A passionate hiker, musician, and budding ultrarunner, Aurora left her graduate program to hike the PCT solo in 2017. A perennial explorer, she has spent over 2 years of her life on foreign turf, including working as a musician in China, hiking over 250 miles in Patagonia, and doing academic research in India, Quebec, and California. What excites her now are tens of thousands of future trail miles (fuck yeah!!!) and writing music. Aurora is a graduate of UC Berkeley Geophysics and a Cornell Engineering Ph.D. dropout. You can find more of her at: https://thoughtsfromthetrail.wordpress.com/.