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Awesome 8.68 miles today. Got stuck in a huge hail storm! Got soaking wet, Lost my new hat(the one in the pic) but then found my hat!! But on the plus side I wore all my new PCT gear and the verdict is........ ITS ALL AWESOME! No blisters, no chaffing, no rubbing! Went with a heavier pack today as well definitely feeling it on the upper back ๐Ÿ˜ฎ#excited #hikertrash #hiker #walks #walking #hamptoncourt #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning
Awesome 8.68 miles today. Got stuck in a huge hail storm! Got soaking wet, Lost my new hat(the one in the pic) but then found my hat!! But on the plus side I wore all my new PCT gear and the verdict is........ ITS ALL AWESOME! No blisters, no chaffing, no rubbing! Went with a heavier pack today as well definitely feeling it on the upper back ๐Ÿ˜ฎ#excited  #hikertrash  #hiker  #walks  #walking  #hamptoncourt  #pct  #pct2018  #pctprep  #pctthruhike  #pctplanning 
Today it became real! After weeks of anxiously waiting I finally snagged my permit to thu-hike the Pacific Crest Trail this spring. Time to put my xmas gifts to use and get training!
#pctprep #pct2018
Today it became real! After weeks of anxiously waiting I finally snagged my permit to thu-hike the Pacific Crest Trail this spring. Time to put my xmas gifts to use and get training! #pctprep  #pct2018 
Roll on my bike hike tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง#prep #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning #hike #hiking #walk #walking
I could hike different trail.
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I could explore the east coast, hike the divide, I could walk my own way along the Hayduke, hunker down as a storm rolls through the mountains of Colorado. I could bike the width of the country, road trip the deep south, but I know โ€“ I know for sure exactly where I will be wishing I was again.
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So, Iโ€™ll get rid of everything I donโ€™t need, Iโ€™ll pack my clothes into cardboard boxes, i'll repair my stained old gear, i'll train uphill, downhill, sidling mountains in the scorching sun, in the pouring rain (jk screw that) and running on hard pavement until my lungs burn. Iโ€™ll learn more about photography, buy a new camera, buy a little fluffy microphone, one that bobs along as I walk and Iโ€™ll learn how to use it - in the hope that I this time I can come a little closer to capturing what my version of home looks like. Iโ€™ll save and work and save and save some more. Iโ€™ll save everything I can - because the fire to experience it all again shouts the loudest and needs to be stoked. It burns so much brighter than the rest of the foolish my wants.
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And Iโ€™ll love the trail again, Iโ€™ll savour every moment, contrast the glimpses of suffering from last time with lighter memories, good memories, soft memories that make my eyes wrinkle, memories that I can turn to in moments of doubt.  Iโ€™m not going back to relive the same magic, because that magic now only lives in my mind, the trail will never be the same and I have made peace with this โ€“ but Iโ€™ll return knowing everything that I know now and to share in this and have the faith that I can do this and that others can do this too. And I wonโ€™t be so damn afraid this time. What is life for restless souls but an endless stream of possibilities?  It just feels right to return to the place that turned my life inside out. What more of a reason do I need than that? And how will it chew me up and spit me out this time?
I could hike different trail. . I could explore the east coast, hike the divide, I could walk my own way along the Hayduke, hunker down as a storm rolls through the mountains of Colorado. I could bike the width of the country, road trip the deep south, but I know โ€“ I know for sure exactly where I will be wishing I was again. . So, Iโ€™ll get rid of everything I donโ€™t need, Iโ€™ll pack my clothes into cardboard boxes, i'll repair my stained old gear, i'll train uphill, downhill, sidling mountains in the scorching sun, in the pouring rain (jk screw that) and running on hard pavement until my lungs burn. Iโ€™ll learn more about photography, buy a new camera, buy a little fluffy microphone, one that bobs along as I walk and Iโ€™ll learn how to use it - in the hope that I this time I can come a little closer to capturing what my version of home looks like. Iโ€™ll save and work and save and save some more. Iโ€™ll save everything I can - because the fire to experience it all again shouts the loudest and needs to be stoked. It burns so much brighter than the rest of the foolish my wants. . And Iโ€™ll love the trail again, Iโ€™ll savour every moment, contrast the glimpses of suffering from last time with lighter memories, good memories, soft memories that make my eyes wrinkle, memories that I can turn to in moments of doubt. Iโ€™m not going back to relive the same magic, because that magic now only lives in my mind, the trail will never be the same and I have made peace with this โ€“ but Iโ€™ll return knowing everything that I know now and to share in this and have the faith that I can do this and that others can do this too. And I wonโ€™t be so damn afraid this time. What is life for restless souls but an endless stream of possibilities? It just feels right to return to the place that turned my life inside out. What more of a reason do I need than that? And how will it chew me up and spit me out this time?
Over the weekend my friend Pat and I hiked up to Nogal Peak in search of the void.  I felt like Patrick Swayze at the end of Point Break going out to catch the ultimate wave.  I didnโ€™t know if I was coming back, or at least I didnโ€™t care if I did, or not.  The 3 things I took away from this hike were that 1) vertical miles can be challenging and misleading, 2) walking in the snow is not a good idea after a certain time of day, and 3) the universe is indifferent to anything we place value on.  Non of this matters.  This might scare some, but for me this realization doesnโ€™t get anymore liberating and makes me feel connected to whatโ€™s around me in a more honest way.
Over the weekend my friend Pat and I hiked up to Nogal Peak in search of the void. I felt like Patrick Swayze at the end of Point Break going out to catch the ultimate wave. I didnโ€™t know if I was coming back, or at least I didnโ€™t care if I did, or not. The 3 things I took away from this hike were that 1) vertical miles can be challenging and misleading, 2) walking in the snow is not a good idea after a certain time of day, and 3) the universe is indifferent to anything we place value on. Non of this matters. This might scare some, but for me this realization doesnโ€™t get anymore liberating and makes me feel connected to whatโ€™s around me in a more honest way.
Trail prep | Arthur's Pass | This was exactly how we found him waiting for us on top of Avalanche Peak. Chill factor = ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Trail prep | Arthur's Pass | This was exactly how we found him waiting for us on top of Avalanche Peak. Chill factor = ๐Ÿ’ฏ
First round of PCT gear prep! Itโ€™s starting to get real! 
#pctclassof2018 #pctprep #pctplanning #plantpoweredpct
Koda Mae thought I said bacon, not bear can! #pctprep
Koda Mae thought I said bacon, not bear can! #pctprep 
My new toy! @goprouk Letโ€™s start vlogging ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Hero session 5 an an early birthday present ๐ŸŽ #happydays #earlybirthday #excited #hike #hiker #gopro #goprohero5 #hero5session #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning #pctassociation #mexicotocanada #thruhiker #hikertrash #vlog #vlogging #newtovlogging
I won a contest & @pacificcrest.trail sent this hat to me, telling me to โ€œshow her a good timeโ€ so thatโ€™s what Iโ€™m doing ๐Ÿงข #pctprep #87days #prehike #workout #thetrek
I won a contest & @pacificcrest.trail sent this hat to me, telling me to โ€œshow her a good timeโ€ so thatโ€™s what Iโ€™m doing ๐Ÿงข #pctprep  #87days  #prehike  #workout  #thetrek 
Last year I backpacked in the snow for the first time.  I needed to know what to expect considering how much snow there was for 2017 PCT hikers.  During this trip I crossed a river, got lost and froze at night.  But now I understand what post-holing feels like and how to hike with microspikes.  Also, that a electronic GPS works better than a map in this situation.  I skipped the glissade but my hiking partner did it.  I guess now is a good time to learn how to use an ice axe ๐Ÿค” #pctprep #pct2018 #pct #desolationwilderness #backpacking
Last year I backpacked in the snow for the first time. I needed to know what to expect considering how much snow there was for 2017 PCT hikers. During this trip I crossed a river, got lost and froze at night. But now I understand what post-holing feels like and how to hike with microspikes. Also, that a electronic GPS works better than a map in this situation. I skipped the glissade but my hiking partner did it. I guess now is a good time to learn how to use an ice axe ๐Ÿค” #pctprep  #pct2018  #pct  #desolationwilderness  #backpacking 
TRAIL PREP | Camp for the night is at the bottom of the valley. Condensation slowly creeping in from all around, pulling on all our layers against the cold, the boys firing up their tiny stoves while I eat cold dhal from a foil packet, wondering just for a moment if a stove would be worth the weight so my food could be steaming too, knowing I would be too lazy to clean the pot after I was done. Turning in before the sun goes down, tents zipping up, bags zipping up, my crinkly neoair loud against the low hum of the forest, shuffling around trying to find the warmest position to sleep in - face down on my dirty neo air, face up to the tent roof, on my side - slipping off the neoair -help, closing my eyes to the white noise of the river as it rushes downstream. The gentle calm of the mountains rising up all around us. The constant reminder that so much can be healed by letting go of comfort. My nose poking out from the collar of my sleeping bag / beanie / buff hunker down system. Then sleep.
TRAIL PREP | Camp for the night is at the bottom of the valley. Condensation slowly creeping in from all around, pulling on all our layers against the cold, the boys firing up their tiny stoves while I eat cold dhal from a foil packet, wondering just for a moment if a stove would be worth the weight so my food could be steaming too, knowing I would be too lazy to clean the pot after I was done. Turning in before the sun goes down, tents zipping up, bags zipping up, my crinkly neoair loud against the low hum of the forest, shuffling around trying to find the warmest position to sleep in - face down on my dirty neo air, face up to the tent roof, on my side - slipping off the neoair -help, closing my eyes to the white noise of the river as it rushes downstream. The gentle calm of the mountains rising up all around us. The constant reminder that so much can be healed by letting go of comfort. My nose poking out from the collar of my sleeping bag / beanie / buff hunker down system. Then sleep.
When I through hiked the #appalachiantrail in 2017 one thing I learned is that I really don't change my clothes too often.  Browse through my pictures and you will notice the same outfit in every one (except town/found clothes ๐Ÿคฃ). I was impressed on how well everything held up on trail, so for #pct2018 I am sticking with @patagonia. The only change is the shorts. I am trying out the new #baggiesnaturals shorts instead.
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#overthatway #pctprep #patagucci
When I through hiked the #appalachiantrail  in 2017 one thing I learned is that I really don't change my clothes too often. Browse through my pictures and you will notice the same outfit in every one (except town/found clothes ๐Ÿคฃ). I was impressed on how well everything held up on trail, so for #pct2018  I am sticking with @patagonia. The only change is the shorts. I am trying out the new #baggiesnaturals  shorts instead. . . . #overthatway  #pctprep  #patagucci 
So many times in my life I have opted to embark on hiking adventures alone - days, weeks, months at a time - but today was not that day. Maui is working its magic always! #haleakala #nokaoi #allthetrails #allthecolors #pctprep #thetrek #womenwhohike #pctclassof2018
Love arriving home to #pct purchases! Thatโ€™s the sleep system sorted and my day base later ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
#pct #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning #pctassociation #trek #hike #hikertrash #hiker #mexicotocanada #usa #rab #marinowool #travel #travels #excited
Finally set up my new tent! Thanks @jason_dibb for your help ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ#hike #pctassociation #thruhiker #hikertrash #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning #bigagnes #tent #geek #mountains #trekthepct #mexicotocanada #usa #america @bigagnes_
Ready for dinner to look like this again every night. Having a thru hike planned and a departure date picked has reignited a longing for the simplicity of backpacking. I will be posting a lot on @hikeforjulie again so give it a follow for content. Also my partner @taylorshaky and I are blogging on @thetrek.co / @pacificcrest.trail! You can see her first blog post in the link in her bio!! Itโ€™s really good! Check it out!
Ready for dinner to look like this again every night. Having a thru hike planned and a departure date picked has reignited a longing for the simplicity of backpacking. I will be posting a lot on @hikeforjulie again so give it a follow for content. Also my partner @taylorshaky and I are blogging on @thetrek.co / @pacificcrest.trail! You can see her first blog post in the link in her bio!! Itโ€™s really good! Check it out!
Guess what? Looks like my next adventure in life is a move to Los Angeles! In honor of that, hereโ€™s a super exciting pic of me from my first visit to LA #pct2016 #pctprep #iwasthere6hours
Guess what? Looks like my next adventure in life is a move to Los Angeles! In honor of that, hereโ€™s a super exciting pic of me from my first visit to LA #pct2016  #pctprep  #iwasthere6hours 
Ready for more photos and videos?!?!? I am!! Iโ€™m so excited to bring you all along on another trek of the Pacific Crest Trail! Please let me know your favorite video segments we did or questions/topics you want us to discuss leading up to and during this trip!! Please please please comment below and let us know what you want to see! We want to hear from you! โ€ข
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#pacificcresttrail #pct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #mountains #wilderness #travel #sierranavada #travelstoke #adventure #backpacking #trekking #mountaineering #hiking #pctprep #pctassociation #trail #hikertrash
Ready for more photos and videos?!?!? I am!! Iโ€™m so excited to bring you all along on another trek of the Pacific Crest Trail! Please let me know your favorite video segments we did or questions/topics you want us to discuss leading up to and during this trip!! Please please please comment below and let us know what you want to see! We want to hear from you! โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #pacificcresttrail  #pct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #mountains  #wilderness  #travel  #sierranavada  #travelstoke  #adventure  #backpacking  #trekking  #mountaineering  #hiking  #pctprep  #pctassociation  #trail  #hikertrash 
Trail Prep | Vacation Dad shirts and pineapple shorts, the double thumbs up is still cool right?, coffee flavoured chocolate melting in my scraped up hands, putting off pouring out thousands of little rocks hidden in the folds of my shoes for as long as possible so I don't have to stop. Glaciers and carved valleys, ridgelines and the beautiful curious mystery of the earth tumbling out in all directions. These are the days of our lives. โœจ
Trail Prep | Vacation Dad shirts and pineapple shorts, the double thumbs up is still cool right?, coffee flavoured chocolate melting in my scraped up hands, putting off pouring out thousands of little rocks hidden in the folds of my shoes for as long as possible so I don't have to stop. Glaciers and carved valleys, ridgelines and the beautiful curious mystery of the earth tumbling out in all directions. These are the days of our lives. โœจ
I think that may be it now for my gear!! 1st pic is my sleeping gear, middle is my day walking gear (I have shorts already) and the end pic is my day base layer! Just need some gaiters and I think Iโ€™m done!!!!!#thruhiker #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #pctthruhike #pctplanning #pctassociation #hike #hikertrash #hiker #gettingexpensive #allthegearnoidea
Look Ma, no boot! Friday was my final visit with my surgeon with a stop in this rather scary looking x-ray room. He along with my #physicaltherapist told me to kick the boot and use this ankle brace instead. Hooray ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜. Ankle movement is only 10 degrees, so I have been given a series of flexibility exercises to do 3 times a day. They also approved me going to the gym where I can do some CV work on the #eliptical #stairclimber and #rowingmachine  As well as any seated machine. Wow, after nearly 3 months of inactivity I am out of shape ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Got my work cut out for me to get back in shape for my April PCT start.
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Look Ma, no boot! Friday was my final visit with my surgeon with a stop in this rather scary looking x-ray room. He along with my #physicaltherapist  told me to kick the boot and use this ankle brace instead. Hooray ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜. Ankle movement is only 10 degrees, so I have been given a series of flexibility exercises to do 3 times a day. They also approved me going to the gym where I can do some CV work on the #eliptical  #stairclimber  and #rowingmachine  As well as any seated machine. Wow, after nearly 3 months of inactivity I am out of shape ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Got my work cut out for me to get back in shape for my April PCT start. . . . . . . .#pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides 
Mum game me my dads Saint Christopher for my travels to keep me safe! ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ โœˆ๏ธ ๐Ÿš— 
FYI this is probably over 80 years old. Dad would have been 88 this year ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ
How cute #travels #safetravels #saintchristopher #pct #usa #trek #pct2018 #thruhike #pctprep #pctplanning #pctthruhike #hike #hiker #hikertrash #camping #planning #safe #keepsafe #memories
Arthur's Pass | Day One | Woke early, rode the bus to town, spotted a beaten up Hyperlite pack from the bus, jumped off in search of it (knowing these must be my people), reunion with Low Key who I haven't seen since Sierra City on the PCT (and met his hiking pal). Thumbing a ride from the sweetest older gentleman who "just likes to go on a drive", who had a kind heart and by his own account had forgotten to put in his teeth this morning. Bought maps, decided on our route, set off in the late morning sunshine, sweating, climbing up up up below the bushline. Falling behind because I am THAT person who takes ALL the photos, spent some time alone with my thoughts and the sound of my lungs trying to suck in more air, made silly videos on the side of a mountain, discovered Low Key sitting in the dirt looking down on the valley digging his spoon into a big plastic peanut butter jar, then eating it, instantly missed trail life, climbed above the trees, walked through alpine scrub, through the golden tussock blowing in the gentle wind, much more gentle than it usually is this high up in Arthurs Pass. Made the tiniest snow man the world didn't know it needed. Made new friends for just a moment as we touched the summit (why are hikers so easy to get along with everywhere?), said goodbye to new friends, walked across rocky exposed ridgelines as the clouds gathered, darkening on the horizon. Sidled the sides of the mountain, tripped on loose rocks and shouted jokes at each other from a little too far away. Spent over an hour navigating down a steep sketchy scree slope as the end of the day grew closer, found the hut only to find it full, wispy smoke puffing out of the little chimney on the roof, set up my tent on tilted ground, forgot how sometimes blowing up my neoair makes me feel like I might pass out, didn't pass out, shovelled spiced lentils into my face before burrowing down in a cloud of down. The day gave way to the stars and I drifted off into a sweet sweet sleep with a full belly and feeling that special comforting feeling that only being this close with nature makes you feel. โœจ
Arthur's Pass | Day One | Woke early, rode the bus to town, spotted a beaten up Hyperlite pack from the bus, jumped off in search of it (knowing these must be my people), reunion with Low Key who I haven't seen since Sierra City on the PCT (and met his hiking pal). Thumbing a ride from the sweetest older gentleman who "just likes to go on a drive", who had a kind heart and by his own account had forgotten to put in his teeth this morning. Bought maps, decided on our route, set off in the late morning sunshine, sweating, climbing up up up below the bushline. Falling behind because I am THAT person who takes ALL the photos, spent some time alone with my thoughts and the sound of my lungs trying to suck in more air, made silly videos on the side of a mountain, discovered Low Key sitting in the dirt looking down on the valley digging his spoon into a big plastic peanut butter jar, then eating it, instantly missed trail life, climbed above the trees, walked through alpine scrub, through the golden tussock blowing in the gentle wind, much more gentle than it usually is this high up in Arthurs Pass. Made the tiniest snow man the world didn't know it needed. Made new friends for just a moment as we touched the summit (why are hikers so easy to get along with everywhere?), said goodbye to new friends, walked across rocky exposed ridgelines as the clouds gathered, darkening on the horizon. Sidled the sides of the mountain, tripped on loose rocks and shouted jokes at each other from a little too far away. Spent over an hour navigating down a steep sketchy scree slope as the end of the day grew closer, found the hut only to find it full, wispy smoke puffing out of the little chimney on the roof, set up my tent on tilted ground, forgot how sometimes blowing up my neoair makes me feel like I might pass out, didn't pass out, shovelled spiced lentils into my face before burrowing down in a cloud of down. The day gave way to the stars and I drifted off into a sweet sweet sleep with a full belly and feeling that special comforting feeling that only being this close with nature makes you feel. โœจ
Had a great afternoon busting out 10 miles in Snow Canyon by myself. Working on my solo photo skills for the PCT! Hiking rocks my socks. And shoes. And life. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป #sabhikes #pctprep
Had a great afternoon busting out 10 miles in Snow Canyon by myself. Working on my solo photo skills for the PCT! Hiking rocks my socks. And shoes. And life. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป #sabhikes  #pctprep 
97 days until Iโ€™m standing at the southern terminus. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ#pctprep #pctclassof2018 #trekthepct #nobo #rei
There are only four months to go before I set off for the Pacific Crest Trail again, but I still feel like there is so much to do (if you can't tell I am trying to calm my brain with pictures like this). On that list: Set the blog free, order my nice new heavy AF camera and lens (we are getting rowdy up in here), get the last pieces of gear I need (fleeecee of my dreams where are you?). I spent yesterday and today emptying out everything in my room I don't need (all the things in all the corners got emptied / cleaned / sorted) so my headspace is now less worried for it and I feel like I can face the real things I have been putting off. Time to tackle my ego and tie off the loose ends. Expect me to make the blog live very very soon (hopefully by the end of the week). I will be covering all the lessons and ideas and secrets I have been able to learn about long distance hiking so far. Also I have decided to write a blog each day on trail this year ๐Ÿ™ˆ. I'm equal parts excited and equal parts nervous to put all I have been working on out there, but hey, I do love a good challenge and a full year of consistently making things might just be one of my biggest yet! ๐Ÿ’ƒ
There are only four months to go before I set off for the Pacific Crest Trail again, but I still feel like there is so much to do (if you can't tell I am trying to calm my brain with pictures like this). On that list: Set the blog free, order my nice new heavy AF camera and lens (we are getting rowdy up in here), get the last pieces of gear I need (fleeecee of my dreams where are you?). I spent yesterday and today emptying out everything in my room I don't need (all the things in all the corners got emptied / cleaned / sorted) so my headspace is now less worried for it and I feel like I can face the real things I have been putting off. Time to tackle my ego and tie off the loose ends. Expect me to make the blog live very very soon (hopefully by the end of the week). I will be covering all the lessons and ideas and secrets I have been able to learn about long distance hiking so far. Also I have decided to write a blog each day on trail this year ๐Ÿ™ˆ. I'm equal parts excited and equal parts nervous to put all I have been working on out there, but hey, I do love a good challenge and a full year of consistently making things might just be one of my biggest yet! ๐Ÿ’ƒ
Dear 2017, you were surprising & tough & enlightening & maddening. After the highs of 2016 you were always going to be on the back foot. When I finished the Pacific Crest Trail I thought I had found that thing I had been chasing for my entire life, the answer to all my questions, the courage to finally know who I was, but this year showed me I was looking at life from the wrong angle. .
Now I know for sure, that no matter how long I live on this earth my sense of self will change, grow and transform with the time that passes. This is not a bad thing, this is a beautiful part of being alive. You can know who you are, but still leave space to let change in. .
These things make me happy: the stars on a clear night/the gentle calm of the mountains at dawn/laughing until I make that weird honking sound/chasing hair brained ideas/watching the leaves dance in the trees/walking until my feet hurt/writing in order to understand myself better/showing people in my life just how much I love them. These are the things I need to work on: shame for the things in my life that were out of my control/giving no time to negativity/celebrating the successes of others (they can't read my mind)/giving the benefit of the doubt/being unafraid of showing my true self/laughing without covering my mouth. These are my hopes for this year: to fall deeply in love with the Pacific Crest Trail once more, to love every boundless, aching, carefree moment out there / to finally be at peace with my own ambition & desires and that it is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF / To write from the heart frequently, deeply, without restraint in the hopes that others may feel a little less alone in this world or that it helps others to realise their own dreams and run with them too/to be ok with with showing my heart / to share without fear of judgement/ to love without fear of rejection.
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Finally to live with the most passion and kindness and earnestness I can muster because the world doesn't need any more doubt / fear / pain and this little life of mine isn't going to grow bigger and brighter if I don't believe it can and give it every last drop of strength I have xx
Dear 2017, you were surprising & tough & enlightening & maddening. After the highs of 2016 you were always going to be on the back foot. When I finished the Pacific Crest Trail I thought I had found that thing I had been chasing for my entire life, the answer to all my questions, the courage to finally know who I was, but this year showed me I was looking at life from the wrong angle. . Now I know for sure, that no matter how long I live on this earth my sense of self will change, grow and transform with the time that passes. This is not a bad thing, this is a beautiful part of being alive. You can know who you are, but still leave space to let change in. . These things make me happy: the stars on a clear night/the gentle calm of the mountains at dawn/laughing until I make that weird honking sound/chasing hair brained ideas/watching the leaves dance in the trees/walking until my feet hurt/writing in order to understand myself better/showing people in my life just how much I love them. These are the things I need to work on: shame for the things in my life that were out of my control/giving no time to negativity/celebrating the successes of others (they can't read my mind)/giving the benefit of the doubt/being unafraid of showing my true self/laughing without covering my mouth. These are my hopes for this year: to fall deeply in love with the Pacific Crest Trail once more, to love every boundless, aching, carefree moment out there / to finally be at peace with my own ambition & desires and that it is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF / To write from the heart frequently, deeply, without restraint in the hopes that others may feel a little less alone in this world or that it helps others to realise their own dreams and run with them too/to be ok with with showing my heart / to share without fear of judgement/ to love without fear of rejection. . Finally to live with the most passion and kindness and earnestness I can muster because the world doesn't need any more doubt / fear / pain and this little life of mine isn't going to grow bigger and brighter if I don't believe it can and give it every last drop of strength I have xx
Here's to continuing our hiking game in 2018! ๐Ÿ”โ›บ๏ธ๐Ÿ—บ #optoutside #pctprep #pct2019
Jealous that the class of 2018โ€™s opportunity to meet people like this is just around the corner. Are you guys ready? Whenโ€™s your thru-hike start date? 
#pct #pct2018 #thruhike #pacificcresttrail #suicideawareness #veteransuicide #trekthepct #climb4candyce #rei1440project #pctprep #themountainsarecalling #getoutside #pctig #mexicotocanada #pcta #optoutside #hiking #liveauthentic #nobaddays #nonprofit #adventureiscalling #exploremore #keepitwild #traillife #backpacking #tentlife #vagabonds #wanderlust #backcountry #traveloften
Jealous that the class of 2018โ€™s opportunity to meet people like this is just around the corner. Are you guys ready? Whenโ€™s your thru-hike start date? #pct  #pct2018  #thruhike  #pacificcresttrail  #suicideawareness  #veteransuicide  #trekthepct  #climb4candyce  #rei1440project  #pctprep  #themountainsarecalling  #getoutside  #pctig  #mexicotocanada  #pcta  #optoutside  #hiking  #liveauthentic  #nobaddays  #nonprofit  #adventureiscalling  #exploremore  #keepitwild  #traillife  #backpacking  #tentlife  #vagabonds  #wanderlust  #backcountry  #traveloften 
When REI has a garage sale, we donโ€™t leave empty handed after spending 3 hours in here! #pct2018 #trekthepct #pctprep #102days #nobo
10.28 mile #pctprep walk complete ๐Ÿ˜€ Started in the sunshine and finished back to my car in the dark! No blisters, no pain anywhere, 22k steps and 1136kcal burnt! Now what to have for dinner!! #hikerhunger #hike #hiker #pct #pct2018 #pctplanning #pctthruhike #walk #walking #fun #cold #wassunny #windsor #windsorgreatpark #berkshire #altralonepeak3 #altrarunning #osprey #mountainhardwear #darntough
@sneakycards best game ever!!! Random selfie with strangers at @rei 
#sneakycards #selfiewithstrangers #train2play #sacramento #california #wildwomen #seattle #pctprep #lostcoast #haveyouheardaboutbruce
Officially obsessed with clouds.
Officially obsessed with clouds.
View of Rainy from the top of White Pass. 12.23.17
View of Rainy from the top of White Pass. 12.23.17
PCT themed Christmas gifts sorted!! Whoop whoop #pctthruhike #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #excited #planning #pctplanning #thruhiker #hike #hiker #pctassociation #hikertrash #buff #darntough #saintchristopher #journal #swissarmyknife #anker #passportcover @buff_usa @darntoughvermont @anker_official thanks @jason_dibb #poweron
Half the trails are closed, but Basho is having a great time and so are we! #pctprep
Half the trails are closed, but Basho is having a great time and so are we! #pctprep 
Capturing a moment in the mountains is hard sometimes, but this is pretty close.
#gothicsmountain #adk #46ers #hike #gouporgohome #pctprep #woods #forest #blackandwhitephoto #live #idratherbehiking #fortheloveoftime
New T shirt ๐Ÿ‘š pretty apt!! #mountains #johnmuir #pct #pct2018 #pctthruhike #pctprep #hiker #hike #sohappy #pink #redbubble
Love having this beautiful trail system right behind my house. Makes getting quick training hikes in a breeze!
Love having this beautiful trail system right behind my house. Makes getting quick training hikes in a breeze!
When you are friends with a psychopath, you go hiking for Christmas and are terrified of what you have agreed to. #pctprep
When you are friends with a psychopath, you go hiking for Christmas and are terrified of what you have agreed to. #pctprep 
Anxious to be back in the desert... Our next visit there will be a rather prolonged journey ๐Ÿ˜‰. Loved this brutally hot there and back Goldstrike Canyon hike / climb.
#nevada #goldstrikehotsprings #goldstrikecanyon #deserthike #hiking #crazywifecrazylife #theresmorethangamblinginvegas  #pctprep #grandcanyon
PCT training 1 (22,8km) #pct2018 #pcttraining #pctprep
Video made by @dasha_berkut reposted in its original coolness. 
#Distancehiking prep. #pctprep #pct2018 I'm still torn between an @Osprey AG aura or a @gossamergear backpack. First is heavy but stable for my messed up back (after cancer), or light and nimble but no back support. 4 lbs vs 1.5 lbs. My gear is all ultralight. Just comes down to the pack now.
Video made by @dasha_berkut reposted in its original coolness. #Distancehiking  prep. #pctprep  #pct2018  I'm still torn between an @Osprey AG aura or a @gossamergear backpack. First is heavy but stable for my messed up back (after cancer), or light and nimble but no back support. 4 lbs vs 1.5 lbs. My gear is all ultralight. Just comes down to the pack now.
Today was rad. Today Cali hiked for the first time with a loaded pack (which she filled with food and therefore we dubbed her as Snack Pak). We were super proud of her rock climbing skills, scrambling skills, creek crossing talent, and overall vibe of today's hike. It was 35 degrees with a "feel" of 25 and she did awesome at an almost 2mph pace. Family PCT training is going and we are stoked.
**Follow our YouTube channel to see our vlog from today that will be posted tomorrow*
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#pct2018 #pctthruhike #pctprep #getoutstayout #familyhike #moab #snackpak #womanhiker #familytravel #savethewild
Today was rad. Today Cali hiked for the first time with a loaded pack (which she filled with food and therefore we dubbed her as Snack Pak). We were super proud of her rock climbing skills, scrambling skills, creek crossing talent, and overall vibe of today's hike. It was 35 degrees with a "feel" of 25 and she did awesome at an almost 2mph pace. Family PCT training is going and we are stoked. **Follow our YouTube channel to see our vlog from today that will be posted tomorrow* - - #pct2018  #pctthruhike  #pctprep  #getoutstayout  #familyhike  #moab  #snackpak  #womanhiker  #familytravel  #savethewild 
This is my dog's new favorite hangout underneath the table with the #dehydrator  Seems as if I'm a little messy and lots of tasty tidbits are to be found under there. ๐Ÿ• Making good progress on meals for my upcoming LASH on the #PCT in April. Loving the recipes in Glenn McAllister's #recipesforadventure as well as Mike Clelland's Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. Used many of them on the TRT last summer and they worked quite well.
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking #pct #wanderlust #wilderness #wildernessculture #guthookguides #hikingwithdogs #backpackingfood
This is my dog's new favorite hangout underneath the table with the #dehydrator  Seems as if I'm a little messy and lots of tasty tidbits are to be found under there. ๐Ÿ• Making good progress on meals for my upcoming LASH on the #PCT  in April. Loving the recipes in Glenn McAllister's #recipesforadventure  as well as Mike Clelland's Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. Used many of them on the TRT last summer and they worked quite well. . . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides  #hikingwithdogs  #backpackingfood 
Incredible day in the ADK! Phelps was amazing, icy!, but amazing. And for my colleagues who hide their Submariners in a safe, this is what theyโ€™re made for! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
#adk #phelpsmountain #46ers #winterhike #hike #pctprep #14060m #rolex #gouporgohome #fortheloveoftime
New Vlog! A beautiful little road walk to a trailhead. Did I mention FROZEN? ๐Ÿƒโ„๐ŸŒฌ
#vlog #hike #backpacking #pctprep #pct2018 #pacificcresttrail #giffordpinchotforest
New vlog up today! We did a quick hike and will catch some waterfalls tomorrow!๐Ÿƒ
#pctvlog  #pct2018 #pctprep #pacificcresttrail #sandyrivertrail
The fun thing about recovering from ankle surgery and #physicaltherapy ? Learning exciting new words and phrases such as Chronic Ankle Laxity, and #exercises like (in order of video) Resisted ankle inversion, Resisted ankle eversion and Resisted ankle dorsiflexion. Yeah, I had to look them up! Still have limited range of motion, but it is ever so slowly, excruciatingly slowly, improving. Not exactly where I thought I would be for my #pcttraining, but it's a start.
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The fun thing about recovering from ankle surgery and #physicaltherapy  ? Learning exciting new words and phrases such as Chronic Ankle Laxity, and #exercises  like (in order of video) Resisted ankle inversion, Resisted ankle eversion and Resisted ankle dorsiflexion. Yeah, I had to look them up! Still have limited range of motion, but it is ever so slowly, excruciatingly slowly, improving. Not exactly where I thought I would be for my #pcttraining , but it's a start. . . . . . #pct2018  #pctprep  #sectionhiker  #sectionhike  #lasher 
Tracing the alphabet with my big toe for ankle #physicaltherapy, supposed to do this 4 or 5 times a day. Wow that's one fat foot! Next is resistance bands....Now I know my ABCs won't you sing along with me.๐Ÿ˜ Doc still feels I'll be good for an April start in Campo.
Scroll right for some gruesome before and after x-rays AND some new bling for my truck after renewing my #pcta membership!
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking #pct #wanderlust #wilderness #wildernessculture #guthookguides #brokenankle
Tracing the alphabet with my big toe for ankle #physicaltherapy , supposed to do this 4 or 5 times a day. Wow that's one fat foot! Next is resistance bands....Now I know my ABCs won't you sing along with me.๐Ÿ˜ Doc still feels I'll be good for an April start in Campo. Scroll right for some gruesome before and after x-rays AND some new bling for my truck after renewing my #pcta  membership! . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking  #pct  #wanderlust  #wilderness  #wildernessculture  #guthookguides  #brokenankle 
Yup, I have the PCT map above my desk at work. Work motivation! #itsgettingreal #pctclassof2018 #pctprep #pcthereicome
Good morning from bed. #hammock #pct2018training #pct2018 #pctprep #desert #thanksgiving
Other than doctor appointments, I don't get let out of my cage much lately. So when I heard the salmon where running in nearby Marsh Creek I went for a short 3 legged hike with @tinavandaam and Jersey the wonder dog to see what I could see. No salmon today :(. Armpits wore out well before I did ๐Ÿ˜จ
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Other than doctor appointments, I don't get let out of my cage much lately. So when I heard the salmon where running in nearby Marsh Creek I went for a short 3 legged hike with @tinavandaam and Jersey the wonder dog to see what I could see. No salmon today :(. Armpits wore out well before I did ๐Ÿ˜จ . . . . . .#crutches  #pcttraining2018  #pct2018  #pctprep  #brokenankle 
Much excite to be back outside in Arkansas this weekend. This was my favorite section of the Eagle Rock Loop, though I was bookin' it to finish my hike and get back to the car, so I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked exploring the massive bluffs and boulders along the Little Missouri River near Winding Stair. The campsites are like what I would feature on a backwoods version of Cribz. Which obviously I am now going to start so stay tuned and don't steal my idea this is going to be yuge. I wanted to take a 20-minute hangout break practically every 5 minutes and I wanted to stay and swim for maybe ever.

#littlemissouririver #arkansas #thenaturalstate #optoutside #fallinarkansas #campsitecribz #thisiswherethemagichappens #pct2018 #pctprep #solobackpacking
Much excite to be back outside in Arkansas this weekend. This was my favorite section of the Eagle Rock Loop, though I was bookin' it to finish my hike and get back to the car, so I didn't get to spend as much time as I would have liked exploring the massive bluffs and boulders along the Little Missouri River near Winding Stair. The campsites are like what I would feature on a backwoods version of Cribz. Which obviously I am now going to start so stay tuned and don't steal my idea this is going to be yuge. I wanted to take a 20-minute hangout break practically every 5 minutes and I wanted to stay and swim for maybe ever. #littlemissouririver  #arkansas  #thenaturalstate  #optoutside  #fallinarkansas  #campsitecribz  #thisiswherethemagichappens  #pct2018  #pctprep  #solobackpacking 
Can't say we really get snow here, now that I'd like to fool around in some for future PCT preperations that's not so cool! But at least all winter I get to play in places like this, and hope I have the chance later on, the fortune of nice conditions, or some luck and steady feet. Maybe all three. Until then, focused on what I can control... Fitness, intake, money, and theory. #oceantolake #floridatrail #floridahikes #floridahikingsyndicate #loxahatcheeriver #floridatrailassociation #pctprep #pct18 #pct2018
Can't say we really get snow here, now that I'd like to fool around in some for future PCT preperations that's not so cool! But at least all winter I get to play in places like this, and hope I have the chance later on, the fortune of nice conditions, or some luck and steady feet. Maybe all three. Until then, focused on what I can control... Fitness, intake, money, and theory. #oceantolake  #floridatrail  #floridahikes  #floridahikingsyndicate  #loxahatcheeriver  #floridatrailassociation  #pctprep  #pct18  #pct2018 
Let's go PCT. Now a full member to the association ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
#member #pctassociation #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #shitgotreal
Beautiful long tough walk this morning #pct #pct2018 #pctprep #training #prep #hike #hiking #hikergirl #hiker
My first backpacking trip: Eight Mile Lake & Lake Caroline. July 2016.  #backpacking #outdoorenthusiast #pctbound #pctprep #pct #enchantments #pct2019 #memories #whereitallbegan #pnw #pnwonderland #pnwoutdoorwomen
Love my @ospreypacks backpack! Super comfy I think I have finally broken in my Trail shoes! @lasportivagram ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
#hike #hiker #hiking #NationalTakeaHikeDay #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #pct #pct2018 #prep #pctprep #walk #walking #walks #trailshoes #backpacks
April 17th 2018!! Application Approved ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธNow for a visa!! #pct #pct2018 #hiker #hikertrash #pctprep #preptime #shitgotreal #walk #walking #hikergirl #hikingchick #pctthruhike #thruhike #pctorg #pctassociation
If it looks like the perfect spot to take a break and feels like the perfect spot to take a break, it's probably time to sit your ass down and take a break ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ #eaglerockloop #hikearkansas #solobackpacking #optoutside #ouachitanationalforest #littlemissouritrail #fallcolors #sityourassdown #takeabreak #pctprep #pct2018
This is a picture of me and my best friend Gregory. Gregory and I did the Eagle Rock Loop this weekend and it was tough but we made it through together. Gregory did most of the work though as he carried all of my stuff. Big s/o to Gregory. Love you. He has an Instagram so he'll see this. 
#backpacking #solobackpacking #gregorypacks #eaglerockloop #hikearkansas #optoutside #forceofnature #pctprep #pct2018
Got another month to go before I can put any weight on my ankle. To keep myself from going any more batty then I already am, bought myself a new toy and some reading material. The #dehydrator while not top of the line, is a big step up from my 20 year old stacking type dryer. 
Might as well spend my downtime preparing some #backpackingfood to satiate #hikerhunger and preparing myself mentally for the trail. Physical conditioning for the #pct will have to wait just a bit longer.
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#pcttraining #trekthepct #pct2018 #optoutside #rei1440project #hiking #hikeformentalhealth #pacificcresttrail #pcta #longasssectionhike #sectionhike #pctprep #hikertrash #backpacking #lnt #leavenotrace #ultralightbackpacking
Got another month to go before I can put any weight on my ankle. To keep myself from going any more batty then I already am, bought myself a new toy and some reading material. The #dehydrator  while not top of the line, is a big step up from my 20 year old stacking type dryer. Might as well spend my downtime preparing some #backpackingfood  to satiate #hikerhunger  and preparing myself mentally for the trail. Physical conditioning for the #pct  will have to wait just a bit longer. . . . . . . #pcttraining  #trekthepct  #pct2018  #optoutside  #rei1440project  #hiking  #hikeformentalhealth  #pacificcresttrail  #pcta  #longasssectionhike  #sectionhike  #pctprep  #hikertrash  #backpacking  #lnt  #leavenotrace  #ultralightbackpacking