is mostly quiet or frolicking in a state of ecstasy when I walk. which is probably why I love long distance hiking so much. if only this was my job. ~ I know #carrotquinn uses the term cute water, and I may have picked it up from reading her book (which I love), but I found myself using it organically last year on my pct thru-hike attempt. some water is just cute. you round a corner on the trail and spy a little spring inhabited by fairies. the only thing to squeal is “how cute!” and then you drink as if you’ve never had water before, because #waterislife ~ #lucky #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
#sierra #sectionhike day 10 ~ I spent most of the day resting and eating at #vvr and hit the trail around 5 pm. in hiker lingo this is called a nero (nearly zero miles). you may ask “what’s the point?” for me, neroes neatly walk the line between staying too long in a town/rest stop (the hiker term for this is “being vortexed) and not resting enough. I had pushed my mileage in the first half of my hike, so I had the luxury of easy days at the end. ~ #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
#sierra #sectionhike day 9 (sept 9, 2018) ~ this was not my favorite day of hiking. a lack of views and water on a relatively warm day does not my happy place make. but I did get to take a ferry across the lake to vermilion valley resort. ~ #vvr has a oh so good restaurant and a kickass selection of beer. it also has a fire pit and plenty of #hikertrash hanging out. happy place achieved.~ #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
My husband and I are on a road trip to celebrate our anniversary. Four years! This is what we love to do together. We hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail last year as well. {750 miles} We intended to hike the entire trail going North Bound, but we didn’t finish. Next year we hope to do another section. We long to thru hike together again. Thru hiking is a whole different world than over night-week long trips. It’s changes your life style. This canyon gave me so much inspiration for colors and textures for when I come home to bead! This vacation was much needed. My neck and head have been in pain from beading too much lately, so this was relaxing! Not many people would call hiking relaxing but for us it is! I love the man I married- he has shown me this outdoor life of adventure, and I can’t imagine living a different way. 🏜🌵🌞 {You can see a glimpse into our PCT adventures from @kingandfleur } . . . #pcthiker #pct2017 #zionnationalpark #beads #inspiration #angelslanding #optoutside #nativeamericanland #nationalparks #leavenotrace #smallbusiness #jewelry
I spent the last couple of days working in the mountains. I was reminded of the intense connection with nature that hiking and living outside gave me. It was so strong that I immediately wanted to be walking up those mountains with my pack on my back. #getoutside #backcountrywomen #walkingwhistler #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctundermyskinandinmyheart
#sierra #sectionhike day 9 ~ I picked up a mostly empty canister of fuel and packet of oatmeal at muir trail ranch from their hiker box (a hiker box is basically like give a penny take a penny if about 50% of the pennies were blanks or unusable coins from foreign countries) so I was able to make a hot breakfast of #hikertrash champions. actually many thru-hikers eat pop tarts, but I don’t do well on a carb heavy diet. I love #phatfudge to add variety to my fat heavy hike diet (not sponsored). if you add powdered coconut milk to this, it’s one of my favorite long distance hiking breakfasts. for this relatively short hike, I didn’t need that many calories. ~ please note the little pen was used as a spoon. I made the decision to throw my cup and tiny camp stove into my pack at the last minute and forgot my long handled titanium spoon. #fancyhikertrash ~ #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tentlife
I often wonder if they miss me too.
#sierra #sectionhike day 9 ~ brrr! I camped on the edge of #marielake and luckily choose a spot far enough from the water and high enough that I didn’t get frosted like the lower areas. ~ there’s nothing like a camping #sunrise ~ #pct #pacificcresttrail #johnmuirtrail #pct2017 #pct2018 #pctig #hiking #wanderlust #outdoor #nature #backpacking #trekking #getoutside #optoutside #longasssectionhike #trekthepct #outdoors #adventure #pcta #womenwhohike #whimZhikes #womenwhogetdirtontheirface #tent #tentlife
1 year ago ... Crying & kissing at the us/ca border... Finishing the most beautiful achievement in our lives so far ❤️. Hiking from Mexico to Canada and finding everything we needed to be happy! 💚 Cheers to all our fellow pct hikers, hope you are surviving to the post pct life!! 😁#pct #pct2017 #pctmemories #pcta #pacificcresttrail #scenictrail #mexicotocanada #thruhike #thruhiking #nobo2017 #wilderness #gohike #wildernessculture #gowild #hiking #trekthePCT #happy #achievement #granderandonnee #usa #westcoast #nationalpark #canada #dreamcometrue #couplegoals #pctclassof2017 #mountaineering
You know you've become hiker trash again when you're sitting at the bus stop, eating an entire pizza to yourself, in front of the shop where you bought your current backpack, and catch yourself telling your backpack "hey, this is where we first met...😍" #granitegear #pct2017
Miss this, these guys, this place, and eating cheese fondue at 11,995 feet in the middle of the Sierra, days from anywhere. #pct2017
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