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Hi, I’m Rachel, or “Moony” on trail! I am a first time thru hiker, living in Denver, CO, pursuing a northbound hike of the Pacific Crest Trail beginning in May 2023. This blog is an attempt to convince my family and friends that it is completely normal to want to hike 2600+ miles by myself, shower only occasionally, and mail myself the food and gear I need along the way. I believe that hiking has the power to exercise and heal the mind. In addition to my hike, I am working with HIKE for Mental Health (https://www.hikeformentalhealth.org/hikers/rachel-hikes-for-mental-health/) to spread awareness and raise money for trail conservation and mental health research.