PCT 2018

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Sigh. Trail relationships. They are transient at worst, transformational at best. Perhaps you met someone early on in your hike who, within a matter of days, got to know the...

Sep 14, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

On Sept. 8, I hiked into Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most hikers who reach this monument are finally done with their thru-hikes. For the past month, everyone around...

Sep 13, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
A Second Chance at Mount Whitney

A Second Chance at Mount Whitney

Back in May, after walking almost 800 miles north on the PCT from the Mexico border, I got to the base of Mount Whitney during a snowstorm. Crabtree Meadows looked...

Aug 19, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Getting Through the Halfway Blues

Getting Through the Halfway Blues

As of yesterday, I'm halfway done with my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I know I should feel excited, but I'm actually a little overwhelmed. Over the past few days the...

Jul 9, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

There’s been a lot of talk recently about "bro culture" on long trails and in the outdoor community in general. Last week, I experienced it firsthand on the Pacific Crest...

May 14, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Thru-Hiking Is the Best Kind of Emotional Roller-Coaster

Thru-Hiking Is the Best Kind of Emotional Roller-Coaster

When you're on a long-distance hike, a fantastic day can come on the heels of an absolutely terrible day. And in contrast to that terrible day, the fantastic day seems...

Apr 11, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

Today I start my journey from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. I’ve been dreaming about this for almost two years — and it’s finally here. It’s surreal to think...

Mar 25, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
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 Gazelle
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 Gazelle
Whats Your PCT Price?

Whats Your PCT Price?

I’m not going to put a price on my PCT hike. However, I'm aiming to spend as little as possible while hiking the PCT.  When I type into google "What...

Dec 6, 2017 : Olympia