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"We are hiking to Walker Pass and then that's it for us as we've hiked the rest of the trail over the years. The desert is different than Washington that's for sure." - Dog On ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • From #Mazama , Washington. Dog On and Extra Credit are out this year to finish the last section of the #PCT . • • • Southern Californian, the 650 miles from the border to Walker Pass is all they have left. • • • They have volunteered on the PCT up in Washington for years and are looking forward to finishing the trail • • • And to top it off, they offered to bring us out mailed packages from Mazama to the trail if we needed! Trail Angels who are hiking as well, what a treat • • • A thru hike may never have been in the plan for them but that is ok. Again we have our own schedules out there, our own goals and its our hike. • • • They mentioned due to other commitments it took them a little time to finally get to finishing the trail. Alas, they like many others have enjoyed the desert but at the same time miss the access to fresh water in the PNW. • • • In addition we helped describe what poodle dog bush is, how to identify the plant and calm their nerves that the plants they'd passed were not. • • • Photo taken on 4/7/18 after the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT...yup we had to get them some stickers too! • • • Wishing them #happytrails and hope to see them up in Washington • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #washingtonian #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #ageless #inspire #yolo
"Did you know that Deep Creek has the highest concentration of fecal matter in the water of all the water sources on the PCT?" - Chameleon ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Not what a lot of hikers want to hear...but they need to hear it and read it and let that sink in a little bit. • • • Chameleon, from #ColoradoSprings and #ATCLASSOF2016 asked that to some other hikers as we did the last Deep Creek Crossing on the PCT. • • • We should definitely add that it is worse closer to the hot springs and down stream as that is where a majority of the activity and recreation is concentrated. • • But we should also remind people to always filter their water and be aware of the activities in the area of the water source. • • • Please follow @leavenotracecenter guidelines and stay at least 200 feet away from water sources when digging your cat holes. • • • Also please pack out your Toilet Paper • • • Chameleon was taking a break to put her shoes back on when we gave her and the other hikers #PCT stickers before heading off towards Silverwood Lake. • • Happytrails Chameleon and thanks for keeping folks informed about the water sources, cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #desert #nature #escape #socal #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside
"I'm the old guy whose hiking who isn't dead yet." -Jet Trail ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Jet Trail, from #Yaak , #Montana was just finishing filtering water after Deep Creek when we crossed paths on 4/7/18. • • • He's on his first big long distance hike and was hoping for a better water source when we stopped to chat. We mentioned there was one up the trail a little bit. That brought a smile to his face• • • Having retired he wanted to enjoy his time off so here he is, hiking across the country. • • • This is the second Montanan we've met and it's sweet to see folks from Big Sky Country out on the #PCT • • • He isn't on social media but has a friend following him online so if you are that friend we hope this reaches you. • • • The desert is a little different than Northwest Montana but he's enjoying it thus far. • • • And to clarify, the quote above was in jest but he did mention he hadn't seen too many folks his age yet. Also he's going his own pace for now and hopes to pick up more miles as he continues north • • • Here's to a happy hike Jet Trail and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #retirementgoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #yolo #ageisjustanumber
"I may be on a stricter timeline than most other hikers. I start school in August so I need to be in Washington by July. That was the compromise with the parents." - Eric ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Eric, yup just Eric (for now maybe) from Chicago originally but also a graduate of the Claremont Colleges in CA recently • • • He studied neurological sciences and was accepted to the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Graduate School in Dallas. • • • We met him just past the Bridge to Deep Creek and hiked together for several miles as we approached the hot springs on 4/7/18. • • • During his time in California for undergrad he'd hike parts of the #PCT such as Baden Powell, Deep Creek and a few other spots • • • So after college he decided, what better time to do the PCT? "I'm stl young and before I fully commit to my graduate studies I needed to do this." • • • His body took some time to adjusting to the miles and after a week off in LA he's back on the trail and ready to cover some miles. His hope is the snow won't be very high by the time he gets to the Sierras...a lot of us hope that. • • • Be sure to follow his hike @eric_monty48 • • • #Happytrails Eric • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #thegreatoutdoors #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #garmin #hikerhunger #hikeon
#Repost from @hikingprodigy ... "There was this one hitch on the trail where she was adjusting her pack by the road & once I turned around there we're two cars waiting to pick us up." - Pick up & Mantis ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • This is Pick Up and Mantis from #Austin , TX. They are hiking the #PCT this year after a few years of thinking about it. We first met them going into Big Bear but then ran into them again on the descent from big Bear on 4/6/18. • • • We actually hitched into Big Bear with them. We weren't having much luck but once they came over we got a ridge pretty quickly. • • • They have hiked parts of some of the shorter long trails in preparation for this hike and are enjoying all the different landscapes of the trail thus far. • • • This environment may be different for them but their mindset is great and they are keen on enjoying each part of the trail without stressing too much on speed or miles. • • • Even though they couldn't train on mountains in Texas they still got out on hikes with their gear. That is such an underrated part of folks preplanning for their hikes. • • • If you haven't hiked with any of your gear, broken in your shoes that can lead to injuries in the very beginning. We encourage you to get out with your gesr, whether it be walking around your neighborhood or going on a multi night backpacking trip. Feel it out, adjust as needed. The trail is not forgiving and you must adapt and adjust as you go. It definitely helps to know ahead of time though if something won't work. • • • Be sure to follow Mantis and Pick Up @Angerhikes on their PCT journey, couple goals • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #couplegoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #creativetravelcouples
"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
"There was this one hitch on the trail where she was adjusting her pack by the road & once I turned around there we're two cars waiting to pick us up." - Pick up & Mantis ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • This is Pick Up and Mantis from #Austin , TX. They are hiking the #PCT this year after a few years of thinking about it. We first met them going into Big Bear but then ran into them again on the descent from big Bear on 4/6/18. • • • We actually hitched into Big Bear with them. We weren't having much luck but once they came over we got a ridge pretty quickly. • • • They have hiked parts of some of the shorter long trails in preparation for this hike and are enjoying all the different landscapes of the trail thus far. • • • This environment may be different for them but their mindset is great and they are keen on enjoying each part of the trail without stressing too much on speed or miles. • • • Even though they couldn't train on mountains in Texas they still got out on hikes with their gear. That is such an underrated part of folks preplanning for their hikes. • • • If you haven't hiked with any of your gear, broken in your shoes that can lead to injuries in the very beginning. We encourage you to get out with your gesr, whether it be walking around your neighborhood or going on a multi night backpacking trip. Feel it out, adjust as needed. The trail is not forgiving and you must adapt and adjust as you go. It definitely helps to know ahead of time though if something won't work. • • • Be sure to follow Mantis and Pick Up @Angerhikes on their PCT journey, couple goals • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #couplegoals #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #creativetravelcouples
"I did the Warrior Hike a few years ago. I've been hiking ever since." - Farmer ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Farmer, from #Tennessee is a veteran who has hiked across many of this countries long trails • • • He's an AT 2016 alum and has hiked the AZT, the CT and most of the CDT. He's on the PCT now and excited about all the different parts of this trail. • • • We ran into him toward the end of our hiking day on 4/6/18 above Big Bear • • • We talked about hiking, favorite parts on long trails, where best to take zero days and the lifestyle of long distance hiking all the time. • • • He was headed into Big Bear so we made sure to give some beta on where to stay, get food, etc. He in return offered to help if we had any questions about the CDT so we're excited to have another source to talk to. He did mention some hot springs we definitely needed to visit on the CDT !! • • • Farmer is a wealth of knowledge and if you see him on the trail be sure to chat with him. You may realize he'll inspire you to get on another trail soon after the #PCT :) • • • And when he's done he'd like to see what the weather is like and then go and finish the CDT in Montana so for any cdtclassof2018 you may run into him too. • • • #Happytrails and happy hiking • • • pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ctc2018 #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #camping , #campinglife , #campingwithdogs , hiking
"I did the Warrior Hike a few years ago. I've been hiking ever since." - Farmer ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Farmer, from #Tennessee is a military #Veteran @warriorexpeditions who has hiked across many of this countries long trails • • • He's an AT 2016 alum and has hiked the AZT, the CT and most of the CDT. He's on the PCT now and excited about all the different parts of this trail. • • • We ran into him toward the end of our hiking day on 4/6/18 above Big Bear • • • We talked about hiking, favorite parts on long trails, where best to take zero days and the lifestyle of long distance hiking all the time. • • • He was headed into Big Bear so we made sure to give some beta on where to stay, get food, etc. He in return offered to help if we had any questions about the CDT so we're excited to have another source to talk to. He did mention some hot springs we definitely needed to visit on the CDT !! • • • Farmer is a wealth of knowledge and if you see him on the trail be sure to chat with him. You may realize he'll inspire you to get on another trail soon after the #PCT :) • • • And when he's done he'd like to see what the weather is like and then go and finish the CDT in Montana so for any cdtclassof2018 you may run into him too. • • • #Happytrails , happy weekend and happy hiking • • • pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #inspire #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #nature #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ctc2018 #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #backpackermag
"I just retired in January. I've been thinking of this for 9 years...My wife was really supportive all those years and then when it got real that changed a little because neither of us thought the day would come...it's ok though she's going on her on adventure in a few months." - Shorts ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Shorts, from San Diego was readjusting his pack when we walked by him on our way to Deep Creek on the early morning of 4/7/18. • • • He was an air traffic controller most of his life and just retired. He said there was a certain age where the company says you can't do the job anymore (we'll omit that for now ) • • Shorts agreed with them but also knows he could have continued doing it...but he was ready to pursue another goal...the PCT • • • He mentioned his wife and she was very supportive and then when the day came to retire they both realized the #PCT was more real than ever. There was some hesitancy but after Shorts got hiking they've seen each other a few times. • • • But Shorts also convinced his wife she needs to follow her heart and so she's going to hike the Camino Santiago next month! #Couplegoals • • • We'd run into Shorts a few more times that day as he was trying to get to mile 318. He's got a great attitude and says he's just excited for the whole trail • • • #Happytrails Shorts and see you up trail • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #yolo #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ageless #inspire #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #dreams
"I found out that resupplies suck." - Preacher ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We ran into Preacher as we continued to hike a few more miles as the dark clouds rolled in on 4/6/17 • • • He was hiking #SOBO from mile 294 toward Little Bear Springs Camp. • • • Preacher, from #Palmdale had hiked many sections of the PCT over the years and found out that a full thru hike wasn't for him. • • • And that's fine, we mentioned a full thru isn't for everyone and we are even more impressed by the dedication from folks who can spread it out over years such as the gentlemen who finished his last section last year after 37 years! • • • We are all out there on the trail for our own journey and it doesn't matter if you do the trail in one year of 30, so long as you enjoy yourself and are happy no one else should judge you for how long you choose to hike. • • • Preacher realized he didn't like resupply stops as much as he thought he might. Let us be clear though its.more.so because of the extra weight you gain in your pack as you load up for the next stretch. • • • We are always fast into town but a little slower out because of the weight difference. So we gear you Preacher... preach! • • • Wishing Preacher #happytrails as he continues to finish the #PCT section by section, Cheers • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #thegreatoutdoors #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hikeyourownhike #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"We had a wolf rehabilitation center outside of Reno for years. Our goal was to raise them healthy in a good environment before sending them to permanent wild homes." - El Lobo ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met El Lobo from #Nevada on our descent into Deep Creek on 04/07/18. He was cowboy camped under some good trees as we had been expecting rain the night before (it just missed us) • • • It was early and he was getting ready to prep and enjoy his hit chocolate for the day. I stopped to chat and got to hear some of the amazing work he and his previous partner had done working with wolves • • • He was literally a wolf man! Raising a pack of wolves! So cool to meet people like this who help preserve and protect our planets wild animals! • • • This is El Lobos first long distance thru hike and he's excited to see how the Sierras look as he grew up in those mountains. • • • He's just taking it easy, enjoying the trail and spending some time in the trail towns along the way. We love this mind set and were happy to give him a #PCT sticker before snapping this photo. • • • He's not on social media but if you see him out there on the trail be sure to talk to him to hear more of his amazing work with wolves! • • • The trail is a magical place, #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wolfman #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #wolves #wildlife #photography #desert
"The first time I looked out on the porch & saw the sun up at 6am... I thought...this isn't real" Julie ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • On our way back to Big Bear we linked up with Snacks, Stretch & KP whom we had hiked with from Mission Creek up to Arraste Camp. • • After a rest day we all took to the road, Highway 18 to be exact, to find a ride back to the #PCT . • • Having 4 gentlemen wasn't the easiest & there were many a vehicle that passed us without a glance, with NO being mouthed & some just in wonder as to why we'd be standing at the side of the road with our thumbs out & our packs beside us • • And then Snacks gave it one more go & Julie pulled up. She was on her way to the market before seeing us. • • She's lived in Big Bear 30 years, having come from the coast & ocean fog in the morning. The sun rising that early with no fog was new & amazing. • • • We had a previous photo of the three hikers but it was lost in our corrupted memory card. • • Snacks (@trail_snacks ), from Phoenix is on his first thruhike, Stretch (@0ffthebeatenpath ) from Pennsylvania & #ATclassof2015 , KP (@scottyjoehikes ) from Harpers Ferry & #ATclassof2016 and fellow @thru.pack ambassador. Be sure to follow their hikes at their respective accounts.• • They are cruising and should be at Kennedy Meadows in no time...though we recommended many a place to take multi zeroes and some good trail food establishments to visit in the upcoming towns. • • These three are a fun group to hike with so if you run into them give them a trail high five from us as we probably won't see them again till later this year• • We also ran out of room to tell you in detail Snacks left his poles in Julie's car, got an immediate hitch into town to look for her, found her and then got a ride back all within an hour...the trail provides. • • #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #escape #nature #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #vagabond #trailfamily
"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
"This is the longest trip I've taken...ever." Ash ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Firstly let me apologize, all the photos we got these past few days on trail apparently disappeared due to a corrupted sd card 😤😧😲 • • • So sad. We met so many fun folks out on trail between Cabazon and Big Bear. • • • But to make up for it we Want to get the humansofthepct 2018 started off with our friend Ashley who if you look closely is rocking the #PCT stickers on her lovely van. • • • She's been in #Portland for quite a while reppin the PNW but is on a vanlife adventure traveling to different national parks as she heads east. • • • She's currently driving across the country in said van with her co pilot 🐱 • • • She's headed back west in late summer so all you hikers be sure to thank her if she stops to do some trail magic. • • • Wishing everyone happy hiking and #happytrails • • • Follow this gypsy @ashe_flows • • • And yes we will get our SD Card fixed or find a new one asap. • • • 🙏 • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trailangel #optoutside #sheexplores #outdoorwomen #womenwhoadventure #escape #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #hiking #camping #vanlife #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"It will be the first balloothru of the PCT & it will be epic." - The Prodigy ♡#humansofthepct ♡ • • • Plans have changed...our new goal is to be the first person to have hot air ballooned the entire #PCT2018 and/or any Long Trail😬 • • • And if we succeed there we will then move on to the #CDT2018 & then the #AT2018 . We'd like to be thr first thru balloon rider on the #triplecrown #CTC2018 😅 • • • There's a lot of talks of #FKTs and records these days so we just want to set title straight that it isn't about the record but about making our wildlands accessible to balloon enthusiasts. Though a #FKT or FKF will be an added bonus 😉 • • • We also are making sure the balloon lobby is being represented since all the money is in drones now. If people can take drones why can't we take our balloons?😜 • • • Be sure to follow our balloon trip as we start in thr desert at the Southern Terminus April 27th 😘 • • • Also we are looking for name suggestions for our balloon so feel free to comment below with yours! • • • Happy #flying and happy easter • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #traillife #backpacking #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
"People often get it stuck in their minds that the desert is flat, hot & not pretty. If we got that stereotype to stick maybe we can reverse it because all of the above is untrue. The desert is not flat, it's not always hot & by God it's gorgeous. I've seen more wildlife in the desert than in any other spot on trail." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • For folks who have started their #NOBO thruhike be sure to carry your rain gear. It will be wet at times & it will get really cold at night. • • • Don't let others sway you into thinking the desert sucks. I won't try to sway you that it doesn't but do want to provide the alternative to the negative Nancy mindset that is easy to fall into • • • Remember you will be hiking across three large mountain ranges before you get to Agua Dulce, it's not all flat in the desert. On the contrary you get into shape & harden yourself before you reach the Sierras • • • Also, be on the look out for the unique & endemic species you'll be sharing the trail with. Be careful not to disturb the flora & fauna. Try to set up camp on durable surfaces & to not relieve yourself on the plants & cacti as that will attract unwanted attention from wildlife. Help practice @leavenotracecenter principles • • • Also be on the Lookout because you will be amazed at how the desert may not seem like it's alive but there is life all around you. • • • You'll experience some of the most stunning sunsets & star filled skies so don't just huddle away into your tent (unless you are about to get hypothermic...though that's a whole different topic). Be open. Be watchful & be a part of it. • • Embrace the trail, nature & the environments you cross...you'll see later on how its shaped you • #Happytrails class of 2018 • • Photo taken near Cajon Pass just off the #PCT one night as we set up camp in 2017. We got to meet our neighbors for the night 🐸🐸🐸 • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderess #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail2018 #hiking #camping #backpacking #escape #vagabond
"This is a first right? Thru hiking kitten ends up at #PCTDays and hangs out at the bar all day...then passes out. Maybe we are wrong? We hope so?" - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • For folks who didn't get a chance to meet Manzanita, aka Trail Bait last year here's another reminder of her trail legend. • • • Along with Lil Yachti, Trail Bait became one of the most popular figures on trail last year. She was adopted on the trail by @sk8rboi69 in Wrightwood and pretty much grew up on trail • • • We first met her while working on a large #PCT Reconstruction project just north of Belden. For folks who hiked before 2018 you'll remember the climb up Belden and the various parts of the trail that had water rushing through it. Well, we took care of one of the hardest hit sections and it's been rebuilt • • • It'd been a long and hard hitch with lots of rock work. Then one morning we met Lil Yachti, Brew Hiker and this bundle of joy (see previous photo profiles ) • • • Let's just say she was a hit at PCT Days in Cascade Locks. She was a regular at the bar that @thunderislandbrewing Was running. • • • You can continue following their adventures on their instagram feed and we hope to run into them again soon outside where the wild things are. • • • We've had a set back on our training and need to take a step back. It's frustrating but that's life. We hope to be on track to start the #ctc2018 but will keep you posted. • • • Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailkitty #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #cats_of_instagram #hiking #camping #trekking #traillife #backpacking #adventure #explore #travel #escape #thruhike #longdistancehiking #wandress
"People often ask what are some of the most memorable spots on the PCT...like where did it hit you that you were on the trail? Well..." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • For anyone whose hiked the #PCT you'll know this site all too well. For those hiking now or in the coming years this is a site that can gave generate many emotions for people. • • • The Bridge of the Gods crosses thr border from #Oregon to #Washington and is one of the iconic parts of the trail. • • • Crossing over the Columbia River with the Gorge surrounding you and the water below it can be a trip. We recommend folks who don't like heights to not look down . • • • Our thoughts when we crossed..."whoa, holy cow we've walked over 2100 miles from the border to here and we still have 400 plus more miles to go, do we want it to end?" • • • There are many spots along the trail, so different and yet we all can get a different feeling being there. That's part of the beauty of the trail, it's up to you what to make of the scene and moments😊 • • It doesn't matter if it's a sage brush plant or a rolling creek, remember you are out there and enjoy the time you have to spend in these spaces and time. • • • Now that hiking season is in gear, what are some of your favorite and iconoc spots on the PCT? • • • What about other trails? • • • Or ones you look forward to getting to? • • • Shout out to @the_wild_in_us and @ms.yingtan who crossed the Bridge that beautiful day • • Photo taken before the horrific fire burned through the Gorge last year. Thank you to the crews out there helping to restore the trail and to the amazing communities out there that are a huge part of our trail community. • • • Hope the class of 2018 is having a blast see you all soon, • • • Happy weekend and #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #getlost #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #ctc2018 #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #ontheroad #hiking #escape #wandress #columbiarivergorge #inspire #tbt #throwbackthursday #granitegear
"If you are hiking for the miles good for you. If you are hiking for the views then good for you too. Whatever made you come out here, enjoy the process and respect others while they discover theirs." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Another #hornytoadtuesday has arrived. • • • #Hiking season is in full effect as we have reports that many a hiker have already started in their #NOBO journeys. That's aweseome! We hope to see you all in thr next few months! • • • This is just a friendly reminder for hikers in this year's class to respect wildlife, help follow @leavenotracecenter practices and to enjoy your hike while letting others enjoy theirs. • • • We encourage you to try stay in tune ei th your surroundings and not get caught up in your head phones and electronics. • • • You'll be surprised how much wildlife you'll encounter in thr desert alone. • • • You'll be caught off balance when you get to Mission Creek and Whitewater Preserve, yes there is water in the desert ; ) • • • You'll be breathing a little harder too when you realize the desert isn't flat...and there are very high mountain ranges you get to go up and over • • • And yes there may be snow • • • And you should totally summit a few of these mountains that are right off the trail. • • • Enjoy it, all of it. Because it all adds up whether we see it now...you'll look back on it and realize the desert kicked my 🍑🍑🍑, but it was so worth it • • • Photo taken near #PCT mile 142 • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2018 #pct2018 #at2018 #cdt2018 #ctc2018 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2018 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hikeyourownhike #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #hiking #camping #trailcrew #tentlife #planetearth
"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
"No headphones... If I did there'd be a lot of missed sights, sounds & experiences...which could include a blade of sunshine cutting between the trees or this little hornytoad who was crossing the trail." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • It's been a while since #hornytoadtuesday , but it's back. It's also good preview for Thursday. • • The quote above was an answer to someone who asked about whether we hiked with music or not? In 2016 we chose not to hike with music or podcasts for a few reasons. As a result we were very in tune with our surroundings and body. • • That's not to say it's wrong to hike with music. It's your choice...but please be respectful of others outside who may want to experience the trail differently. Not everyone wants to hear your music blasting off your blue tooth speakers 😜 • • If we had headphones in while hiking in 2016 we would have missed the buck charging through the Meadow at us in Yosemite; Or the badger that was hissing at us in Oregon; or the illegal Mountain bikers who passed yelled at us in Northern California. • • That's not to say there were points in which we didn't wish we'd had some podcasts or tunes to listen to. There's a way to use technology as a tool; & then there's the overuse when we are outside. • • If we are out there searching for signal to send a text, we may forget to stop and listen to the rustling leaves or watch the clouds roll across the ridge. We just hope folks enjoy the natural areas they get to walk through when on the trail & don't forget that those spaces have been around much longer than social media or phones. With how fast information is spreading, we have to find our own path with this dilemma. • • So with that We'd like to ask all of you... Where do you find your balance with technology & the outdoors? • • Thanks for sharing & #happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #pct #bpmag #wildlife #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #lizardsofinstagram
"Being on the PCT has been eye opening. The amount of work that needs to be done...it seems like we can have a full time crew and then some. Maybe we'll be back on it next year." - Zac ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Zac, the ACE project leader joined us on the #PCT Sierra Buttes Realignment Project along with Maddy. He is also from New York, though Upstate, not the city. • • • So with everyone on the crew we had New York covered essentially. • • • This was Zac's first time as a crew leader and we'd like to say he did a great job in the role. He made sure the crew knew his leadership style and was able to lead through example • • • Zac also wanted to learn and be able to improve upon his trail building skill set so he was very open to feedback • • • He also brought his guitar to every hitch, playing long into the nights. It was sweet to see how dedicated he was to learning thr guitar (self taught ) and hoe that translated to his work ethic • • • After our PCT crew finished Zac headed out to lead another ACE crew and we are sure he'll be back on the PCT one day. • • • He doesn't have instagram but if you see him on the trail be sure to stop and thank him and his crew for what they do. Trail crews don't get much credit for thr amount of work they accomplish. .. and it's not about the praise but having been on crews for years a thank you goes a long way. Like 2650 miles long • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #musician #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #desert #wild #nature
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Whatever happens, this trail will always be our special place. There is a feeling, hard to describe... but know that I'll be back." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • • • Sometimes we just need to go for a walk. Sometimes it's a way to clear our minds, calm our thoughts, clear our heads. Other times it's something deeper, other times its hard to put into words. • • • • • Whatever your reasons don't hold back, be open to what lies around the bend, smile and do you. • • • • • Hope you all enjoy your weekends. For those that are at work, I'm with you 👊✊👋 • • • • We have a few more posts about our trail crew to put up and then the 2017 PCT posts will be complete, stay tuned next week, until then keep it real • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #nature #photography #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #pct #landscape #escape
"This is a much different environment than the PNW... that's what's so unique about this trail." - Holly and Joe ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • • Meet Joe and Holly from Federal Way, outside of Seattle and Tacoma. They mentioned "There's nothing special about Federal Way" when describing where they came from • • • Yes the desert is different than the Cascades, but there's also a lot of similarities. • • • Many first time hikers come to the #PCT thinking there is no elevation change in the desert...that is misinformation and what leads to a lot of injuries and folks leaving the trail...there's quite a lot of elevation change • • • This photo was taken in San Bernadino National Forest in the Blue Cut Fire burn area. It'd been heavily damaged as our crew put in rock retention walls. • • • Given we hadn't seen any other hikers and weren't expecting to it was quite the surprise to see Hilly and Joe come through so late in the season. • • • They were taking there time and weren't on a strict schedule to get to the border on their SOBO, which is a great treat cause you have the trail to yourself at that time of year. • • • And with that we have to say these were officially the final hikers we'd encounter in 2017, that's not to say we don't have a few more photos to put up of our trail crew, but it's been a fun side project with humansofthepct. • • • Getting to meet everyone in trail last year was a blessing, especially because we got to work on the trail and give back. • • • 2018 hiking season is about to begin, be safe and be aware, remember we are all out there for different reasons and that's the beauty, the trail brings us together and we can either share in the experience or have choose our own adventure • • • Be sure to follow Holly and Joe @randor5000 & @ohhollyann • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #beards #tentlife #backpacking
"Well my pack fell into a river...it was a flowing river." - Landslide ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • On our last day working in the San Gorgornio Wilderness we ran into this #PCT SOBO trail family. • • • Schwinn and Sundance from Salt Lake City #SLC and Saltania and Land Slide from #Saskatchewan . Did we get that right? • • • Apologies if we got the names wrong and the story isn't quite as you told us... let us know for any corrections • • • They were heading up Fuller Ridge to San Jacinto so we didn't want to keep them from the ascent. We just wanted to get some quick trail information from them. • • • Their Sierra experience was a lot less stressful than NOBO folks it seems as they didn't encounter any snow. The difference between #SOBO and NOBO can be so drastic, they are two different hikes altogether. • • • Luckily we had a few stickers left, our last ones actually and we sent them off on the last stretch of their journey. • • • Be sure to follow their journey @michelle.kerback and @megara_t • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wandress #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #tentlife #backpacking #bpmag #traveler
"You don't see this very often...nor get to experience it first hand. I'm just happy to be here, happy to share and watch these three as they continue their journey." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • It's not everyday you get to see a thru rider on the #PCT . Even less of a chance of them riding across the Bridge of the Gods from #Oregon to #Washington • • • Happy to have been able to capture part of this on video, though apparently we can't upload the whole thing. • • • Here's Orion with Gary and Mineret during a beautiful August Day on a very iconic part of the PCT • • • Be sure to follow them and their campaign to raise awareness about Ataxia @the_wild_in_us and @the_thirsty_farmer • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backcountry #backcountryhorsemen #backpacking
"All I've seen on trail are cow patties." - Footloose ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • • During repair of heavily damaged trail in San Gorgornio Wilderness Area we ran into #SOBO hikers Footloose and Fred from #Paris , #France ○ ○ ○ They talked a little about some of the differences of hiking in the desert compared to Europe • • • We chatted briefly about the feral cattle and the negative impact they are having on trail and on the local ecosystems. At some points Footloose couldn't tell what was the trail anymore and that is unfortunately a common issue in this section • ○ • If you want to help out check out wwe.pcta org for volunteer opportunities in this section. • • • It was super Windy that day so we handed out stickers before they continued on their journey • • • You can follow Footloose on her #journey @openwilderness • ○ • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #pct #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"This is it, the final stretch of my triple crown." - Bandito ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • A little bit after the last trail family passed us, Bandito rolled through our work site. • • • He's from Summit County, Colorado and hiked the #AT in 2005, the #CDT in 2016 and was finishing his triple crown on the #PCT 12 years later • • • Life happens, he had an extended time between trails but he said he couldn't be happier to be on the trail • • • Some folks don't take the chance or some folks don't get a chance to do a long distance hike. Don't take it for granted, be mindful that you get to hike for months on end with very little to worry about. • • • Hiking js a choice you make and everything that happens out on the trail will be a lesson learned whether you realize it in the moment or ten years later • • • What's next for Bandito? Well there's other trails out there, life happens after all • • • Follow his journey @adventurehound • • • #Happytrails • • • • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #sobo #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"So I don't know who cares or who to tell but there's a dead calf down the trail." Dimples ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • This trio: Purina from Massachusetts, Whistler from the Bay Area and Dimples from Hawaii and Salida, CO were one of the few SOBO trail families we ran into toward the end of the season • • • They came through a heavily damaged Section of trail near Whitewater Preserve where feral cattle have destroyed the existing trail • • • And they were kind enough to mention one of the cows had been found deceased near the trail. • • • We'd report it later but apparently it was one of the cows that got caught up during a wrangling and slipped into a gully. • • • The ranchers are trying to round them up but the cows are smart and stay on the high ground in some hard to get to terrain • • • Unfortunately unless more work is done to get them off this stretch of the trail there will be more work to be done and more dangerous trail conditions for hikers coming through • • • #Happytrails to these three and happy hiking • • • Follow their journey @macleanwitit for Purina and @augustr.g for Whistler • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #nature #wild #desert #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"This is beautiful, it's so different compared to the White Mountains. You only see stuff like this on TV." - Pooh Bear ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Pooh Bear was laying in the middle of the trail when we were walking yo our worksite. We would have walked right over her had she not moved. • • • Hailing from Brumfield, Massachusetts, or as she said. "You probably never heard of it, unless you were into antiques you wouldn't know." • • • She was Hiking continuous steps and on every part of the PCT that was open. She even did a few side trails and then would backtrack to get back on the #PCT , kudos. • • • She was waiting for the sun to rise a little more before starting her trek up to San Jacinto, and as folks know it's not the easiest climb and is exposed in a lot of the bottom portion. • • • Happy yo have not stepped on Pooh Bear and to have a fun chat. She's done the AT so the CDT is next on her list. • • • Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #outdoorwomen #SOBO #womenwhoadventure #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #nature
"I've been hugging trees a lot... it's in my daily to do list, hiking, hug trees and singing hi ho, hi ho, on the way to Mexico!" - Ent ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • One of the most unique individuals we met on trail was Ent, from San Francisco and Colombia. • • • We thought we had his quote early in our conversation at Whitewater Preserve but it kljist kept getting better and better • • • His story is the stuff you hear about but never think you'll meet those folks. • • • A few days before getting on trail he was in Yosemite and got in a motor cycle accident! He broke a part of both his arms!! Yet when he was in the hospital he knew he had to get on the trail, maybe he wouldn't do the whole thing but he wanted to be on at least part of the #PCT • • • So after some time off he got on trail and we were lucky to run into him. His father was flying out the next day from Columbia to meet him and hike for a few days. What a guy! • • • Oh and Ent is an environmental engineer and mentioned he respects folks that are out there building trails because it's not easy • • • Follow him @ose_mctoast • • • Thanks Ent for sharing your story and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #beards #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #strong #treehugger #freehugs #nature #journey
"Let me guess you are taking a photo in which you will post online and I'm the cutest trail kitten on the PCT? Correct." - Manzanita ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Taken Right before she dozed off again as @sk8rboi69 and @brewhiker were heading North from Chips Creek on the #PCT • • • Trail Kitty for the win and carrying us into the weekend...though we just got a project so no weekend for us haha • • • If you aren't following Manny aka Manzanita aka Trail Bait you need to follow them on their adventures in the PNW • • • Happy weekend and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #cats_of_instagram #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailkitty #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #kitten
"I had a deer eat my shirt...yup." - Deer Bite ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Deer Bite was charging his phone as we hiked to our worksite in Sam Gorgornio Wilderness Area early in the morning. • • • He's from Seattle, hiking away from home but no worries he's going back. As far as #SOBO hikers he'd been the first we'd seen in a week. • • • He revealed his trail name origin and also gave us all a good reminder. .. wild animals can and will eat your stuff. • • • They are attracted to your sweat, food odors and other smells. Be careful when you leave your clothes and gear out overnight....it's always a gamble if they will be there the next morning • • • #Deer Bite had an extra shirt though so you can say he came out it of it with a funny story and a perfect trail name • • • You can follow his journey @itslennysfault • • • #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #desert #reuseableenergy #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #nature #wildlife
"We are so close...getting there...but 400 miles is still 400 miles." Pig Pen ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Pig Pen and Moon Shot were hiking home to San Diego ok their #SOBO #PCT journey • • • They came through one of our work sites in the Blue Cut Fire • • • Given this is one of the driest sections and very exposed we had our stickers ready to give then as they walked by • • • It was fun to chat for a minute about their hike and what they wanted to eat at Cajon Pass. They mentioned they are vegetarians so McDonald's wasn't on the menu • • • It was fun to hear them say Del Taco was on the list! So happy someone else knew about Del Taco at the Pass. We definitely went their during our hike a few years back • • • Hiker hunger for real • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #sandiegans #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #outdoorlife #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #southbound
"I carried it the whole way except I ditched the fiddle in the Sierras. It was too cold to play...but I play all day every day." - Hot Dog ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We forgot to mention more to Hot Dogs story. What caught our eye initially was the instrument he was carrying • • • So we had to ask and yes it is a #fiddle ! As a former #violinist we were really happy go see it and always fun to see instruments on trail. • • • Sure it's extra weight for folks but for #musicians it can be even more important than other gear. • • • We didn't ask him to play as thr hiker hunger was calling him to Cajon Pass • • • Thanks for sharing your story Hot Dog and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #SOBO #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #hikerhunger
"This trail that I'm hiking on has been built by someone swinging a pick through rock and dirt...it's been been brushed...there's not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful. Life is good." - Hot Dog ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Hot Dog was a few minutes behind G Funk and we had a nice conversation about trail work and how the trail was for him. • • • He started #SOBO with lots of the PNW up in flames, so there was a bit of road walking involved on his hike. • • • He was very thankful for our trail crew and for the work he's seen it takes to maintain a trail like the #PCT . It was a great moment to be able to thank him as well for enjoying public lands and supporting the PCTA. • • • His quotes above means a lot to trail crews. A lot of times people hiking trails don't see the work that goes into trail construction and maintenance. On the flip side most trail workers don't interact with the users a lot so it's ad if we were the hidden workers at Santa's workshop who don't get the credit for the presents. ..but that's not why we do it. And Santa is a whole different topic • • • Hot Dog is from #Chicago , can you guess how he got his trail name? • • • We sent him off with stickers and didn't want to keep him from Cajon Pass, he'd mentioned the hiker hunger so we don't want to keep that waiting. • • • You can follow Hot Dog @jeffyonkusjr on his adventures • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hikerhunger #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"My name, oh yes...It's short for Garfunkel." - G-Funk ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • G Funk came down the #PCT #SOBO through the Blue Cut Fire happy as can be • • • He came from Austria and mentioned how different the desert hiking was from hiking in Europe. • • • We mentioned his sweet shirt and the fact that he was rocking the fanny pack • • • There were a few hikers he saw on the way so we expected a feet more Southbounders during the day • • • It was fun to send him off towards Cajon Pass with some stickers as he thanked the trail crew for all the work. • • • Be sure to follow G Funk @gfunkhikes • • • Thank you for the props and #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #canadatomexico
"I went NOBO most of the way but started June 1st. I'm finishing SOBO so this is my home stretch!" - Sun ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Sun came down through our work site late last season. She had a big smile that got even bigger as we handed her some stickers • • • She began her journey at Green Valley and headed North, when we saw her she was on her way #SOBO , so a little bit of a leap frog way but still a thru hike nonetheless • • • Sun, reppin #Japan was excited for her hike. She got her trail name quickly enough due to her birth place. • • • Always a pleasure running into international hikers. We are all out there for different reasons but the trail can bring us together in so many ways. Don't take your time out there for granted, the connections you make and the things you learn last a life time • • • Be sure to follow Sun @tomomistic as her journey continues • • • Happy #Friday and #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #photography #pctstory #nature #optoutside #outdoorasian #brownpeoplecamping #outdoorwomen #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #pct #nature
"It's a choose your own adventure book...except the destination is your heart." -The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Throwback Thursday #tbt to that time you were hiking across Mountain ridges covered in snow staring at a vast wilderness ahead. • • • Exciting things are happening, still haven't formally announced it but looking to post about it soon. Here's a hint 👑 • • • Missing the mountains but we'll be seeing them soon. • • • Let the prep work begin • • • Photo by 📷: @mymountainiswaiting • • • #Happytrails • • • #goals #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2016 #pct2016 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2016 #pctstory #optoutside #pct #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #yolo #climbing #mountaineering
"People ask what my base weight was to start...it was about thirty pounds." - Tom Tom ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Tom Tom, from Port Washington, #Milwaukee , was the final part of the the trail family we met during #PCTA Trail Skills College. • • • We had our stickers ready and even had a minute to chat. A volunteer asked her how much her pack weighed and she mentioned her beginning weight was pretty different than her current pack weight. • • • That's one of the biggest changes on trail, once folks figure out what they don't need they start ditching extra things because if you haven't used it by Agua Dulce you either don't need it or can send it ahead. • • • That's not to say there aren't some stubborn folks ;) • • • Cool to see a #SOBO Trail Family and that they all were happy and looking forward to the last part of their journey • • • Follow Tom Toms hike @p.bolan • • • #Happytrails • • • #pctig #outdoorwomen #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #sheroams #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #unitedoutside #optoutside #trailfamily #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"Yeah, there's a lot of us [Australians], we are taking over the trail this year." Cool Aid ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • B from #Portland , Oregon and Cool Aid from #Australia were next to pass through our work site on the PCT. This was the last PCTA Trail Skills College we would lead for the season • • • They were right behind Seabs and in front of one more hiker. It is always fun to meet #SOBO hikers! Cool Aid pointed out how many #Aussies were this year, not untrue • • • Given they had some more miles to push we made sure to give them some stickers before they continued on to their next camp • • • You can follow B on their journey @bfargofar • • • So #happytrails to them and Aussie Aussie Aussie! • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #vagabond #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"It's nice to see folks working on the trail, puts it in perspective." - Seabs ♢humansofthepct♢ • • • Seabs was right behind Penguin as they hike SOBO. They came right through the #PCTA Trail Skills College volunteer event. • • • Seabs is from Vermont, hiked the AT as well. He and Penguin and a few others had a little trail family going on their southbound hike. • • • Again it was just a quick stop so we passed out a few stickers and let him continue on his journey • • Follow his adventure @brian.s.conrad • • • #Happytrails and happy weekend • • • #SOBO #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #SOBO #nomad #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #nature #hikerhunger
"Ya'll fixing the trail? Thank you." - Penguin ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Penguin from #Raleigh , NC came through the PCTA Trail Skills College work site while we taught tread repair to the volunteers. • • • Another SOBO! We didn't want to mess with his pace so we made sure to hand him some #PCT and #PCTA stickers before he thanked all the volunteers • • • You can follow Penguins adventures @smitht1218 And remember if you or anyone you know is interested in #volunteering you should check out the website at www.pcta.org and look at all the volunteer opportunities coming up! • • #Happytrails and happy weekend • • • #SOBO #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hyperlitemountaingear #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #hikerhunger
"There were so many fires this year...but the JMT is amazing and in the end it's all part of the bigger hike." - Odelay ♢humansofthepct ♢ • • • Odelay from #Coeurd 'Alene, #Idaho passed through our #PCTA Trail Skills College #volunteer event in So Cal (near #PCT mile 500) as we were fixing some tread. • • • He was the first #SOBO we'd see that day and so of course we had to ask him about his experience thus far. • • • It was a bad fire year for hikers in Oregon going SOBO but he got through most of it without too much road walking. • • • His favorite part was the JMT, and he didn't have any issues in the Sierras as the NOBO crowd did, again completely different hike on the trail if you go south • • • He also mentioned there was a group behind him coming up soon so we had more hikers to look for • • • Before he left he made sure to tell all the #volunteers "you are doing so much for the trail already, thank you and pound it (fist bump)!" • • • You can follow his journey @ridejesseride ** So we don't have his correct handle, any hikers from last year know Odelay and can send us the right info?** • • • #Happytrails • • • #photobomb #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #desert #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #hikerhunger
"I think I want to hike the trail...I think I want to hike the whole thing." - Omar ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • It was a cool overcast day when we ran into a hiker late last year on the #PCT as we hiked to our worksite in the Blue Cut Fire • • • It seemed a little odd to see a NOBO but then again we'd seen section hikers on and off the last month or so. • • • We hikes with Omar for a few miles and learned that he'd only heard about the trail recently and something called to him to hike it • • • He had never backpacked this far or long, he had been out almost 9 days already. • • • It was a learning experience that's for sure. Blisters, layers, weight, pack size etc. • • • We took the time to give him a mini shake down and told him to take off all the excess stuff he had hanging off the side of his pack • • • He'd gone to REI and bought just about everything you could think of with the just on case attitude. That's not wrong per se but when doing multi day trips the amount of weight you carry plays a big big deal. • • • After the mini shakedown and talking about the experiences one gets on the trail we saw something in his eyes and then the quote above came out • • • It's always fun getting to talk with people about the trail and to encourage them on their own hike. We get psyched for other psyche! • • • Omar hails from #Michoncan , #Mexico but has been living in #SanFrancisco , you can follow him @omaro13 • • • Hears to Omar and his adventures ahead • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #sectionhiking
"I'm doing 15 miles a day...which is unheard of for a Southbounder!" - Slug ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Slug met us on our second to last hitch in SBNF on the Blue Cut Fire. He was on his way to Cajon Pass, the infamous McDonald's Stop. • • • We chatted for a little bit and he explained he was from the Bay Area and was "saving so much on rent by just being out on the trail." • • • That can be unbelievable for some folks reading but it's true for folks who live in areas where housing prices have sky rocketed. So not only are hiking and backpacking great for your health, it will save you $$ • • • Slugs intention was to go slow, like a slug. He gets to enjoy the trail in a way very few people do. He's SOBO and not in a rush. • • • It was fun getting a sense of Slug and to finally meet #SOBO folks. Be sure to follow him @slugpace on his adventures • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #nomad #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #hikerhunger
"It can be easy to lose yourself out there...it's even easier to forget that there is life all around you." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Another #Toadsday has arrived and we are a bit late. • • • This fella was hiding out getting some rays on the PCT and we almost walked by without noticing. Can you see why? #Camaflouge goals • • • There's a decent amount of folks who hike all through the desert on the #PCT and think because water can be scarce in sections that there is no wildlife around. We would say that our experience while in the desert is there's more wildlife activity there than anywhere else on trail • ○ • You just have to let your senses adjust and let go of any assumptions you have about the desert ecosystem. Next time you go hike in the desert take out your head phones, stop to admire the cacti, and when you are filtering water take some time to sit and listen • • • You may be surprised at what you find out there • • • #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #hornytoad #optoutside #hornytoadtuesday #wanderlust #wander #nomad #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #heygirlhey #backpacking #reptiles #lizards
"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
The Story of My People Part 11: Donkey & the Wog Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com… “This is really gonna get Scoops upset!” . . This is it folks. The last story in the series. . . . . . #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"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
"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'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
"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
"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
The Story of My People Part 10: Joe Dirt Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … “This is the most foul-mouthed, son-of-a-*expletive* I’ve ever met.” Fluffy thinks to himself. He recognizes the irony in that thought and chuckles quietly to himself. … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"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
"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
The Story of My People Part 9: A-Game Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … “And where we had thought to travel outward, we shall travel to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"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
"I definitely want to continue in this field after our program finishes." - Silent Bob ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Meet Silent Bob, #pctclassof2016 and #atclassof2015 member and a member on the trail crew who helped us out this year • • • Hailing from #Michigan , Bob has hiked the AT and PCT now and one day looks to nab his triple crown on the CDT • • • He joined up with ACE after the trail when he found out they'd have a crew working specifically on the PCT this year • • • With a trail name like Silent Bob you'd expect him to keep conversation low key but if you had the chance to talk to Bob it was worth it • • • Although we can't remember running into each other on the trail last year the #PCT connects people in ways you are always surprised by • • • Awesome to see Silent Bob giving back to the trail by becoming an Americorps member and putting in solid work in this season. • • • We encourage all hikers and anyone really to volunteer with a trail crew or volunteer events. The trail provides us so much so the work we put in helps maintain and sustain the place that brings so much joy to all. • • He was able to see the Sierra Buttes Re alignment project through so the next generation of hikers can enjoy the Buttes and that section of new trail. • • • We wish him luck as he continues to adventure in the great outdoors • • • You can follow him on his journey @ultralightbob • • • Thanks for the #photobomb Zac • • • #Happytrails to Silent Bob • • #volunteering #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #nature
"This has been a great project seeing everyone on the same page, the communication and everyone bringing their skill set to the table...look at the work that can get done when a groups come together." Adrian USFS ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • These three, Liam, Adrian and Kyle were part of the Tahoe NF Trail crew we worked with for 3 hitches up in the Northern Sierras on our #SierraButtes #PCT Re Route project • • • It was a great partnership, we all worked hard and had a goal to finish that section so that we could get it open for hikers to start coming through • • • It was a pleasure to have them out there with their saws, boulder buster, mini ex and man power. The work we did on that section is some of the coolest trail work we've done anywhere across the US • • • A big shout out to these guys for showing folks what the #USFS trail crews can do and why we need them and others to help maintain and preserve our public lands, trails and natural resources • • • As a former USFS wilderness trails technician we appreciate the work these folks put in and their commitment to the trails. • • • If you see them around please stop and chat, give them some thanks and props and of you are feeling really generous some brews as well • • • You can follow Liam @sierraruffrider and Kyle @clmb_arb on their adventures in the Northern Sierra Region • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #stihl #tahoenationalforest #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #unitedoutside #beards
"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
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