Penina Crocker

I'm Penina, known on trail as Pastor. After COVID-19 hit in the middle of college, I decided I needed the polar opposite of Zoom school, so I spent the summer outside. In the summer of 2021, I did a PCT LASH through the desert and Sierra sections, followed by a bike tour across the western United States and down the Pacific coast.

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PCTA Targets Late August Reopening of Lionshead Fire Closure

PCTA Targets Late August Reopening of Lionshead Fire Closure

The USDA Forest Service and the PCTA aim to reopen the Lionshead Fire closure on the Oregon PCT by late August or early September, as reported by The

Jul 29, 2022 : Penina Crocker
13 Hikers Share How They Got Their Trail Names

13 Hikers Share How They Got Their Trail Names

For every long-distance hiker, there's a trail name, and for every trail name, there's a story. We sent out a survey, and are profiling the best

Jul 28, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Search Continues for Missing Hiker in San Juan National Forest

Search Continues for Missing Hiker in San Juan National Forest

The search continues for a hiker who was last seen on July 16th in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado. Daniel Lamthach, 22, of Salt Lake City,

Jul 27, 2022 : Penina Crocker
[Book Review] Adventure Ready by Katie Gerber and Heather Anderson

[Book Review] Adventure Ready by Katie Gerber and Heather Anderson

Adventure Ready: A Hiker's Guide to Planning, Training, & Resiliency is a guidebook written by two seasoned long-distance hikers to help others

Jul 25, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Company Profile: Paka

Company Profile: Paka

In the last few years, alpaca wool has come into the scene to challenge merino's claim as the best natural fiber for activewear. Companies like

Jul 20, 2022 : Penina Crocker
ATC Recommends Bear-Resistant Food Storage Along Entire Appalachian Trail

ATC Recommends Bear-Resistant Food Storage Along Entire Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy yesterday announced the adoption of a new policy strongly recommending that all backpackers store their food in an

Jul 15, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Washburn Fire Burns through Yosemite, Threatens Sequoia Grove

Washburn Fire Burns through Yosemite, Threatens Sequoia Grove

Yosemite National Park's largest sequoia grove, Mariposa Grove is threatened by the 2,340 acre Washburn Fire, which is 25 percent contained. Nancy

Jul 11, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Sierra Designs Gigawatt 60L Backpack Review

Sierra Designs Gigawatt 60L Backpack Review

Looking for a backpack for your first trip? Ready to own your own pack, but not ready to shell out for a very nice one that you're not sure if you'll

Jun 29, 2022 : Penina Crocker
Meet Raquel Vélez, the CEO Working to Make Outdoor Apparel More Inclusive

Meet Raquel Vélez, the CEO Working to Make Outdoor Apparel More Inclusive

Meet Raquel Vélez, founder and CEO of Alpine Parrot, an outdoor apparel company that caters to women sizes 14-24. They currently sell the Ponderosa

Jun 28, 2022 : Penina Crocker
5 of the Best Deals from the REI Fourth of July Sale

5 of the Best Deals from the REI Fourth of July Sale

Need just a few more items before hitting the trails this summer? Check out the REI 4th of July Sale, which begins this Friday, June 24th and ends on

Jun 24, 2022 : Penina Crocker