7/29 | Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, Storm Lake, Montana:
This year I spent an incredible amount of time in my thoughts and sometimes hours would pass by without me noticing. I would start a thought, progress through every scenario, analyze every option, and then all of a sudden be left with nothing to think about, leaving me no choice but to enjoy the very moment I was in.
I made a lot of progress this year in my own head, and I think that's why I enjoy thru hiking so much. In no other situation have I had the chance to fully complete a thought without interruption.
I love these trails for where they've taken me, who I've met while on them, and how my life has changed because of them.
Shot on the #sonya6000 .
Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my buds in the US. This time last year @cheesebeard_hikes made a dank thanksgiving meal for us all in Helsinki. It was pretty alright. Oh and I just uploaded a video that shows all the gear I carried on the CDT. Use the link in my bio to check it out.
So two days ago I arrived in the crazy city of Manila in the Phillipines. Its been quite a shock going from living on trail with a very small group of people that you know intimately to being in a metropolis of almost 13 million people. It’s great to have access to real food, wifi and all my RAW images from the CDT. I’ve been editing photos and getting back into some sort of normal rhythm and it feels amazing. Here’s a photo from early on in the trail in Montana.
7/9 | Virginia Falls in @glaciernps on the CDT:
It seemed that every mile I hiked in Glacier National Park provided some sort sort of spectacular scenery that I had no idea existed.
Waterfalls, Glacier fields, snow covered passes and endless ridge lines made for some of the most enjoyable hiking I've ever done.
I miss the CDT.
Shot on the #sonya6000 .
7/7 | Dawn Mist Falls in @glaciernps on the Chief Mountain Alt:
The first day on the CDT was something out of a dream quite honestly. The first few steps of an incredibly long journey were past me and from there on out it only got better. I got my first taste of big, mountainous views, raging waterfalls, and endless well maintained trail.
For future reference, Glacier is in no way shape or form an accurate representation of the CDT.
I'm not sure I could have been happier that day.
Shot on the #sonya6000 .
10/11 | Puffer Shelter on the Long Trail:
The Long Trail is a difficult and relentless trail, but when you're rewarded, it's generally with spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Scooter and I woke up to one of the best sunrises I've ever seen at Puffer Shelter after a long day of climbing up and over Mansfield on the Northern half of the LT. Although the LT doesn't have the giant, breathtaking vistas like out west, these Vermont skies are some of my favorite and most memorable.
Shot on the Sony #rx100m3 . New gear review up on the blog. Link in bio. #lifeonthelongtrail .
I took a lot of photos at the Southern terminus and this one of @cheesebeard_hikes is probably my favorite of the bunch. After the trail was finished we partied and made our way to Albuquerque. Myself, Cheesebeard and Rusty rented a car and drove about 25 hours over two days back to Charlotte. It’s been a great couple of days easing into normal life and preparing to head off to Asia. I’ve started editing photos, shooting YouTube videos and compiling my journal notes into semi readable blog posts, stay tuned.
When you find #shoes that are your favorite brand, model, colors, AND your size at a consignment store 😄😄😄 Did I mention they are practically brand new and literally 20% of the original price!!!!!!! Thank you @shopcommonthreads in #Denver !!!! I've hiked over 5,000 miles and every single step has been in @salomon trail runners. This will be pair number 1 for the #CDT2018 . #itshappening#triplecrowninthemaking
New Zealand! These little packs are going on some pretty grand adventures! 🌏
Thanks for the post, @halfwayanywhere
"We all know that hoods are now officially cool, but in case you haven't heard, so are fanny packs. After experimenting with one lent to me by @ourtrailingthought, I knew that I had to have my own. Thankfully, @thru.pack makes awesome packs of fanny for hikers. With little hesitation, I did what had to be done; I got myself one. You don't have to tell me, I know it's awesome. #KeplerTrack#NewZealand "
11/8 | Mile 2966 | Columbus Alt.
I’m convinced the CDT would not be possible in the Southwest without agriculture. We often find water from piped springs, cow troughs, and if we’re lucky small steams with out too much cow shit in them. All are commonly 20+ miles away from one another making for enjoyable water carries. It’s interesting to think, for better or worse, our ability to access and live in these “wild” places often rely on those who have domesticated the landscape...
Here’s Phantom finding our last water source (a trickle coming from agricultural pipes) before the border.
Shot on #SonyA6000#CDT#NewMexico#thetrek#americanhiking
8/28 | Green River Lakes, Wind River Range, WY:
This was without a doubt my favorite campsite on the entire CDT. We left Pinedale with plans to do a 15 mile day to get to Knapsack Col, however; when we arrived at the campsite you see here, we couldn't pass it up. Squaretop is the most prominent and inspiring piece of rock I've ever laid my eyes on. It towers in the distance for miles, pulling on heart strings as the trail twists and turns along the Green River.
See that @palantepacks Simple Pack next to the @zpacks Hexamid? I just put a review up of it on my blog. Link in bio.
Shot on the Sony #rx100m3 .
I love new beginnings, from the first footsteps down a trail to the first layer of wool in felted artwork. And, when the piece I’m starting is a new studio piece, a beginning is especially exciting! I’m looking forward to helping this Colorado Trail landscape take shape.
Hiking through storms on the Colorado Trail takes a careful mix of pure luck and absolute insanity. Watching the dark clouds spew lightning over the trail in front of you at 12,000' with minimal to no cover sure gets your blood pumping. Battling these storms day after day is mentally exhausting, but every time I'd make it through a storm with a pounding heart full of adrenaline, I would realize that I'm having way too much fun walking. — Day 27, Mile 470
Do you hike and bike?
Thru. Packs are great crossover gear!
"Injured hiker life means picking up new hobbies & taking selfies with new best friends. Taking name suggestions 🚲🚲"
I'm going with Loretta! 😎
Storm clouds dropping in as the sun sets in Twin Lakes, CO. (Day 10, Mile 179.5) — We arrived on foot to the Twin Lakes area late in the afternoon, but were determined to pick up our resupply before the store closed. Although the general store was only located about a mile down the road, I decided to pop my thumb to see if we could get a ride. Sure enough, the first vehicle to approach pulled right over so we hopped in the bed of their truck. Within a couple minutes, we pulled up to the Twin Lakes general store. Come to find out, the friendly lady who gave us a hitch from the trail was the owner of the General Store! We collected our food, organized our packs, and chatted with the fellow thru hikers hanging out at the outpost. As the sun began to set and the town quieted down, we knew our couple hours of fun and food was over. The mile walk back to the trail was slow from the food babies we just fed to our stomachs, but in no time we were back at it. Throwing one foot down in front of the other.
The Wind River Range | Black and White, pt. 3:
Alpine lakes, high, sky-scraping ridge lines, massive towering peaks and centuries old glaciers are just some of the features you can find in the Winds.
While hiking through the Winds and experiencing all of this first hand, I was overwhelmed. This section of the CDT literally brought me to tears more than once, and for good reason. These mountains have inspired me beyond belief, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
Shot on the Sony #rx100m3 exiting the Titcomb Basin.
Donuts are my town-food dirty pleasure when thru hiking. I scour through the depths of tiny trail towns to find the best donuts to fulfill my hiker hunger. When I arrived in Leadville with @themarshh, we were lucky enough to meet up with @grantwhitty who served us up a little trail magic. We met up with him for dinner, he shuttled us around town (to get donuts!!!), and he even brought a few bottle of @maine_root for the hostel that night. Upon arrival at the hostel, the mystical camera magician that he is went to work making a fashion photoshoot out of some smelly thru hikers. Here is one of those portraits he shot. (day 8, mile 142.6) — Just wanted to give Grant another huge thanks for being a true trail angel and helping us out on our thru hike!
P.S. — This portrait is my entry to become the first sponsored endurance athlete for @thereallittledebbie. #SponsorMeDebbie
Went to check on a winter favorite this afternoon: No doubt, the #winfield trails are still very much open for business! No problem getting a truck back past the cemetery, and the snowpack’s barely a one out of ten on the trails on the southern facing slopes. It was cold enough at 3PM (high 30s) for gloves, tights and layered tops, but no wind and no precipitation feels pretty great for November in the #Sawatch . Won’t be long until #CR390 is a skin track and snowmobile race course, though... or an avalanche path!
The Wind River Range | Black and White, pt. 2:
I remember descending into the valley where I got my first look at the Winds and their pure massiveness. As soon as I opened the gate shown in the photo, I stepped into a dream.
The time I spent in the Winds changed me. It humbled me and shifted my perspective. The size of these mountains are really unbelievable until you experience them.
Shot on the Sony #rx100m3 . New gear review up of the Zpacks Hexamid. Link in bio.
11/9 | Mile 2977
Amongst these hikers, the international border apparently was the separation between stinky and non stinky! Cheers to Red Bass, Phantom, and Magpie for bringing it home with us!
Shot on #SonyA6000#CDT#CanadatoMexico#thetrek
The Wind River Range | Black and White, pt. 1:
I'm not sure I'll ever get over the sheer beauty of the Wind River Range. In fact, it's the most beautiful and breathtaking place I've ever come across. Stunning in every way and equally as rugged, the Winds are unmatched.
We are such a small part of this world we live in. Hiking through places as remote and unforgiving as the Winds quickly reminds you of your insignificance.
Shot on the Sony #rx100m3 on 8/30.
Mais preocupado em não ser encontrado por um urso, com calma seguimos por essa boa trilha que originalmente foi feita para bicicletas mas que tambem pode ser feita por motos. Relembrando a passagem por um trecho da Continental Divide no estado de Montana USA