I’m Ellie, aka Sparky, I am 30 and from the great state of Vermont. I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail southbound during the 2021 summer/fall. I enjoy spicy food, the Constitution, and a good sunrise. My puppy Champ is the uncontested best boy in the world. Someday I want to be governor, but what I do between now and then is anybody’s guess. Past hikes include: Long Trail (2010), Appalachian Trail (2014), West Highland Way (2015), Te Araroa (2015-2016), Laugavegur (2017), Tahoe Rim Trail (2018).
A lot has changed since I last posted, including the trail I’m hiking! I restarted at Sonora Pass as planned the day after my last post. Between
Well, that's depressing. I just calculated how many miles I've actually hiked versus how many I have had to skip (below). While I knew the general
I’m currently writing from Stevenson, WA, the town right at the Oregon/Washington border. It’s been an eventful few weeks since I last posted.
Here we are nearly two weeks into this grand adventure, and it already feels like too much has happened to recap! I'm currently taking my first zero
Now, I knew that wildfires and learning how to avoid them would be a significant piece of coming out here, but I didn’t think it would be a major source of stress and concern before I even started.
TLDR; I’m hiking because I’m sad my mom died and a medium told me to go to the woods to find myself. Skeptical? Fair enough, I would be rolling my
And you thought the AT was only a meager 2189.2 miles? Well, yes and no. There are actually thousands more miles of the Appalachian-Caledonian
I made it! I’ve sat down to try to write this post half a dozen times now, and I don’t know what to say, I did it! It was awesome. I miss it
Hello! I'm currently at mile 1786.6 on the trail, I came off for the weekend to do a Dirty Girl Mud Run with all the ladies in my family. Team
There have been a lot of big milestones since I last posted; 1000 miles, new states, the psychological halfway point, and also the actual halfway