Hey! I'm Allie (she/her), also known as Mumble. I'm a Michigander in search of some real hills on the PCT. In my daily life, I’m organizing youth climate activists to go after greedy bankers. Solving the climate crisis seems impossible, but so does hiking 2,650 miles. If I can do one, the other will feel just a bit more in reach. In fall 2022, fossil fuel CEO’s better look out because I'll be back with a vengeance. But for now, it's one foot in front of the other.
I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last summer, from Mexico to Canada. The happiest months of my life were the six months prior.
Dealing with wildfires felt like a crisis for my thru-hike. Given that they are a regular part of the PCT, alongside other itinerary shifting factors like snow, heat, and injury, I could have anticipated this.
I give up on sleep just before 5 AM, peering out at the silhouettes of live trees next to me, and burnt ones for miles beyond
It feels like walking away from the southern terminus all over again, but now I’m staring down mountain passes, stream crossings, and the threat of bears. Why did I decide now was the time to start solo hiking?
While I’ve joked that I don’t think the trail will change me, I’ve learned and re-learned a lot. So, in no particular order, here are 7 lessons from the desert
I wake to the muffled sound of a train horn blaring behind the park hedge and roll to the center of my tent, where the walls won’t hit my face in the wind.
The past few towns I’ve been feeling a pull to strike out on my own, to make my own decisions, to read the map before the itinerary is set.
A week before I started the PCT, I got the stomach flu. I desperately wanted the misery to mean something.
“I’m going to put in my music to push through these last miles. I need a morale boost.” I announced, queuing up Taylor Swift and shuffling through
For me, the PCT is about full-sending from a place of joy & exploration--what could happen? What am I capable of? What kind of world can be built with that sense of determination and possibility? What does it mean to love something that has the power to transform me, the world, and to utterly break me?