Congrats to These 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of Aug. 19)

The first of the PCT northbounders are ending their trek to Canada! In true PCT fashion, fire closures have made things interesting and stopped some of this weeks hikers at Harts Pass. Regardless, a huge round of applause for all these brand-spanking-new thru-hikers!

Whether you’re going northbound, southbound, or flip-flopping, we want to feature the photo of you crossing the finish line! This week contains photos submitted by hikers who have finished by Aug. 26.

Want to be included? Send your finish photo, trail name, and finish date to [email protected]

Trail Name: Calculus

Finish Date: Aug. 7, 2018

Tail Name: Sugar

Finish Date: Aug. 17, 2018

Trail Name: Two Speed

Finish Date: Aug. 15, 2018

Trail Name: Racerx

Finish Date: Aug. 11, 2018

Name: Michael

Name: Agustin

Finish Date: Aug. 11, 2018

Trail Name: Fruit Salad

Finish Date: Aug. 17, 2018

“Why carry a stove and pot, when you can hike with a Gnome instead?”

Day 102 THE END| Although hiking south to reach the terminus was not the ending I expected, it still felt amazing. My 102 day vacation on the PCT has come to an end. I am flying back to the Bay Area tomorrow, and I start school the day after. This trail has been an incredible journey filled with many ups and downs. I’m not going to lie and say I enjoyed every moment but when the lows came they just made the highs that much more worthwhile and reminded me why I love backpacking. I’m sad it’s over but I’m also excited to see friends, family, eat more real food and have a chance to relax a bit more. For anyone thinking about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail or even just a first backpacking trip, I can’t reccomend it enough. Even if we haven’t ever met or haven’t talked much I’d be happy to help anyone with logistics and planning. Thanks to everyone for following along and for all of the love and support along the way. I’ll share some more photos over the next month or so and eventually I’ll compile some of the footage I took into a video. I do want to attempt the Continental Divide Trail at some point, no idea when yet, I’ll keep ya posted. . . . . . . #rx100 #sonyalpha #optoutside #neverstopexploring #theoutbound #wildernessculture #hikingadventures #hikingtheglobe #instanature #choosemountains #discoverearth #ucberkeleypov #collegeoutside #pct #trekthepct #backpacking #pacificcresttrail #pctig #hokaoneone #pct2018 #thetrek #ultralight Thanks for the poles @lekiusa

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I hiked to Canada today It’s a wild thing – walking from Mexico to Canada. This summer on trail has meant more to me than I know how to put into words right now. I’ll find the words one day – after I take a few showers and read some good books. I’ll remember the miles of dirt and the people I met there. I’ll remember the summer I walked north into the sun, into the snow and fire, into the mountains and a bit beyond. But now I stand in a clearing between two worlds. The wooden monument before me. My hands are stained by huckleberries and the dirt of a thousand miles. It feels strange to be here – to be finished – as if I’ll ever be finished. I wish I could stay a little longer – to breath in this world just a bit more. I glance southward down the trail for the last time. In my mind I can see all the way to a barbed wire fence strung across the desert. 2,652 Miles in 99 days. – Frick

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Yesterday, I finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT has been an incredible journey, with lifelong friends, endless laughs, beautiful views, and amazing support. But, it is so much more than that… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s touching the Mexican border. It’s nervously sticking your thumb out the first time you hitch. It’s cowboy camping and realizing it’s not so scary after all. It’s having your hiker hunger hit at Paradise Valley Cafe. It’s getting knocked off your feet from the wind after Whitewater Preserve. It’s watching a rooster terrorize Hiker Heaven. It’s getting lost more times in the forest at Casa de Luna than you’d like to admit. It’s desperately searching for shade under a joshua tree. It’s pushing through the pain of so many blisters. It’s looking up at the stars while you night hike the LA Aqueduct. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s hearing the applause as you walk up to Kennedy Meadows. It’s the views on Mount Whitney that take your breath away. It’s your heart racing looking down the chute at Forester Pass. It’s stabbing yourself with your ice axe too many times. It’s your feet going numb after another river crossing. It’s finally getting to send home your bear can. It’s the moment you realize you may just have your trail legs. It’s the mist you feel from Burney Falls. It’s sweating profusely in rain gear while waiting for your laundry. It’s feeling free in the bed of a pickup truck. It’s that moment you put on new shoes. It’s checking Guthooks and not being on the red line. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s crying in the middle of the trail and not really knowing why. It’s the unexpected trail magic right when you need it most. It’s hugging the Oregon/California tree. It’s the intense blue of Crater Lake. It’s atrocious sock tans that you wear proudly. It’s looking at a river and thinking ‘good flow.’ It’s feeling the wind as you cross the Bridge of the Gods. It’s realizing that plan A never works out (and rarely does B). It’s the views through Goat Rocks Wilderness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s not losing sight of your dreams. ???

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