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PCT - Saudade é o sentimento que me define hoje. De tudo que passei, vivi, conheci, senti, e da liberdade que vem com tudo isso. Sair do controle e do conforto que temos diariamente traz uma paz enorme. Hj sei que sempre fui livre, mas às vezes fico presa numa "jaula", e só espero o dia em que ela vai se abrir de novo pra que eu continue a ser o melhor de mim e mais nada! 
#pct2017#pct#pctig#natureheals#missfreedom#anaturezacura#saudades#missthetrails#amoanatureza#lovetrails#longdistancetrails#mochilando#backpacking#camping#missmyfriends#freedom#freelife#love#amor#natureza#trails#faith#fé#hope#🖤👣
PCT - Saudade é o sentimento que me define hoje. De tudo que passei, vivi, conheci, senti, e da liberdade que vem com tudo isso. Sair do controle e do conforto que temos diariamente traz uma paz enorme. Hj sei que sempre fui livre, mas às vezes fico presa numa "jaula", e só espero o dia em que ela vai se abrir de novo pra que eu continue a ser o melhor de mim e mais nada! #pct2017 #pct #pctig #natureheals #missfreedom #anaturezacura #saudades #missthetrails #amoanatureza #lovetrails #longdistancetrails #mochilando #backpacking #camping #missmyfriends #freedom #freelife #love #amor #natureza #trails #faith #fé #hope #🖤👣
PCTA staffer @chris92mejia getting it done at Big Bend Trail Skills College. In this pic Chris is removing a tree that was bent across the trail at face level. Thank you Chris!
PCTA staffer @chris92mejia getting it done at Big Bend Trail Skills College. In this pic Chris is removing a tree that was bent across the trail at face level. Thank you Chris!
I wish there were more summits like this on the PCT. Reroute anyone? #oldsnowy #pct2018
I wish there were more summits like this on the PCT. Reroute anyone? #oldsnowy  #pct2018 
6.14.17 day 40 20 miles :: Man I'm exhausted. Leaving Kennedy Meadows this morning, my pack weight felt manageable. Throughout the day I slowly changed my mind about that. Today was long and hard as well as mostly uphill. But, how worth it was. The very southern portion of the sierras have already taken my breath away. The mountains and huge, vibrant redwood trees are beautiful. The crystal clear flowing streams are abundant and ever so sweet. I passed through deep green meadows with snow covered peaks lurking in the distance, the sun playing on the hills and inviting you deeper into these untouched and pristine lands. I'm camped at close to ten thousand feet with a view overlooking the ridges and meadows to the south. The desert seems to be pouting at being left behind and quickly forgotten.
6.14.17 day 40 20 miles :: Man I'm exhausted. Leaving Kennedy Meadows this morning, my pack weight felt manageable. Throughout the day I slowly changed my mind about that. Today was long and hard as well as mostly uphill. But, how worth it was. The very southern portion of the sierras have already taken my breath away. The mountains and huge, vibrant redwood trees are beautiful. The crystal clear flowing streams are abundant and ever so sweet. I passed through deep green meadows with snow covered peaks lurking in the distance, the sun playing on the hills and inviting you deeper into these untouched and pristine lands. I'm camped at close to ten thousand feet with a view overlooking the ridges and meadows to the south. The desert seems to be pouting at being left behind and quickly forgotten.
"This is just a small part of the journey..." - Orion ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ •
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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 •
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There are many more photos of Orion (@the_wild_in_us) , his mustangs and of fellow hikers so just you wait. •
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It was so neat seeing the two #mustangs hold it together and get across the bridge without any issue •
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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 •
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We'll get to the other photos soon,  lots to be updated •
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#pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking
"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 
That time we hiked through blizzard conditions at 12,000 feet and ended a very long day eating fettuccine alfredo on the floor of an outhouse. The full story is available through the link in my profile, if that’s your sorta thing. #thetrek #trekthepct
That time we hiked through blizzard conditions at 12,000 feet and ended a very long day eating fettuccine alfredo on the floor of an outhouse. The full story is available through the link in my profile, if that’s your sorta thing. #thetrek  #trekthepct 
Summit Lake at sunrise. Serine, tranquil, beautiful. #pct2018 #oregon
Summit Lake at sunrise. Serine, tranquil, beautiful. #pct2018  #oregon 
Sometimes it's hard to find a direction to go in, feeling lost.  It can be intimidating to try and find a new path, but it is important to keep moving forward somewhere.
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I've hit a bit of writers block for ideas for new articles to write about.  I'd like to hear your questions you might have about hiking, trails, gear, photography, anything really!  I'll take the questions from the comments below and do my best to answer them in detail in upcoming articles on my website.
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Taken while solo roadwalking in Oregon around wildfires, August 2017.
Sometimes it's hard to find a direction to go in, feeling lost. It can be intimidating to try and find a new path, but it is important to keep moving forward somewhere. . I've hit a bit of writers block for ideas for new articles to write about. I'd like to hear your questions you might have about hiking, trails, gear, photography, anything really! I'll take the questions from the comments below and do my best to answer them in detail in upcoming articles on my website. . Taken while solo roadwalking in Oregon around wildfires, August 2017.
When you should go to sleep to get up early next morning to crush miles but the view from your tarp is just too beautiful to pass. 
View from my shelter somewhere after Sonora Pass.
When you should go to sleep to get up early next morning to crush miles but the view from your tarp is just too beautiful to pass. View from my shelter somewhere after Sonora Pass.
Who knows the location? 📷 @gcmagong #trekthepct #thetrek
A trail is an opportunity. The Pacific Crest Trail, then, is 2,650 miles of choose-your-own adventure. Do you want to take your family on a day hike - or maybe sneak away for a weekend? Do you dream of thru-hiking - or are you interested in exploring the trail over many years, decades even? There are opportunities for all of these and more.
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One final word before I hand the Insta reins back over to AHS headquarters: if you’re able, please consider signing up to do trail work - or supporting those who do. You can also choose to pack out trash as you’re hiking, leaving it better for those who come behind. If we all found some way to become stewards of these lands, we’ll be able to enjoy their magic for generations to come.
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#LeConteCanyon #pacificcresttrail #pct #pctig #johnmuirtrail #jmt #americanhikingsociety #americanhiking #thegroundskeepers #modernhiker #optoutside #outdoorist #getoutside #getoutdoors #takeahike #stewardship #sierra #alpine
A trail is an opportunity. The Pacific Crest Trail, then, is 2,650 miles of choose-your-own adventure. Do you want to take your family on a day hike - or maybe sneak away for a weekend? Do you dream of thru-hiking - or are you interested in exploring the trail over many years, decades even? There are opportunities for all of these and more. . One final word before I hand the Insta reins back over to AHS headquarters: if you’re able, please consider signing up to do trail work - or supporting those who do. You can also choose to pack out trash as you’re hiking, leaving it better for those who come behind. If we all found some way to become stewards of these lands, we’ll be able to enjoy their magic for generations to come. . 📷 & words by @shawntesalabert // . #LeConteCanyon  #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #pctig  #johnmuirtrail  #jmt  #americanhikingsociety  #americanhiking  #thegroundskeepers  #modernhiker  #optoutside  #outdoorist  #getoutside  #getoutdoors  #takeahike  #stewardship  #sierra  #alpine 
The best thing about walking is the simplicity of it...🚶👣👣
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#SonoraPass #EmigrantWilderness #ToiyabeNationalForest #TrekthePCT
How I miss moments like this- having breakfast sitting in the dirt, so grounded, so present. Laughing at the fuel canister. The entire town was sold out of the normal 4 or 8oz so I carried a 16oz fuel canister (a pound of fuel!) and shared it and tea and coffee with everyone along the way just to try to empty it faster. That canister brought me community. And so many laughs. On trail, people shared everything they had, which wasn’t much. Because we were all out there surviving together. But the thing is, we are off trail too. We are all sitting in our own dirt. It’s just not as easy to see as this. Find simplicity, community, share and receive abundance, be present, laugh.  #womenwhoexplore #rei1440project #balance #pct #PCT2017 #PCTig #optoutside #wildandfree #beyou #beyouier
How I miss moments like this- having breakfast sitting in the dirt, so grounded, so present. Laughing at the fuel canister. The entire town was sold out of the normal 4 or 8oz so I carried a 16oz fuel canister (a pound of fuel!) and shared it and tea and coffee with everyone along the way just to try to empty it faster. That canister brought me community. And so many laughs. On trail, people shared everything they had, which wasn’t much. Because we were all out there surviving together. But the thing is, we are off trail too. We are all sitting in our own dirt. It’s just not as easy to see as this. Find simplicity, community, share and receive abundance, be present, laugh. #womenwhoexplore  #rei1440project  #balance  #pct  #PCT2017  #PCTig  #optoutside  #wildandfree  #beyou  #beyouier 
I thought a lot about this place today...
I thought a lot about this place today...
Do you ever get that I’m on top of the world feeling... this place was kinda like that. ☺️ In other news. Two days before this our group decided to walk naked for 15 miles in the scorching sun 😆 we got burnt. 📸👉 @egoodsyahknow 👈 
Mt. Whitney June 25... I think June 25?🤔
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#igotfried #pct #pcta #pctig #pacificcresttrail #thruhiking #getoutdoors # #optoutside #flashbackfriday #awesomeearth #2017adventureseries #camping #theoutbound #Sasquatch #goatworthy #rei1440project #backpacking #backpackingaddicts #wilderness #mountains #classof2017 #trails #merica #backpackingculture #explore #summit #hikerslife #hikertrash #trekthePCT
Do you ever get that I’m on top of the world feeling... this place was kinda like that. ☺️ In other news. Two days before this our group decided to walk naked for 15 miles in the scorching sun 😆 we got burnt. 📸👉 @egoodsyahknow 👈 Mt. Whitney June 25... I think June 25?🤔 . . . #igotfried  #pct  #pcta  #pctig  #pacificcresttrail  #thruhiking  #getoutdoors  # #optoutside  #flashbackfriday  #awesomeearth  #2017adventureseries  #camping  #theoutbound  #Sasquatch  #goatworthy  #rei1440project  #backpacking  #backpackingaddicts  #wilderness  #mountains  #classof2017  #trails  #merica  #backpackingculture  #explore  #summit  #hikerslife  #hikertrash  #trekthePCT 
"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 ♢ •
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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 •
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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 •
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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. •
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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 :) •
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#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
"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 
Thinking of sunnier days on Pacific Crest Trail! @thoits  #mynextadventure
Golden Southern California mountains with a healthy helping of rocks. Winter is around the corner and Spring is only a room away. Stay warm out there friends. 🌞🌵🌻🌵🌞
Golden Southern California mountains with a healthy helping of rocks. Winter is around the corner and Spring is only a room away. Stay warm out there friends. 🌞🌵🌻🌵🌞
Like a lot of you, I got the good news from the @pctassociation. A permit for April 2! That made things very real. But I'm quickly realizing that unless I win the lotto between now and then, there will be no through hike next year. It comes down to not having enough of a buffer for re-entering the workforce. I'd like to hold onto the dream a bit longer, enjoy the fact that I do have a start date should I choose to go ahead, but be ready to relinquish it so that someone else's dream may come true. If anything, I'll be another Southern California trail angel ready to give rides and cold beverages to hikers in need. #pct2018 #pctig #pacificcresttrail #pct #thruhike
Like a lot of you, I got the good news from the @pctassociation. A permit for April 2! That made things very real. But I'm quickly realizing that unless I win the lotto between now and then, there will be no through hike next year. It comes down to not having enough of a buffer for re-entering the workforce. I'd like to hold onto the dream a bit longer, enjoy the fact that I do have a start date should I choose to go ahead, but be ready to relinquish it so that someone else's dream may come true. If anything, I'll be another Southern California trail angel ready to give rides and cold beverages to hikers in need. #pct2018  #pctig  #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #thruhike 
Thank you very much @keenlykate for the best advanced giftmas ever! When your fellow PCT trail family offers you a much sought out gear... speechless and grateful. The trail provides. #palantepacks #pct2017 #trekthepct #thetrek #pctig #pacificcresttrail
In general, I hated all the forest fires and the health and logistical chaos they caused, but the smoke did make for some interesting sunrises. This one is over Summit Lake in Oregon. #pct2018
In general, I hated all the forest fires and the health and logistical chaos they caused, but the smoke did make for some interesting sunrises. This one is over Summit Lake in Oregon. #pct2018 
Today is #NationalTakeAHikeDay, so... go #TakeAHike! 😊 Don't forget to get out, enjoy nature and breathe in some fresh air... not going to lie, this week has been really, really tough & unfortunately I'll be working all day today... but I plan to be out on the trail this weekend. I'm so thankful for these views and moments with my little dude. Enjoy! 🌲🐶 #HikeForDAN #HikeForMentalHealth #KaiPupAdventures .
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#PCTig #AngelesNationalForest #TheMountainsAreCalling #KeepItWild #LiveRefreshed #DirtbagDarlings #HikerBabes #DoGood #HikerBabesOrg100 #BadassHikingWomen #RadParks #CreateYourTrail #ForceOfNature #LetsCamp #SoCalTravels #Hike365 #HerWanderfulLife #IdHikeThatCrew #PeopleWhoAdventure #ThisIsOptimism  #SoulAdventureBabes #RunSteepGetHigh #UnlikelyHiker #Adventure16
Today is #NationalTakeAHikeDay , so... go #TakeAHike ! 😊 Don't forget to get out, enjoy nature and breathe in some fresh air... not going to lie, this week has been really, really tough & unfortunately I'll be working all day today... but I plan to be out on the trail this weekend. I'm so thankful for these views and moments with my little dude. Enjoy! 🌲🐶 #HikeForDAN  #HikeForMentalHealth  #KaiPupAdventures  . . . . #PCTig  #AngelesNationalForest  #TheMountainsAreCalling  #KeepItWild  #LiveRefreshed  #DirtbagDarlings  #HikerBabes  #DoGood  #HikerBabesOrg100  #BadassHikingWomen  #RadParks  #CreateYourTrail  #ForceOfNature  #LetsCamp  #SoCalTravels  #Hike365  #HerWanderfulLife  #IdHikeThatCrew  #PeopleWhoAdventure  #ThisIsOptimism  #SoulAdventureBabes  #RunSteepGetHigh  #UnlikelyHiker  #Adventure16 
PCT em algum lugar lá longe, depois de todas essas montanhas estava o final da trilha que nunca vai acabar dentro de quem andou por esse paraíso.  Essa é a magia das trilhas!  Depois de sair delas você nunca mais consegue ficar sozinho. 
#pct2017#pct#pctig#mochilando#backpacking#natureheals#anaturezacura#missthetrails#missmyfriends#saudades#lovehiking#trilhas#trails#iwillbeback#faith#fé#camping#trilhasdelongadistancia#longdistancetrails#mexicotocanada#🖤👣
PCT em algum lugar lá longe, depois de todas essas montanhas estava o final da trilha que nunca vai acabar dentro de quem andou por esse paraíso. Essa é a magia das trilhas! Depois de sair delas você nunca mais consegue ficar sozinho. #pct2017 #pct #pctig #mochilando #backpacking #natureheals #anaturezacura #missthetrails #missmyfriends #saudades #lovehiking #trilhas #trails #iwillbeback #faith #fé #camping #trilhasdelongadistancia #longdistancetrails #mexicotocanada #🖤👣
Friday feels - Full steam ahead @pnw_trailblazer and I pressed on descending into Evolution Valley (one of my favorite days on trail) This would be the tail end of a stretch in the Sierras without seeing another soul - A perk from a 300% snow year ❄️🎒🏔🎒❄️
Friday feels - Full steam ahead @pnw_trailblazer and I pressed on descending into Evolution Valley (one of my favorite days on trail) This would be the tail end of a stretch in the Sierras without seeing another soul - A perk from a 300% snow year ❄️🎒🏔🎒❄️
Today is National Take a Hike Day! Did you already hit the trail...or are you planning to? Let us know how you’re celebrating!
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Heading north on the Pacific Crest Trail toward Mather Pass.
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#nationaltakeahikeday #takeahike #takeahikeday #pacificcresttrail #pct #pctig #americanhiking #americanhikingsociety #modernhiker #johnmuirtrail #jmt #optoutside #getoutside #getoutdoors #sierra #matherpass #landscapelovers #cloudlife
@mitch_lenington soaking in those sweet Sierra views during his 2017 NOBO trek. #trekthepct #thetrek
@mitch_lenington soaking in those sweet Sierra views during his 2017 NOBO trek. #trekthepct  #thetrek 
Hiking: side effects include sweating, euphoria and general awesomeness.
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#PiuteCanyon #JohnMuirWilderness #SierraNationalForest
My thru-hike permit application has been approved and I am super eager to get on trial. @aliahwing and I still have a lot more planning to do, but we’re getting closer each day. .
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To follow our journey this spring/summer, check out my blog! Link in bio. .
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My thru-hike permit application has been approved and I am super eager to get on trial. @aliahwing and I still have a lot more planning to do, but we’re getting closer each day. . . To follow our journey this spring/summer, check out my blog! Link in bio. . . pc: @liquidphoenix @liquidphoenixphoto
"How wonderful it is to be out here, I can't believe you remember meeting me back that far!" Bee Gee ♢ #humansofthepct ♢ •
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We met Bee Gee way back in San Bernadino National Forest  back in May! •
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It was great to run into Bee Gee again at PCT Days in #CascadeLocks, Oregon on 8/18/17. •
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He had to skip thr High Sierras due to snow and got back on in Northern California. He also had to skip the areas in #Oregon due to raging wild fires this year. Thr year of fire and ice as we say •
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Bee Gee stuck out to us when we first met because eof his attitude and outlook on life and being on thr #PCT. We can day that with all these reroutes this year he's still as happy as can be on trail. •
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#pcta #pctig #pctclassof2017 #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2017 #pctstory #trekthepct #optoutside #rei1440project #wanderlust #wander #travel #explore #smile #latergram #hiking #camping #trailcrew #traillife #tentlife #backpacking #beards #adventure #yolo
"How wonderful it is to be out here, I can't believe you remember meeting me back that far!" Bee Gee ♢ #humansofthepct  ♢ • • • We met Bee Gee way back in San Bernadino National Forest back in May! • • • He hiked up on us as we were shoveling a land slide in the morning fog. He described watching us like he was watching the Greek Tragedy of Sysiphus • • • It did feel like anything we shoveled and removed was immediately replaced by more loose soil due to the fire ravaged soils. • • • It was great to run into Bee Gee again at PCT Days in #CascadeLocks , Oregon on 8/18/17. • • • He had to skip thr High Sierras due to snow and got back on in Northern California. He also had to skip the areas in #Oregon  due to raging wild fires this year. Thr year of fire and ice as we say • • • Bee Gee stuck out to us when we first met because eof his attitude and outlook on life and being on thr #PCT . We can day that with all these reroutes this year he's still as happy as can be on trail. • • • Keep smiling and enjoying their trail Bee Gee and #happytrails  • • • #pcta  #pctig  #pctclassof2017  #pct2017  #pacificcresttrail  #pacificcresttrail2017  #pctstory  #trekthepct  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #wanderlust  #wander  #travel  #explore  #smile  #latergram  #hiking  #camping  #trailcrew  #traillife  #tentlife  #backpacking  #beards  #adventure  #yolo 
Sometimes there were bridges over the ragging rivers in the Sierra. Thankful for those times.
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Sometimes there were bridges over the ragging rivers in the Sierra. Thankful for those times. #pct2018 
TRAIL THROWBACK ALERT 👇

I didn’t think the sun would ever show. That I would be forever trapped in this freezing cold eternity, and that it was all my fault... The last day on trail was technically the day after I had reached Canada. It was the long walk back to Hart’s Pass no one really talks about, and where I would eventually succumb to locking myself in a pit toilet for a couple hours in a pathetic attempt to get warm. Anti-climatic AF. No one was there though! No one. Where were all the day hikers that could take us to town? Where did all the magic go? I didn’t want it to end for the longest but now I NEEDED this to be over. For the sake of my own life and sanity. 
Later that night out of nowhere and out of an absolute miracle, two hunters pulled up, and they agreed to take us out of this cold, cruel misery  and into the world of hotels and warm beds. And then even later that night an older couple, and complete strangers to us, offered to takes us to dinner and insisted on paying for the thing! 
The magic lived on... #pacificresttrials ✨
TRAIL THROWBACK ALERT 👇 I didn’t think the sun would ever show. That I would be forever trapped in this freezing cold eternity, and that it was all my fault... The last day on trail was technically the day after I had reached Canada. It was the long walk back to Hart’s Pass no one really talks about, and where I would eventually succumb to locking myself in a pit toilet for a couple hours in a pathetic attempt to get warm. Anti-climatic AF. No one was there though! No one. Where were all the day hikers that could take us to town? Where did all the magic go? I didn’t want it to end for the longest but now I NEEDED this to be over. For the sake of my own life and sanity. Later that night out of nowhere and out of an absolute miracle, two hunters pulled up, and they agreed to take us out of this cold, cruel misery and into the world of hotels and warm beds. And then even later that night an older couple, and complete strangers to us, offered to takes us to dinner and insisted on paying for the thing! The magic lived on... #pacificresttrials  ✨
#throwback to a simpler time on the PCT when the only thing that mattered was putting one foot in front of the other. I still miss the trail everyday. I sense another big thru-hike is in the near future! #cdt2018 #tbt #throwbackthursday #pctig #hiking
👣 Crying because #pct2018 permits were just granted, and now I’m thinking maybe I should just do it again???? #pacificcresttrail #pct2017 #pctig
I have yet to post a picture of me on the monument at the PCT's northern terminus, so here it is! As I sink back into off-trail life (aka life 2.0) the memories of the trail get more and more nostalgic. I really miss the days of only having to unzip a thin mesh door in the morning, to find myself in some of the most spectacular places I have ever been. At the same time, now that I get to experience myself in life 2.0, I see the positive impact that this adventure had on me as a person. Fortunately, I get to keep all of my warm little memories (and the cold ones too) for the rest of my life. That's the cool thing about the trail - it never really leaves you. Although this was an adventure of a lifetime, I consider myself now addicted to the thru - stay tuned for the next adventure! 📷 @dg.hikes.occasionally #pct2017 #pctig #thruhike #northernterminus #feels #cdt2019
I have yet to post a picture of me on the monument at the PCT's northern terminus, so here it is! As I sink back into off-trail life (aka life 2.0) the memories of the trail get more and more nostalgic. I really miss the days of only having to unzip a thin mesh door in the morning, to find myself in some of the most spectacular places I have ever been. At the same time, now that I get to experience myself in life 2.0, I see the positive impact that this adventure had on me as a person. Fortunately, I get to keep all of my warm little memories (and the cold ones too) for the rest of my life. That's the cool thing about the trail - it never really leaves you. Although this was an adventure of a lifetime, I consider myself now addicted to the thru - stay tuned for the next adventure! 📷 @dg.hikes.occasionally #pct2017  #pctig  #thruhike  #northernterminus  #feels  #cdt2019 
Tbt to the day we walked into Kennedy Meadows, greated by applause from fellow hikers as it's tradition on the PCT. We had conquered 700 miles of desert and felt strong and ready to hit the Sierra! Thank you @espoclark for sending me this picture. 🖤

#pct2017 #pctig #kennedymeadows
Tbt to the day we walked into Kennedy Meadows, greated by applause from fellow hikers as it's tradition on the PCT. We had conquered 700 miles of desert and felt strong and ready to hit the Sierra! Thank you @espoclark for sending me this picture. 🖤 #pct2017  #pctig  #kennedymeadows 
Why do you hit the trail? For me, it’s so many things: To wrap myself in solitude, experience freedom, surrender to joy. The Pacific Crest Trail offered all of this to me in doses large and small. Whether on a day hike or tucked deep in the wilderness, I always found exactly what I needed.
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Looking south across Bighorn Plateau
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📷 & words: @shawntesalabert /// #pacificcresttrail #pct #pctig #bighornplateau #johnmuirtrail #jmt #sierra #wilderness #modernhiker #americanhiking #americanhikingsociety #optoutside #getoutside #getoutdoors #forceofnature #backpacking #landscapelovers #alpine
Why do you hit the trail? For me, it’s so many things: To wrap myself in solitude, experience freedom, surrender to joy. The Pacific Crest Trail offered all of this to me in doses large and small. Whether on a day hike or tucked deep in the wilderness, I always found exactly what I needed. . Looking south across Bighorn Plateau . 📷 & words: @shawntesalabert /// #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #pctig  #bighornplateau  #johnmuirtrail  #jmt  #sierra  #wilderness  #modernhiker  #americanhiking  #americanhikingsociety  #optoutside  #getoutside  #getoutdoors  #forceofnature  #backpacking  #landscapelovers  #alpine 
Our idea of a 5-star hotel. Also, check out the link in @emilyjnb’s profile for a nice review on the gear she used during her 2017 PCT thru-hike. #trekthepct #thetrek
Our idea of a 5-star hotel. Also, check out the link in @emilyjnb’s profile for a nice review on the gear she used during her 2017 PCT thru-hike. #trekthepct  #thetrek 
I could NEVER resist the call of the trail. –Buffalo Bill
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#SonoraPass #EmigrantWilderness #StanislausNationalForest #ToiyabeNationalForest
No one accomplishes anything all alone. Thankful for Florian, the people who stopped for smelly hitchhikers, the trail families I was part of, and everyone who works to maintain the trail. PC:@florianastor #pct #pctig #pct2017 #ourwild #getoutside #getoutdoors #thegreatoutdoors #hiking #thruhike #hikingultralight #ultralight #thruhikesyndicate #outdoors #adventure #trail #optoutside #washington #getoutstayout #nature #wanderlust #explore #exploremore #neverstopexploring #lovethewild #womenwhohike #outdoorwomen #publiclands #itsallyours
No one accomplishes anything all alone. Thankful for Florian, the people who stopped for smelly hitchhikers, the trail families I was part of, and everyone who works to maintain the trail. PC:@florianastor #pct  #pctig  #pct2017  #ourwild  #getoutside  #getoutdoors  #thegreatoutdoors  #hiking  #thruhike  #hikingultralight  #ultralight  #thruhikesyndicate  #outdoors  #adventure  #trail  #optoutside  #washington  #getoutstayout  #nature  #wanderlust  #explore  #exploremore  #neverstopexploring  #lovethewild  #womenwhohike  #outdoorwomen  #publiclands  #itsallyours 
Those days where you refuse to wear anything else than your silly looking set of thru-hiking clothes =) #thruhikecrazy

#glacier #ultralighthiking #ultralight #trailprep #pct18 #pct2018training #naturelover #thruhike #hikingisfun #traveling #landscapelover #backpacking #wanderlust #pctig #austrianalps #alps #stubaiglacier #tirol #winteriscoming #hyberg #bandit #pct2018 #thetrek
I have some exciting news!
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Today, my long-distance hiking permit was reviewed and approved by the @pctassociation. It's official! The countdown for my big hike has begun. Time to get my one-way plane ticket to San Diego. My official start date for the PCT is Wednesday, April 25th, 2018.
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I’m excited! So excited!! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. It’s okay to be a little nervous, right?
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In five months from now, I’ll be out there, on my own, on the trail. The next time I’ll see this section of the PCT, Kendall Katwalk, I’ll be on my big PCT adventure. You guys, this is really happening! The adventure of a lifetime. I hope I’ll be ready.
📷: @blongliving
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#pct #pct2018 #PacificCrestTrail #PCTig #PCTA #hiking #HikingAdventures #TakeAHike #HikeMore #HikingFun #GoOutside #OptOutside #OurPNW #pnw #mountains #Washington #ChasingMyDreams #WomenWhoHike #mtnchicks #WashingtonTrails #werehikers
I have some exciting news! - Today, my long-distance hiking permit was reviewed and approved by the @pctassociation. It's official! The countdown for my big hike has begun. Time to get my one-way plane ticket to San Diego. My official start date for the PCT is Wednesday, April 25th, 2018. - I’m excited! So excited!! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. It’s okay to be a little nervous, right? - In five months from now, I’ll be out there, on my own, on the trail. The next time I’ll see this section of the PCT, Kendall Katwalk, I’ll be on my big PCT adventure. You guys, this is really happening! The adventure of a lifetime. I hope I’ll be ready. 📷: @blongliving . . . . . #pct  #pct2018  #PacificCrestTrail  #PCTig  #PCTA  #hiking  #HikingAdventures  #TakeAHike  #HikeMore  #HikingFun  #GoOutside  #OptOutside  #OurPNW  #pnw  #mountains  #Washington  #ChasingMyDreams  #WomenWhoHike  #mtnchicks  #WashingtonTrails  #werehikers 
It is TRAIL FAMILY APPRECIATION DAY #trailfamilyappreciationday did you know? Or perhaps I may have just made it up so I could post this picture of my little crew on the PCT last year. Take your sides. What I do know for sure is there has never been nor will there ever be a trail family out there more hag like with great legs that will never make it to Belden. This much is true. Still I sit here over a year after this picture was taken and daydream about closing my eyes and when I open them magically being reunited with Star @miss.clare.in.the.wild and Fruit Cup @vinni_xp every damn day! 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️🏃. My hike would have not been the same without them nor as weird. Miss you losers. Wish you two could join me again on the next year. Perhaps it's a good idea to celebrate this (fake) holiday too and let your trail fam how much you miss putting stones in their pack and laughing when they find them three days later?
It is TRAIL FAMILY APPRECIATION DAY #trailfamilyappreciationday  did you know? Or perhaps I may have just made it up so I could post this picture of my little crew on the PCT last year. Take your sides. What I do know for sure is there has never been nor will there ever be a trail family out there more hag like with great legs that will never make it to Belden. This much is true. Still I sit here over a year after this picture was taken and daydream about closing my eyes and when I open them magically being reunited with Star @miss.clare.in.the.wild and Fruit Cup @vinni_xp every damn day! 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️🏃. My hike would have not been the same without them nor as weird. Miss you losers. Wish you two could join me again on the next year. Perhaps it's a good idea to celebrate this (fake) holiday too and let your trail fam how much you miss putting stones in their pack and laughing when they find them three days later?
Make friends with goofy people.  They make life more interesting.
Make friends with goofy people. They make life more interesting.
High above it all. Checking out chicken ledge atop Mt. Thielsen. Rainy days in the Methow almost have me missing smokey days on trail....almost. #pct #pct2017 #pacificcresttrail #hiking #hikertrash #mtthielsen #optoutside #trekthepct #pctig
One of the first things I did when I got home from the trail, was slide open my closet doors and grab two duffle bags that I’d carted with me from house to house for years. 
The bags were filled with “stuff” that I then felt like I wasn’t ready to part with. Mostly material items, I think. Old purses, clothes, jewelry, etc. I didn’t unzip the bags to double check, I just loaded them in my little blue Honda Civic, put my car in drive and headed to Goodwill. 
I then came home & stripped my walls of all frames and pictures, and replaced them with race metals & my PCT hiker bandana. I folded the banana up so all I could see was the part of it that reads “HIKER TO TRAIL” and put it in a spot that I’d see every day - a constant reminder to get back out there. 
Since I’ve returned from the trail I feel like I’ve been going through a shedding phase. I’ve been riding myself of the parts of me that I don’t want to sit with anymore, but recognizing that those parts are there, and that’s OKAY. I’ve been riding myself of relationships that aren’t good for me, and learning that history isn’t a good enough reason to keep someone around. 
I know that when there is loss there is grief, and it hasn’t been easy, but this phase has allowed me to reinvent myself, and how fucking exciting is that? 
The past couple days I spent in the wilderness with good friends. 
We found the most stunning hot springs I never knew existed, ate the best damn chicken to ever roast over an open fire, built forts to stay dry from the rain and had conversation so good I felt rejuvenated. 
Several times throughout the trip I began to think to myself, this feels right. This is all starting to make sense. ✨

#UmpquaHotSprings #UmpquaNationalForest #Oregon #explore #explORegon #nature #wilderness #forest #hiking #hike #backpacking #mountains #wine #womenwhohike #PCT2017 #pctig #pcta #befuckingnicetoeachother #traillife #lifeonthetrail #trail
One of the first things I did when I got home from the trail, was slide open my closet doors and grab two duffle bags that I’d carted with me from house to house for years. The bags were filled with “stuff” that I then felt like I wasn’t ready to part with. Mostly material items, I think. Old purses, clothes, jewelry, etc. I didn’t unzip the bags to double check, I just loaded them in my little blue Honda Civic, put my car in drive and headed to Goodwill. I then came home & stripped my walls of all frames and pictures, and replaced them with race metals & my PCT hiker bandana. I folded the banana up so all I could see was the part of it that reads “HIKER TO TRAIL” and put it in a spot that I’d see every day - a constant reminder to get back out there. Since I’ve returned from the trail I feel like I’ve been going through a shedding phase. I’ve been riding myself of the parts of me that I don’t want to sit with anymore, but recognizing that those parts are there, and that’s OKAY. I’ve been riding myself of relationships that aren’t good for me, and learning that history isn’t a good enough reason to keep someone around. I know that when there is loss there is grief, and it hasn’t been easy, but this phase has allowed me to reinvent myself, and how fucking exciting is that? The past couple days I spent in the wilderness with good friends. We found the most stunning hot springs I never knew existed, ate the best damn chicken to ever roast over an open fire, built forts to stay dry from the rain and had conversation so good I felt rejuvenated. Several times throughout the trip I began to think to myself, this feels right. This is all starting to make sense. ✨ #UmpquaHotSprings  #UmpquaNationalForest  #Oregon  #explore  #explORegon  #nature  #wilderness  #forest  #hiking  #hike  #backpacking  #mountains  #wine  #womenwhohike  #PCT2017  #pctig  #pcta  #befuckingnicetoeachother  #traillife  #lifeonthetrail  #trail 
This was one of my favourite camping spots on the PCT this summer with @nicholas_queso The trail is starting to feel like a dream. #postpct #pctig
This was one of my favourite camping spots on the PCT this summer with @nicholas_queso The trail is starting to feel like a dream. #postpct  #pctig 
The first snow of the season blew in on my birthday, and it wasn’t all bad. In fact it was kind of magic ✨ #yourewelcome
The first snow of the season blew in on my birthday, and it wasn’t all bad. In fact it was kind of magic ✨ #yourewelcome 
@j_helmkamp wrote a solid guest post about going ultralight for less than $1,000. Link in our profile. Also, here’s a beautiful Sierra sunrise shot from him. #thetrek #trekthepct
@j_helmkamp wrote a solid guest post about going ultralight for less than $1,000. Link in our profile. Also, here’s a beautiful Sierra sunrise shot from him. #thetrek  #trekthepct 
What are you wearing?  Clothes On Trail vs. clothes in "Real Life". Everyday on trail I woke up and put on the same clothes @lasportivagram Bushido shoes, @prana Halle pants, @rei Sahara shirt, @patagonia Active breifs, @patagonia Barely bra and @smartwool Ultra-light Mini socks.  I only ever changed things up when I got too small for my clothes, wore holes in them or it got cold.  In "real life" there are a few more choices.
[**note:  My trail life and "real life" experiences may not be representative of all others experiences.] #WithTheWildThings #pct #pct2017 #pcta #pctig #trekthepct #outdoorwomen #womenwhohike #clothes
What are you wearing? Clothes On Trail vs. clothes in "Real Life". Everyday on trail I woke up and put on the same clothes @lasportivagram Bushido shoes, @prana Halle pants, @rei Sahara shirt, @patagonia Active breifs, @patagonia Barely bra and @smartwool Ultra-light Mini socks. I only ever changed things up when I got too small for my clothes, wore holes in them or it got cold. In "real life" there are a few more choices. [**note: My trail life and "real life" experiences may not be representative of all others experiences.] #WithTheWildThings  #pct  #pct2017  #pcta  #pctig  #trekthepct  #outdoorwomen  #womenwhohike  #clothes 
There is an oft-repeated misconception that the first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail is “all desert.” Now, I absolutely LOVE the desert, but the trail actually passes through an incredible diversity of landscapes, from cow-speckled meadows to oak-lined canyons to thickly forested mountain heights. These “first 700 miles” aren’t just a warmup for the Sierra, they’re beautiful in their own right.
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Walking through a forested fairyland deep in the San Jacinto Mountains, less than 200 miles from the trail’s southern terminus at the Mexican border.
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📷 & words: @shawntesalabert 🌲🌵🐿
#pacificcresttrail #pct #pctig #hikethepct #socalpct #sanjacintomountains #modernhiker #americanhiking #americanhikingsociety #optoutside #getoutside #getoutdoors #backpacking #hikecalifornia #socalhiker #forest #hiking
There is an oft-repeated misconception that the first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail is “all desert.” Now, I absolutely LOVE the desert, but the trail actually passes through an incredible diversity of landscapes, from cow-speckled meadows to oak-lined canyons to thickly forested mountain heights. These “first 700 miles” aren’t just a warmup for the Sierra, they’re beautiful in their own right. . Walking through a forested fairyland deep in the San Jacinto Mountains, less than 200 miles from the trail’s southern terminus at the Mexican border. . 📷 & words: @shawntesalabert 🌲🌵🐿 #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #pctig  #hikethepct  #socalpct  #sanjacintomountains  #modernhiker  #americanhiking  #americanhikingsociety  #optoutside  #getoutside  #getoutdoors  #backpacking  #hikecalifornia  #socalhiker  #forest  #hiking 
When you are astonished by the beautiful sunrise, then realize you are looking at Wizard Island. Makes sense! 😍 #WizardIsland #CraterLake #P3hiker #Protect #Perserve #Promote #TeamNuun #PCT2017 #PCTig .
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#GetOutside #RoamThePlanet #getdirty #thruhiker #latinooutdoors #unlikelyhiker #outdoors #trekking #travellife #trailife #trail #PacificCrestTrail #greatoutdoors #outside #nature #instanttravel #Ospreypacks #lekiusa #eaglecreek #OptOutside
When you are astonished by the beautiful sunrise, then realize you are looking at Wizard Island. Makes sense! 😍 #WizardIsland  #CraterLake  #P3hiker  #Protect  #Perserve  #Promote  #TeamNuun  #PCT2017  #PCTig  . . . . . . . . . #GetOutside  #RoamThePlanet  #getdirty  #thruhiker  #latinooutdoors  #unlikelyhiker  #outdoors  #trekking  #travellife  #trailife  #trail  #PacificCrestTrail  #greatoutdoors  #outside  #nature  #instanttravel  #Ospreypacks  #lekiusa  #eaglecreek  #OptOutside 
‘Bright as the Oregon breeze’ - @sufjanstevens_ // major #pnw missing vibes today. #pctig #pct2017
‘Bright as the Oregon breeze’ - @sufjanstevens_ // major #pnw  missing vibes today. #pctig  #pct2017 
Stay close to anything that makes you glad you’re alive. –Donna Schwenk
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#LowerPalisadeLake #PalisadeLakes #Alpenglow #Sunset
All children need nature. Not just the ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not only those children of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities... Every child. - Children and Nature Network.
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I found this quote today and it is an important message. My kid has so rocked his set of abilities. Also many of my friends children have as well. .
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Check out my beautiful rad squad of All Ability Trail Crushers @downwithadventure @katerina_edlina @raiseemwild @brandy_roams @reba_campbell @autism_hikes @cristenjester @misadventuresmuss
All children need nature. Not just the ones whose parents appreciate nature. Not only those children of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities... Every child. - Children and Nature Network. . . I found this quote today and it is an important message. My kid has so rocked his set of abilities. Also many of my friends children have as well. . . Check out my beautiful rad squad of All Ability Trail Crushers @downwithadventure @katerina_edlina @raiseemwild @brandy_roams @reba_campbell @autism_hikes @cristenjester @misadventuresmuss
Proof positive that volunteering on the PCT is fun as.... ;)
Proof positive that volunteering on the PCT is fun as.... ;)
Hey all, with the holidays coming up I wanted to give a little back to all of you who have hiked these wonderful miles. If you have hiked the PCT, are in the process of doing so, or buying a gift for a hiker, when you make a purchase from my online shop, include your trail name in the notes and I will send this additional 6.5”x6.5” print to celebrate your hike with your order!
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This piece was made as a part of a series of mile markers I made along the trail celebrating significant mile achievements. .
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#pct #pcta #pct2016 #pacificcresttrail #hikertrash #hiking #pnw #mexicotocanada #thruhike  #optoutside #wild #keepitwild #letscamp #backpacking #backpacker #ultralightbackpacking #ultralight #thetrek #thruhiking #madeonthepct #thruhikeart #art #illustration #patternseverywhere #2650miles 
#2650 #forceofnature #createcommune #pctig #pct2017
Hey all, with the holidays coming up I wanted to give a little back to all of you who have hiked these wonderful miles. If you have hiked the PCT, are in the process of doing so, or buying a gift for a hiker, when you make a purchase from my online shop, include your trail name in the notes and I will send this additional 6.5”x6.5” print to celebrate your hike with your order! . . This piece was made as a part of a series of mile markers I made along the trail celebrating significant mile achievements. . . . #pct  #pcta  #pct2016  #pacificcresttrail  #hikertrash  #hiking  #pnw  #mexicotocanada  #thruhike  #optoutside  #wild  #keepitwild  #letscamp  #backpacking  #backpacker  #ultralightbackpacking  #ultralight  #thetrek  #thruhiking  #madeonthepct  #thruhikeart  #art  #illustration  #patternseverywhere  #2650miles  #2650  #forceofnature  #createcommune  #pctig  #pct2017