Pilar Schmidt

My trail name is SnM, or Spaghetti & Meatballs for long. I caught the backpacking bug four years ago, and soon enough the occasional week or weekend exploring California's wilderness and open space left me wanting more. I hiked the PCT in 2017. Because I love potato chips, Sour Patch Kids, walking a lot, and sitting in the dirt under pine trees or firs, I'll be heading out on the CDT in 2019.

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Passes and Storms in Montana’s Pintlers

Passes and Storms in Montana’s Pintlers

The way out from Anaconda is a highway walk. Just like the way in, except longer, and with a few opportunities to slip onto parallel gravel roads

Sep 9, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
To Anaconda! In Which I Accidentally, Temporarily, Steal a Puppy

To Anaconda! In Which I Accidentally, Temporarily, Steal a Puppy

Before leaving Helena, I went for a last lunch with Giggles and Josh at LaPa Grill. They serve all kinds of nontraditional burrito-like things. After

Aug 27, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
Does Montana Even Have a Summer?

Does Montana Even Have a Summer?

Back on the trail again! Craig from Lazy B’s Pizzeria dropped Giggles, Josh, and me off at the Benchmark trailhead, and we hopped straight onto a Ley

Aug 15, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
Hello Bob, Goodbye Earl: East Glacier to the Benchmark Trailhead

Hello Bob, Goodbye Earl: East Glacier to the Benchmark Trailhead

Town! The internet! Perishable foods! Sometimes it’s hard to leave. I insisted on going to the bakery one last time. Josh called MSR to figure out

Aug 15, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
CDT Take Two: SOBO Through Glacier National Park

CDT Take Two: SOBO Through Glacier National Park

“Back on the trail, back on the traaaaiiil, we don’t stop ‘til we get up that hill!” Thanks to Pat “Axel” Dixon, I had a soundtrack for my return to

Jul 22, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
The Great Basin Part 2: Lightning Frightening

The Great Basin Part 2: Lightning Frightening

Josh, Giggles, and I zeroed in Rawlins so that we could figure out our next steps. The coming section was mostly the remainder of the Great Basin,

Jul 10, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
The Great Basin Part 1: It’s Still Winter Everywhere!

The Great Basin Part 1: It’s Still Winter Everywhere!

It snowed and rained for most of my zero day in Chama. Locals said spring had been coming, before this storm hit a couple of days ago. Leafing aspen

Jul 5, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
Out of the Sand and into the Snow

Out of the Sand and into the Snow

On the day that Josh and I left Ghost Ranch we dillydallied, slow to wake up, to pack, to say goodbye to friends who weren’t heading north, to

Jun 26, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
Getting My Feet Wet Outside Cuba, NM

Getting My Feet Wet Outside Cuba, NM

The farther north I hike in New Mexico, the more I have to think about the snow.Inevitably I will run out of snow-free trail. And then I will run

May 31, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt
Sandstone: Highly Recommended!

Sandstone: Highly Recommended!

Heading out of Grants I was looking forward to Mount Taylor, which looms 11,307 feet tall and gentle, above the valley. Taking the Mount Taylor

May 23, 2019 : Pilar Schmidt