Sam Cooper

Hello! My name is Sam, and I'm an 18-year-old from Los Angeles, a 2019 PCT hopeful, and a total grammar nerd. I just finished up high school, and hiking the PCT is the first step in my gap year, after which I will attend Bowdoin College. I love science, writing on my accord, and have a deleterious addiction to boba—you can blame my father for that one!

Posts

A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

Before I begin, please allow me to apologize for not posting in the last 500 miles—I did not realize how challenging it would carve out a few hours

Jun 9, 2019 : Sam Cooper
Vignettes of Pain, Homesickness, and Abounding Joy

Vignettes of Pain, Homesickness, and Abounding Joy

It is utterly impossible to summarize my experience over these past ten days in a blog post. It's utterly impossible to summarize my experience in my

May 9, 2019 : Sam Cooper
Ignorance and Impulsiveness: Prewritten Post-Trail Reflections

Ignorance and Impulsiveness: Prewritten Post-Trail Reflections

These questions are just as much a request for my future self as they are a questionnaire for my past self. I sat on this blog post, waffling between

Apr 27, 2019 : Sam Cooper
PCT Shakedown Hike: The Trans-Catalina Trail

PCT Shakedown Hike: The Trans-Catalina Trail

(If you haven't already, a read of my previous blog post might be a helpful preface to this trip report.) Preface Because I leave for the PCT in a

Apr 5, 2019 : Sam Cooper
I Said No: Some Ramblings on Pre-Trail Anxiety

I Said No: Some Ramblings on Pre-Trail Anxiety

I sit at dinner with one of my older sisters and my parents. I’ve become bad at conversing, for thoughts of the PCT have consumed all of my available

Mar 21, 2019 : Sam Cooper
Planning a Thru-Hike as a Member of the PCT’s 1.6%

Planning a Thru-Hike as a Member of the PCT’s 1.6%

Who am I, anyway? Not to brag, but I'm a member of the 1%. Well, probably not the 1% of which you are thinking; I will be a member of the 1% of

Mar 1, 2019 : Sam Cooper