My First Week on the PCT

I made it! I’ve survived a whole week on the PCT so far and I’m still smiling about being out here. After hiking over 70 miles over the last seven days, I’ve only gotten five blisters and they all seem to be on the mend. Everyday I’m out here on the trail, I think to […] Read more…

What Am I Bringing With Me On the PCT?

It’s now less than two days before I start my thru-hike on the PCT. All of my emotions have been bubbling up to the surface over the last week – excitement, fear, nerves and anticipation. It’s crazy to think all of the planning, preparation, research, gear purchases and numerous training hikes has finally come to […] Read more…

Pranayama: All You Have To Do Is Breathe

Last week, I went to a high school and talked to three different classes about my upcoming PCT thru-hike.I had spent a few weeks putting together my PowerPoint presentation covering the who, what, when, where and why the hell would I hike all the way from Mexico to Canada all by myself details to share […] Read more…

Just Be Honest (With Yourself)

  “If we cannot be honest with ourselves first, we cannot be honest in any other part of our life.” I’ve been spending the last year of my life training, preparing, saving for my upcoming PCT thru-hike in April. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I’d been excited and looking forward to my trip. […] Read more…

Put Your Life Vest On First

Self-care is so underrated in our society. I hear people bragging all the time about how they’re working a double at work, putting in 12, 14 or 16 hours days. I hear people boasting themselves for not being able to remember the last time they took a day off from work. We’re constantly in a […] Read more…

What’s In My PCT Thru-Hike First-Aid Kit?

Disclaimer: I’ve made some updates to my First-Aid Kit since I originally posted this on January 18th, 2018 The one thing that’s constant about my preparing to hike the PCT is that the gear list is ALWAYS changing. There’s an ongoing effort to reduce the base weight in my pack. Not just by pounds, but […] Read more…

Why I Want To Hike The PCT

Out of all the questions people ask me about my upcoming PCT thru-hike, asking me why I want to hike the PCT is the question I get asked the most. My short answer is, “Why not?” I love hiking! I’ve spent the last year of my life planning, preparing and physically/mentally training to hike the […] Read more…

Ten Essentials

What Are The Ten Essentials?

If you’re a hiker or spend any time in the backcountry, you should be familiar with the Ten Essentials and carry them with you on all of your trips. The first time I heard of the Ten Essentials was during a Mountaineers course. Up until taking my first course with The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based non-profit […] Read more…

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