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My Plan for Staying Healthy so I Can Make It to Canada

My Plan for Staying Healthy so I Can Make It to Canada

Getting ready to set out on a 2,650 mile hike would be a little intimidating to anyone. Add in my mature status, my seven leg surgeries, and my Hashimoto's (thyroid...

Dec 12, 2018 : Poppy Pai
The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

I didn't expect it. At first, civilization was a welcome respite from hiking in snow, ice, and smoke.  Hot meals and warm showers galore. Not stinking all the time. Wearing—gasp!—mascara....

Dec 10, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
Does There Have to be a Good Reason for Hiking the PCT?

Does There Have to be a Good Reason for Hiking the PCT?

Everyone asks, "Why are you hiking the Pacific Crest Trail?" Here are just a few reasons. I'm sure that I could come up with more. I don't know if there...

Dec 8, 2018 : Poppy Pai
Why I’ll be Hiking My Own Hike

Why I’ll be Hiking My Own Hike

My trail goals: Let's start by saying I'm not a purist. If my foot doesn't touch every accessible inch of the PCT, I'm OK with that. My goal is to...

Dec 2, 2018 : Poppy Pai
Train for the PCT by Hiking 1,800 Miles on the Te Araroa

Train for the PCT by Hiking 1,800 Miles on the Te Araroa

Most people train for the PCT by doing day hikes or a short multiday hike. I, on the other hand, plan to train for the PCT by doing 1,800 miles...

Nov 9, 2018 : Kez
A Purpose On Trail + After the Trail: Stewardship

A Purpose On Trail + After the Trail: Stewardship

This October the Trail angels like Cinnabun, pictured, (navy tank top) stock and monitor water caches along the dry water-scarce southern California section of the PCT. Without their support and...

Sep 30, 2018 : Laura Johnston
Fourth Fake Zero Post PCT Analysis

Fourth Fake Zero Post PCT Analysis

Screw this brave face. The sadness comes in waves, or gusts of wind, and I'm scared the next one is going to blow me over. It just might. Tears live...

Sep 25, 2018 : Olympia
Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Sigh. Trail relationships. They are transient at worst, transformational at best. Perhaps you met someone early on in your hike who, within a matter of days, got to know the...

Sep 14, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

On Sept. 8, I hiked into Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most hikers who reach this monument are finally done with their thru-hikes. For the past month, everyone around...

Sep 13, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Congrats to These 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sept. 3)

Congrats to These 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Sept. 3)

PCT northbounders are ending their trek to Canada! In true PCT fashion, fire closures have made things interesting and stopped some of this week's hikers at Harts Pass. Regardless, a...

Sep 10, 2018 : Becky Booroojian