Lydia Armstrong

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

Posts

Another One Bites the Dust

Another One Bites the Dust

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.

Jul 13, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
The Rumors are True

The Rumors are True

Home Again Before I ever stepped foot on the Pacific Crest Trail, I'd heard over and over that coming off the trail would be one of the hardest

Jun 22, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
Thru Hikers Are Some of the Laziest People

Thru Hikers Are Some of the Laziest People

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

Jun 2, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
Surprises on & off the PCT

Surprises on & off the PCT

The trail is a wonderful experience and the trail absolutely provides but when you're away from your loved ones for this long, it can be hard. We all

May 26, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
Even zero days can be shitty days

Even zero days can be shitty days

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

May 25, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
When my crazy idea proves to be the best idea

When my crazy idea proves to be the best idea

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

May 24, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
Birthdays on the PCT

Birthdays on the PCT

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

May 21, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
Why We Thru Hike

Why We Thru Hike

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

May 21, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
PCT: When Feet Rebel

PCT: When Feet Rebel

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,

May 18, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all

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

May 16, 2016 : Lydia Armstrong