Alexa Shapiro

Hey friends! My name is Alexa. I was born and raised in Southern CA before, in 2015, I picked up my life and moved to the frigid woods of Northern Minnesota with my partner, Cooper. The two of us met while doing a year of volunteer service in 2014 and spent our first date on a cross country road trip from Sacramento CA to Portland ME. We love being on the move, which is why we eagerly agreed to attempt a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail together. When not on the road or working, you can find me in the outdoors hiking or climbing, or teaching somatic yoga. We'll be stepping foot on the trail starting April 24 going NOBO!

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I am not a Mountaineer

I am not a Mountaineer

Let's go to Oregon, shall we? At the Oregon California border as we headed south. It's fun crossing a state border for once! If you've heard

Jun 25, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
A force of nature: Reevaluating our plans to move forward

A force of nature: Reevaluating our plans to move forward

Our first night in the Sierras, our crew of eight was snowed on. Photo by Joey Rice, AKA Sultry Bear, of his tent covered in snow night one of

Jun 16, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Four things I never thought I would say before becoming a backpacker

Four things I never thought I would say before becoming a backpacker

Well, we've made it to Kennedy Meadows, the end of the CA desert and portal to the Sierras. After 700 plus miles on trail, I figured now was a good

Jun 9, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Remoteness on the Trail

Remoteness on the Trail

Lately Bighorn and I have fallen into a routine of hiking alongside one another. It's created great opportunities for us to break away from our own

Jun 1, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Yoga on the Trail: Having an Off-the-Mat Practice

Yoga on the Trail: Having an Off-the-Mat Practice

I've been talking lately about the idea of a mantra, something I've used a lot during my hikes the past couple of weeks. Week three was a tough

May 19, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Trials of the trail: Dealing with not foot stuff

Trials of the trail: Dealing with not foot stuff

*** Warning: if you're not one for slightly gritty topics, turn back now *** So it's the start of week three on the trail, and I've seem to hit a

May 11, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Small Trail Connections

Small Trail Connections

It's the end of week one and we've officially made it to mile 110, Warner Springs.  Adapting to life on the trail has been one of the quickest,

Apr 30, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Week one with Team Foot Stuff

Week one with Team Foot Stuff

We're five days into our six month trek, and we're loving every minute of it. Okay, maybe not the extreme hiker pains, and the occasional steep up

Apr 28, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
A Thank You to Our Support System

A Thank You to Our Support System

Oh wow. The day is finally here. Tonight, my parents will drop Cooper and I off at Campo, mile zero. We'll pitch our tent, maybe play a couple

Apr 23, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro
Popular Questions You’ll be Asked When You Say You’re Hiking the PCT

Popular Questions You’ll be Asked When You Say You’re Hiking the PCT

When we made the decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, it was nearly two years ago as we were living out of a hammock in the Prescott National

Apr 17, 2017 : Alexa Shapiro