PCT 2018

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

Surviving the End of a Trail Relationship

When does a trail relationship actually end? Is it the moment you step off the path where the two of you had been walking side by side for a thousand miles?...

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

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

Flip-flopping is a style of thruhiking that really works for those of us who like doing things our own way. But it also has its drawbacks.

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. Realizing that a...

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

Getting Through the Halfway Blues

The “halfway blues” is a common malady for long distance hikers. The middle of a thruhike can be tough. The honeymoon phase has long since worn off and our days...

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 industry 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. It's amazing how, in contrast to the terrible day, the...

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

I’ve been dreaming about walking from Mexico to Canada for almost two years—and the time has finally arrived. But I’m not hiking 2,650 miles only for myself. Starting today and...

Mar 25, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

When choosing a path in life such as through-hiking, what you are actually choosing is how you are willing to struggle. Without struggle, you couldn’t fully appreciate the beauty of...

Feb 8, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

We try to protect our daughters from the world by discouraging them from getting themselves into risky situations, but avoiding fear only hurts girls more. We need to encourage our...

Jan 24, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Whats Your PCT Price?

Whats Your PCT Price?

I run some quick math through my head and realize I can live in modern society for the same amount as some spend on thru-hiking the PCT.. Dang

Dec 6, 2017 : Olympia