Nolan and Michelle

Hello! My name is Nolan, I'm a traveling ICU RN from the midwest who's taking the summer off to hike the PCT! Exactly three months prior to my start date I met my girlfriend and now thru-hiking partner Michelle. Our goal is to share both the male and female perspectives as well as a look into what it's like to thru-hike as a couple. Follow along as we put our young relationship to the test while we walk from Mexico to Canada, while sharing all the ups and downs along the way!

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The Desert Is Finally Behind Us

The Desert Is Finally Behind Us

We headed out of Hiker Heaven late in the evening to beat the heat. Night hiking was something that we had avoided as long as we could. I

Aug 18, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
The Path to Heaven and the Climb from Hell

The Path to Heaven and the Climb from Hell

First, we’re still alive and well. Second, we know it’s been awhile since our last post, and we apologize for this. Not to make excuses but we’ve

Jul 29, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
Idyllwild to Big Bear: The Pilgrimage for Pancakes

Idyllwild to Big Bear: The Pilgrimage for Pancakes

We awoke to the sun baking our tent in San Jacinto State Park. Having gotten in late the evening before the good shady spots in the designated PCT

Jul 1, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
Pie and Some R&R Before Returning to the Desert

Pie and Some R&R Before Returning to the Desert

First off, let me start by apologizing for the delay between posts. It’s been difficult to do much writing while battling having good enough service

Jun 21, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
After a Week, the What Ifs Fade Away

After a Week, the What Ifs Fade Away

We just hit Southern California after a three-day road trip from Nebraska and here are Michelle's thoughts.What if...I get bit by a

May 28, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
Snacks on Snacks on Snacks Ready for Our Resupply

Snacks on Snacks on Snacks Ready for Our Resupply

Our jobs in Grand Junction ended in April, Nolan’s a week before mine. He went home to Nebraska and then I went home to Illinois. He made a trip to

May 15, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
How We Ended Up on the PCT Together: Michelle’s Story

How We Ended Up on the PCT Together: Michelle’s Story

Hello, world! My name is Michelle. I’m an occupational therapist from a small town in southern Illinois. I lived in Nashville, Tenn., for five years

May 10, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle
How We Ended Up on the PCT Together: Nolan’s Story

How We Ended Up on the PCT Together: Nolan’s Story

Being from the Midwest, hiking wasn’t something I grew up doing. Sure, I had gone on a couple weekend trips to some national forests when I was in

May 10, 2018 : Nolan and Michelle