Pacific Crest Trail

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

I’m thru-hiking the PCT this year (going northbound starting March 25), and I'm still not entirely sure how to prepare my body and spirit for a six-month-long journey by foot...

Feb 8, 2018 : Janel Healy
Never Say Never: Everyone Has Reasons to Thru-Hike

Never Say Never: Everyone Has Reasons to Thru-Hike

For my birthday last July, my go-to adventure gal and I hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies. It was the definition of a perfect backpacking trip....

Jan 26, 2018 : Taylor Key
Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I stopped for a few hours to swim at a lake in New York. I overheard a gaggle of boys in...

Jan 24, 2018 : Janel Healy
10 Songs Every Thru-Hiker Needs On Their Playlist

10 Songs Every Thru-Hiker Needs On Their Playlist

Preparing for a thru-hike is a lot of work. For the last few months, I’ve been planning resupplies, training, both mentally and physically, and buying and testing out gear. It’s...

Jan 12, 2018 : Taylor Key
Hikers Beware: Haters Ahead

Hikers Beware: Haters Ahead

Congratulations! You’ve decided to become a thru-hiker! Now it’s time to stand on a mountaintop and sing it to the world. Making the choice to drop your real life and...

Jan 6, 2018 : Taylor Key
How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

Hey, Class of 2018! You're probably nervous as hell about your impending through-hike. I know I am, despite (or because of?) the fact that I've through-hiked before. But feeling nervous...

Jan 4, 2018 : Janel Healy
All In A Day’s (Trail) Work: A Day In the Life of a Trail Worker

All In A Day’s (Trail) Work: A Day In the Life of a Trail Worker

Some days are easier than others as a trail worker. Like thru-hiking, there will be good days and bad days. But somewhere in the middle are days of sweaty, dusty,...

Dec 7, 2017 : Silent Bob
Why You Should Give Back as a Trail Crew Volunteer

Why You Should Give Back as a Trail Crew Volunteer

This year, I decided to give back to the Pacific Crest Trail. Not with a donation, and not with trail magic -- but with sweat, sore muscles, and a smile...

Nov 16, 2017 : Silent Bob
Things I Should Have Listened to as a Rookie Thru-Hiker

Things I Should Have Listened to as a Rookie Thru-Hiker

I was a rookie. I spent months scouring information about thru-hiking and the PCT. I read a lot of hiker blogs. I fine tuned my gear, I tested it (sort...

Nov 13, 2017 : Rewind
And so it Begins… My Solo PCT Trek

And so it Begins… My Solo PCT Trek

Deciding to Hike the PCT While growing up I was always the girl that hated doing make-overs and playing with dolls. I spent most of my time as a young...

Nov 5, 2017 : Eliza Swackhamer