Day to 139 to 145: Ashland to Seiad Valley (Mile 1382 to 1446). We’d spent the last week in Washington leapfrogging with some hikers who’d been around back in desert days; they’d told us they would hike until it wasn’t fun anymore. We all agreed it definitely wasn’t fun anymore. And so we went South to finish off our miles in California, finally accepting that we wouldn’t be amongst those one in four hikers who complete a thru-hike in a single year this time around. Once we’d successfully eaten our weight in cornbread and hot soup we thanked the Mountaineer’s Lodge volunteers who’d been so kind and headed down to the highway to stick our thumbs out once more. A local trail angel quickly picked us up, having just dropped our friends at the greyhound station to catch their bus home to Montana; he took us to the outer edges of Seattle just in time to scramble onto the bus. We soon connected in Everett, then Seattle and eventually reached Portland for the night. The next day after coffee and donuts, we continued South to Eugene on the bus and then finally another day and three hitches (the most memorable of which being from a gorgeous 96 year old local lady who’d just been stood up at a dance and then dumped over the phone before picking us up 💔) got us to our final destination of Ashland, just north of the Oregon / Cali border. The OC’s ‘California here we come, right back where we started from, Californiaaaaa, Here we comeeeeeee!’ became our theme song, we even sung it to move a herd of cows off the trail. We hiked through the pine trees, past forest roads frequented by hunters in search of deer, along sun kissed ridges towards the border, and all of the things Californian we’d grown nostalgic for. #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #girlswhohike #pctig #thruhike #sobonobo #patagonia #ospreypacks
PCT Day 112 - 118: Trial by Ice (Part 1 of 2)
The first few weeks enjoyed in Washington were full of sunshine and 75 degree weather days. Swimming at each lake was a must. Hiking through fire alternates proved difficult, the elevation grade was closer to that of hiking through the White Mountains as opposed to the more forgiving PCT gradient I'd grown accustomed to. Arriving in Stehekin Labor Day weekend prompted an accidental zero day waiting for the Post Office to reopen. Needless to be said, the going was slow. Maybe that's how it was able to creep up on me. That 'it' being the first major storm to bring winter's breath to the Pacific Northwest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Leaving Stehekin was yet another fire alternate that took me through the remote spiritual community of Holden - once a mining community and now a Lutheran retreat. The weather report there indicated no rainfall the previous month and the forecast called for similar, clear skies and balmy weather. Leaving Holden I was finally reunited with the PCT. The elevation grade returned to a much more manageable pace, I was graced with BBQ chicken sandwich trail magic, generally things were looking up after many days of hard hiking. Then the skies opened up and the "gray curtain of rain" descended upon Washington.
#pct #pct2018 #pctig #northcascades #stehekin #pnw #thruhike #backpacking #lunasandals #optoutside #travel #adventure #getoutside #nature #landscapephotography #keepitwild #thetrek #wildernessculture #exploremore #adventureawaits #goldenhour #mountains #alpenglow #sunset #mountainsunset #winteriscoming
It was an interesting weather day to say the least. One more pass to go!
Waiting for that sun to creep across the valley and melt the ice off the tent.
If you need me, I’ll be deeeeep in my sleeping bag.
Finally uploaded all my raw files to my laptop. Excited to look through all my pictures, now being able to process them properly. Will post some of the highlights in the coming weeks (or months...I took so many pictures!)
Trail Trivia! 🏕⁉️🎒 For how many miles does the John Muir Trail overlap the Pacific Crest Trail?
A: Of the JMT’s 210 total miles, roughly 170 of those miles overlap with the PCT. So much hiker trash!
Trail Trivia! 🏕⁉️🎒 Q: What is the popular nickname for the Appalachian Trail? And why did it get that nickname?
A: “The Green Tunnel”! Because most of the trail is engulfed in lush green foliage, at least during peak thru hiking.
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We woke up at Mather Pass to stormy skies as weather moved in. Luckily we would make it up both Pinchot Pass and Glen Pass without rain, but just barely.
Day 132: This day was everything I needed in that moment.
Day 132: We crossed dead horse creek (a given name, due to a poor dead horse), and then swung around Jefferson for some sweet, sweet glacier views, but not before getting distracted by the many ripe wild blueberries and huckleberries 😋
Day 132: We woke up this morning to a colder day that never really warmed and with it, a change in the wind direction, which gave way to skies more clear than we had seen in over a month. Magic👌
Day 132: Milk creek, named so for it's milky glacier-fed water, was our first water source the next morning. Is this real life?
Day 131: Our last water source of the day was a treat 😍
Day 131: Mount Jefferson😍. I'll take hazy views any day over active fire and trail closures (the story of our time in Oregon last year, including this very section) 🗻
Day 131: We entered the Mount Jefferson Wilderness today, and spent the day hiking through both old and new burn areas, trying to catch glimpses of the stunning mountain through the hazy sky.🌚
Day 130: A day of full rest in Sisters, Oregon followed by a hitchhike back to the trailhead and a nice parking lot tent pitch 🛌
SQUEAKS - hailing from Northern #California
, thru hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail 2018*
More evidence that love flows strong on the trail- she convinced her partner in crime to go for a 2,650 mile walk, and there’s no end in sight...
Shot on the trail after many days from their last bath, bed, beer, or burger, somewhere between despair and euphoria, my goal was to catch PCT hikers in all their enduring glory.
Golden hour / Golden season ✨🍂
Trail work makes @k_moore
really, really stoked! Had the chance to get out and put in some volunteer hours with @pctassociation
in SoCal, clearing thick brush and repairing damaged trail, packing out trash, and avoiding poison oak while soaking up a rare SoCal downpour
The amount of effort it takes to maintain the #PCT
is astonishing, and it felt great to be able to contribute even a tiny bit. We’re so grateful to the dedicated volunteers who spend countless days each month doing the bulk of the work.
Next time you’re thinking about going on a hike or quick backpacking trip, consider doing some trail work instead! The PCT, #appalachiantrail
all require thousands of hours of work, and there are so many smaller trails that struggle to get any maintenance ever. It’s a great way to give back, get a killer workout in, and spend some quality time reconnecting to the wilderness and land around you.
#pct2018 #trekthepct #choosemountains #getoutside #everytrailconnects #nationalforest #findyourtrail #pctig #womenwhohike #trailwork #publicland
Convinced that oatmeal is the best breakfast on trail, I started the PCT on the 5th of April. Convinced that oatmeal is something you want to throw in a cathole and put earth on it, i reached the Canadian border on the 19th of September. 169 days I farted in between Campo and Manning parc- maybe 168. I am sure I spent more than 1 month eating myself through zero and nero days. I lost a little bit weight, a lot of poop, a little bit of the feeling in 4 of my toes and a lot of my manners (well maybe I never had something like that). But I gained a lot of sweat, a few blisters, a lot of mosquitoe bites and some hair (my beard is very impressive, I know). Being sick made me skip around 100 miles- in this time i became addicted to a card game, watched the magical Harry Potter weekend on TV with tons of friends and managed it to get a colony of ants sleeping next to something called „bed“ (it’s similar to a sleeping pad but usually bigger). Wildfires made me decide to hitch around a section, which teached me that 8 hours of waiting with a sign at the side of a highway can be spent extremely great (and a little bit drunk if you find a Mexican restaurant close by). Two times I needed to do a detour because of wildfires- the first time I was swearing because of the steepness. The second time I was swearing, because of the frozen tent, bear canister, sawyer filter, fingers and other parts of my body. I had no knee or foot issues which made me feel like I want to make deep love to my boots. M&M‘s saved my good mood and my temper not just once and made me not only believe in Pokémon and Dumbledore, but also in the god of peanuts with chocolate. #pct #pct2018 #pctig #pacificcresttrail #thetrek #thruhike #longdistancehiking #backpacking #trekthepct
I thought that, by the end of my 3-day cross-country train trip back to Chicago, I’d have a wealth of conclusive thoughts about the finale of my adventure. Surprising to no one, I couldn’t abide by any one truncated story to tell (and also I feel very cooped up 😨). So here are some totally objective, no emotions numbers:
174 days, 2,652.6 miles.
(206 days if you count the month we took off).
25 National Forests.
7 National Parks.
5 bear sightings and 1 mountain lion. Innumerable marmots.
1 country, two international borders, 3 states.
1 Turtle, 1 Houdini, many many friends.
THANK YOU thank you to all of our Trail Angels and hiker trash friends. You made each vista just that much more stunning.
I did it, I walked it all, but that’s not even the best part, folks.
Winter is coming, but the creek water is the perfect iced coffee temp 👌
I’m so fucking excited to post this! After all this time I get to promote my soon to be first published work. It is a book cover for author and fellow PCT 2015 Thru-Hiker, David ( @stay.in.alive
). Drawing this was an array of emotions from joyous to pure stress. Overall, I was excited that the trail was still alive in me. In us. There was still more to conquer, this time it was pencil strokes instead of footsteps that got me to my destination. I’m not a spiritual person, but this whole extension of the trail satisfies something I can’t quite explain and I’m happy to exist within it.
I’m proud of myself for coming through for David, proud of him for writing his first book, and grateful that I was asked to draw this. It was one more lesson I have learned for creating on the behalf of others and not my own imagination.
But I don’t wanna make this about me. Drawing is what I do. This is about David, putting his story and soul out there for all of you to be inspired by. My drawing may grab your eye, but his words are what make you turn the page.
The Trail Provides. Releasing on October 17th.
#PCT #pct2015 #pctig #thetrailprovides #pacificresttrail #hiker #hikertrash #trailmagic #trailangels #bookcover #art #illustration #mountains #sketchdaily #coverart #proud
You know that feeling you get when you see a painting and wish you could jump inside it? Well, I am so very encouraged that @hikerinestonia
chose a photo of me in the Goat Rocks Wilderness to watercolor and bring that fantasy to life.
Mt Huxley looking decidedly autumnal.
Climbed two passes around 12,000ft today - Glen and Kearsage. The elevation kicked my butt - all of a sudden I felt unfit and struggling for breath, plodding up and up. But when I got to the top... I ate a Snickers and smiled. 😊
Rae Lakes - one of my absolute favorite parts of the whole PCT, so glad to revisit it. We’ve had damn cold nights (-5c/22f) but the peaks are lightly dusted with snow like icing sugar and it’s stunning.