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

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Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

The Sierras 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)

Justin “Jupiter” Cummins | May 1st–Sep 14th NOBO. /embed] "the four M's definitely worked at any low point in morale or before a big climb, Music,

Apr 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

To those of you who have been following along since the first Wisdom from the (Recent) Past post, welcome back! To those of you just jumping in,

Apr 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

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

The last trail we are going to address on this Wisdom from the 2018 Thru-Hikers series is the epic, infamous CDT. The CDT tends to be less trafficked

Apr 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

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

We're back for a second dose of wisdom from the AT Class of 2018! As some Christopher “Sticks” Keys | March 25th - September 30th NOBO "If you are

Apr 1, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Before you head on the trail this year, tune in for some wisdom from the class of 2018!

Mar 25, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wisdom from the (Recent) Past" (inspired by a Mackenzie “Wilt” Wieder | March 22nd - September 10th,

Mar 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

There is no question that thru-hiking communities tend to be pretty homogeneous. Here are some stats from the PCT Class of 2018 (and a Halfway

Mar 11, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

Heartburn while hiking can really take it out of you. Here are some strategies to reduce heartburn so you can get back to enjoying the wilderness.

Nov 21, 2018 : Samantha Olthof