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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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
The Best Thru-Hiking Advice I’ve Heard

The Best Thru-Hiking Advice I’ve Heard

Everyone has something to say while on trail, or before getting on trail, in terms of thru-hiking advice. Sometimes it can be a bit much, but often

Mar 26, 2019 : Daya
Thru-Hiker Yoga: What, Why, and How

Thru-Hiker Yoga: What, Why, and How

It’s been a long day of hiking and you’re exhausted. You set up your tent and are eagerly waiting for dinner to cook, counting the minutes between

Mar 18, 2019 : Daya
Five Things I’m Not Taking On My PCT Thru-Hike

Five Things I’m Not Taking On My PCT Thru-Hike

There’s a lot of talk about what we choose to take on a thru-hike. Let’s get real here, it’s a hot-diggity topic among prospective thru-hikers both

Mar 10, 2019 : Daya