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"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
"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
The Story of My People Part 8: Valley Girl Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … Valley. Girl. A girl from The Valley, am-I-right? That’s like totally gotta be it. Like, fer sure. Um… Like, not even. … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"Yup I flew out here for this. I couldn't pass up a chance to volunteer out here...this has been one of the best experiences I've had out west!" - Zoie ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Zoie seriously flew out from #Chitown to come out and volunteer on the PCT! So cool! • • • She worked with us the entire last hitch in the Sierra Buttes on our re route and put into many hours constructing new trail • ○ • It was a blast having her around as she brought a positive energy to everything. One day she also said she'd like to hike the PCT, and if you know us we will always encourage people to do it!• • ○ The last update we received was that she has now signed up to work on a Corps Crew herself in the Southwest because of her experience volunteering on the #PCT ! • • • So if anyone is ever interested check out www.pcta.org for upcoming trail projects! • • • Also her #graphictee shirt is spot on or on fleek as they say now a days • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #optoutside #tahoenationalforest #womenwhotravel #unitedoutside #nature #outdoorwomen #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #wolves
"Zipping, that's what we say now when we are about to leave...like the sound of the zipper getting zipped on your packs." Shade ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • The last time we saw this trail family (@pnw_trailblazer @momentsthroughaaron @shade_spear @iamryangrimes ) was at #DonnerPass @visittruckee , as they headed toward Sierra City. Good thing their @granitegear gear was still intact! They had all just gotten some grub and brews at the Donner Pass Cafe • • • At that point they'd gone straight through the Sierras through some gnarly creek crossings and snow fields. • • • It was fun to spread a little trail magic and also get to hear some of their stories. We saw them off on their journey north to Sierra City next. • • • Thinking of the good ole days on trail, enjoy the Zipping, tipping and ripping• • • • #Happytrails , xoxo #PCT • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #trailfamily #trailmagic #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #granitegear #altrarunning #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"I do some manual labor for work but this is a lot different and cool to take part in." - Jake ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Jake (@jaketrautvetter ) drove all the way from #SanDiego up to the #SierraButtes to take part in the PCT Re Route project. • • • He heard about the project online and signed up to see what trail work is all about. • • • He worked with our crew for 3 days and got to camp in the back country • • • This last stretch of the project had us breaking through some bed rock and Jake had a pic in his hands most of the time we passes by, chipping away and shaping the trail • • • It was fun for us to teach but also to let the crew help teach the volunteers about trail work and what we look for on the #PCT as far as trail standards • • • Thanks Jake for heading up to the project and hopefully we can get him and other new PCTA members and volunteers out for more projects. Sign up at www.pcta.org • • • #Happytrails and thanks again Sage for the #Photobomb • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"Sometimes we dream of island escapes with crystal clear waters and hammocks, other times we wish for the clearest night skies you'll ever see lying in the sand surrounded by stirring life." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • This thought came into our head while having a conversation about getting away. It's still unreal how fast this year has gone by • • • And we didn't want to let it pass without a few more Toadsday posts. @s_henkel we need a little help here. • • • As the holiday season is in full effect and we have time to reflect...yes that rhymed but we weren't really going for a poem here. ..we think • • • But going back to that thought, reflection, something we sometimes neglect without noticing. We've seen a lot happen around us, have been affected by things that we didn't think would ever effect us and yet we are still standing. • • • #Humbling , a word we use a lot but don't fully grasp. Right now we are humbled to be here, in this moment, alive, breathing air, looking out the window at the risen sun, typing, seeing, and yes even feeling. • • • Our guards been up for a variety of reasons yet right now it's not at defcon 4. Spending time with our nephew, seeing how we all once were and how it really is the little things that can bring happiness has been wonderful. • • • We've been encouraged to write again, to create, to explore and to reach out. A decision has been looming for quite some time and we think it will be decided here real soon, cause we only live once in this body, this vessel, this time. And if time.is the only thing we have then it's high time to use it • • • #Happytrails and Happy belated #Toadsday • • • Photo taken near PCT mile 195 with this little gem • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #planetearth #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #unitedoutside #nature #photography #photographer
"I've been on a few PCTA projects in the past but this is by far the toughest but coolest spot." Ginny ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ginny came out from Mountain View, CA to #volunteer on the PCT #SierraButtes Re Route Project at the end of August. • • • She'd volunteered on a few other PCTA projects but nothing quite like this one. This project was about building a new trail and not maintaining or fixing the existing trail so it was quite unique and special • • • There are many #PCTA projects, some front country, others backcountry, some day projects, some multi day projects. This was a multi day backcountry project. Hard work, long days, elevation gain to the work site and rocks to crush. • • • Knowing that this part of the trail will be what thousands of hikers will walk on and know as the PCT in the future adds a little something to your work days • • • Not many folks can say they built some of the PCT and then go back to that section years later and walk it. • • • The trail changes every year due to fire, snow, land slides, wash outs, erosion, etc. We never know what a new winter will bring • • • But we know next year that this part of the trail will be open and to new hikers this will be the #PCT and we hope they enjoy it. • • • #Happytrails Ginny and to all, also thanks Sage for the Photo bomb • • • #unitedoutside #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #womenwhohike #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #sheexplores #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #womenwhoadventure
"Hiii my name is Ophi...you throw stick? You smell like tasty...you throw stick? Squirrel! Wait...just stick...you throw yes?" - Ophelia ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Ophi (@opheliathebordercollie ), #bordercollie , visited our #trailcrew in the #PCT Sierra Buttes Reroute project to drop off supplies along with her mother @alliekatx • • • She immediately put a stick down in front of us expecting us to throw it...she knew us too well and we obliged • • • She was still a puppy, literally, at this point and given her genes full of energy • • • If you let her off leash you will have a heck of a time trying to catch her. • • • And she can jump quite high • • • And she likes chasing shadows ;) • • • Always fun to run into #trail pups as they always bring a smile to our faces • • • #Happytrails Oph #dog • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #🐶 #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
The Story of My People Part 7: Monster Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … That night, he showed us pictures and videos of the Sierra from his iPhone. He told us stories about death defying creek crossings, digging down through the snow to find shelter, and how he was probably the first person to walk into — and out of — the Sierra in 2017. Amazing. … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"Are you judging us? These right here are the hikers that started in April. Last one to Canada wins...right?" - Purple Haze ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • A quick stop into #SierraCity for internet gave us the chance to run into many a hiker hanging out, enjoying the food and the camaraderie • • • Sierra City is a great #PCT hiker town and anyone who stops there stops at General Store and is bound to grab some food there. • • • There's a good chance that they'll stay at the Church and take a cold shower at the visitor center. • • • We ran into this group in the back of the store as we looked for a jar of kombucha. • • • Pictured are Newsfeed, from #Chicago (@thirstypoet ), Quoi from #Montreal , Five Star from #Venezuela (@mindbodytrail ), Purple Haze from Chicago (@basecamp606 ), & Tom from #Belgium (@tomdebruycker ) • • • It was a funny conversation because we were caught a little off guard as it was late August so we may have jumped to conclusions. • • • We really just wanted to make sure they knew (which they did) that the weather in the Cascades can change quickly and without warning • • • A few had come to terms with getting as far as they could and then coming back to finish. We again just wanted to make sure people knew to not push it to the end where winter would set in. • • • The Last One to Canada is fun to say but our goal as outdoor professionals is to make sure everyone is safe so if you need to stop or turn around it's ok. • • • And after our chat we passed out #PCTA stickers so all in all a good talk • • • #Happytrails to these hikers and be sure to follow their adventures • • • #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #unitedoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
The Story of My People Part 6: John Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … “Don’t you think there are some people who just *deserve* to be killed?” -John … Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel for more in-the-moment videos of my people! #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"It's my Birthday today...what a special place this is...and I think the universe works in ways that bring people together." Tyler ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • We took a hike up to the #SierraButtes Lookout back at the end if August on our last hitch working on the new PCT reroute and ran into a family who was celebrating a birthday • • • Pictured are Tyler and Kelsey and their pup Kita • • • Tyler was celebrating his birthday in style by hiking up to the Look Out with his family and soaking the 360 degree views on a clear sky day • • • We obviously connected on the names but also just a good outlook on living in the moment and not taking our lives for granted. • • • You run into people for a reason and we are glad to have connected with this group • • • Luckily we brought some extra #PCTA stickers with us and had enough for the entire family! Our little gift to the birthday group • • • Did we mention their pup was super cute even though she was quite scared up at the look out she hung in there and was a trooper • • • One day they'd like to hike the #PCT and hope to get out section hiking next summer. • • • Happy Birthday and #Happytrails • • • #tahoenationalforest #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #adventuredogs #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #photography #unitedoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #adventure #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"Wait...it's starting...this is crazy that we are sitting here watching this...Wait did you feel that? What is happening? What?" Bananas ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Right after #PCTDays we decided to find a spot to stake out for the Solar Eclipse. • • • @jackhaskel even picked up Bananas from this year's class. He was one of the first hikers to enter the Sierras this year on the #PCT (@thebackcountrycook Banana said hi) • • • It was fun to get his perspective on #hiking the Sierras in the snow this year and just missing all the wildfires. • • • Banana is attending NYU now, this was his first thru hike right out of highschool! • • • We were able to find a forest service road with no one on it and staked out our own space. Turns out a lot of folks were in #mthoodnationalforest but at the popular spots. • • • All we can say is that moment the solar eclipse happened was one of the strangest, surrealist and stunning moments of our lives...yeah no big deal • • • To experience that on our public land with so few people there (most people went to the fields in Madras and paid $$ for spots) was even more special • • • That experience reminded us of how moments shape our lives, not things. • • • Even though totality lasted only two minutes the process of the entire eclipse made that a unforgettable day. • • • Somewhere out there there's a video of the Prodigy jumping up and down in amazement and giggling and shouting like a kid who just got to meet his favorite Power Ranger. • • • #Happytrails and if anyone sees Banana give him a fist bump from us • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"No it's not my spirit animal...well maybe it is one...hmm...maybe it's not about having one spirit animal... let me sit on that a little." - The Prodigy ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Oh snaps we almost missed #Toadsday again... • • • Met this little one Near #PCT mile 195 • • • Sending every one positive vibes and energy from our little desert friend, ain't she a beaut? • • • So we just landed many thousanda of miles away from where we've been and will do our best to keep the pct2017 class posts updated. • • • So that got us thinking...What is your spirit animal? We'd enjoy hearing about yours below in the comments • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #heygirlhey #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hornedlizard #hornytoadtuesday #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #lizardsofinstagram #backpacking #nature #photography
"I think our feed could just turn into a page for Trail Bait...you have to watch out because yours might too...look she's thirsty." - Lil Yachti ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • To add a smile to your face you just have to think back to the people and kitty's you meet on trail that shine bright • • • Trail Bait aka Manzanita and her mother Lil Yachti were definitely one of those pairs that could make anyone having a bad day on trail...which in the end don't really exist a much as people complain. #trailkitty • • • Such a cool experience to meet kitten that was raised on the trail, in the woods and in this trail life. • • • Here's to Manzanita and Lil Yachti @sk8rboi69 and to their next adventures. • • • ...No were not obsessed...you're obsessed ... • • • #Happytrails • • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #🐱 #sheexplores #unitedoutside #kitten #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #womenwhotravel #camping #trailcrew #traillife #backpacking #nature #nalgene #outdoorwomen
"I was an aspiring thru hiker as a teenager...I wanted to hike the trail in the 70s." - Papa Joe ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Another face many PCT hikers will recognize...giving you the one and only Papa Joe • • • For anyone who doesn't know Papa Joe is one half of the Amazing #TrailAngel tandem at Casa De Luna • • • If you've stayed at Casa De Luna then you'll know the place has some magic too it. • • • Shall we remind you of the nachos for dinner and the pancakes for breakfast? • • • Papa Joe was trying to hike some of the PCT in #Oregon when the fires halted him this year. • • • He showed up at #PCTDays and was getting fitted for a new @palantepacks by @jawnzee. • • • He was going to head into Washington to hike and also spend some time with @neorenbohemienne as they explored our public lands • • • So glad we got to spend some time with him and that he's getting to section hike the #PCT after a long season at Casa De Luna hosting hikers • • • A big thanks to the Andersons for all they do for the trail • • • Also he's on Instagram now so follow his adventure @casadelunajoe ○ • • #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #trailmagic #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #og
"Triple Triple (Crown), yeah I guess that's the one true thing people say about me. I have a friend whose going for the Quadruple Triple (Crown)...I may have to beat him." - Lint ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Some of you may recognize those legs, some may not. For anyone whose hiked the #PCT you'll probably see this face at some point • • • Introducing Lint, one of three people who has successfully hiked the Triple Crown Three Times. That's the AT, CDT and PCT three times a piece...mind blown • • • And most of this is before the recent uptick in thru hiking or long distance hiking • • • Lint has a lot of wisdom to pass on and you can follow him @lint_hikes to see what he's up to and the great stories he posts. • • • His story is pretty amazing...It was great to finally meet him in person and get a sense of what drives him and keeps him going. We all have stories to share and sure instagram is nice but to talk to someone in person brings a whole different level • • • Currently he's living the van life and fixing up and retrofitting vans for folks...jealous...and that's what allows him to get outside and adventure across the country • • • He's also been an @altrarunning ambassador from the beginning and continues to run #ultramarathons • • • Oh and he and @jupiterhikes had a race to see who could get the Florida Trail Emblem #tattoo on them first, we'll let them debate that one • • • To all the other #wisdom that was passed on we can't post it here, you'll just have to run into the guy on trail somewhere, remember the trail provides • • • Photo taken 8/20/17 in #CascadeLocks for #PCTdays • • • #Happytrails Lint • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #legend #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
The Story of My People Part 5: Lt. Dan Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … Roi had this habit of never cleaning his legs or feet between town days. He said he liked to see the shower melt the dirt off. Time and again I tried to get him to wash off in a stream or a lake, but I eventually gave up. Roi liked his dirt. Who was I to argue otherwise? … Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel for more in-the-moment videos of my people! 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"I'm traveling across the United States & meeting people who are showing me the special places on public land...I am making all the content free because access to our public land is free and should stay that way." - Super Classy ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • While getting ready to go stake out our Solar Eclipse Site before leaving #PCTDays we had a great opportunity to chat with Super Classy • • • She is a PCT Alum, #pctclassof2015 #pct2015 and hiked with our good friends @mymountainiswaiting • • • We were hanging around @lint_hikes van waiting for Papa Joe to get his brand new @palantepacks from @jawnzee , that's a lot of hiking miles there between those names. • • • She was going to be hiking with Papa Joe for a bit, profiling some of his favorite spots on public land • • • In this present day we want to say how important this is, what Super Classy is doing is truly inspirational and us much needed • • • Public land is under constant threat right now in our current political reality and we must not back down and just let a few people tell us what our Landa are good for • • • Please check out Super Classy's website www.supportpubliclands.com and follow her instagram @neorenbohemienne to follow her travels across the US documenting our public lands • • • We encourage everyone to use our lands, be respectful our lands and be mindful if the history of areas • • • If not us, then who? • • • #HAPPYTRAILS Super Classy • • • #outdoorwomen #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei #unitedoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #vagabond
A rare photo of the PCT Power Group! (clockwise from bottom left) Donkey, @kinesthetickevin , Bug Juice, @bee8384 , @matthewsluiter , @roibenshoham , Joe Dirt, @jmjohnson77. 📸 credit to Pollywog. We yogi’d the beer from a nearby bear box. The beer actually belonged to @rabbithikes. I think that does it for name drops. Did I miss anyone? 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"PCT Days, good people, good times...now on to the Solar Eclipse, what a week it's been." - Lil Yachti and co ♢#humansofthepct ♢• • • #TrailFamily , one of the best things about the trail is the people you meet. .. and just as important are the connections that develop • • • Pictured are Ben, Brew Hiker (@brewhiker ), Trail Bait/Manzanita, Boo Boo, Lil Yachti (@sk8rboi69 ) and Hellbender • • • Ben on the left is a #PCT Alum and was driving to work when he offered the rest of the hikers a ride. This id truly #trailmagic and the trail providing. • • • Remember this was the Solar Eclipse Weekend so it was packed on the roads • • • It was great to catch up with this crew at the #PCTDays in #CascadeLocks . • • • There was a lot of laughs, smiles and good times. Thank you Cascade Locks for hosting PCT days in your beautiful trail town • • • It's always a bittersweet feeling when you part ways on the trail but we'll all see each other in some way shape or form again cause the trail truly is a magical place. • • • #Happytrails • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hikerhunger #hikertrash #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #cats #nature #trailcrew #traillife #adventurecat #unitedoutside
"Yeah we had ice axes but I realized I'm not comfortable with a lot of that stuff and in that type of environment...it wasn't for me...now it's just about the hiking." - Boo Boo ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Boo Boo from #Illinois being honest about how his view on the hike changed for the better. • • • Another great reminder that a thru hike is not for everyone...and that's ok. • • • Sure you will be put outside your comfort zone but if you aren't feeling it do not put yourself or others in danger...it's not worth it • • • Kudos for Boo Boo realizing that snow hiking wasn't for him. He found out it doesn't always need to be about the miles • • To each their own, hike your own hike • • • Cheers and #happytrails • • • Photo taken the last day of #PCTDays in #CascadeLocks 08/20/17 • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
#Repost @mountainsoles (@get_repost ) ・・・ "For anyone who hikes, climbs, floats, mountain bikes skis, etc....this will affect you even if you've never been to Bears Ears or Grand Staircase Escalante...it's your land, not the administration's." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Let's be #bipartisan about this, what the administration just did is the largest public land grab of our time. Their goal of shrinking Bears Ears National Monument by over 85% and Grand Staircase Escalante by over 50% is unprecedented • • We usually stay away from rants...not that this is one, but if you were waiting for something to happen that would directly affect you...well this might be it. • • Oh & to add to the heaping pile of 🔥💩 about protecting the rights of citizens, they are about to open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for Oil exploration... • • So back to waiting...there's no more time, it's time to get active, it's time to fight for your passions...no more standing idle. • • • If you follow this feed and have hiked the PCT or are planning to we urge you to give back and help support our public lands because the #PCT is 99% public land! • • • Please do your own research, help support your protect public lands, not just for us but for future generations. • • • There's some great information out there from folks who are using their instagram as a platform to get the word out on how you can help. • • • Check out @running_bum_ for great info about Bears Ears & how you can help • • • Also check out @sheneenagins for links to more Bears Ears info & what the @accessfund will be prepping for in the legal battles to come • • • If you have purchased anything from @patagonia , look into what their doing to get the word out & educating folks. They are on the front lines!• • • Also, @REI is getting the word out & asking folks to regram this photo & change their profile photos, let's spread the word & take action • • • We'll see you out there #unitedoutside • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #climb #pctstory #patagonia #optoutside #climbing #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #hope #hiking #camping
"I want to work for another year so I can hike for two years straight." -Spoon ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Muffins in hand we ran into Kate, whom we met way back in Mission Creek back in April, and Spoon who hiked part of the trail the year before. • • • Spoon (@cachebuster ) hails from Southern California and Kate from the #CzechRepublic . • • • We got to talking about how we could live the hiker lifestyle and just be out there all the time. • • Kate is an engineer so she'll be looking for a gig after the trail. Also kudos to her for not accepting a trail name because last time we met Scotty and the Unicorn wanted her to be carrot. • • • Spoon is still hoping to get a good gig after his section hike to save up before the next adventure, we know what that feels like. • • • Not everyone can take time off from their work, or has the resources to be away from their friends and family for months at a time • • • But sometimes we need to take a leap, and ilwe wouldn't say faith but just a leap into the unknown. Sure there's fear and doubts but there's always that, dont think it's not there. • • • It depends on your perspective and if you can turn that around into hey we are scared but we will learn a lot and if we don't take a chance we'll never grow and never know • • • We encourage folks to find their comfort zone, test it and be confident in their decisions. Sometimes not knowing the outcome is the best part • • • In times like these we all need to take a leap, a step, tip toe out of our comfort zones and see what's beyond. • • • #Happytrails to Kate and Spoon • • • Photo taken 8/20/17 in #CascadeLocks during the last morning of #pctdays #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"For anyone who hikes, climbs, floats, mountain bikes skis, etc....this will affect you even if you've never been to Bears Ears or Grand Staircase Escalante...it's your land, not the administration's." - The Prodigy ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • • • Let's be #bipartisan about this, what the administration just did is the largest public land grab of our time. Their goal of shrinking Bears Ears National Monument by over 85% and Grand Staircase Escalante by over 50% is unprecedented • • We usually stay away from rants...not that this is one, but if you were waiting for something to happen that would directly affect you...well this might be it. • • Oh & to add to the heaping pile of 🔥💩 about protecting the rights of citizens, they are about to open up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge for Oil exploration... • • So back to waiting...there's no more time, it's time to get active, it's time to fight for your passions...no more standing idle. • • • If you follow this feed and have hiked the PCT or are planning to we urge you to give back and help support our public lands because the #PCT is 99% public land! • • • Please do your own research, help support your protect public lands, not just for us but for future generations. • • • There's some great information out there from folks who are using their instagram as a platform to get the word out on how you can help. • • • Check out @running_bum_ for great info about Bears Ears & how you can help • • • Also check out @sheneenagins for links to more Bears Ears info & what the @accessfund will be prepping for in the legal battles to come • • • If you have purchased anything from @patagonia , look into what their doing to get the word out & educating folks. They are on the front lines!• • • Also, @REI is getting the word out & asking folks to regram this photo & change their profile photos, let's spread the word & take action • • • We'll see you out there #unitedoutside • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #climb #pctstory #patagonia #optoutside #climbing #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #hope #hiking #camping #trailcrew
The Story of My People Part 4: Gringo Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … When I walked up the stairs to Carmen’s outdoor-patio-turned-hiker-convention, my gaze immediately locked onto two of the most miserable looking human beings I had ever laid eyes on. One of them was Gringo… 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"I'm not proud of my name...my name travels faster than I do...& I fart a lot." - County Dump ♢#humansofthepct ♢ • So there are two photos here, the first we caught her as she was explaining her trail name origin. & out of courtesy for County Dump we told her we'd post both photos. • County Dump (@wielenwilleke )hails from the #Netherlands & we met her the last morning of @PCTDays at breakfast. • We had to ask about her trail name because we'd met a Side Car Dump before so...was there a relation? • Yes and no it turns out. The origin stories were somewhat similar except as County Dump Puts it: "there was a trail name contest going on and well...I think I won if that's even a way to look at it." • Alas the origin came one day as she was hiking and the was a creek to her downhill side and a steep cliff on her uphill side when she realized she needed to go...badly. • We hope all hikers follow leave no trace principles & stay clear of water (200 feet) when you need to use the restroom...also please dig a cat hole 6-8 inches deep 200 feet away from the trail & please pack out your Toilet Paper • Alas in County Dumps situation there wasn't enough time...she did the best she could in that environment • But there was no cover...another hiker spotted her...the trail name was born. • We appreciate her honesty in this & we understand that situations like those happen. We just want others to be aware of @leavenotrace principles and to follow them when they are #outdoors • We are never out to bash anyone on this feed because given the popularity of long distance hiking there will more users on trail & many will not know about leavenotrace & the natural resource issues. We hope to #educate , bring awareness & #inspire other #stewards of the land. ☆ Please, if you plan on getting outside, read up on local issues, educate yourself & be prepared...it's our responsibility to help preserve it now & for the future. • • #Happytrails Cheers • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #hiking #travel #explore #smile #outdoorwomen #photography #latergram #trailcrew
"We are hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail but figure why not swing down to PCT Days?!" - Jet fighter ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Two more faces from #pctclassof2016 , Jet fighter from Madison, Wisconsin and Caveman from Seattle, Washington. • • • Photo taken outside the #Cascadelocks grocery store • • • We ran into each other on trail last year and of course given the magic of the #PCT you run into familiar faces all the time • • • These two were hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) and figure the fires in Washington were no fun so why not swing down to #PCTDAYS ?! • • • Totes the right move • • • Always fun to see what folks are up to post PCT...well we all get drawn back but great to see folks out there seeing, hiking, experiencing and sharing other lomg trails and living the life they want to and not what society tells them to • • • Happytrails to these two and you can follow their adventures @roastbeefmcweef for Jet Fighter and @cavemanontrail for Caveman • • • And yes they saw the cupcake sale too ;) • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #pct2016 #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"Hey, did you see the sale they have on cupcakes?!" - City ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • 2000 plus miles later you run into some familiar faces in the Cascade Locks Grocery Store. • • • #PCT Hikers Buzz (from New Jersey), Chocolate Balls (from Sonora, California), City (from New York City) and Gilligan (from Arkansas) were finding some late night snacks as we were checking out as well • • • We first met Buzz and City back at Mt. Laguna Outfitters when we provided some trailmagic to Star @miss.clare.in.the.wild • • • That is always a fun spot to stop and check out the hiker shakedowns that happen • • • We even helped with a few. There are many green hikers then and you learn a lot about what you don't need very quick...or you are very stubborn • • • Both Buzz and City donated some platypus collapsible water bottles and we want to thank them as they were put to good use during our pct 2017 trail season! • • • Apologies for the blurry photo, sigh first world problems • • • It's great to see trail families develop, forge bonds and stick together. To think you can make life long friends from the very first steps you take on trail • • • Cause if you hike with someone for 2600 miles, there's got to be some memories made • • • We also think it was Chocolate Balls or Gilligan who said that quote but we cannot confirm it as we all saw the cupcake sale :) • • • Follow their journeys at Buzz @hiker.joe , Chocolate Balls @sloanybones , City @juliana_chauncey , Gilligan @ethanzeb • • • Photo taken at Cascade Locks Grocery on 8/19/17 • • • #Happytrails to the trail families out there • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #hikerhunger #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #hikertrash #backpacking
"This was the perfect time to hike...we planned it out and where we were in our lives and where we wanted to be after made this the best window to try." - Dwyane and Jen ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • We met Jen and Dwyane while grabbing some food in #CascadeLocks the last night of #PCTDays . Btw Locks of Dogs and Treats have nice big portions for hungry hikers! • • • After a brief intro we learned they were from #SouthernCalifornia and had been planning this hike for a the right time. • • • This year Definitely seemed like it but the snow and fires created a Hiccup or two along the way. • • • Nonetheless they've continued and are just hitting the spots they can before heading back to socal to the next part of their lives • • • It was fun to talk gear too and to see what they were sporting on their hike. • • • Follow their adventures at #janddhikethepct and @_duanehundley • • • #Happytrails to them and to everyone who hiked this year • • Photo taken at @locksofdogsandtreats in Cascade LOCKS, #Oregon on 8/19/17. • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #camping #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #trailcrew #traillife #outdoorresearch #backpacking #pct #hikerhunger
The Story of My People Part 3: Peanut Link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com ... Peanut would become my gateway to the wider community of hikers. Everyone loved Peanut. Where I would walk past people on the trail and maybe mutter a greeting of some kind, she would stop and talk, extracting information about the trail ahead or some other bit of information she wanted. "You have a resting bitch face," she'd tell me, and "that's why no one wants to talk to you." … 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line … ... #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
Never before have we done 3 quotes but there's always a first: • • • "Lint and I were in an unofficial competition to see who could get the Florida Trail Emblem tattooed on us first." - Jupiter • • • "I didn't have enough room for all my food...thus two packs...and thus my trail name." - 2 Taps • • • " I'm going to the border tomorrow to start hiking South, it's been a crazy year but I think this is the plan now." - Reptar • • • ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • So if you are connected with the the PCT trail family this year, you'll recognize the faces and names in this post. • • • We hadn't run into Reptar @reptarhikes , from Virginia, since San Bernadino National Forest, way back in May. He's a part of the @thegroundskeepers with @granitegear on the PCT this year! • • • He's been packing out trash and making a documentary of the PCT as he hikes this year. • • • We met 2 Taps and Jupiter, both AT alum at PCT Days while chatting about packs, hiking and food...yup that's what hikers talk about...nerds • • • 2 Taps, from Wisconsin, had been taking many photos on trail and you'll have to check out his insta and gallery @j_helmkamp , he was sporting his new @palantepacks along with his @hyperlitemountaingear pack while hanging out at PCT DAYS days. • • • Jupiter, @jupiterhikes was out testing out the PCT this year on some longer section hikes. • • • He has hiked the Eastern Continental Divide Trail and has the FKT on the Florida Trail. He'll be attempting a #YOYO of the #PCT next year! • • • Photo taken 8/19/27 at PCT Days in #CascadeLocks • • • Well that was a long description but Wishing all these fellas #happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #appalachiantrail
"I haven't taken full advantage of having a kitten with me at a gear show yet...you want to try your luck?" Lil Yachti speaking for Manzanita aka Trail Bait ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • One of us could be under the influence. ..of Cuteness • • • Of course running into your favorite trail kitty will involve a lot of kitty sitting and selfies and kitty time • • • We first met Manzanita and Lil Yachti back at Chips Creek near PCT mile 1295 in July • • • Who wouldn't want to spend more time with this #babe ? • • • We took Manzanita on a tour of #PCT Days, though she was cat napping most of the time. • • • She definitely received a lot of love and might have even helped score some gear ;) • • • Sigh, if only we could have gone with her for the rest of her hike. Follow her adventure with Lil Yachti @sk8rboi69 • • • Photo taken 8/19/17 at PCT Days • • • Yes...we are wearing two hats • • • We promise more photos of Trail Bait, tons more, but we want to try and get all the hiker photos up soon as 2018 is creeping up on us 😮 • • • #Happytrails Manzanita, you will always be our favorite 😘 • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #heygirlhey #optoutside #kitty #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
The Story of My People Part 2: The Canadians Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
The Story of My People Part 1: Alan Click the link in my profile, or go to matthewsluiter.com … 👕 teespring.com/pct-walk-the-line … #thestoryofmypeople #pct #pct2017 #PacificCrestTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #thruhiking #hiking #hikinglife #backpacking #wilderness #wanderlust #leavenotrace #keepitwild #mexicotocanada #thetrek #backpacker #adventure #pctstory #optoutside
"Wait... we hiked together last year? What did you look like..we'll need to see a photo." - Clockwork ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • So you are standing in line at the @seatosummitgear tent at PCT Days and you hear someone talk about wild land firefighting. • • • You turn around and see a familiar face but you can't quite pinpoint at the latest second from where. ..then it hits you, you've seen that face on trail...but not this year. ..from last year • • • Then you just say without any introduction. ..Hey you two hiked last year! Not a question but a statement haha • • • We hadn't seen Squirrel and Clockwork since Kennedy Meadows we are pretty sure. The last confirmed sighting was the day after leaving Tehachapi and a ton of hikers camping near a Spring with a very vocal frog. • • • Luckily someone took a photo of us (@mymountainiswaiting ) and we were able to prove we did look a little different last year ;), and that we hiked by one another. • • • Small world eh? Though it helps that they live in #Portland and also we were at #PCTDAYS . • • • It was fun hearing about how their hike in Washington turned out and also about what they'd been up to since. Good times from #pctclassof2016 #pct2016 • • • Having fought fire we were happy to pass some helpful information to Squirrel and turns out we all had an affinity for swag and gear give aways! • • • You can follow Clockwork on her adventures @blueskylover • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #photography #tentlife #backpacking #outdoorwomen
"This must be a sign, seeing this many hornytoads is the universe telling us something...we hear you mother nature!" - The Prodigy ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Well..maybe it's not to some but we love these little creatures and have been lucky enough to encounter many of them on trail this year. • • • Mini dinosaur is how we look at them sometimes • • • It's a reminder of the connections to the past yet also the image of the present • • • With the last hikers coming through SOBO and the holidays fast approaching we've been reflecting on this past year • • • There's been a lot of good mixed with some not so good. • • • Alas it's those days right after the not so good that we've stopped...looked around...breathed in...exhaled ..and saw the sky...the trees...the moon.. The stars • • • It's been a year full of new experiences, new connections, new moments. • • • There is an information or misinformation overload everyday as we try to stay connected yet grounded...informed yet open... • • • The paths before you are yours to take, we won't tell you which way to go, but that is not to say we won't see you on the way. .. • • So from us to you, we'd like to wish you a happy #Toadsday from the #PCT (Fobes Trail Alternate). • • • #Happytrails • • • pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #vanlife #wander #heygirlhey #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #dinosaur #naturephotography #photography #backpacking #hornytoad #planetearth
"Final stretch is just around the bend...but we'll be back across the bridge here soon to relax a little more at PCT DAYS before heading north." - Orion ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • The #PCT is a magical place and the people you meet play a big part in that. • • • Who would have thought 2000 miles before we'd run into a thru rider and his horses while building check steps in the desert. • • • Who would have thought having not seen them since April we'd run into them again in #Oregon and #Washington for #PCTDays ? • • • The trail works in mysterious ways and we along with the crowd of hikers, cars and fans were so happy to be able to cross the Bridge of the Gods with these threw a day watch the special moment • • • If you haven't been following Orion, his journey with his two trusty mustangs and his goal to raise awareness about Ataxia please follow him @the_wild_in_us • • • Also, if anyone is looking to get a wild mustang...it's only $125! We will be going to Orion once we commit to getting one! • • • Photo taken 8/19/17 in Stevenson Washington after the successful crossing. • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #packer #thrurider #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #horsesofinstagram #trailcrew #backpacking #adventure #🐴
"This is just a small part of the journey..." - Orion ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • We were lucky enough to make it to #PCTDays and watch Orion and his two trusty mustangs Gary and Minaret cross the Bridge of the Gods from #CascadeLocks , #Oregon to #Washington on the #PCT • • • There are many more photos of Orion (@the_wild_in_us ) , his mustangs and of fellow hikers so just you wait. • • • It was so neat seeing the two #mustangs hold it together and get across the bridge without any issue • • • For anyone whose hiked the PCT you know that it can be a bit harrowing, trippy and even a little scary if you don't like heights • • • Needless to say we aren't large animals with hoofs • • • We'll get to the other photos soon, lots to be updated • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"Wait, we forgot your name, how'd you remember ours? It's been a good few days here in Cascade Locks as we get ready for #Washington !" - Strongback ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Katie and Strongback, whom we last saw in Sequoia National Forest and first met back in San Bernadino National Forest were about to depart across the Bridge of Gods when ran into them at PCT Days • • • It is such a small world the trail, and so good to see folks not letting the fires and snow get them down or force them off trail if they can help it • • • They had to skip the High Sierras mostly but said they'd like to go back and do them some day. It's a good reminder that a "thruhike" sometimes gets in the way of enjoying the hike itself. • • • If a thruhike is your goal then awesome, it was ours when we hiked. Just remember to keep an open mind because things change and you have to either roll with the change or be prepared to get really frustrated :) • • • #Happytrails to these two as they make their way home • • • Photo taken 8/19/17 in #CascadeLocks #oregon • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #backpacking #coupleswhohike #adventure #womenwhohike #ProtectPublicLands #hiking #backpacker
"Orion, you are looking pretty buff there, you been working out on the trail?" - Baywatch • • "Well, when you are lifting 50 pound bags onto your mustangs every day you get a good upper body work out." - Orion • • • ♤ #humansofthepct ♤ • • • When you drive hundreds of miles north to attend an event called #PCTDays you are sure to run into familiar faces. Well who are the first three folks you see? Amy, Orion and Baywatch! • • • We last saw Amy and Baywatch back in Kennedy Meadows. Which just so happens was before Baywatch #proposed to Amy in the Sierras! Trail #engagement ! • • • As for Orion we last saw him and his #mustangs Gary and Mineret in Mission Creek, over 2000 miles ago! • • • What a good surprise it is to see folks and catch up on their journeys this year. To hear the tales of the snow and the fires and how people managed to figure ways around or how to flip has been crazy. • • • A reminder to follow Orion @thewildinuspct and get a sense of his thru ride this year and awareness he's bringing to the fight against #Ataxia . • • • Everyone is all smiles here because there's no place like a hiker town with food, brews and good company. • • • Photo taken 08/18/17 in #CascadeLocks , #Oregon • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #backpacking #adventure
"First it was all the snow and mess in the Sierras and then we get to Oregon and are hiking to and from fires." Hobo Max ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • We were driving from The Northern Sierra Region toward Oregon to attend and participate in PCT Days in #CascadeLocks , #Oregon • • • It was by chance as we drove through Hood River, Oregon we saw some hikers with signs asking for rides to Cascade Locks • • • We didn't have a lot of room but pulled over and told them we'd make room for them. After some reorganization we got everyone in and all their shopping supplies and gear • • • Meet Hobo Max from #Quebec , #Canada and Anne (@anne_guest2 ) from #France . • • • After some time we realized we'd met Anne and her father in Sequoia National Forest way back in June! • • • Small world, the trail provides and the connections are everywhere whether you see or feel it or not. • • • Happy to give back to the trail community. Photo taken in Cascade Locks at Shreks Place. • • • Glad they made it through what they could of the Sierras and avoiding the large fires in Oregon this year. Happy to head to #PCTDays as well! • • • #Happytrails • • • #pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #trailmagic #beards #backpacking #womenwhohike
"When I first started it was just a job, but over 30 years later I am happy I stuck to teaching. You figure out in the first few years what works and then you get comfortable." - Don ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ • • • Don joined us from #Petaluma , Ca. He'd done some minor trail work with the Sierra Club and has been a member of the #PCTA for a few years • • • He heard about the Sierra Buttes Re Route Project and wanted to help out. • • • Don had just retired as a teacher after 30 plus years teaching highschool. Definitely a round of applause for him 👏👍• • • He wasn't sure what he wanted to do after college but started teaching part time and then it turned full time • • • He was a trooper and stuck it our a few days before having to call it quits as the work we were doing was high intensity. • • • We want to thank Don for coming out and for volunteering his time to continue helping others and the #PCT #community • • • Cheers and #Happytrails • • • #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"I'm going to be doing the High Sierras in September...hiking from Walker Pass to Lake Tahoe!" - Jamie ♢ #Humansofthepct ♢ • • • Jamie hails from #Michigan but has spent 10 years living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, literally from the southern portion to the Northern portion • • • She's volunteered many times with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and had been wanting to do a #PCTA volunteer project so when our Sierra Buttes Re Route projects opened up she signed up right away • • • It was a pleasure having her as a #volunteer . Her trail maintenance experience was top notch and she fit in well with the crew dynamics. • • • Her background living and working outside was also a plus. She regularly goes out backpacking with her dog so being on a remote backcountry project wasn't new to her. • • • She told us about her plan to hike the Sierra Nevada section of the #PCT from Walker Pass to Lake Tahoe where she currently lives and we were all for it. • • • Here's to her trip and her volunteer spirit! #Happytrails • • • #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #wandress
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