Lion Heart

Hi! I'm Lion Heart and I love all things hiking. I'll be thru-hiking NoBo on the PCT in 2017. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006, I launched a more active lifestyle with a refreshed perspective on Life. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009 and 2013. In 2015, I hiked 700 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. When I'm not thru-hiking, I work as a science teacher, perform as a percussionist, and rally for bicycle advocacy. No matter where my footprints fall or my bicycle tires roll, I believe in treading lightly on this planet and honoring my connection to all things.

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Training: April 3 – 9

Training: April 3 – 9

Week Total: 8 For pics and stories about why I didn't get hikes in everyday, visit my 1.8 miles I sit down on the front deck recliner and it's

Apr 14, 2017 : Lion Heart
Training: March 27 – April 2

Training: March 27 – April 2

Week Total: 25.2 March 27 ~ 1.7 miles In an effort to multi-task, I call Vicky of Etna's Hiker Hut. They will be around this summer and need

Apr 6, 2017 : Lion Heart
Training: March 20 – 26

Training: March 20 – 26

Week Total: 25.7 miles March 20 ~ March 21 ~ 2.2 miles I need to be washing 12 dozen eggs but if don't do my training hike right this damn minute,

Mar 31, 2017 : Lion Heart
Where In The Prep?

Where In The Prep?

After you've launched enough thru-hikes, friends and family stop asking for the scoop. No biggie! I appreciate that they're all in the know and have

Mar 22, 2017 : Lion Heart
PCT Gear List II

PCT Gear List II

Not a whole lot has changed from the first gear list. I wanted to get an Arc pack with the heavier duty 4.2 oz/sqyd Gridstop fabric. Unfortunately,

Mar 16, 2017 : Lion Heart
My Next Career Is Toe Wrestling – A Thru-Hike That Ends Before It Starts

My Next Career Is Toe Wrestling – A Thru-Hike That Ends Before It Starts

My foot is hurt and now I will crawl into a corner and cry. If I were Anne of Green Gables, I would be in the “depths of despair.” Is this what

Apr 8, 2016 : Lion Heart
The Jeopardy Question – My Thyroid Story

The Jeopardy Question – My Thyroid Story

Story originally written for Finally arriving home after being in the hospital for over a week. Within the week I returned to UCSF, where I waited

Jan 10, 2016 : Lion Heart
Reducing Pack Weight After The Big 3 – Bag Of Magic Potions

Reducing Pack Weight After The Big 3 – Bag Of Magic Potions

It's a well-known fact that the easiest way to reduce your base weight is by scrutinizing your Big 3. Tent, Sleeping Bag, Backpack. You might have

Dec 28, 2015 : Lion Heart
Got RAIN? – A Preliminary AT Gear List

Got RAIN? – A Preliminary AT Gear List

I’m from Northern California. Where the weather is always perfect and the ground sometimes shakes. Pansy you might say. I thru-hiked the Pacific

Oct 25, 2015 : Lion Heart