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"It's been a journey but it always continues...I'm moving to Alaska after this." - Backtrack ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Backtrack from #SanDiego , who was living in Seattle but decided it was time to hike the PCT. We met him while fixing some major washed out sections of trail in the Blue Cut Fire • • • He'll then be uprooting and going all the way to AK! • • • It's always a pleasure to meet thru hikers and especially SOBO folks as their journeys are again very different than NOBO folks. • • • Backtrack was happy to be on the PCT, looking forward to get to San Diego, sad to leave Seattle in a sense but excited for Alaska • • • He'd seen very few people but wouldn't have changed his hike for anything. Thanks for stopping yo chat and best of luck on the next adventure • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #SOBO #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #hikerhunger
PCT! Day 104! Forester Pass! So incredible! with mike and stefania! amazing feelings and so proud to made it after my pinky gang! i miss it! #foresterpass #pctclassof2017 #bestmomever #beatmomentsever #adventuretravel #adventureofmylife #pctthruhike
What do you miss most about your thru-hike?⠀ ____________⠀ "It's a weird feeling being back home in Arkansas. I miss the trail so much." #rei1440project #myamadventure #pacificcresttrailassociation #pcta #hikertrash #pct #thruhiking #pct #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #withguthook 📷: @papercups
"I'll show you a catnap." - Manzanita aka Trail Bait aka Trail Kitty aka Number One ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • That's all folks • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● • • • • • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #heygirlhey #optoutside #cats #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #kitten #pctdays
PCT! Day 103 on my way from mexico to canada! mt. whitney! i made it. fucking awesome! #awesome #amazingday #madeit #bestdayofmylife #pct #pctclassof2017
"Yay I get to backtrack and hike back down the Devils Slide Trail...yay..." - Hat ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Hat from #SanFrancisco by way of #Georgia • • • We met Hat as he came by out basecamp in the Mountain Fire Closure. Unfortunately we had to tell him no one was allowed in the area as the #PCT has been closed for repairs due to the Mountain Fire • • • The map he'd looked at made it seem like it was open but we had to inform him the trail would be closed for a while. • • • It was getting dark and he'd hiked UP Devils Slide thinking he'd been making great time, which he was. Alas as a trail crew working on repairs to a heavily damaged Section of trail we had to turn him around • • • He was bummed but still in good spirits as we chatted about his SOBO journey. He was the first official SOBO hiker we'd run into all season! It is definitely a different experience than NOBO • • • Remember, especially you PCT 2018 folks the Mountain Fire Closure is still in effect, but 2 more miles have opened. Please stay out of fire closures as the trail has not been deemed safe for hikers or stock • • • Follow Hat on his adventures @mommysbigboy • • • Be safe and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #southbound #shortshorts
We’d traversed the Knife’s Edge in the Goat Rocks Wilderness through a dense bank of fog the afternoon before, and cooked dinner in our tents to get out of the windy, wet weather. The next morning, we woke up to this clear, crisp sunrise. It was a particularly still, warm day, and we were excited to hike a short seven miles to our resupply at White Pass, though we had no idea we’d be winding up in a hotel in downtown Seattle that night. Every day was a balance between ensuring we could meet our most basic needs, and putting ourselves completely at the mercy of the landscape, the weather, and the goodwill of strangers. I miss this whole experience so much but I also feel extremely lucky to have gotten to do this crazy thing in the first place. I’m doing my best to hold all these lessons close to my heart.
"We've lived in LA for a few years but miss the mountains. It's a city sure but you can drive outside of the city to escape." Jon and Santa ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Coming down the trail after scouting the Mountain Fire damage on the PCT, we had a chance encounter with two hikers who'd just finished hiking up and down Mt. San Jacinto. • • • Jon and Santa from #France and #Italy have worked in the fashion industry for some time. They've lived around the world and LA had been home base for a few years • • • They'd never been to San Bernadino National Forest and wanted to hike up one of the tallest Peaks in Southern California. • • • People have this image of Southern California and LA being just one massive paved and developed area...but if you are willing to drive a little out of the way you can escape into mountains, forests, deserts, lakes and rivers. • • • We got to talking about how social media plays a role in today's culture and they encouraged us to look into becoming a brand ambassador for gear companies Given our background working outdoors and passion for teaching others about it....we are definitely interested 😊 • • • They want to travel and get to experience more parks, forests and natural areas in California and across the country! We are all for it! • • • Glad to see folks getting outside, exploring and visiting our natural spaces and supporting our public lands • • • Be sure to follow their adventures @santavb @jon.agostini • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #style #fashion #unitedoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #wandress #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking
#throwbackthursday to one of my favorite days on the #pacificcresttrail . The Marble Mountain Wilderness of northern California stole my heart. . . . #backpacking #hiking #pct #pacificcresttrail #thruhike #nature #optoutside #getoutside #hiker #pctclassof2017 #classof2017pct #pct2017 #trekthepct
"My friend built this trail when he was a younger and it's still there." - Brad ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • While working on the Fobes Trail (PCT alternate) we met Brad and his #pup Lily. • • • Brad told us how one of his old friends helped build the PCT in this area back in the 60s and 70s before it became the full PCT. Pretty amazing work. • • • Brad has lived in that area for most of his life and he found Lily a few years back and gave her a home. They go everywhere together now. She's a little bundle of energy when she gets out of the car. • • • Brad told our crew about the history of the Fobes Ranch area and the PCT in that area. Also there is a particular piece of history that folks may know if they have heard of Fobes Ranch that has played a part in shaping our culture...we'll let you look it up for fun. • • • Happy to have put some work in to finish the water damaged sections of trail and that 2 more miles have opened on the #PCT for this years class. • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #dogsofinsta #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
9/9 of #realbestnine2017 On the trail, everyone was the same. There was no make-up, no fancy clothes, everyone was unemployed and homeless. It didn't matter where you came from or which language you spoke. Everyone was just there to walk. What I miss most about the trail aren't the sunrises and sunsets, the majestic mountain views, the sun on my face after a cold morning, the brisk air in my messy hair, the ice cold mountain lakes, the adrenaline pumping through my venes while I'm crossing a crazy river on a slippery log or climb up a steep snowy slope with my microspikes, lying in the sand and watching the stars twinkle in the sky, eating massive amounts of junk food and still loosing weight. No, what I miss the most, is to be myself, the real me and just me. Thank you PCT for showing me so much love. You're forever in my 💙 #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #traillife #traillove #pctstories #hikelikeagirl #beyourself #behappy #befree #dirtydontcare #smellydontcare #outsideisfree #optoutside #hikertrash #hikersofinstagram #hikefast #hikefar #womenwhohike #womenofthepct #outdoors #mexicotocanada #winteriscoming
8/9 of #realbestnine2017 I'm getting close to the end of my #realbestnine of the PCT and I was also getting close to the end of the trail. It was a special moment, reading «Canadian border» for the first time on a sign. 35 miles to go. It took me 103 days to get to this point and now I was so damn close. I knew I would touch the monument at the Northern terminus the next day. I knew I would not have to walk all day every day anymore. I knew I would make it. Really make it, walking from Mexico to Canada. And that was awesome. #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #pctstories #traillife #traillove #mexicotocanada #winteriscoming #canadaiscalling #northcascades #washington #outsideisfree #optoutside #hikelikeagirl #womenwhohike
7/9 of #realbestnine2017 The bridge of gods. Since I read “Wild“, which was the reason for me to be on the trail in the first place, I was longing to get there. To set foot on that structure, to cross the Columbia river and walk over into Washington, the last state. The moment I crossed that bridge, I knew I would make it. I knew nothing could stop me from getting to Canada. I was early enough to beat the snow and I was tough enough to just fly through those last 500-something miles. What I didn't knew was, how hard those last miles would be mentally, how much I would reminisce about the last three months, how sad I would become the closer I got to the border and the end of the trail. I was so happy in that moment and in the days until I walked into Canada, and so sad as well. PCT, I love you. #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #proudtobehikertrash #pctstories #realbestnine #hikelikeagirl #mexicotocanada #winteriscoming #canadaiscalling #hikersofinstagram #womenwhohike #washington #hikefast #hikefar #hikertrash #optoutside #outsideisfree
No sign is going to tell me what to do. 📷: @aramblingunicorn
6/9 of #realbestnine2017 I only took this picture to send it to @annscholty who just LOVES timtams. I was so proud to have found some on the trail. It only took me about 1300 miles of walking. What made this day and the couple of days before and after so good was @jern.v , my mini trail family at this point, who took the picture. He was my first #tramily since the Sierra and even though we only spent five days together, he is a close friend ever since. This is what makes the PCT so special, the connections with other people. I wish I had a picture of us together on the trail! #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #pctstories #hikelikeagirl #timtam #outsideisfree #hikertrash #hikersofinstagram #beldenrave #belden #northerncalifornia #womenofthepct #womenwhohike
5/9 of #realbestnine2017 This is one of the pictures I took on the trail never thinking I would end up sharing it. I just wanted to remind myself of this moment. This is not one of my best nine PCT moments but more my best moment each single day. Coffee break - the best part of the day! I started this habit somewhere in Northern California when I realised that walking from 5.30 am to 8 pm nonstop would not bring me to Canada but rather off-trail. So I started taking a 1-hour-break to make coffee and to blog each morning, after I had walked for about three hours/10 miles. It was pure bliss and every morning, when my alarm woke me before dawn, I was looking forward to that coffee. #pct #pctclassof2017 #pctstories #trekking #trekthepct #hikelikeagirl #hikefast #hikefar #mexicotocanada #optoutside #outsideisfree
"It's hard to beat these views, though the hike is a little tougher some days...it's still worth it." - Lorain ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Upon hiking up to Tahquitz Peak in Idyllwild on our way to work on the #PCT Mountain Fire Closure we stopped to check out the Look Out Tower. • • • As someone whose worked as a wildland firefighter and on trail crews for years you have to appreciate the jobs look outs do • • • Sure it can be a little lonely but the views, the setting, the surroundings are hard to beat. We caught Donner and Lorain as they were switching out look out duties for the day. • • • It was fun to chat with them and get their takes on why they volunteer (yup this Lookout tower is a volunteer position) and hear some of their stories on their experiences up there. • • • They have to hike up and down each time they go up there and they've both have volunteered for some years. Both live on the eastern side of the mountains and both had actually never run into the other until that day during shift changes • • • You get the best views, take measurements for fire weather and get to interact with folks who hike up there. • • • Thank you for your service up there and #happytrails • • • Check it out if you ever want to #volunteer ! • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #nature #photography #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #idyllwild #firelookout
4/9 of #realbestnine2017 This is on top of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states. We had just entered the Sierra and from the top, we could see what lied ahead of us: a lot of snow, mountains and epic views. I had gotten up at 2am to climb Mt. Whitney before the masses. With my headlamp leading the way, I had climbed up and up, surrounded by mountain faces that glittered in the starlight. Suddenly, “Trailblazer“ overtook me and my competiveness kicked in, I wanted to beat him to the top. My pace was fast, I was breathing hard and the higher I got, the worse my headache got. In the valley below me, I saw hundreds of headlamps, working their way up the mountain. When the sun rose, I slowed down and chucked some water. I didn't catch up to Trailblazer, but when I reached the summit, adrenaline and pure happiness pulsed through my venes. For the first hour or so, the summit was in the hands of PCT thru hikers. My Sierra crew @aubbmarie and @blakejhamm were there, we all sat together, laughed, ate snacks, just enjoyed the moment. I was so excited, what the Sierra would bring us, which adventures she would have in stock for us! #pct #pctclassof2017 #pctstories #trekthepct #mexicotocanada #mountwhitney #peakbagging #mountainlovers #mountainlife #sierranevada #sierra #hikertrash #hikersofinstagram #hikelikeagirl #womenwhohike #womenofthepct #optoutside #outsideisfree #nofilter
3/9 of #realbestnine2017 I took this picture two nights before I reached Kennedy Meadows and the end of the desert. I had lost my trail family a few days before in Tehachapi and had been lonely and crying just a few moments ago. I had set up my cowboy camp and was about to cook Ramen noodles for dinner. I was all alone and looked at the horizon. Even though I was pretty fed up with the desert - its heat, bugs, waterless stretches, switchbacks, sand, pain - I was still amazed by the sheer vastness of it. And suddenly I knew it deep down in my heart: That I was never really alone because the trail connects everything and everyone who ever sets foot on it. It enraptures you, forever. And no, I was not as crazy tanned as it looks on the picture. That's dirt. #pct #pctclassof2017 #pctstories #traillife #traillove #trekthepct #mexicotocanada #desertlover #california #neveralone #trailcommunity #hikelikeagirl #hikertrash #dirtydontcare #smellydontcare #optoutside #outsideisfree #nature #freedom
Sometime I wondered whether it was worth hiking the #Pct with a ball head/tripod. Ultimately, I sent it home halfway through my section. That said, for the high Sierra, it was unquestionably valuable. Pictured: panoramic alpine views as we approached Forester Pass. July, 2017. #blackandwhiteisworththefight #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #anseladams #landscapephotography #landscapelover #landscape_captures #landscapes #landscape_photography #landscape_lovers #landscapecaptures #landscapeporn #getlost #landscapephotomag #trapping_tones #splendid_earth #agameoftones #optoutside #discoverearth #exploretheglobe #nakedplanet #places_wow #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #natgeo #panorama
2/9 of #realbestnine2017 Together with @wildandfreeshaun , @xanderhoss and @brett_troeger I left Agua Dulce in the evening of a hot June day, after a massive spaghetti feast (non of us finished his/her plate). We had outwaited the heat of the day - it was during the crazy heat wave - in Hiker Heaven which literally deserves this name. Rested and motivated, we started to night hike 24 miles to Casa de Luna. The night was like all the desert nights, clear, mild and so so beautiful. No bugs, just millions of stars above us. It happened to be my birthday night so right at midnight, the boys presented me with a chocolate birthday cake and a birthday balloon they had carried up the hill for me. We listened to Lord Huron, had the worst coffee (thanks Brett!)and the best cake of my life, lied on our backs in the sand and watched the stars. And when I blew out my little candle, I had just one wish: to have the most amazing journey all the way to Canada! I guess it became true! #pct #pctclassof2017 #realbestnine #trekthepct #pctstories #optoutside #hikelikeagirl #womenwhohike #outsideisfree #desertlover #trailfamily #traillife #hikertrash #friendsforlife #mexicotocanada #nature #california
"It's good to get out of the city, away from it all...just get out and find a nice camp spot in the mountains for a few days." - Ryan ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We've still got a bunch of #pct2017 posts we need to upload so here goes. • • • Meet Tony and Ryan, we were working up on Fuller Ridge and came down the mountain to go check out the #PCT Alternate at Fobes when we saw them on the road and thumbs out • • • We offered a ride, anyone whose hiked the PCT should give a ride for all the hitches your receive, pay it forward. • • • Their friends car battery died in Black Mountain so they offered to walk and try to get a ride go Idyllwild to get a battery charger. • • • We took them to Idyllwild and got to learn a little more about them. • • • They hail from Southern California and love to get away from the cities go escape into the mountains...we totally agree. • • • It's refreshing to meet folks who think about the same things and find enjoyment and revitalization in the mountains and forests. We hope everyone can appreciate the natural world we have and to help protect it moving forward •• • • You can follow their adventures @god_smokes_crack and @toneloke741 • • • #Happytrails • • • #pctclassof2017 #pacificcresttrail #wanderlust #giveback #latergram
@j_helmkamp has started this new thing, #realbestnine of PCT pics. One picture a day, along with a description, for nine days straight. As you know, I love to reminisce about the good old PCT days so I'm in. I will only post pictures you haven't seen before, so here I go: 1/9: After 26 long and hot miles in the Californian desert, my trail family consisting of the Caboose brothers, Papa Bear, Wheels and Roach, finally made it to McDonald's at Cajun Pass, just in time for dinner. I've never been happier to see the golden M at the horizon and fast food never tasted better than here. It was also the first time, I felt comfortable in my trashy hiker appearance, not caring about being dirty and smelly. Having a good meal with the best friends is all you need to be ridiculously happy! #realbestnine2017 #pct #pctclassof2017 #trekthepct #mexicotocanada #tbt #traillife #hikertrash #hikelikeagirl #trekking #optoutside #outsideisfree #trailfamily
2017, you were good to me. I wish I could relive this year. I wish I could press rewind, but unfortunately that isn’t how life works. I walked from Mexico to Canada; hundreds of miles in snow; through streams up to my chest; through the desert heat; I met some of the most amazing people; I learned a lot about myself; life has never been as clear and as confusing as it is now. Here’s to more adventures, more miles, and more mountains in 2018! Happy New Year ya’ll! . . . . . . #pnwonderland #PCTing #PCTClassof2017 #PCT2017 #pnwlife #MYamAdventure #WanderlustTravelNurse #HikingCulture #HikingGram #HikingHumans #AmericanHiking #AmericanBackpacking #Backpackerscom #BackpackingCulture #backpacking_daily #GetOutside #KeepitWild #SimplyAdventure #WildernessCulture #LifeOutdoors #LifeofAdventure #StayandWander #GoExplore #StayWild #MakeMoments #WhyIHike #goodbye2017 #TrekthePCT #hello2018 #bestnine2017
Is it the most flattering picture...probably not. But it's pretty badass. 2017 was yet another transformative year in which I became more myself. I reflect over how much I have changed over the past couple of years and almost don't recognize myself, but in the best way. The past year, I learned just how self sufficient I can be, but also how much I truly value and need positive relationships in my life. The past year, I learned to not beat myself up over choices I believed were failures; they are not failures, they are lessons. The past year, I learned how great it is to be transparent with others about who I am: about my faith, about my feelings, and about my expectations. Cheers to the New Year, may it be filled with so much more faith, and feelings, and expectations. ✌🏽💛
One of the best days in 2017. Looking down on @pcthike17 as she nears the top of Mather pass.
7:25 p.m. This is the last picture I took on my favorite day of 2017, June 7, at Bullfrog Lake. About a half hour later, @danremade and I were setting up camp. Exhausted, we both sat in mere silence, and ate what little food we had left, leaving a little for breakfast. We had set ourselves up nicely to be over Kearsarge Pass and down to Onion valley by mid morning, to hitch into Bishop for a couple days off, and a good resupply. On this day, we overshot our goals, hiking through some of the most beautiful terrain in North America. We left Crabtree Meadows at 12:30 a.m. Forded the raging Tyndall Creek before sunrise. Hiked across The Bighorn Plateau. Got up and over Forester Pass. Down Forester, and then back up to Bullfrog Lake, just below Kearsarge Pass. It was a good 17 hours of snowfields, creeks and high passes. What a fucking day! I feel so blessed and fortunate to have experienced a such a day, with such excellent company! Thanks to all for following, for the support and kind words, and everything else! I hope some of these posts have inspired a few to go and checkout some of these beautiful public lands we have been blessed with here in America. Happy New Year. ✌️ • • • #kingscanyonnationalpark #sierra #sierranevada #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct #fun #rei #optoutside #thetrek #trekthepct #getoutside #hiking #trekking #hikingadventures #america #rei #optoutside #unitedoutside #findyourpark #california #beautiful #bestday2017 #blessings #keepitpublic #rei1440project #nps #nationalpark #neverstop #nevergiveup #pctig #pctclassof2017
Standing alone, captured, awe-struck, by the high granite peaks of the Sierra, and the absolute, unrelenting splendor and beauty surrounding me, on my favorite day of 2017. • • • #kingscanyonnationalpark #sierra #sierranevada #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct #thetrek #jmt #trekthepct #rei #optoutside #unitedoutside #trekking #hiking #hikingadventures #fun #yeah #breathtakingviews #beautiful #findyourpark #nps #neverstopdreaming #neverstopexploring #adventuretravel #2017 #pctclassof2017
10:38 a.m. We made it to the top of Forester Pass, 13,153’ unscathed, on my favorite day of 2017. And, “Where the hell is Marty?” And, “It’s all down hill to Canada from here.” (So cliche...Your not clever) • • • #foresterpass #sequoianationalpark #kingscanyonnationalpark #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #trekthepct #thetrek #pctig #pct #fun #hiking #trekking #hikingadventures #california #californiaadventure #nevergiveup #rei #nps #beautiful #sierra #sierranevada #mountains #jmt #bestdayof2017 #optoutside #unitedoutside #findyourpark #neverstopexploring #adventuretravel #pctclassof2017
"Whaaaaat... about to geek out! Where's my camera?! I just found a salamander! Yup totally just did." - The Prodigy (seriously geeked out) ♢#humansofthepct ♢ ° • • One more little post of the wildlife we encountered while working on the #PCT this past summer. • • • And yes that was totes our reaction when we lifted up some dead and downed wood to use for rehabilitation of a damaged Section of trail. • • • We noticed some discoloration on the wood and then saw it wasn't wood at all. It was a tiny salamander who'd hidden in it as it was holding moisture in a very dry hill side • • • This was during our new trail construction on the Sierra Buttes Realignment so we geeked out even more • • • Happy to have snapped a few photos of this beaut and then we showed one of the volunteers who hadn't seen one before so that made his morning. • • • Afterward we covered the area up again so that the salamander could rest and go back to doing what salamanders do in dead, down and moist wood. • • • And no we did not pick it up. It has a protective coating on its skin so please try not to handle them in the wild unless you are a working with them or researching them • • • And yes we've picked up many a lizard this year but we do our best to handle with care and after some photos let them loose quickly. Try to follow leave no trace principles #outdoors , cheers • • • #Happytrails • • • #salamandersaturday #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #planetearth #optoutside #nerd #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #biology #backpacking #explorer #natgeo #discover
"Yeah the rain seems to come at us at every angle like in that one scene in Forrest Gump" - The C's ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met this group of CCC, @californiaconservationcorps up at Black Mountain after the finish if our hitch in September • • • They are from Region II, San Bernadino and had been working on the #PCT at Strawberry Junction for the whole season • • • They all had been with the C's for a various amount if time, some just for the summer while the supervisor has been a C for 5 plus years • • • It's fun to run into other trail crews and hear about their work and to just get some trail beta • • • They were hit pretty good with the rain and thunder that we'd gotten as well don't was nice the sun was out and everyone was dry...plus it was the last day of our hitches • • • Thanks for the #hardwork ya'll and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #giveback #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #diversity #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #conservation #conservstioncorps #beards
I miss this! The endless landscapes, seeing nature in every direction. Living in the mountains under the sky, in the desert heat with sore feet and hiker hunger. What an adventure. Freedom 💜 #friluftsvegan #postpctlife #pctclassof2017 #pct #hiking #hike #vandra #vandring #adventure
9:09 a.m. My favorite day of 2017; we have arrived, looking up at Forester Pass, ready to ascend to what is the highest elevation on the Pacific Crest Trail, at 13,153’, on what is a record snow year. I know I wasn’t the only one thinking, “Oh shit,” at this moment.. • • • #sequoianationalpark #foresterpass #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct #fun #thetrek #trekthepct #pctig #findyourpark #california #californiaadventure #rei #optoutside #unitedoutside #sierra #sierranevada #beautiful #hiking #hikingadventures #trekking #mountains #snow #ohshit #bestdayof2017 #favoritedayoftheyear #adventuretravel #adventure #wilderness #pctclassof2017
8:21 a.m. P.T. My favorite day of 2017 continues with @adr_chimp leading the way in our final push to Forester Pass. Meanwhile, the mental rehearsals on how to properly self arrest with an ice axe, pick away at my mind. • • #sequoianationalpark #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct #fun #trekking #hiking #hikingadventures #iceaxe #rei #optoutside #beautiful #foresterpass #snow #findyourpark #california #getoutside #mountains #sierra #sierranevada #snow #unitedoutside #trekthepct #thetrek #biggoofybritsthathike #goon #myfavoritedayoftheyear #nevergiveuponyourdreams #pctclassof2017 #bestdayof2017 #wook
In the midst of my favorite day of 2017. This day began at 12 a.m. at Crabtree Meadows, just below Mt. Whitney. The goal on this day; to get up, over, and beyond Forester Pass, all by noon. This day presented us with the first of several, real, “Oh shit” moments that were to come in the next 300 or so miles.. • • • #sequoianationalpark #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pct #fun #trekking #hiking #hikingadventures #findyourpark #rei #optoutside #unitedoutside #trekthepct #thetrek #sierra #sierranevada #beautiful #neverstopexploring #ohshit #neverstop #mountains #california #californiadreamin #adventuretravel #adventure #bestdayof2017 #myfavoriteday2017 #pctclassof2017
"We are hiking for one month and then back to Switzerland. When we started we saw a Southbounder finish!" - Franzpeter ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Maybe it was just those hitches but we ran into another duo who were section hiking. • • • Franzpeter and Francesco are both from Switzerland, though Franzpeter is half #Italian and half #Swiss and Francesco is full Italian but has lived in #Switzerland most of his life. • • • It was fun getting their take on the trail as this was in September(9/26/17 near PCT mile 190) when most of the NOBO hikers were starting to finish and before the SOBO hikers were getting closer to the finish • • • We mentioned how many Swiss hikers were on trail this year and how happy each of them seemed to be hiking out here • • • They were hoping to get to Hiker Heaven by the time their month was up but they also realized it was ok not to make it all that way • • • Franzpeter talked about how he'd traveled when he was younger because he wanted to see the world before settling down. That's when he met his wife. He encouraged us to travel abroad and see different cultures. Sound advice • • • He'd wanted to hike the #PCT his whole life but after starting a family he couldn't quite find the time until now. It's not the whole trail but he's doing a good chunk and might come back in the future. He convinced his friend Francesco to come along, who doesn't want to hike 500 miles? • • • You can follow their adventure @papa_sena_yui and @francepct • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #travels #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"We are hiking the trail section by section. At our current pace and calculations it'll be 6 years when we finish!" - Ed ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met Ed and Chris from Orange County, CA one day after coming back from our work site near PCT mile 192. • • • They has just come down from Fuller Ridge and were looking to get some food going before setting up camp • • • We'd had a pretty big thunder storm and downpour the previous 4 hours so everyone was ready to eat and go to bed • • • We took the time to chat a little with Ed and Chris and found out that they'd also met @simplyb.s when they started their section hiking way back in March when no one was on the trail yet...at least so they thought • • • It was such a fun moment trying to figure out if they'd run into anyone we had through our first part of the season in So Cal...turns out we had all met Brenna and Chaz. Small world • • • It shows the trail community is connected in so many ways but also that there's many options on how to hike a long distance trail. It doesn't have to be all in one attempt. Section hiking can fit your schedule, wants and needs. You have to "hike your own hike." • • • You can follow their journey @caractacus56 ○ • • #Happytrails to these two on their adventures and for the years to come as they enjoy every step of the #PCT along the way, Cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
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"The toadality of it all can be overwhelming...choices we make in this life that is.... In the end I'll follow my heart to the paths ahead." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Photo taken on the #PCT near mile 191. Happy #Toadsday , happy holidays, happy almost new year. • • • It's been a good one, what can we say...the sun is shining, the waves are crashing and the mountains stand guard. • • • Our whole perspective has again been altered with the meeting of our nephew • • • Everything is new, everything is real, everything is • • • A poem is long overdue so here goes: Overlooking the city as it awakens, Wind rustling the trees above, A answer arises and can't be mistaken, Souls wandering in search of love, Minds reach, they move and stir, We wake, we sleep, we do, Our days come, go and blur, We meet, we connect and bid adieu, But then you see that smile in the crowd, Just for a moment time stands still, You look at her, smile back proud, Is this it, the time your heart begins to fill, Can you capture this in a bottle? Does a freeze frame do justice? Don't trip, don't move, don't talk with your mouthful... If you hesitate she's gone so do you trust this? As seconds feel like hours, and the space begins to open, Either stand tall or cower, As the walls break or close in, And so you move forward, One foot in front of the next, You may be called a coward, ...If you just sent her a Facebook friend request 😅 •• • -The Prodigy 12/26/17 at Tsing Yi MTR Station #hongkong ;) • • • #Happytrails ya'll • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #freestyle #pctstory #poetry #optoutside #limerick #wanderlust #wander #travel #hornedlizard #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #nature #trailcrew #hornytoad #spokenword #backpacking #hornedtoad
"She won a photo contest with one of the photos she took during the Bridge Walk." - Orion ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • "I have a photo I hope to win a photo contest with too one day and it's inspired by Patchwork and her dedication to her craft." - The Prodigy • • • Sometimes you have the privilege of running into amazing people again and again. • • • When we ran into Orion @thewildinuspct in Bishop a few weeks ago we had to make it a point to say we had a few more photos from that special day he and his trusty mustangs crossed the Bridge of the Gods. • • • So in light of that serendipitous encounter we have for you a slide show of one of the most talented photographers we've ever met • • • Patchwork has an eye for the right moment in the right setting. Amazing work! Just glad we got a photo of her in the moment, and that she did not get hurt with all the traffic on the bridge at the time. Check out her award winning photo on her profile! • • • You'll want to #Swipe Left this time • • • And be sure to follow and support @thewildinuspct and their fight to find a cure for Ataxia • • • Also check out @kamilakielar and her amazing photography and @meaningfulhike and her journey through the PCT! • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #beards #pnw
"Yup I flew out here for this. I couldn't pass up a chance to volunteer out here...this has been one of the best experiences I've had out west!" - Zoie ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Zoie seriously flew out from #Chitown to come out and volunteer on the PCT! So cool! • • • She worked with us the entire last hitch in the Sierra Buttes on our re route and put into many hours constructing new trail • ○ • It was a blast having her around as she brought a positive energy to everything. One day she also said she'd like to hike the PCT, and if you know us we will always encourage people to do it!• • ○ The last update we received was that she has now signed up to work on a Corps Crew herself in the Southwest because of her experience volunteering on the #PCT ! • • • So if anyone is ever interested check out www.pcta.org for upcoming trail projects! • • • Also her #graphictee shirt is spot on or on fleek as they say now a days • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #tahoenationalforest #womenwhotravel #unitedoutside #nature #outdoorwomen #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #wolves
I miss the cloud nurseries of Washington. #tbt . . . #pct2017 #pctclassof2017 #pct #pacificcresttrail #pnw #pnwonderland
"Zipping, that's what we say now when we are about to leave...like the sound of the zipper getting zipped on your packs." Shade ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • The last time we saw this trail family (@pnw_trailblazer @momentsthroughaaron @shade_spear @iamryangrimes ) was at #DonnerPass @visittruckee , as they headed toward Sierra City. Good thing their @granitegear gear was still intact! They had all just gotten some grub and brews at the Donner Pass Cafe • • • At that point they'd gone straight through the Sierras through some gnarly creek crossings and snow fields. • • • It was fun to spread a little trail magic and also get to hear some of their stories. We saw them off on their journey north to Sierra City next. • • • Thinking of the good ole days on trail, enjoy the Zipping, tipping and ripping• • • • #Happytrails , xoxo #PCT • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #trailfamily #trailmagic #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #granitegear #altrarunning #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
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