Jesse Smith

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" -Thoreau, AT 2015, PCT 2016

Posts

“I’m pretty tired I think I’ll go home now”  (Mile 946)

“I’m pretty tired I think I’ll go home now” (Mile 946)

After walking over 3000 miles in the last 14 months I've come to the conclusion that I need a break.  Deciding to end my PCT thru hike took a while

Jul 7, 2016 : Jesse Smith
Week 9: More snow and adventure (Mile 942)

Week 9: More snow and adventure (Mile 942)

This post comes from Merced, CA which happens to be a few hours drive from the PCT. (More on that in the next post) Upon arriving in Independence,

Jun 28, 2016 : Jesse Smith
Week 7: Into the Wild (Mile 790)

Week 7: Into the Wild (Mile 790)

After two weeks of wilderness I'm back to civilization in Independence, CA. The trail and environment has changed drastically since leaving

Jun 14, 2016 : Jesse Smith
Week 5: Crossing the desert (566 Miles)

Week 5: Crossing the desert (566 Miles)

Tehachapi, CA: the best trail town I've visited so far. I've been in town now for a day and a half and if there wasn't a 3 day limit at the

May 30, 2016 : Jesse Smith
PCT Weeks 2-4 (Mile 454)

PCT Weeks 2-4 (Mile 454)

I have arrived at famous Hiker Heaven in the small town of Agua Dulce, CA. Hiker Heaven is a rest stop on the trail where trail angels The Saufley's

May 23, 2016 : Jesse Smith
PCT Week 1: Exposed

PCT Week 1: Exposed

One week on the PCT brings me to Warner Springs, CA (mile 109).  The experience so far has been exhilarating to say the least. Each day has brought a

May 2, 2016 : Jesse Smith
Quick PCT bio and my reasons for hiking it

Quick PCT bio and my reasons for hiking it

In less than 12 hours I'll be at the US/Mexico border about to start an epic journey on the PCT. For those unfamiliar with the PCT here's a quick

Apr 26, 2016 : Jesse Smith
My evolving trail diet in search of the ultimate burrito

My evolving trail diet in search of the ultimate burrito

The most thought about item on my thru hike: FOOD! Whether it was planning food for the next 5 days on the trail, picking out which restaurants to

Dec 30, 2015 : Jesse Smith
My Before and After Appalachian Trail Gear List

My Before and After Appalachian Trail Gear List

2189.2 miles on the Appalachian Trial taught me a thing or two about necessary gear for a long distance hike.  One of the first things I learned on

Nov 20, 2015 : Jesse Smith
Day 150 (2189.2 Miles!!)

Day 150 (2189.2 Miles!!)

The journey is complete! On day 150 of our 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hike, Stink Jacket, John Redcorn and I reached Katahdin, the northern terminus

Sep 14, 2015 : Jesse Smith