Well, hi there! I'm Lydia, an aspiring thru hiker testing her luck on the PCT beginning April 19, 2016. I like to think of myself as an outdoor enthusiast with a decent sized vocabulary, but I'm sure I'll prove both of those things at least slightly untrue at some point along this journey. My hobbies include making myself look like an idiot, laughing way too often, correcting the grammar of NY Times Bestselling novels, and eating way too much food in a single sitting. I've been itching to trade in my sparkly work flats for muddy hiking boots for over a year now & I cannot wait to get out there! Feel free to check out some of my other shenanigans over at www.outsideandaliive.com
Once upon a time, I'd written a novel to post about getting on and off the trail but reading it back now, I don't know if I want to post it anymore.
Not everyone makes their thru hike all the way to Canada, some make it a few hundred miles, some a section, some half of the trail. Everyone's hike is their own but some fall short of their original goal and that's fine. But when they said you'd be depressed when you rejoined society, they weren't lying. Good thing I realized that early and still have PLENTY of time to escape back to the trail before 'REAL LIFE' requires my return.
You'd think that thru hikers, people that voluntarily choose to walk thousands of miles across the country, would love to walk but you'd only be
The trail provides and we're all family out here, but having the opportunity to see your ACTUAL family is the best thing in the world, especially when it entails surprising them when they least expect it.
I woke up to rain and more clouds today & since my left knee still hurts, I decided to stay in Tehachapi yet another night. I grabbed breakfast
For all of you living under a rock, this year has been infamously known as the year EL NINO will take over the PCT! I don't think it's been
Day 32 - May 20 Start Time: 645 am End Time: 330 pm Start Mile: 498.2 End Mile: 517.6 Total Time Hiking: 8 hours Total Distance Hiked: 19.4
As thru hikers, we spend our days walking, most of us from sunrise to sunset. Some of us night hike for a few miles in the morning, others in the
Rolling into Hiker Heaven first thing on Saturday morning and fresh off eating an incredible breakfast, I was stoked to be able to take my shoes off,
Day 17 - May 5thOB and I were both up before our alarms this morning which didn't surprise either of us; We knew we had to be ready to go by 815 or