2017 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers You Should be Following on Instagram

What lies below is an assemblage of 2017 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers and some bonafide badass adventurers you’re going to want to follow on Instagram. This year, these people are going to embark on one of the hardest journeys they will ever face. What better way to vicariously live through their journey than with some awe-inspiring photos and videos from the trail.

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Below are a list hikers about to set off on one of the longest footpaths in America. Some of the people are going to be blogging for the The Trek: Pacific Crest Trail (you can join the team too, apply here). You can also follow The Trek and The Trek: PCT Instagram accounts to get the best of the best. Follow all the madness from the trail with the following hashtags: #PacificCrestTrial #TrekthePCT #theTrek #PCT2017 #PCTig

2017 PCT Thru-Hikers You Should Be Following on Instagram

Erick – @egoodsyahknow 

Zach – @zrdavis

Jabba – @therealhikingviking

Well, today is #NationalSmileDay. Not sure when that started but I do know this, there is always a way to find a reason to smile. We don't need a National Day for it but I suppose you can't be reminded enough. I haven't posted in a while. I injured myself a few weeks back and hopped off trail in Washington while attempting to muscle out a large mile per day average to complete the PCT (the Canadian border SOBO to NorCal) by this coming weekend. But with this foot injury taking much longer to heal than I would like, it only makes sense that I throw in the towel for good on my PCT attempt this year. I'm not focused on what could have been or disappointed that I'm not able to finish the trail this year. What I am focused on is smiling about what an incredible year that I HAVE had. I have been so fortunate to have had another amazing year of hiking. Back to back near 4,000 mile hiking seasons bringing my current total to roughly 13,000 miles. So many highs and lows and ups and downs and incredible people I've met along the way. I think back and smile about all of it. And even though it's the second year in a row that I haven't been able to complete the PCT, most of you know me well enough to know that the adventure isn't over. When I was forced off the PCT last year due to wildfires, I just found adventure elsewhere. In Colorado, in Pennsylvania, and ultimately in my SOBO winter thru hike. Rest assured that when my foot heals, I will be back out on the prowl for some more adventure. And the PCT isn't going anywhere, I'll get her. It ain't about the miles, it's about the smiles. And I have plenty to smile about. Thank you all for the support and following along on all my adventures. I appreciate it beyond measure. Until the next adventure I will be doing my best to keep in shape. I'll get back to sharing some of the epic photos and stories that I still have in my back pocket. And for those of you who are heading to the Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association's Gathering this weekend in Williamstown, Massachusetts…I will be the closing presenter on Sunday and I'll be sharing stories and pictures from my SOBO Winter Thru Hike of the Appalachian Trail!!

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Maya – @mformountains

Jupiter – @jupiterhikes

Rory – @rorymcgonigle

Tosha – @theotherforkintheroad

Juliana – @juliana_chauncey

🔛🔝 #almscliff #lowman #harrogate #yorkshire #sunset #climbing #rockclimbing #england #uk

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Tommy – @tommycoreyphoto

Aaron – @thebackcountryfoodie

Mount Rainier in all her splendor! 🏔 #mtrainier #mtrainiernationalpark #backcountryskiing #bluebirdday

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Heather – @trailpirates

Nicholas – @mismatchs_misadventures

Grant- @grantwalkson

Kathleen – @kleenmachine

PC to the babeliest babe I know. Thanks @tommycoreyphoto! www.tommycorey.com

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Andrew – @andrewglenn

Mike – @fraudfix

Ryan – @lost_outdoors

Emily – @emilyjnb

For new years I hiked 22 miles of the Cotswold Way with @matthewbenington 🎒 #pct2017 #gossamergear

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Kolya – @iscasparr

Lydia – @kingandfleur

Laura – @lucykaygreen

Willeke – @wielenwilleke

Bailee – @westcoastgirl_xo

Kyle – @kylemd03

Red Trail yesterday, 8 degrees… #PCT2017

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Isko – @iskosalminen

Jered – @thetruckinlifeforme 

#Thetruckinlifeforme

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Joshua – @janderson84

Kristin – @krispyklementz

Happy Monday! 👊 Make this week great!

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Brandon – @hassletoft

Me and @aja097 touching our small racks. #climbing #outdoors #sportclimbing

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Krystal – @cyclotourist

Cali coast. #kikaphoto

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Rachel – @hiker_rach

Still going! 310kms down and feeling great. Mather Pass, a couple of days ago. 🌲⛰ #jmt #pct #womenwhohike

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Josh – @josh_snead

Enzo – @hulaskull

Will – @willruspnw

Nadia – @na_diagram 

Look, Simba…

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Maddie – @maddie_dietz 

🗻

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Steele – @beetwick

#shiba #shibainu #doge #dog #snow

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Julie – @jarose930

Rebekah – @rebekah_jolie

Home #lifeaftertrail #ospreypacks

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Gabi – @gabigabs111

Jonathon – @papercups

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Bridget – @Bridgettribe

Patty – @pattyduffy

Lisa – @lisahowatt

Say "cold." Two back-to-back 20+ Km days this weekend! #pct2017

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Grace – @gracegoesglobal 

Laura – @lauragou

Long weekend love.

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Rachael – @rachpace

Owen – @timeforahike

Heading towards Cottonwood Campground and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, you pass through some narrow canyons with idyllic streams running through them. The NPS has installed a series of bridges to help with the river [email protected] . . . . #GetOutside #NeverStopExploring #Wanderlust #ExploreMore #WildernessCulture #usaprimeshot #getoutdoors #welivetoexplore #wonderful_places #natureaddict #neverstopexploring #ourplanetdaily #discoverearth #optoutside #theoutbound #OutsideCulture #arizonacollective #igersaz #instagramaz #azgrammers #visitarizona #igsouthwest #arizonahighways #exploreaz #nationalparkgeek #nationalpark #findyourpark #ilovehiking #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark

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Britton – @archaichoney

🙋🏻🇺🇸☕️🌊🌲

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Daniel – @thehybridlife

Rafael – @rsandoval1977

Yeah, the pilot let me into the cockpit. … Here come the jokes!

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Ying – @meaningfulhike

Jazzi – @jazziroque

Julie – @probablyoutsidejulie

Scouting lines with a few OG scouts. #pow #friedeggs #southcoasttouring

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Malin – @friluftsvegan

Mark – @motivated_travels

Mike – @twobackpacksnoplan

Day hike on a scuba day. Photographed January 23, 2017

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Nick – @ntcrocker

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Skye – @skyealexandraschneck

Malin – @the_wild_ways

Dominik – @wegalsziel

Taroko National Park is one of the nine national parks in Taiwan and was named after the Taroko Gorge, the landmark gorge of the park carved by the Liwu River. Taroko Gorge is an impressive 19-km-long canyon, situated near Taiwan's east coast. A section of the Zhuilu Old Trail leads 500 meter along the vertical Zhuilu Cliff. Originally, this trail was part of a longer cross-island mountain pass built by indigenous groups in the area. You can still find remnants of their settlements and market outposts along the path. #taiwan #hualien #taroko #tarokogorge #tarokonationalpark #liwu #gorge #liwuriver #zhuiluoldtrail #cliff #vertical #beautyofnature #hiking👣 #outdoor #nature #wegalsziel #rockface #rock #steep #dontfall #travel #explore

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Jessica – @j3ssicanne

Wishing Mondays weren't a "thing".

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Katie – @keenlykate

Paraìso 🌞🌴🌊🏖💙 #tulumruins #tulummexico #rivieramaya #neverendingsummer #kmacbigbmexico2016

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Estefania – @mindbodytrail 

Niona – @nionakyhlekahr

Watching the sunrise over Ecuador, thinking to myself- what a beautiful, beautiful world 🌎🌞❤️❤️

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Daniele – @danieleclarissa

Becca – @thepetitebackpacker

Bridget – @roam_wild

On the edge of the world #lakelouise #canada #travelalberta

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Vanessa – @vanessatakesphotos

today, for two hours, i felt calm.

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Thomas – @meatheadhikes

Peak bagged! Successful day hike of Mount Whitney, highest point in contiguous USA, 14,508 feet in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Sept 2016. Start time 4:00 am at Whitney Portal trailhead (8,360ft). Time up 6 hours 40 min (my pace slowed above 13.6K feet trailcrest where I really felt the lack of oxygen. The final 1.9 miles was tough. The rest was easy in comparison). Hung out on summit 20 minutes (might have stayed longer but I started getting a headache plus it was freezing and windy). Arrived back at portal 4:30 pm. Total hike time: 12.5 hours. 22 miles RT. 6000+ ft gain… Sequoia national park fills the landscape in the background to the west; also behind me on the Whitney summit you see the Smithsonian shelter, which was built in 1909. The hut does NOT provide shelter from lightning… fortunately it was mostly clear and sunny! #mountwhitneysummit #mount Whitney #mountainhigh #highestpoint #statehighpoint #mountwhitneytrail #mountwhitneyportal #lonepineca #lonepine #sequoianationalpark #highsierra #sierramountains #johnmuir #johnmuirtrail #jmt #pct #pacificcresttrail #peakbagging #mtwhitneysummit #bucketlist

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Elliot – @elliotschaefer

 

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Comments 3

  • carlos : Feb 15th

    Awesome!!! See u on the trail

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  • Rich Miller : Mar 1st

    Such great photos, Tommy. Can’t wait to follow your PCT trip this summer and see the reports and photos you file!

    Will miss you at the Ram’s Head, but totally jealous about your adventure. –Rich

    Reply

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