Hi All! I'm Melissa, 2022 NOBO PCT hiker. Born and raised at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they've been the back drop of my life. My family spent our summers camping and hiking all over Northern California. Imagine spending 7 days tent camping with your parents and little brothers in Modoc & Lassen at 13 years old when all you really wanted to do was hang at the mall and movie theatre with your friends... Those experiences as an ambivalent teenager gave me the confidence as an adult to start hiking and backpacking on my own. In 2019 I hiked the JMT and thought my thru-hiking urge had been sated, but almost as soon as I'd finished I got the itch again. Follow my journey as I trudge toward Canada!
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