Elise Ott

Elise is a copywriter who prefers time outdoors to time spent behind a screen, but the latter tends to be more common these days. Because of this she’s planning her first thru-hike—the PCT in 2019, and plans to share her journey the way she knows best (through writing).

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PCT Gear Review: What I Picked, Switched, and Ditched

PCT Gear Review: What I Picked, Switched, and Ditched

It’s been almost a month since I finished the Pacific Crest Trail, and I still haven’t been able to unpack how I really feel about my journey from

Nov 5, 2019 : Elise Ott
Trials of the High Sierra in a High Snow Year

Trials of the High Sierra in a High Snow Year

As most who have been keeping up with the PCT this year know, it’s been a heavy precipitation year for California. This also meant a very high snow

Sep 18, 2019 : Elise Ott
Shasta as a Side Trip on the PCT

Shasta as a Side Trip on the PCT

Mount Shasta ‏Planning (Or Lack Of) It’s Tuesday evening and I’m pushing miles so that I can get into town by 7. I wanted to get to the hostel I’d

Aug 23, 2019 : Elise Ott
After 40 Days and 40 Nights, Here Are My 10 Commandments of Thru-Hiking

After 40 Days and 40 Nights, Here Are My 10 Commandments of Thru-Hiking

I wasn’t sent down the river in a basket as a baby, and I definitely haven’t led anyone on this thru-hike—but after 40 days and nights in the desert

Jun 18, 2019 : Elise Ott
PCT Week Two Featuring Trail Tattoos and Tent Zeroes

PCT Week Two Featuring Trail Tattoos and Tent Zeroes

My second week on the PCT prominently featuring the lovely town of Idyllwild. PCT Day Eight / 8.4 Miles / 101.5 Total Miles We started our

Jun 4, 2019 : Elise Ott
First Days on the PCT (and My Longest Backpacking Trip Yet)

First Days on the PCT (and My Longest Backpacking Trip Yet)

My first days on the PCT have been more than I ever could have imagined. It began at Scout and Frodo’s with 23 other semi-silent, nervous hikers.

May 20, 2019 : Elise Ott
Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

After doing a couple of shakedown hikes (the most helpful being the Skyway Loop in Alabama), I've realized why they are so important as prep for a

Apr 16, 2019 : Elise Ott
How a 9-5 Job Led Me to a Thru-Hike of the PCT

How a 9-5 Job Led Me to a Thru-Hike of the PCT

As I’m preparing for my thru-hike of the PCT this summer I’m getting all the usual questions. Are you going alone? How long does that take? What

Feb 21, 2019 : Elise Ott
The Case for Being Frugal on Trail

The Case for Being Frugal on Trail

Obviously, I’m not encouraging stealing—just taking advantage of free things when you find them. In a word—resourcefulness. Being resourceful will

Jan 11, 2019 : Elise Ott