Crystal Gail Welcome

I am a writer, activist, and Black outdoor leader—founder and Director of Only Footprints (https://onlyfootprints.world/). The mission of Only Footprints is to provide BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of color) youth of incarcerated mothers opportunities to engage in the discovery of the natural world free from barriers. I am also an experiential educator who specializes in restorative adventures & narrative storytelling as a form of healing.

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SHT Gear List

SHT Gear List

I will begin my Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) thru-hike in precisely seven days. As of June 1, the SHT Association recommends that SHT users

Jun 27, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Additional Pack Weight

Additional Pack Weight

In 2016, planning for the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), my biggest pack weight dilemma was whether or not to carry my neurological recharge

Jun 21, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Nature Doesn’t Discriminate

Nature Doesn’t Discriminate

Back in 2016, I set out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail. After 600 miles, I ended my hike due to complications with my implanted neuromodulation

Jun 18, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
The Trades

The Trades

My Pre-hike gear list, was promising, the things traded: 27 miles into my hike my Vasque Monolith Mid boots ripped. I switched to Alture, after

Aug 26, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Some other beginning’s end . . .

Some other beginning’s end . . .

I started the Pacific Crest Trail earlier in the season to account for my slowness. To my surprise, it turns out I am fleet-footed when it comes to

Jun 6, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Snakes, No Water, and Bears, Oh My!

Snakes, No Water, and Bears, Oh My!

There are many things to expect when hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The headline lists a few. However, after 109 miles of hiking the PCT, I have

Apr 14, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
New Beginning

New Beginning

With only seven days before the start of my PCT journey, I have been finalizing everything I need for a successful journey. Out of pure boredom, and

Mar 27, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
The Shakedown

The Shakedown

Thanks to a Gofundme drive and the generous donation from the Mark A. Jardina Foundation, I was able to obtain the extra funds that I needed to

Feb 21, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Q&A continued

Q&A continued

Enlisting the help of my friends, I wrote a question and answer blog post. I answered all questions to the best of my ability except one, submitted

Jan 21, 2016 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

I asked my friends on Facebook to help me write this post.  I invited friends to ask me any questions related to my upcoming hike. Which I

Dec 27, 2015 : Crystal Gail Welcome