This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

This is our weekly roundup of all the best Instagram posts from the Pacific Crest Trail. We’ll gather the good, the ridiculous, the beautiful, and the hilarious photos from the last two weeks.

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Before I started the PCT the longest backpacking trip I had ever taken was 170 miles. So in the beginning walking 20+ miles a day was grueling & the exhaustion over shadowed the beauty a lot of the time. It was hard to fathom thousands of miles ahead of me which made it difficult to grasp doing this everyday – for months. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ However, things began to shift. As they normally do when we take on a huge venture. The miles stacked up and the days passed by, despite difficulties along the way I began to fall in love with it all. I no longer was keeping up with the amount of miles I walked that day, I didn’t care if I had a shower in weeks or when the next town was, I was somehow finding Idahome potatoes with tuna to be quite a delight and most importantly I was continually finding myself in utter joy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It’s now been a little over a week off trail & it already feels as if it was an eternity ago. How does one possibly savor these memories? The post trail blues are becoming ever so apparent and I find myself longing to be back on trail. ⁣⁣ ⁣ The talk of hiking another long distance trail, let alone the same one twice. Crazy – is what I said, no way. But it hasn’t been until this moment that I am able to fully understand how one could possibly do so. Between the sweat, tears, aches & pains – there was loads of laughter, incredible humans from all over the world and a place where your spirit speaks louder than words. The trail was certainly the most challenging thing I have ever done but that is part of what made it so undeniably beautiful. ⁣ ⁣ And the views too, obvs.⁣ ⁣ #pct2019 ⁣ #wanderwashington ⁣ #pacificcresttrail

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PCT Day 158 (31/08/19) Miles 2337.5 – 2361.4: The morning started with mottled skies and a long walk through a burn area whose scorched ground was giving rise to wild strawberries. The burn lasted all morning until we climbed a hill with sparse woodland to a view point of Mt Rainier. We had lunch here with Will and Audrey, and were sparked into deep discussions of US gun laws after all passing a day hiker with a large pistol strapped to his belt. It was safe to say we all agreed on our points, but Molly and I felt bad about our fast judgments of the guy in question when later on in passing he offered us a bag of grapes with light chat about the area. We also were handed a beer each by another hiker named OTC (Oh That Craig) who was the mastermind behind one of the many PCT planning sources we used before the trip. We had heard of potential magic just down the line, so we bid them both farewell and marched the next few miles in an attempt to reach it. Alas, by the time we had reached the junction the magic had all been packed up for the day leaving only tire marks and a crushed beer can. Given the magic of late we weren’t too destroyed by this, though after the steep climbs on our way there fresh fruit and drinks would have been welcomed. Onwards we trekked along the ridge lines past hunters and labour day campers, rushing to camp in fear of incoming weather. As we set up with the others, Sour Patch now with us again, the clouds moved into the canopy around us. No rain fell that evening while we ate dinner in a huddle between our tents.

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When I crossed into Oregon I thought I was going to crush the Oregon challenge (walk through Oregon in 14 days 31 miles a day). I am now on day 15 with a about 5 days left. Thomas Rhett said it best in his song Life Changes, “You make your plans and you hear God laughing.” God definitely laughed at my plans, and forced my to slow down and enjoy the beauty that Oregon has to offer. I am so glad this has happened. I will never forget the stunning sights in this state. I know this means my end date is now pushed back a few days, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. I have #noregrets for this outcome. 2,000 miles is just around the corner, and I will crush the remaining 653! #pct #pct2019 #pacificcresttrail #pacificcresttrail2019 #trekthepct @guthookguides @pacificcrest.trail

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PCT days 132-134: mile 943-906, 12-14th Sept. We start with a rest day in Yosemite Valley after camping in the backpackers campground – a hike to the Mirror Lakes for a view of Half Dome. It’s a lovely easy stroll with no backpack, and we share a pizza for lunch at Curry Village before hitching back to Tuolomne. After picking up a bit of food from the hiker box we decide to hike out 6 miles to make our next days a little easier – there’s only 36 miles in this section but it contains our first really big pass over 11,000 ft – Donahue. The climb up the next day is spectacular and we make it up by 10am with pin-sharp blue skies and views across the craggy skyline. The descent into the next valley is perhaps our most beautiful on the PCT with views to the Minarets and along an idyllic creek. We stop at Island Pass and decide to have a dip in the freezing lake – it’s truly painful and after a ten minute gasping swim we try to dry off in the sun by dancing in our pants and scaring the JMT hikers. Then we sweep around beautiful Thousand Island Lake. We climb out a few more miles to a bluff with a view of the peaks where we all watch the sunset together over dinner. A truly perfect Sierra day – so pleased that we can share this with Neil. The next morning we zoom through the last ten miles to Reds Meadow resort where an employee kindly takes us to the nearby ski town of Mammoth. We get a room at the Motel 6, fuel up at Base Camp cafe with sandwiches and fries and then set to work on getting our resupply for the next 6.5 day stretch to Kearsarge. This will be the longest, toughest section of the whole PCT – the hardest elevations, the heaviest loads and the most beautiful passes. We spend hours trying to choose high energy, low weight food and then repackaging it and trying to squash it into our bear cans while calculating the calorie intake. Lets hope we’ve got it right! #pct2019 #pacificcresttrail #thruhike #pctthruhike #hiking #trail #pctig #womenwhohike #pctsobo #trekthepct #liveoutdoors #adventureisoutthere #hiketheworld #hikertrash #thetrek #werehikers #hikemore #hikerlife #rei1440project #wildernessculture #thegreatoutdoors #backpacking #optoutside #exploremore

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This week: Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge to Big Lake Youth Camp. This week through Oregon has brought us super mellow miles, a little rain, and some stellar views of Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson. We averaged way bigger miles than we’ve ever done on trail, even with a stop in Sisters thrown in there. This area has been so beautiful, full of new and old friends, lots of memories, and gorgeous peaks overhead. Definitely looking forward to more of What Oregon has to offer! Oh, and it’s been FIVE MONTHS on trail! . . . . . . #truehike #flowbo #flipflop #pct2019 #sunset #hikertrash #oregon #pnw #hikeoregon #pacificcresttrail #itstheclimb #easypeasy #southbound #halfway #beatingwinter #summerbaby #girlswhohike #obosfootwear #goldenhour #mohnthood #mountjefferson

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