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Backpacking was definitely not love-at-first-step for me. With a pack that was way too heavy for my short body, a fear of heights and stream crossings, and no innate sense of direction, I struggled a lot on my first few trips. But a decade into my backpacking adventures, I also know that backpacking is one of the few places I feel truly at ease with myself. I've spent years backpacking through the Sierra, a month on the Colorado Trail, and 3 months meandering around the South Island of New Zealand. This year, I'm quitting my job as a human rights advocate to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm hoping to approach each day with something like gratitude. Connect with me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/big_rain_little_thunder/

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Oregon by Starlight

Oregon by Starlight

Traversing Oregon has been a slow unfolding of starts and stops. After taking time off to heal a badly sprained ankle, I was

Oct 19, 2022 : Rain
Traipsing Through Oregon

Traipsing Through Oregon

Portland is for Healing and Donuts After my bad ankle sprain in Goat Rocks, I leukotaped my ankle and spent three days limping out to the

Sep 15, 2022 : Rain
Almost Quitting on a Rough Day in Eastern Washington

Almost Quitting on a Rough Day in Eastern Washington

I left White Pass and headed into Goat Rocks wilderness with clear, cool weather. Within a few hours, things started to get more ominous: a bank of

Aug 31, 2022 : Rain
Washington is Beautiful but Really Dang Hard

Washington is Beautiful but Really Dang Hard

Stehekin to Stevens Pass/Skykomish (SoBo) After flipping north and touching the Canadian border, I was feeling very energized and proud of

Aug 15, 2022 : Rain
The Decision to Flip North

The Decision to Flip North

My last two days in Northern California, thunderstorms lashed through hot, dry terrain. I felt grateful for the clouds rolling in to break up the

Aug 8, 2022 : Rain
Favorite Moments in the Northern Sierra

Favorite Moments in the Northern Sierra

I rolled down into Tahoe feeling incredible gratitude for this wild, beautiful PCT journey. It feels overwhelming to try to describe all the

Jul 4, 2022 : Rain
Traversing the Southern Sierra

Traversing the Southern Sierra

I left Kennedy Meadows on June 4 and reached Red’s Meadow Resort on June 18 —my longest stretch without going into a town, and probably the longest

Jul 3, 2022 : Rain
Going Solo: Agua Dulce to Tehachapi on the PCT

Going Solo: Agua Dulce to Tehachapi on the PCT

Miles 454.5 to 566.4 It felt like starting the PCT for the first time: Granite said goodbye to me at an Airbnb in Santa Clarita and I took

May 25, 2022 : Rain
Night hiking, rattlesnakes, and heat: Wrightwood to Agua Dulce on the PCT

Night hiking, rattlesnakes, and heat: Wrightwood to Agua Dulce on the PCT

Miles 363.4 to 464.5 This section officially marks my longest backpacking trip ever. When I spent 4 weeks on the Colorado Trail, I had to

May 18, 2022 : Rain
Big Bear to Wrightwood on the PCT (Mile 266 to 369)

Big Bear to Wrightwood on the PCT (Mile 266 to 369)

I leave Big Bear feeling anxious. I’m worried about whether I can manage bigger mileage days and whether the upcoming terrain - longer water

May 11, 2022 : Rain