Kate Richard

Hey! On the AT I was known as Lost & Found, but I'd like to keep better track of my things on the PCT and am hoping for a new trail name. After a demanding 5 years in college I am graduating with my degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida this May! Right after, I fly out to San Diego to start the PCT NOBO. I took a semester off of school to hike the AT in 2017 and have had my sights set on the PCT for 2019 ever since. I'm hoping to learn a lot about myself and what I want in life before I kick start my career when I get back. Will I be one of the few to stop at completing 2/3 of the triple crown trails? Only time will tell.

Posts

Tattoos in Week Two

Tattoos in Week Two

In week two, I hiked from Warner Springs to Paradise Valley Cafe. I spent the second half of the week waiting out a snowstorm, like so many other

Jun 4, 2019 : Kate Richard
Wait, I’m in the Desert? Feat. GOT Watch Parties and Giant Blood Blisters

Wait, I’m in the Desert? Feat. GOT Watch Parties and Giant Blood Blisters

I've had a great first week on the PCT. I've made it over 100 miles, I'm making good miles, and I'm having the time of my life of course. It feels so

May 20, 2019 : Kate Richard
Thru-Hiking Ruined My Love Life. Twice

Thru-Hiking Ruined My Love Life. Twice

Relationships tend to be difficult when you're planning on leaving your significant other for five or more months.  Not too many people talk about

May 10, 2019 : Kate Richard
Let’s Talk Gear

Let’s Talk Gear

Researching gear has been my obsession since planning my first thru-hike. Scrolling through r/Ultralight on reddit has been how I got through boring lectures in college and what I fall asleep to many nights. After all that, here's everything I'm taking with me on my PCT thru-hike in two days and why.

May 7, 2019 : Kate Richard
Take Two: Getting Ready for My Second Thru-Hike

Take Two: Getting Ready for My Second Thru-Hike

I'm thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year, and it isn't my first rodeo. Thank god for that, because I have no idea how I would pull off my

Apr 27, 2019 : Kate Richard