Emily Hayes

Hello, I'm Emily, I love being outside in the mountains, hiking and wild camping. I also love sharing my experiences to help inspire others to do the same! I'll be thru-hiking the PCT this year, it's been a 9 year dream that has finally become reality. When i'm not thinking about hiking i'm thinking about Dim Sum which has been the focus of my career, I'm taking a break from Dim Sum while I thru-hike.

Posts

A Southern California Summary

A Southern California Summary

I've seen some strange things lately, I think to myself as I watch the sunset alone a few miles away from Kennedy Meadows. The southern California

May 30, 2022 : Emily Hayes
Dealing with the down

Dealing with the down

I'm now in my 4th week of hiking the PCT, I'm taking a couple of zeros in Big Bear. I'm also dealing with something I didn't think I would be

Apr 20, 2022 : Emily Hayes
The ice axe disappearance (Idyllwild to Big Bear)

The ice axe disappearance (Idyllwild to Big Bear)

San Jacinto mountain has been a beast. I've been exhausted every day. The weather had been building up for another storm which means lots of wind

Apr 19, 2022 : Emily Hayes
Unlocking the Secrets of Hiking the PCT

Unlocking the Secrets of Hiking the PCT

The PCT has been an enigma to me for many years. How do people walk 2,600 miles, feed themselves, and carry all their gear around for five

Apr 18, 2022 : Emily Hayes
From Campo to Idyllwild

From Campo to Idyllwild

I've walked 150 miles in 8 days and as I wrote this I was taking a rest day in an idyllic mountain town in southern California called Idyllwild. The

Apr 14, 2022 : Emily Hayes
Things I didn’t know about the PCT

Things I didn’t know about the PCT

I'm at Idyllwild off mile 151 of the PCT. After hiking the desert for 9 days on trail, I've learnt a lot about what works for me and what doesn't.

Apr 8, 2022 : Emily Hayes
10 Reasons Why I Hike

10 Reasons Why I Hike

Why I hike is best summarised by a John Muir quote: "Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a

Mar 25, 2022 : Emily Hayes
The Beginning

The Beginning

So here I am, nine years on from the promise I made to myself about thru-hiking the entire PCT before I turned 40. With a week to go until I get on

Mar 21, 2022 : Emily Hayes