Samantha Olthof

You can call me Samwise (or Sam). I attempted to thru-hike the PCT in 2017, but it turned into more of a LASH (long-ass section hike). I've done the desert and Oregon, and am planning to get back as soon as possible to wrap up the rest of the trail. I am a proud Canadian, and I revel in living in the woods with my partner and puppy. You can check out more of my writing and gratuitous puppy pics at https://jubilant.blog

Posts

Wisdom from 2019 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2019 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

A group of Triple Crowners talk with us about the their experiences on the CDT compared to the PCT and the AT.

Dec 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

We're interviewing two PCT thru-hikers who talked to us about packing out boxes of wine, high snow years, and shamanic demon urine rituals (yep).

Nov 20, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: Sea to Summit Flame UL Women’s 15-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Flame UL Women’s 15-Degree Sleeping Bag

The Sea to Summit / Flame UL Women's (15°) is a warm, ultralight mummy bag. There are no unnecessary features like mat attachments or extra zippers.

Nov 18, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

MSR is a popular outdoor gear equipment manufacturer, known for their stoves and tents. The Freelite 2 is a dual access, lightweight,

Sep 16, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

It’s official: Hiker Heaven is up for sale. After 22 years of generously hosting hikers in their Agua Dulce home, Jeff and Donna are moving to the

Aug 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Coming in at 456 miles, Oregon is the shortest state on the PCT. It is also considered to be one of the easiest to hike. The eastern and western

Aug 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

Despite the prevalence of the HYOH mantra, there is still a lot of pressure on-trail to do a "true thru." Being short means that you have different concerns when thru-hiking and need to plan to do things a little differently.

Jul 31, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

The Sierra have sloped away as hikers head into Northern California and enter the next mountain range on the PCT: the Cascades. Unlike the sharp

Jul 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

While each section of the PCT boasts its own beauty, the High Sierra is commonly thought of as the most grandiose. This section spans 390.25 miles

Jul 7, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Rachael “Rabbit” DeLano | April 21st–Sept 1st NOBO "All of us were so different but had a common goal and that is very bonding." Favorite trail

Apr 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof