Daya

Hola! My name’s Heather (Trail name ‘Daya’) and I’m a sweet and sassy blend of global traveling yoga teacher meets Hiker Trash. I’ve hiked mucho miles in Nepal, India, Morocco, SE Asia, Central/ South America, and Europe. I’ve also probably eaten just as much ice cream as I’ve walked miles. I thru-hiked the AT in 2016 and I’m stoked to be hiking the PCT this year! Read more about me and my writing at: www.wanderyoga.com

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What I’ve Learned so Far on My PCT Thru-Hike

What I’ve Learned so Far on My PCT Thru-Hike

I like to think I’m a sponge out here on trail: all of the moments I’m hiking give me an opportunity to learn something new about myself, my

Jul 21, 2019 : Daya
Me, My Phone, and a Hard Place

Me, My Phone, and a Hard Place

I knew a climb was coming just ahead on yet another hot one in the desert. I still had a day to get to Warner Pass and the heat was intense. Today

Jun 19, 2019 : Daya
Connecting Positively With Trail Angels

Connecting Positively With Trail Angels

I was in the car with Lynn and he was driving me to REI from Wrightwood, about a half hour away. My air mattress had a slow leak and I needed to

May 27, 2019 : Daya
Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows

It was a fairly gray, overcast morning with a hint of blue sky hiding behind the clouds as I started my hike for the day. I came to an open clearing

May 17, 2019 : Daya
Confession from the Trail: I’m a Wimp in Cold Weather

Confession from the Trail: I’m a Wimp in Cold Weather

Let me start by saying I’m half Canadian through my father. I always thought this should automatically grant me some superpower to be able to

May 13, 2019 : Daya
How to Survive the Desert on the PCT

How to Survive the Desert on the PCT

A few years back when I first started thinking about thru-hiking the PCT, the idea of the southern desert section completely freaked me out. I’m that

May 4, 2019 : Daya
Becoming Present on the PCT

Becoming Present on the PCT

It felt like a whirlwind of activity at the Southern Terminus on my start day of April 23, and somehow I was in the midst of it. Lots of eager hikers

Apr 30, 2019 : Daya
Why Am I Hiking the PCT?

Why Am I Hiking the PCT?

“So why are you hiking all the way from Mexico to Canada?” I am often asked, with a jaw dropped to go with it. On the day before I start my PCT

Apr 22, 2019 : Daya
Training Hikes, the Police, and a Surprise Thru-Hiker

Training Hikes, the Police, and a Surprise Thru-Hiker

I was minding my own business, busting my tail up a giant hill in my parents’ neighborhood outside of Asheville, NC. I had just moved back from

Apr 16, 2019 : Daya
Thru-Hiker Fashion 101

Thru-Hiker Fashion 101

Hawaiian shirts. Trucker hats. Fluorescent-colored running shorts. Kilts. Huge beards. All super hot, even when you smell really raunchy. When I

Apr 10, 2019 : Daya