Hi! My name is Janine, and here are a few reasons to follow my PCT SOBO journey…

  1. It’s the PCT…epic-ness is guaranteed.
  2. I’m a yoga teacher, so tips-n-tricks will likely be shared along the way.
  3. Why not?

I believe those three reasons are certainly reason enough to want to share in my experience, but jokes aside, this coming July, I would love to take you all alongside me as I complete my SOBO Pacific Crest Trail journey.

For the sake of lists, though (I really love lists), here is more of an explanation as to why you should follow along:

  1. Not only am I hiking the entirety of the PCT, but I am also going southbound.  I will start in Canada and walk home (I live in San Diego).
  2. Ahhh, yoga… who doesn’t love yoga?  We all need it. Many of us have probably done it; some once or twice, some probably ‘Yoga Journal’ cover-worthy.  Well, I am definitely NOT the latter, but I am fortunate enough that I get to live it, day-in and day-out.  I may attempt some epic, Instagram-worthy yoga photos along the trail, but please, continue to follow the real “influencers.”
  3. Why not follow, right?  I mean, it is the PCT.  Many who are reading this now, like me in years past, have lived vicariously through the words/videos of hikers… wondering/dreaming/thinking, “one day…”  It’s crazy that my day is now!
  4. Yes, my time is now, but I also have to plan and recognize that I have different needs/responsibilities than some that have come before me:
    • I’m not 25.  I am not 40, either, but I will be damn-near close to that come July.  Yikes!  (I have a plan on how I will mitigate aging and the constant stress of hiking, so look for that in another post)
    • I am unattached. No kids. No pets. No spouse. Blessing? Tragedy?  Instead, I am blessed with many amazing friends and students.
    • I have work, and a life, that allows me the flexibility to leave for five months.  For the last 10 years, I have worked very hard to get my ducks-in-a-row.  I am happy to say that there is no better time for me (physically, financially, emotionally) than now.
  5. Finally, I promise to be real.  Disclaimer: I am an emotional-being, who is scarily in touch with my emotions, and is very good at articulating myself.  How perfect is it that I get this platform to be able to do just that!?

So, thank you for allowing me to introduce myself.  I hope you’ll follow along.  I look forward to sharing my prep leading up to mid-July; I look forward to sharing my experiences once on the trail!

Namaste

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Comments 23

  • pearwood : Mar 1st

    Janine,
    Oh, wow. Go for it.
    I’m not quiet double your age.
    AT NOBO next year.
    Blessings,
    Steve

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      Thanks, Steve! You’re awesome, and I hope I can follow your journey next year 🙏🏼

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  • Lura : Mar 1st

    Go for it!!!! Can’t wait to follow along. Good vibes and blessings as you begin this epic journey! Namaste friend!

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      Thanks, Lura! I’m excited for our prospects in our next decade 🙃😉

      Reply
  • JC Van Etten : Mar 2nd

    Happy Trails fellow PCT SOBO!! I will also be blogging for the trek! Message me on instagram if you want to be a trail correspondence! catmando19

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      I will find you and follow along! Cheers to your journey, too!

      Reply
  • JhonYermo : Mar 2nd

    Thank you for posting. Yas, I subbed. And SoBo sounds so perfect.

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      🙏🏼 Thanks for reading.

      Reply
  • Morgan : Mar 2nd

    Looking forward to following your journey!

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      I look forward to sharing it with you🙏🏼 Thanks for reading

      Reply
  • Loombisaurus : Mar 3rd

    Hey The Trek, not cool: https://www.instagram.com/p/CHYkG5zDVqP/

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  • Ricardo : Mar 3rd

    Rock and roll sister!!! It’s going to be awesome. I might pop in on you when you reach Tuolumne.

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      I would be honored to have you join in for a section! Thanks for being my champion!

      Reply
  • Ricardo : Mar 3rd

    PCT = small pack! I got pack-shamed on the JMT once by a PCT-er for my oversize pack. 🙂

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    • Janine : Mar 3rd

      Omg I get it… we should talk about what I brought in my pack my first long hike(10+ miles), not even an overnighter 😂. It was 25 lbs. I haven’t lived that one down yet!

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  • Mike : Mar 8th

    Looking forward to reading and seeing your many adventures, J9. I hiked the JMT SOBO in 2018, so I’m extra excited to see and hear about that stretch of your journey. Happy Trails!

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    • Janine : Mar 8th

      Thanks, Mike! I am honored to share it with you all! Thanks for reading!

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      • Stu : Mar 10th

        I’m planning on SOBO thru-hike in a few years. Just learning up.

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  • Liz Bartoli : Mar 10th

    Janine, you are amazing! I’m looking forward to living vicariously through you on the PCT!
    Maybe you can teach a yoga zoom class while on the trail 🙏🏼 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🤗 just sayin’🤪.
    🥰Liz

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  • Nicholas Leonardo : Mar 14th

    Since I’m retired and on the east coast I look forward to following you on your journey. Excited about things to come. Good luck and safe travels.

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  • Kristin : Mar 14th

    Hello fellow San Diegan! You are so inspiring. I look forward to following you on your journey. I Insta requested you. Safe travels!

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  • Miguel : May 12th

    Looking forward to your posts! Good Luck! Why SOBO?

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    • Janine : May 13th

      Thanks for following along, Miguel! I look forward to sharing my journey! SOBO was best for me because 1) timing was nice… to be able to start later and save as much $ as possible, and 2) I, mentally, like the idea of walking towards home 🙂

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