A Life of Extremes

In the span of a couple days (and about 100 trail miles), it went from thunderstorms, rain and cold, to extreme heat, smoke and fire. Talk about opposite ends of two extremes.

Less than a week ago, I wanted to cry from constant, cold rain. Then, about a day ago, I had trouble breathing because of the smoke.

Fortunately, it was my first time dealing with the smoke on the PCT from the horrific fires that are plaguing the NW, but when the wind changes direction, there is no choice but to roll with the punches and safely carry on.

That’s what I did. That’s what most thru-hikers have to do.  With an objective on our minds, I’ve noticed NOBOs, especially, are plowing through their last sections with caution and grit.

It’s fascinating for me to notice, as I am only 350+ miles into my SOBO thru-hike, the extremes I have already dealt with.


Trail life certainly is a life of extremes.


Different people are being affected differently, and I am lucky to be relatively inconvenienced, as of yet.  I will continue trekking on.  I’ll re-route, if that’s what I’m forced to do, and most importantly, I’ll stay safe. 2300 miles to go … Mexico here I come.

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Comments 7

  • Anne McKeirnan : Aug 15th

    I am so frickin impressed by you. You are living my dream. Did you get a new backpack? Keep posting. We all are interested in all the details.

  • Jae Mohr : Aug 15th

    You are a bad ass!! Stay safe and journey on!

  • Michelle Kolker : Aug 19th

    Janine – you are amazing!! I love reading your posts and am so amazed by this unbelievable journey. Undoubtedly it is life changing and if anyone can do it, it’s you! Keep writing and we’ll be here waiting patiently for your amazing yoga classes when you get back.

  • @the_aspiring_mailman : Aug 21st

    Thanks for keeping us all posted with your journey. Sending the comfort of warm, dry (i.e. absence of rain) hugs to you. Stay safe, always.


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