Last week, I did something really crazy, exciting and way out of my comfort zone. It was something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but never made the time (or had the courage) to put it together. It’s something my friends and family have been telling me to do for a while. I posted my first YouTube video.
Over the last couple of years, many of my friends and family have suggested I launch my own YouTube channel. I liked the idea, but didn’t have a concept for the channel and didn’t want to make videos just to make videos. I wanted to have a concept and interesting stories to tell. While out thru-hiking the PCT this summer, one of the many conversations I had with the trail was the possibility of launching my own YouTube channel. I knew I could do it. Fun fact about me: I was a video production major in college. The only thing holding me back was I needed a fun and interesting concept people would want to watch me make videos of.
After stewing around a few ideas on trail, it finally hit me. Why not feature the two things I love the most – hiking and food- into one YouTube channel? It’s no surprise how much I love hiking. You guys all know that from following me along my PCT thru-hike this summer. Friends who have hiked with me over the years also know how much I love food, especially after a grueling hike. This is how, “Hungry Hiker” was born. I’m a food-motivated hiker who’s ALWAYS hungry. The concept for my YouTube channel is to make videos featuring my favorite local (and not-so-local) hikes AND talk about the food I like to eat, both on and off trail. It seemed like a natural fit.
As a way to help deal with the post-trail blues, I took myself on an 18-mile hike along the PCT, outside of Snoqualmie Pass, up to Kendall Katwalk and past Gravel Lake and Ridge Lake a couple weeks ago. As I was out there hiking in the sunshine, I got out my camera to take some video of my hike and the array of snacks I brought with me on trail.
I was really nervous. What if other hikers came up behind me and heard me talking to my camera? What if I rolled my ankle climbing over a rock while filming myself? What if I fell? What if I sounded like an idiot on video? What would happen once I made my video public on YouTube? Would people like it? Would they hate it? I had all kinds of “what ifs?” running through my head, but I ignored them all and just did the damn thing. What did I have to lose?
Turns out, shooting the video and putting it together was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be. Even though there were a ton of day hikers (and two PCT thru-hikers) out on trail that day, no one came up behind me and heard me taking to myself on camera. The weather was perfect. I had an amazing hike. No rolled ankles. No tripping over my own feet. When I came home to put together the video, it was surprising how easy it was to do. I’m already excited to put together the next one.
So here it is, my first YouTube video, Hungry Hiker’s Episode 01: Kendall Katwalk
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I’m so excited about this new adventure. Let’s go hiking!