New Trail, New Blogger, But the Same Patchwork
Cześć, I’m Kamila Kielar, on the trails better known as Patchwork.
If you ended up here probably you are curious about the CDT, my chosen trail for thru-hiking in 2023. It’s also possible that I’ve already bumped into you on PCT in 2017, if so, say hello in the comments section! Hopefully, I will meet you in person next year somewhere between the New Mexican deserts and the peaks of Glacier NP.
On the field
I would like to invite you to follow my CDT hike but first – let’s get to know each other better! I’ll go first. I’m an adventurer and far north specialist with years spent in Alaska, Canada, and Lapland on adventures and research. I’ve solo kayaked on Pacific waters in British Columbia, Canada in search of spirit bears, the rarest species of bears in the world. I’ve biked through Yukon in winter, Alaska, and Kamchatka, done XC skiing adventures in Northwest Territories and hiked Pacific Crest Trail. Besides the PCT I thru-hiked the Slovenian Mountain Trail, over 1000 miles in the Alps, Kungsleden in Lapland, Hoga Kusten, and a huge chunk of trails in Scotland and Poland as well. And yes, among all outdoor activities hiking corresponds the most with my personality.
On a daily basis, I work as a freelancer in the three fields, saving money meticulously for my adventures. I am a public speaker and storyteller at travel festivals, events, and conferences. I also publish my articles in magazines and I’m a podcast hostess (just yesterday my program was nominated for the Podcast of the Year prize, yay!). Furthermore, I’m a naturalist, bear behaviorist, and wildlife photographer.
While not hiking in the mountains you can meet at the climbing wall, on bike tracks, or jumping a rope simply next to my block.
So, what can YOU expect here?
My mission is to make my little corner of The Trek a place where you can not only follow my hiking adventures on the Continental Divide Trail, but I’m curious about many topics revolving around the trail. Actually, the hiking pace of 3 mph is absolutely the greatest for observing your surroundings and not missing any single detail. It’s my journalistic deviation to look at things closely and analyze them and that’s something I’d like to share with you here. I also will give you an European perspective on the American trails and the great outdoors.
And lastly, I promise to deliver wildlife pictures as I’m that person who always carries a telephoto lens on the trail.
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One more thing…
I’m not American, I’m from the medieval town of Cracow in Poland – which means English is not my native language. I’m trying really hard and working double to make as few mistakes as possible but I’m aware it’s simply unattainable to avoid all of them. Please take it into consideration and I hope that the contents of my articles will surpass my errors.
See you down the trail!
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