How to Poop Responsibly Outdoors

Everyone poops and anyone who has gone on an overnight backpacking trip has probably even pooped outside. For those of you who spend a considerable amount of time outside hiking or backpacking, you’re probably (and hopefully) aware of the rules for how to poop responsibly outdoors. If you aren’t, this post is for you. Even if you do know the poop rules, this post is still for you. Consider this information a refresher. Read more…

Come Hiking With Me on YouTube

Post-Trail Blues…something most thru-hikers experience after getting off trail. This year, I’m diving into a passion project to help keep me busy and hopefully keep the Post-Trail Blues at bay. I’m creating videos of the day hikes I’ll be doing along the PCT throughout Washington this summer. Read more to see how you can come hike Washington with me on YouTube! Read more…

Hiking the Bridge of the Gods

Why I Ended My PCT Thru-Hike Early This Year

Just like that, it’s over. My PCT thru-hike did not go as planned this year. After our two-week trailcation and hiking the 50-mile snowfree section from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks, I decided to end my thru-hike early. There were a combination of reasons why I decided to end my hike. It was a very tough decision to make, but I know it was the most responsible choice. Read more…

Tehachapi or Bust!

Tehachapi was one of our favorite town stops along the PCT last year in 2018. Bleeder and I couldn’t wait to get back into Tehachapi for another zero day this year. But first, we had to get there. On Day 43, we knew we only had 17 miles to hike until we were at the road to get into town. Making it to Tehachapi would be our big motivator for getting these miles done today.  Read more…

Mile 517.6: Hiker Town

The town stops along the PCT in Southern California have been wonderful, ranging from large campgrounds to RV Parks, businesses/community centers opening their property for free camping for hikers to hostels and even trail angels who open their homes to host hikers. Hiker Town was by far the most interesting stop along trail in Southern California.  Read more…

This Trail Is Making Me Stronger, Wiser and Really Hungry

There are two things that can end a thru-hike quickly – running out of money and injury. This year, I’ve been forced to take things a whole lot easier than I did last year. At first, I felt like a failure for having an injury so early on in my hike. Then I realized giving my body enough time to rest and heal is instrumental if I want to stay on trail and finish my hike. Read more…

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