Ellie B.

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).

Posts

Goodbye PCT, Hello Colorado Trail!

Goodbye PCT, Hello Colorado Trail!

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

Sep 13, 2021 : Ellie B.
Ore-Gone But Not Forgotten: Skipping Around Fires and my 50 Mile Day

Ore-Gone But Not Forgotten: Skipping Around Fires and my 50 Mile Day

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

Aug 29, 2021 : Ellie B.
One State Down, On to Oregon!

One State Down, On to Oregon!

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.

Aug 13, 2021 : Ellie B.
Views and Bugs: Northern Washington in a Nutshell

Views and Bugs: Northern Washington in a Nutshell

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

Jul 30, 2021 : Ellie B.
The Challenges Have Begun, The Trail has not

The Challenges Have Begun, The Trail has not

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.

Jul 17, 2021 : Ellie B.
Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

Allow Me to (Re)Introduce Myself

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

Jun 18, 2021 : Ellie B.
Hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way

Hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way

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

Oct 12, 2015 : Ellie B.
The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

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

Aug 22, 2014 : Ellie B.
Family, Fun, and 400 Miles to go!

Family, Fun, and 400 Miles to go!

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

Jul 20, 2014 : Ellie B.
Over Halfway There

Over Halfway There

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

Jun 30, 2014 : Ellie B.