Austin Kindig

My name is Austin! I am a Thru-hiker hiking the PCT in 2019. I live in Tacoma, Washington. I spend my free time hiking, whitewater kayaking, and playing with my cat Simon. Thanks for following me on my adventure!

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Back to the Trail… Again

Back to the Trail… Again

Climbing Out of Paradise After almost three weeks off, I finally hit the trail again. I started where I had gotten picked up, Paradise Valley Cafe.

May 18, 2019 : Austin Kindig
The Challenge of Listening to My Body

The Challenge of Listening to My Body

Feeling Low Not every day on trail has been easy. I had achieved my first goal of making it the first hundred and wasn't ready to quit. I've had

May 9, 2019 : Austin Kindig
Mile 100 and the Best Nero of All Time

Mile 100 and the Best Nero of All Time

Making the Decision to Nero Sitting at the water cache and mile 91.2, I knew I had a decision to make. Warner Springs was still 18 miles away but I

Apr 14, 2019 : Austin Kindig
The First Milestone and First Zero Days

The First Milestone and First Zero Days

Day Five: Mile 50 Daylight hadn’t brought an end to the rain or wind so I ended up staying under my sleeping quilt for as long as possible.

Apr 7, 2019 : Austin Kindig
Every Day Is Different: The First Few on the PCT

Every Day Is Different: The First Few on the PCT

Day Two: Milkshakes and Contaminated Water Michael and I set off early the next morning, heading for Lake Morena. It was an easy descent to Hauser

Apr 6, 2019 : Austin Kindig
A Whole New Life: Day One on the Pacific Crest Trail

A Whole New Life: Day One on the Pacific Crest Trail

Day one: A broken water filter and a new friend. I’m finally on the PCT! I have waited so long to be here. I have spent countless hours dreaming

Apr 5, 2019 : Austin Kindig
First Impressions: My Big Three Plus One

First Impressions: My Big Three Plus One

As I prepare for my PCT thru-hike, I am trying to dial in my gear. Since I haven't gotten to test this gear on trail yet, these are just first

Mar 3, 2019 : Austin Kindig
Making a Plan: Mental Preparation for the PCT

Making a Plan: Mental Preparation for the PCT

My whole life is about to completely change. Think about it. Thru-hiking a long-distance trail is about as far from normal life as you can get. Your

Jan 2, 2019 : Austin Kindig
Finding My Adventure on the PCT in 2019

Finding My Adventure on the PCT in 2019

The Pacific Crest Trail? Hike 2,650 miles? Live out of my backpack for five months? Sounds amazing to me, but at first my friends and family thought

Dec 22, 2018 : Austin Kindig