Shannon Ryker

I’m a Pacific Northwest Native recently transplanted to Nashville TN. I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the years a few of those are aerospace mechanic, travel agent, union activist, ballroom dancer and in April 2020 I will begin a new chapter as PCT long distance hiker (we will hopefully add the THRU part later). I grew up in the PNW camping and appreciating the outdoors. I have always felt connected to nature. Unfortunately, for many years I was disconnected from it and suffered physically and emotionally as a result. I discovered hiking again several years ago and started taking frequent day hikes in the Cascades near my home. Those hikes reignited my passion for nature and hiking. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with friends, family and the trail community!

Posts

PCT 2020: Letting Go and Postponing Until 2021

PCT 2020: Letting Go and Postponing Until 2021

Two months ago, it was inconceivable that a pandemic would be the reason I questioned my PCT thru-hike. In my mind, the two biggest threats to my

Mar 18, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
A Quick Trip Home: Travel Blog Part 1

A Quick Trip Home: Travel Blog Part 1

Last week, I flew home to Washington State to attend a snow skills class at Snoqualmie Pass. I flew in a few days early to spend time with family and

Feb 28, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Less Than 60 Days

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Less Than 60 Days

Last April, I decided 2020 was the year I’d hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). We had family visiting from Seattle that week and were showing them

Feb 13, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
Backpacker’s Test Kitchen: My Resupply Strategy

Backpacker’s Test Kitchen: My Resupply Strategy

Yesterday, I took a trip to a few local retailers to evaluate resupply options. I needed to pick up a fuel canister, and items to prepare a few test

Feb 6, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
Introduction to Backpacking: My Fears, Therapy, and Friends

Introduction to Backpacking: My Fears, Therapy, and Friends

A Change of Plans I originally planned to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2018. I spent most of 2017 planning, prepping, and purchasing gear

Jan 23, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
My Mistakes and Gear: What I’m Taking on the PCT in 2020

My Mistakes and Gear: What I’m Taking on the PCT in 2020

Hot Topic Isn’t Just a Clothing Store Gear seems to be the hottest and most highly requested topic in the online backpacking realms and for good

Jan 16, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

I Saved $8,000 in Four Months for My Thru-Hike

In July 2018, I left my job shortly before relocating to Nashville Tennessee. During the following 14 months, our household learned how to live on a

Jan 10, 2020 : Shannon Ryker
Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

Hiking for Sanity. My Motivations to Hike the PCT

The Formative Years I’ve worn a lot of different hats in my life.In my youth I was quiet, shy, athletic, and outdoorsy. I played soccer and

Jan 9, 2020 : Shannon Ryker