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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
Stay Prepped for Your Hike During COVID-19

Stay Prepped for Your Hike During COVID-19

You may be sitting at home right now wondering what to do with yourself now that you've had to cancel or postpone your lifelong dream of thru-hiking a long trail....

Apr 7, 2020 : Sarah Rogers
They Stole My Gear but not My Community

They Stole My Gear but not My Community

Hi. My name is Kaitlin and my PCT dream was stolen. And I know what the first thing that pops in your mind when reading that statement is---you and thousands...

Mar 29, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Boulder Mail Trail: Walking History

Boulder Mail Trail: Walking History

I start my grand trek, my epic adventure, my journey of a lifetime, my long way home stroll in 11 days. The insanity of emotions is whirling around me as...

Mar 15, 2020 : Kaitlin Musser
Preparing for the Physical Challenges of the PCT

Preparing for the Physical Challenges of the PCT

Only about twenty percent of those who start a Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hike complete the journey. I had to do everything possible physically before getting on the trail to ensure...

Mar 14, 2020 : Old Man and the PCT
Walking with Recognition of the Land on the ODT

Walking with Recognition of the Land on the ODT

When I plan on doing a thru-hike I look forward to the scenery, the adventure, meeting new people, and the stories I can tell afterwards. My hiking and romantic partner,...

Mar 12, 2020 : Jeff Podmayer
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
What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

What You Need to Know About the Appalachian Trail Kickoff

The Appalachian Trail Kickoff, or ATKO, is an annual event held in early March. This event has been going on for 18 years, and continues to get better and better...

Feb 25, 2020 : Stacia Bennett
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