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PCT 2020: A Class Divided

PCT 2020: A Class Divided

The Beginning This year started out much like any other year for the Pacific Crest Trail class of 2020 hopefuls. People started popping up on social media, on vlogs, on...

Apr 19, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

Time Will Come: Processing and Accepting “Failure”

This article is for anyone who didn’t make it. Not to the final mile on Katahdin or Springer, but to mile zero to start such a sought-after journey.

Mar 9, 2020 : Lauren Planas
Comment Response : Kindness Will Win

Comment Response : Kindness Will Win

I could tell from his comment that he must have read at least four of my previous writings. I screen shot the text and added a heart to keepsake it...

Mar 1, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Adventure On: Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Setbacks on Trail

Adventure On: Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Setbacks on Trail

I’ve been on the grid, but unplugged for the past 2.5 months. In December, I had to step away from the Appalachian Trail and pause my thru-hike due to circumstances...

Feb 28, 2020 : Allison Olson
Social Media – The New PCT Bible

Social Media – The New PCT Bible

Is Social Media Hurting the PCT? In the year 2013 the Pacific Crest Trail Association issued 1,879 permits. Jump ahead to just five years later in the year 2018 and...

Feb 23, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
The PCT Is Calling – My Dog, That Is

The PCT Is Calling – My Dog, That Is

What About Fido?  I am helpless and ridiculously in love with my rescued, and slightly feral, puppy dawned Dingo. She is a one-year-old German Shepherd - Aussie Cattle mix who...

Feb 16, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
The Lazy Way to PCT Prep

The Lazy Way to PCT Prep

I watched him pull up a colorful circle graph with a optimistic charm of who he believed he was addressing. Point by point he delightfully shared each item portrayed, weighed...

Feb 2, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
96 Days | You Want Me to Finish the PCT in What?

96 Days | You Want Me to Finish the PCT in What?

A red flag appeared on my email box gently alerting me to a new message. I opened my inbox fully expecting a spam message or perhaps a new recipe to...

Jan 19, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
PCT Eat Your Heart Out

PCT Eat Your Heart Out

What are you going to eat? I shrugged my shoulders as I hesitantly explained my ultralight weight goal and how I do not plan on bringing a stove to achieve...

Jan 12, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Trans Catalina Trail: Day One

Trans Catalina Trail: Day One

“Oh shit. I mean shoot. I mean. I don’t know babes. Oh gosh I do not know if I can do this. Like psychically do this.” It was 4:30 a.m....

Dec 29, 2019 : Kaitlin Musser