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1 year ago today... It’s only been 1 year since I made my first attempt on the Pacific Crest Trail. I will never forget this date or that damn trail. They’re a part of me now and even though my time there was a fraction of what I had expected, it changed me forever. I’m not sure I’ll be completely whole until I finish the trek I started, and therefore she will call upon me till I’m fully prepared and ready to conquer her both mentally and physically. Training never stops, and hey maybe 2019 is my year... I’ll feel it deep in my gut when I know it’s right, that’s when it feels like there’s nothing that can stop me. That’s when the excitement truly begins, the planning re-supply stops, weighing gear, trying to figure out what the hell you’re gonna eat, and getting pumped about getting out and suffering a little. Ya know, pushing yourself past your breaking point and realizing that it wasn’t your breaking point at all. That you have more in you than you ever thought possible. That anything is possible if it’s important enough to break yourself for and rebuild again and again until you get what you truly want. It’s absolutely not just a physical thing, it’s a mental battle and I can admit I was weak in both even after all the training in 2016. I look at this picture and it reminds me of who I was a year ago, and where I’ve come since. I haven’t accomplished anything that anyone else would know other than myself. I just have to stop and reflect on the man I was and the one I am becoming and realize that even though they may be different and one feels foreign to me now, that it’s the same dude and I’m the best version that I’ve ever been of myself. The classic ole, “What doesn’t kill ya makes ya stronger” comes to mind and I know I’ve still got a shit ton of work to do. But I also know I’m fully capable of it all, and that’s not been something I’ve always felt confident enough to admit even if I projected it. 1 step at a time, 1 mile at a time, many to go and only 1 life to live. I’m gonna fucking rock this one! Whatever it is that drives ya and makes ya a better you, hope ya make it your bitch too. - - #lovemylife #pctclassof2017 #beard #bearded #beardsofinstagram
"Last year I had a 7 pound tripod for my 8 pound camera...it's a little lighter this year." -Tripod ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Tripod from last years #PCTClassof2017 whose back on trail this year for another go. • • • He's a photographer from the Bay Area and last year was his first attempt at a full thru. He made it 1500 miles last year due to the high snow levels and fires. • • • We were filtering water at Deep Creek by the Bridge on 4/7/18 when we ran into him. His goal is to get through to the Canadian border this year and not have to flip flop or section hike • • • Last season he took photos of our trail crew up at Gobblers Knob and it was greatly appreciated. • • • You can follow his journey @fimagelman • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #brownpeoplehiking #brownpeoplecamping #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #thegreatoutdoors #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
Watching the sunrise with Comma #pcttramily2017 #pctclassof2017 at Kokomo, Eleuthera, Bahamas
One year ago today, I had no idea what I was getting into. One thing I learned is that on this kind of journey, every action is also a metaphor. Physical challenges mirror mental challenges. The landscape passing by at 3 miles per hour (or 2.5, if I’m being honest) reflects the fleeting nature of every moment, and slowing down to appreciate a feeling of joy can be the same as literally slowing down to take a long rest by a mountain lake. My physical vulnerability manifested in my emotional vulnerability, leaving me open to new friendships and experiences, new joys and pains. I learned to exercise new muscles: quads and calves and compassion and communication. The experience shaped my outside form in ways that are obvious, though the ways it shaped my heart and mind are even more profound, if mysterious. I feel lucky to have this incredible adventure to look back on, and I can’t wait for our next one. #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail
6-17 Trail Day 53: miles 704.64-719.20 . . . Woke up with the sun and walked most of the morning with @dtucker_hikes. We found the sign and officially crossed over into The Sierras together! SO EXCITING. The desert felt officially behind us as we climbed to the top of the first hill and looked down into a green meadow with a river running through it and a backdrop of mountains. Mountains we'll be going right through! What an entrance. . . Met Apocalypse, @aladdin_hikes , Potato Volcano, and Dr Pain at the first creek and sat for a bit with them. Then headed for that river for lunch. It was a looooong lunch break. We swam up and down the river, basked in the warm sand and sun, and spent a great deal of time with little clothes and lots of hikers. @brendanbordato tried out his sleeping pad as a raft, which was very entertaining. So were the chipmunks who were trying to climb into open bear cans. . . Liter Bit got trapped in her fleece when she broke the zipper, but zip-tie to the rescue! We reluctantly left our lunch paradise and headed for the forest. It was only 2.7 miles to our camp spot, but it took a while to get there. There was so much to look at; the view of the meadow with the winding river was incredible. Then, once in the trees, there were tiny waterfalls, one after the other. . . The camp spot was lovely, but full of mosquitoes so @drew_a_blank and @physsie_hikes got a fire going for some smoke cover. The stars came poking through the treetops as we were finishing preparations for the night. @kmv77 , Butters, Rooster, @djh3327 , @orimoskowitz , Whoopie, Physsie, @co_basten , Liter Bit and I all told riddles around the campfire for dinner. #theylovedthem #buthatedthemtoo . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #sleepinthedirt #traillife #optoutdoors #adventure #liveoutside #thruhiker #humansofthepct #backpacking #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #riddles #campfires #inkonpaper #cowboycamping #sierras
The river Isar runs all the way from the mountains through Munich to Freising and it has turqouise ice cold water (image 1). One of my best memories from the PCT was when we were hiking in the Sierra in deep snow along a frozen lake. At the end of the lake there was open water, clear, turqouise and so inviting. I decided to jump in and to my suprise, soon after, our whole group were swimming among the ice floes (Coffee Break and Fluffy Soup on image 2 and 3). The water was so refreshing and the air summer warm. I felt like a new person when I continued hiking that day. Good memories from day 74 on the PCT. #friluftsvegan #pctclassof2017 #pctmemories #swedishfish #swimming #water #outdoorgirl
6-16 Trail Day 52: miles 702.23-704.65 . . . First thing this morning we ran into Legend, so we went with him for pancakes and songs, plus a bonus creek crossing lesson. Then we headed to Grumpy Bears for some Wi-Fi and more milkshakes. Spent most of the time there with Taylor and the Swiss @taylormichaelallee @paede_g @middle_of_nowhere_pct @schneeebi and @crumbsontrail. . . Then we took a trip over to meet Yogi, pick up a few things, and ask her a few questions. After a really nice long chat, we grabbed our 6-pack and headed to the river for a swim. Ran into Megaphone and his family there who fed us pasta, salad, and bread, then invited us to have dinner with them, which was awful nice. We spent time in the sun, swam in the water, and practiced creek crossings. . . Headed back to KM and packed up, made a round of goodbyes, and @callielion and Hikapedia headed out with us. Stopped by Megaphone's family's bbq and hung out there for a while with @km77 , Mr Tidy, Stacks, Gigs, @drew_a_blank , and @physsie_hikes. We didn't leave till twilight and had a short, sandy walk to camp where @orimoskowitz was waiting for us. . . Packs are so heavy right now with the addition of the bear can and snow equipment. One we arrived, we saw many PCTers at this campground, so we all gathered in a few spots together and prepared for cowboy camping. Just after we settled in there was a disturbance - apparently a car driving through the campground had accidentally left a kid behind. None of us could stifle the laughs as we watched this young teen running after the van screaming repeatedly, 'MOOOOM! STOP DRIVIIING!!!' #newcatchphrase #cantmakethisshitup #youhadtobethere . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #sleepinthedirt #traillife #optoutside #adventure #liveoutside #thruhiker #humansofthepct #backpacking #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #kennedymeadows #trailmagic #creekswim #cowboycamping #sierras #inkonpaper
PCT! On m way from mexico to canada! day 25! nice evening with the pinky gang near silverwodd lake! friend of joe is our trail angel! beer and pizza! and my first night cowboy camping!!!! #pct #pctclassof2017 #outsideisfree #outside #pizza #friendship
"I got off at Tahoe last year and came back to Big Bear for a job. Now I have a place up here too. I'm looking to get back on trail this year after the snow melts." - Bullet ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ok our way back to Big Bear we somehow misplaced our sleeping pad 😂 • • • We went to a local sporting goods store to see what they had and came away with a foam pad to test out...at least it's better than nothing. • • • We had a long walk back to the Motel where we'd be meeting some other hikers but we started walking as the sun had set across the lake. • • • About 20 minutes later a mini suv did a u turn and pulled up next to us. The window rolled down and the driver asked if we needed a ride? • • • Yes of course only if it wasn't out of the way. Turns out this is Bullet from #PCTClassof2017 . He wasn't sure at first if we were a hiker until he saw our pack, which is when he turned around. • • • It was another moment of the trail providing and also connecting with another hiker. He is from LA. Ut has been a snowboard instructor in Big Bear this season as he looks forward to getting back on the #PCT where he left off last year. • • • The pctclassof2018 is beginning their hike and thr herd will soon form. Places like Big Bear will soon be fresh with dirt covered legs, scratched up packs and trekking poles galore. • • • It's part of the trail, the atmosphere and the culture. Another great part is people like Bullet giving back in any way they can to the trail and this years hikers. • • • Be sure to follow him @afitlifestyle • • • Thanks Bullet and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailangel #unlikelyhikers #brownpeoplecamping #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #escape #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
6-15 Trail Day 51: miles 693.53-702.23 . . . Woke up and headed for the South Fork to wash up. And then 700 miles where @co_basten is meeting us! I heard her coo-ie and found her bringing beer and honeydew trail magic. Walked into Kennedy Meadows all together . . Went to Grumpy Bears for burgers and MILKSHAKES and ran into @twerkinthedirt , @wandering.encounters , @flowerpower8888 , @crumbsontrail , and The Four Horsemen. @neon14at was attempting to eat a giant pancake and he looked scared. . . Spent the day unwinding and gathering Sierra supplies - bear cans, crampons, ice axes. Jew Crew was trying to figure out how to use an ice axe and the rest of us were trying to figure out how to fit everything in our packs. Then Co, @orimoskowitz , Crumbs and I went to Tom's next door for movie and disk golf (sorta). . . Clockwork Orange was put on, and I was not a fan so I decided to go walking. Found stars at the river, and stayed there watching for shooting stars until it was too cold #waypasthikermidnight . . . #soleonthepct #pacificcresttrail #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #pctig #sleepinthedirt #womenwhoexplore #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #optoutdoors #liveoutdoors #adventuremore #getoutstayout #kennedymeadows #hikertrash #thruhiker #humansofthepct #700miles #thruhiking #sierras #trailmagic #inkonpaper
6-14 Trail Day 50: miles 676.18-693.53 . . . We slept in late again this morning, and left camp around 8am. Right after water we ran into trail magic with Saunter, so we stopped a bit early for lunch mid-way through today's big climb. Ate with The Four Horsemen, @orimoskowitz , Hikelopedia, and @drew_a_blank and then we all had short naps in the sun. . . When we got going again, we got our first glimpse of the snow-covered Sierras. A little bit of excitement, a lot of awe, some fear, and plenty of anticipation. We were almost there, just one day left in the desert. One! After nearly 2 months it seemed unreal. . . Ran into a high school group singing 'Call Me Maybe' which was stuck in my head the rest of the afternoon. After our view of the Sierras we started heading down, down, downhill. Camp was at a stream rumoured to have a bear getting into hikers' packs. We ate dinner by Campo's tent - he was our bear decoy. . . Liter Bit, Cous Cous Balls, and I watched the sunset after dinner. Us two girls had set up near a (solid) dead tree but that was against Cous Cous' philosophy so he set up his tent way off in the middle of the field. #girlishscreamsmeantthebeargothim #ifwescreamedthetreegotus . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #thruhiking #hikertrash #sleepinthedirt #gettingout #adventuremore #liveoutdoors #backpacking #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #womenwhobackpack #bearbait #sierranevadamountains #sierras #faraway #trailmagic #trailangel
One year ago today I stood there ready to start the adventure of a lifetime. And wow what an experience it was. If you are thinking about going to the PCT, just do it! ❤ #pctclassof2017 #pct #pctig #pacificcresttrail
one year ago I started the #pacificcresttrail i have yet to finish it. so i chose this photo from week 4 of my hike rather than a photo from day one. taking a dirt nap under a tiny bush, the only shade for miles in either direction. filthy and lonely. i can’t wait to finish what i started, and i’m beyond jealous of everyone starting their #pct2018 hike. take care of your feet, leave no trace, and embrace every minute of your journey. live big my friends! love and magic, whimZ #pctclassof2017
Happy 1-year Trailversary to me and my trailfamily(s) 😍 When i started i didn't really know what to expect. It was.... well..... to be honest i stil can't find the right words to express my feelings. It was everything I ever wished for and so much more! . I feel blessed and grateful 🙏🙌 . A big lesson of following your own path/ heart and what that can bring you. I met amazing people, sometimes just 5 minutes sometimes 5 days 5 weeks, you all touched my heart. . Eddie Vedder: *Who I was before I can not recall* 🙏 .  I left I little piece of myself at te PCT, one day I'll be back 🤗💕 . .If you can dream it you can do it, and I f*ck*ng did it 💪 . . . . #PCTclassof2017 #wanderlust #gratitud #blessed #hikingculture #getoutside #notallwhowonderarelost #thruhike #intotheforestigotolosemymindandfindmysoul #sweetmemories #throwmebackplease #mountains #neverstopexploring
6-13 Trail Day 49: miles 656.04-668.69 . . . We slept in this morning to let the sun dry everything out. The trail was gentle, and the wind non-existent so it was better we left these miles for this morning with the better weather. You could see who was ahead for miles with the trail weaving around the hills so I spent the time watching the Jew Crew climbing hills from across the valley. . . Lunch was in some trees by water with @orimoskowitz , Liter Bit, and the Jew Crew. I had packed out an avocado so I was feasting like a king - it was the most beautiful avocado I've ever seen. . . Yoav left his flip flops so we packed those out and headed for tonight's camp. Ran into Big Bird and his large group - kept just ahead of them all afternoon. It was pleasantly warm in the sun and the views were expansive. . . Once at camp we set up and waited for Cous Cous Balls, then took dinner over to the Jew Crew's tents for some music and conversation. Got a little chilly, but the wind was still absent so we're hoping for some good sleep. So many stars are out tonight #haveItoldyouhowmuchIlovestars . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #hikertrash #getoutstayout #adventuremore #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #avocado #inkonpaper #drawoutside #natureinspired #blackandwhite #sleepinthedirt #thruhiker #pctig #trekthepct #exploreoutdoors #liveoutside
PCT! On my way from mexico to canada! Day 64! reunion: joe from portland, Awesome, Ice Dancer and Me, Mom! we are so happy in this time, hike together, and than a huge snow pack at marble mountains, etna, we have to leave the pct and say good bye to joe! amazing decision to hike the oregon coast trail! miss it always! #pctclassof2017 #pct #thruhiker #hiking #oregon #outdoor #friendsforlife #friendsforever
I choose to live in blissful ignorance. I am often critiqued for this. There was a time in my where I instead, lived in insightful misery, and I was just that, miserable. The backcountry allows me to live blissfully without hate amongst each other, without workplace drama, without whatever you would call our current political nightmare. Choose your words. We are all beautiful human beings so love each other, don’t hate others for things in which they cannot control. #takemebacktothepct . . . . . . . . . #pnwonderland #PCTing #PCTClassof2017 #PCT2017 #pnwlife #WanderlustTravelNurse #HikingCulture #HikingGram #HumansWhoHike #AmericanHiking #AmericanBackpacking #Backpackerscom #BackpackingCulture #backpacking_daily #GetOutside #KeepitWild #SimplyAdventure #WildernessCulture #LifeOutdoors #LifeofAdventure #StayandWander #GoExplore #StayWild #MakeMoments #WhyIHike #washingtonexplored #EpicJourneyContest #glacierpeakwilderness #glacierpeak
pct! crazy moment! thank you jordan! brave! we did the high sierra!!!!!! #highsierras #pct #pctclassof2017 #hiking #outside #bebrave #missit #missitsomuch #nature
"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
I feel certain these mountains are just the jagged edges of torn-up construction paper. Shout out to the clouds for providing some dreamy gradients; great work all around. #tbt #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #washingtonstate #pnw #pnwonderland
"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
The best easter menu includes mashedpotatoes/snickers/tortilla/cinnamonoatmeal/coffee (in my special coffee bottle) and M&M's 😍 31-3-17 I travelled to the USA to start the most amazing/ epic trip of my life. How i celebrate> 4 days of hiking!! 👟🌲⛺ 💚 Proud member of the #pctclassof2017 #throwmeback #hikingfood #intotheforestigotolosemymindandfindmysoul
Only two more days until I see these two lovely people again 💙 Can't wait to reminisce in those good old PCT days with you @blakejhamm and @aubbmarie 🤗 #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #frommexicotocanada #eatsleephikerepeat #hikelikeagirl #traillife #tramily #highsierra #foresterpass #dirtydontcare #smellydontcare #outsideisfree #optoutside
Raise your hand if you are hiking the PCT this year! 🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏽‍♀️ #pacificcresttrailassociation #pcta #hikertrash #pct #thruhiking #pct #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #withguthook ⠀ 📷: @papercups
PCT! On my way from mexico to canada! rivercrossing! high sierra! my beautyful stefanie 'awesome', and always helping like a knight mike 'ice dancer'! great time! our famous quote after the high sierra: we did the high sierra!!! love it! #pctclassof2017 #rivercrossing #nature #outside #livingoutdoors #outdoor #havefun #backtotheroots #missing #thruhike #wanderlust
By leaving the Southern Terminus of the PCT on May 24th, we definitively had a late start and tough conditions temperature-wise during the following 4 weeks until we reached Kennedy Meadows. But we got to experience those endless fields of gold, desert blooms, rattle snakes sunbathing in the middle of the trail, long lunch breaks to wait out the heat and the beauty and harshness of the desert itself - even when its 121 degree fahrenheit. . . #socal #pct #pcta #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #californua #nature #optoutside #outdooradventure #adventure #wagabondtales #vagabonding #trailtales #trail #rausaberrichtig #earthexplorer #gofar #hiking #backpacking #fields #bluesky #naturephotography #thetrek #sky #getoutside #goexplore #picoftheday #instago #pacificcresttrail #keepitwild
"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
The Boy Scout Girls from 2017 PCT are back together again today in Colorado! All the way from Iowa and Germany :) Great to go walking around the lake together this morning, just like old times. . . #soleonthepct #humansofthepct #pctreunion #lakecitycolorado #mybackyard #yesilivehere #lakesancristobal #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #boyscoutgirls #colorado #pacificcresttrail #hikertrash #hikerfamily #gettingout
Big news from @hikingprodigy today! They are going to attempt the Hiking Triple Crown in 2018, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail! See the original post below: Repost from @hikingprodigy "We cry, get dirty, smelly, grungy, caked in mud, polka dotted with bites, tired, sore, hungry, hangry & much more. But we also laugh, smile & find something deeper...whether or not we realize it now or later...so yeah it's worth it. " - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Today is our day of birth, another lap around the sun, another calendar year on this planet, another 12 months of experiences to learn & grow• • • So we've been teasing for some time about an announcement of sorts • • • We are pretty low key but wanted to keep folks informed... • • • To help make it official for us we are here to say we are headed back to the trail! • • • Not just the #PCT ... • • • But the #CDT too... • • • Oh &... • • • The #AT as well... • • • Here it is in mathematical terms...cause we learned in school if it's math, it's real: PCT '18 + CDT '18 + AT '18 = CTC '18 • • • So to put it into English terms, we are hiking : The #PacificCrestTrail , The #ContinentalDivideTrail & the #AppalachianTrail in 2018...which equals the Calendar Year Triple Crown 👑👑👑 • • • Only 5 people have successfully finished this hiking feat with @freeoutside being the last in 2016. We actually met him that year so he got the 🔥started. • • Wait whaaat??? • • • We know you'll have questions so we are setting up our website [check back soon for the link] • • • We will be joined on this hike by the amazing duo @mymountainiswaiting who dubbed us the Prodigy in 2016... it's only fitting we will be hiking 8000 ish miles, & 22 states in a little over 8 months • • • We will post more on what this means with the humansofthepct & the exciting partnerships we are developing with various orgs & companies • • • We want to thank you all for following along last year with #pctclassof2017 & are excited to be part of #pctclassof2018 , #cdtclassof2018 & #atclassof2018 • • Stay tuned & as always, #happytrails • • • #calendaryeartriplecrown #outdoo
6-12 Trail Day 48: miles 652.0-656.04 . . . Finally got some REAL sleep last night! There's was no wind in the hotel room Liter Bit @mycrazyadventurescalledlife and I shared. Imagine that. Headed to Vons for resupply and breakfast - ran into Rainfly who was a phone down. Laundry was the next chore. . . Went for the famous milkshakes in town; Liter Bit and I split a coffee and mint one that was pretty good. We were supposed to eat an extra one for @co_basten but it was toooo much. Hung out in the diner planning the next stretch with @orimoskowitz over endless pasta and salads as our electronics finished charging. . . Went to catch a hitch and it took a while to lure one in, but after a while John, aka Road Angel, picked us up. Super sweet man who regaled us with tales of his late wife who was a wrestler/stunt woman for Disney. Got to the trailhead and a pair of dudes were getting on trail but they had never heard of Guthooks, Halfmile, OR the water report... . . On the way out we ran into @tommycoreyphoto who was coming back into town not feeling well. Noro is slowly taking everyone out - @naturemonsterr @drew_a_blank are definitely down, Harvest is in the worst of it, @therealog_88 is feeling awful... and the rest of us are worried. Liter Bit and I found a little nook by trail to cowboy for the night, and we settled down #dreamingofnotgettingsick . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #lakeisabella #norovirus #womenwhoexplore #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #hikemoreworryless #adventuremore #sleepinthedirt #backpacking #exploreoutdoors #getoutstayout #liveoutside #milkshakes #inkonpaper #postcards #traillife #thruhiking #thruhiker #hikertrash #cowboycamping
"We cry, get dirty, smelly, grungy, caked in mud, polka dotted with bites, tired, sore, hungry, hangry & much more. But we also laugh, smile & find something deeper...whether or not we realize it now or later...so yeah it's worth it. " - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Today is our day of birth, another lap around the sun, another calendar year on this planet, another 12 months of experiences to learn & grow• • • So we've been teasing for some time about an announcement of sorts • • • We are pretty low key but wanted to keep folks informed... • • • To help make it official for us we are here to say we are headed back to the trail! • • • Not just the #PCT ... • • • But the #CDT too... • • • Oh &... • • • The #AT as well... • • • Here it is in mathematical terms...cause we learned in school if it's math, it's real: PCT '18 + CDT '18 + AT '18 = CTC '18 • • • So to put it into English terms, we are hiking : The #PacificCrestTrail , The #ContinentalDivideTrail & the #AppalachianTrail in 2018...which equals the Calendar Year Triple Crown 👑👑👑 • • • Only 5 people have successfully finished this hiking feat with @freeoutside being the last in 2016. We actually met him that year so he got the 🔥started. • • Wait whaaat??? • • • We know you'll have questions so we are setting up our website [check back soon for the link] • • • We will be joined on this hike by the amazing duo @mymountainiswaiting who dubbed us the Prodigy in 2016... it's only fitting we will be hiking 8000 ish miles, & 22 states in a little over 8 months • • • We will post more on what this means with the humansofthepct & the exciting partnerships we are developing with various orgs & companies • • • We want to thank you all for following along last year with #pctclassof2017 & are excited to be part of #pctclassof2018 , #cdtclassof2018 & #atclassof2018 • • Stay tuned & as always, #happytrails • • • #calendaryeartriplecrown #outdoorasian #wanderlust #wander #yolo #pacificcresttrail #humansofny #optoutside #unitedoutside #altrarunning #injinji #nature #photography #hkhiking #roscoeoutdoor #brownpeoplehiking #smile #explore
6-11 Trail Day 47: miles 634.18-652.0 . . . The morning was windy, but not as windy as yesterday. The trail was sandy, but not as sandy as yesterday. The weather was chilly, much colder than yesterday. Got moving late, and ran into the Aussies almost immediately. The way to town was mostly downhill from camp today. . . As I was walking with Happy Feet the trail hit a dirt road that was used for exciting motor vehicles - so plenty of bumps to go up and down over and over. The road was lined with waist high bushes so for lunch we huddled in a bush nook in the sun to warm up. . . Birds were everywhere as we got closer to the highway. Coppertone was set up with donuts just before the road, so we loaded up on sugar, then Liter Bit, @naturemonsterr , @mycrazyadventurescalledlife , @kmv77 , and I went to try out our thumbs. . . A van stuffed with stuff pulled over and the driver said, 'I don't know how, but if you can all fit I'll take all of you into town!' Luckily we were experienced Tetris hikers and we managed to fit all five of us PLUS our backpacks for the 40min drive to Lake Isabella. Went for pizza and loads of beer with @liviajane11 and @therealog_88 with HOCKEY on. Stanley Cup final, game 7 Pens and Preds - excited we happened to be in town for it! #welldigsandIwereexcited #waytooexcited . . . #soleonthepct #pct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #inkonpaper #pittsburghpenguins #stanleycup #hockey #pizzaandbeer #lakeisabella #optoutside #sleepinthedirt #adventuremore #goonanadventure #exploreoutdoors #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #getoutstayout #backpacking #hikertrash #thruhike #thruhiking #tetris #southerncalifornia
6-10 Trail Day 46: miles 612.0-634.18 . . . Today we fought tooth and nail for every inch of our trail. The wind was crazy - enough to knock you over if you weren't braced. Even though it was difficult, it was a little funny watching all of us stumble through the sand all day as if we were drunk. It was cold too. You wanted to be out in the sun, but it was impossible to take a break without wind cover. . . We didn't really wake up this morning since we never really went to sleep. The winds howling all night keep dreams pretty far away. So we started out tired. Trail was mostly uphill sand too, and that's exhausting. Went through Joshua Tree National Park today, so there were lots of spikes and a few cuts. . . Lunch was a break in a grove of thorny leaves with ants that packed a painful punch. @wandering.encounters hung out with Liter Bit and I, and @mycrazyadventurescalledlife stopped by for a bit. After lunch we found the best water cache on trail, complete with solar chargers, sewing kits, medical supplies, anything you might need to borrow in a pinch. . . We decided to go further because there was no wind cover to set up tents. Further being up a really difficult hill. Saw Rainfly on the way up just before he lost his tent. With the wind I had a hard time paying attention to how hard I was pushing myself and I overloaded my heart a bit - Liter Bit helped me set up my tent #inappropriatesinustachycardia #fastheartbeat #medicalzebra . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct #pctclassof2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #adventure #adventuremore #exploreoutdoors #backpacking #getoutstayout #gettingout #goplaces #hikertrash #thruhiker #thruhiking #inkonpaper #sketchfromlife #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #sandy #windy #wanderlust #womenwhoexplore #womenwhobackpack #womenwhohike #traillife #trailmagic #watercache
6-9 Trail Day 45: miles 592.9-612.0 . . . Today had lots of water breaks on trail, every two miles or so. 600 miles was in a bit of a weird spot on a winding uphill dirt road. I spent the water breaks with different people - 602 with the Aussies @liviajane11 @therealog_88 , 604 with Cous Cous Balls @orimoskowitz , 607 with Liter Bit, Nature Monster, Counselor, Ready @wandering.encounters , Picky @flowerpower8888 , and the Aussies again. . . 607 was a beautiful little spot for lunch by a cold creek. Creek laundry was done, and very very brief showers. Learned a lot about hookworms from @naturemonsterr and continued on our way. Almost immediately ran into Santa's Helper with Gatorade, pastries, and general sugary snacks. Got the update on the water caches ahead, and headed for camp. . . We've been in Sequoia National Park all day today, tomorrow we return to desert. Tonight is a girls night - Liter Bit and I helped Nature Monster through her first girls only night. Wind started up and got bad all night long #windistheenemyofsleep #wishthereweremorebushes . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #pctclassof2017 #pctig #trekthepct #backpacking #liveoutdoors #hikertrash #exploreoutdoors #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #sequoianationalpark #sequoia #600miles #thruhiking #thruhiker #humansofthepct #inkonpaper #trailart #sketchoutside #adventure #sleepinthedirt #backpacking #getoutstayout
"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
6-8 Trail Day 44: miles 573.3-592.9 . . . Slept in till 7 today. Water was 10 miles away with a slight uphill, but the wind was cool and the sun hid behind clouds more often than not so it was pleasant. Lots of shade this morning, but the afternoon was an unexpected and exposed burn area. . . Saw many hikers at the spring; the Asshole Crew was there, and @orimoskowitz , @liviajane11 , and @therealog_88 came around after a bit. Went to meet up with Liter Bit for lunch at 588 but somehow we missed each other. @mycrazyadventurescalledlife and I hiked together a bit, and took a break looking over a wind farm while I sketched. The two of us rolled into camp early and hung out as I patched up my dress from a branch attack. . . Camp was super duper full this night - @tommycoreyphoto , @cakemess , @naturemonsterr , @misterfletcher , @troyduvall , and a few others camped in the lower area down trail where Twerk hosted a stretch circle. @wandering.encounters , @flowerpower8888 , Mountain Goat, Ori, Liv, Dyl, Happy Feet, and Liter Bit and I were in a grove of trees a bit up the hill. . . Overall the day felt very gold from all the tall yellow grasses. Stretch circle with music was great, but this was also the beginning of the noro virus epidemic #thatwasterrifying #someofusalmostdied #dontshareanything . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct #pctclassof2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #norovirus #windfarm #windturbines #adventuremore #adventure #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #inkonpaper #traillife #hikertrash #thruhiking #thruhiker #backpacking #getoutstayout #exploreoutdoors #optoutside #sleepinthedirt #liveoutside
After such an emotionally and physically transformative journey, it’s too easy to feel like some part of me was left out there, somewhere up in the mountains. In fact, the opposite is true. The experience is all right here, with me. #pct2017 #pctclassof2017
"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
6-7 Trail Day 43: miles 566.4-573.3 . . . Woke up early today and found our way in to the hotel breakfast a third time. While waiting to get back to trail we decided to go for a walk around town and found a very green field with trees next to a park. After a while it started getting crowded though, and when the kids' party came with cake and ice cream they weren't gonna be sharing we headed back to the German Bakery. . . Liter Bit and I split some pastries and we started calling trail angels to see if we could get a ride back to trail. After at least an hour of trying @liviajane11 found Roger... who seemed a bit on the crazy but nice side. . . Holy. Shit. I've never squeezed a Chihuahua that hard before. Or been that terrified in a car before. How we managed to make it to the trailhead in one piece I'll never know. I think I may have also cut off circulation in @therealog_88 's arm, but not sure if he even noticed considering the death defying stunts we were surviving through. . . Once at trail it was up up up (all the way to Canada). Most of the hikers we knew were hiking with us. Liter Bit and I raced the sunset to the top and caught some beautiful colors behind the wind turbine silhouettes. The almost-full moon came out and we went looking for some wind cover. . . There wasn't much except every now and then a grove of bushes, by this time mostly full of hikers already. Found @mycrazyadventurescalledlife with a group that had some extra room so we settled down to cowboy #bushestotherescueagain #bushesarefriends #whatwouldwedowithoutthem . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #windfarm #windturbines #sunsets #sunset #sunsetsofinstagram #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #adventuremore #adventure #exploreoutdoors #sleepinthedirt #optoutside #optoutdoors #backpacking #thruhiker #thruhike #thruhiking #hikertrash #park #nearlydied #tehachapi #liveoutdoors #humansofthepct #dramaticsky #inkonpaper #artistontrail
6-6 Trail Day 42: mile 566.4 Tehachapie Zero II . . . Biiiiiiig breakfast again today - packing on the calories for later. Played some Uno in the room before packing up and clearing out. Took some masterful Tetris skills to get resupply packages to close. Got a ride to the Post Office then stopped by subway for Liter Bit's cravings. . . Then...crisis hit. Do we leave today or wait another day to leave with the trail fam? Made the decision to stay but didn't want to fork over more money for another room. Next door was a church so we asked if we could set up in the back. . . Bought some juice and funny glasses from a kids' stand, then Liter Bit and I wanted some girl time so we headed to the brewery for some beer and battleship. Realized we were hungry so we raced the clock to hit up Burger King before closing time. . . We cowboyed in a dark section of the backyard - wanted to set up in the beautiful grassy area, but there was a light right above it. Thaaaaank goodness we didn't because mid-sleep the sprinkler system went off #thebushessavedus #whatwouldwedowithoutthem #beveryverywet . . . #soleonthepct #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #tehachapi #resupply #church #generosity #spyglasses #adventuremore #adventure #traillife #hikertrash #battleship #beers #battleshipandbeer
"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
6-5 Trail Day 41: mile 566.4 Tehachapie Zero . . . Had a big breakfast at the hotel with just about every other hiker in town, and a car chase was on the news. Had to say bye to @co_basten today. Leah drove @kalynmacdonald , Laundry Mat, and @dtucker_hikes to slack pack then we hit up the post office and library. Tried to figure out resupply options but it was too much of a headache and we missed Co, so we joined @liviajane11 and @therealog_88 at the hot tub/pool instead. . . Found out a lot of people we started with from Scout and Frodo's have gotten off trail already. Hung around for a bit with all the hikers at the hotel - everyone had an open door policy. Packs, shoes, laundry waiting to be done, all of that stank too bad to close the doors. Plus, we're all used to outdoors, and walls feel like they close us in too much now. Later we went to sushi with the Aussies and Taylor and the Swiss @taylormichaelallee @paede_g @middle_of_nowhere_pct @schneeebi. . . Hockey was on; Pens and Preds are tied 2-2 in the series now. Tried to go to the brewery after the game but couldn't get around the railroad tracks. Soooo ended the night with the Jew Crew joining us for beers in the room. Sleeping a lot of hikers in the room tonight - no floor space left #floorislava #easymode . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #tehachapi #taylorandtheswiss #packing #resupply #sushi #hockey #beer #hottub #hikersofinstagram #hikertrash #hikerfamily #humansofthepct #pcthikers #zeroday #hikingart #inkonpaper #adventure #adventuremore
Day 144! On my way from mexico to canada! mirrow lake in washington! typical evening, to set our tents, making campfire, thinking about canada! stefania 'awesome' did this amazing video! i like it, with anne and unicorn from france, and the end of the day we celebrate the birthday of mike ' ice dancer' with a candle and sweets and birthday songs, from france, italy and germany! mike sad to me: please, don't tell its my birthday day! what? i told this nice fact every hiker and so we had a nice trail angel birthday party at snowqualmie pass!!!! #snowqualmiepass #pctclassof2017 #outdoor #tent #birthday #thruhiking #washington #mirrowlake #livingoutdoors #friendsforever
The mountains of Washington were often veiled in a tumult of clouds, concealing and revealing their majesty by turns, teasing us with views of the peaks we’d soon summit. It felt like a magic place, easy to imagine a conjurer in the next valley sending up plumes of smoke from her latest spell gone awry. My memories of putting wet socks onto numb feet have tempered with time, but the memory of the beauty of these places continues to fill my heart and head with wild hopes and daydreams. #pct2017 #pctclassof2017
"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
6-4 Trail Day 40: miles 549.71-566.4 . . . We thought about getting up early - really, we did - but slept in an extra 1/2 hour and got going at 5:30 instead. Overall trail was pretty kind and gentle with us, only had a few sandy uphills. Weather was beautiful too, warm but with a cool breeze and plenty of shade patches to pause in. Did the first 8 miles quick leapfrogging with Outlaw, then we ran into Legend at Willow, right after a beautiful stream. . . One HUGE pancake later, Legend offered to slack pack for us two. So as for Outlaw and myself, our morning ended with a pleasant stroll through another wind farm. I don't know if you've ever played Flower before? It was like living in that game. . . Legend took us in to Tehachapie and we met up with everyone else for lunch at the German Bakery. Delicious bagel sandwiches! Got a room at a popular hiker hotel with @co_basten , @orimoskowitz , Leah, and @dtucker_hikes. Went to see our resupply options and end up at a Thai place. . . Here Leah got her hiker name - three times now she had accidentally carried an extra liter of water at the bottom of her pack, only to find it days later. 2.5 lbs of extra weight! So we dubbed her Liter Bit - for her liter bit too much water. . . Had some beers in the room to say goodbye to Co for the week; she leaves for a Germany visit in the morning. She'll rejoin us at 700 miles! Liter Bit and I will have to find some way to survive without her... #willwemakeit #whoknows #veryquestionable . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #pctig #tehachapi #thaihachapi #windfarm #windturbines #flowergame #thatgamecompany #adventuremore #adventure #optoutside #optoutdoors #sleepinthedirt #inkonpaper #hikingart #backpacking #slackpack #exploreoutdoors #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #butterfly #butterflychasing
"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
6-3 Trail Day 39: miles 534.94-549.71 . . . Today's theme was the Mojave Green. Saw two of those dangerous rattlesnakes today - one pissed off baby and one HUGE calm dude. . . Woke up in a forest of wind turbines with sun on our faces. Only 6:30am and it was already hot, and there was a severe lack of sleep going around. 7 miles to the next water, and they were all uphill - through the wind farm. I stopped briefly under a very small bush for some shade then met up with everyone under the only tree that existed for ten miles. . . Needless to say, that tree shade filled up fast with hikers exhausted from the night before. I was in the middle of laundry when the Audiobookers started showing up. Everyone crashed, hard, and slept till the sun started going back down. . . We all got going at the same time, and somehow the trail kept going up up up. Every time you thought you could see the top, another few hundred feet appeared to climb. Saw a few more snakes, and went through a 2 mile section of switchbacks where everyone was within coo-ie distance. . . At the end of the night we came across some fantastic trail magic - fruit, cookies, juice, water, the works. Couldn't have come at a better time. Went on just a bit to the next sandy spot to make camp in the dark. #moonlightissuperbrightontrail #sandiscomfy . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pacificcresttrail #pctclassof2017 #thruhiker #thruhiking #hikerttrash #trailmagic #backpacking #adventuremore #adventure #exploreoutdoors #exploremore #optoutside #optoutdoors #sleepinthedirt #windturbines #windfarm #mojavegreen #rattlesnake #naptime #inkonpaper #hikingart #trekthepct #pctig #liveoutdoors #manzanawindproject
They wanted me to ski for the down hill team but I wore baggy pants and blew steam! 🚂💨❄️ #jerryoftheday . . . . . . . . . . . . . #knuckles #speed #jerryoftheday #skiing #freeskiing #skifastthisisntvail #jibassic #boreal #norcal #sushi #castlepeak #pctclassof2017
"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
did it! pct foreverandever! thanks maletante! #pctclassof2017 #hiking #tattoos #lovenature
6-2 Trail Day 38: miles 510.9-534.94 . . . Once the moon was gone last night the stars were bright. Lots of shooting star wishes. We all woke up pretty early but didn't actually get up till it warmed up with the sun around 7:30. Perhaps that was a mistake though because then it was hoooooot. . . Lots of P.U.D.s (Pointless Up and Downs) this morning. More bright gold grassy hills on the way to Hikertown. Took one look at Hikertown and lost all interest in going in. Apparently we made the right choice according to other hikers. Got a hitch into the C-store where we ran into Taylor and the Swiss and the Jew Crew who were staying in town to watch the soccer championship tomorrow. . . Went to check out Wee Ville Market since we were sticking around all day. They made me a special Philly cheese steak sandwich with two over easy eggs on it. Soooooo good. Hung out with many hikers including @mycrazyadventurescalledlife , Outlaw, @kmv77 , and @kalynmacdonald. The Aussies came in around 7, just when we were leaving on one of our more terrifying hitches. . . It was a lazy day full of food, but we were gearing up for 17 night miles on the LA Aqueduct. It was super hot all day so we didn't get started until sunset. 6 miles flew by - easy moonlit walking playing Never Have I Ever, Would You Rather, Two Truths and a Lie and naming star constellations. Everyone was wearing glowsticks from the Wee Ville Market owner (who was super sweet to us hikers). . . We did leapfrogging with the 'Glow worms' and 'Audiobookers' all night. We accidentally walked through some cacti thinking it was trail. Then there was a scare with a pack of coyotes and a really, really creepy abandoned trailer park. Had 1st dinner around midnight and 2nd with one mile left. That was a looooong mile. Finally got to the water source around 2am; I was hurting a lot. And I've already finished all my fruit snacks for this section... #sadface #whendowegettothenextresupply #arewethereyet . . . #soleonthepct #pct2017 #pct17 #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #pctig #trekthepct #wanderlust #explore #adventure #adventuremore #hikertrash #thruhiking #sleepinthedirt #laaqueduct #nighthiking #socal #optoutside #outdoor
Facecake morning with Comma, Furball, Naked Ninja, Airplane Mode, and Dr. Zoom #pctclassof2017 @gkolr
"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
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