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The Mountains on Their Own Terms: PCT Part 1

Coming to you from Winthrop, WA: My introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail has been so much more than I could have ever asked for.  It is so very different from my last hike, and I couldn’t be happier.  I had heard from the start that...Show More Summary

In the Grayson Highlands

Day 64: (June 16th) I woke up bright and early to the sounds of the birds. I grabbed the food bags, and headed to the shelter where Harambe was still asleep. I was all packed up and ready before he even woke up that morning. Finally,...Show More Summary

Facing my fears….trusting God’s timing

Before starting my hike on the AT, I thought my greatest fear was “being abandoned” or “being alone”…especially in the woods….in the dark with roaches and spiders…away from civilization. I found out that the trail was NOT a lonely place...Show More Summary

Getting stuck in the vortex of Damascus

Day 60: (June 12th) There were so many people at the Broken Fiddle that morning. Everyone for the most part was planning to take a zero day that day, so it wasn’t long before people started buying the cases of PBR. We were all hanging...Show More Summary

Water, Ice and Snow; Oh My!

It was February when it first started; reports of the epic snowfalls hitting the Sierra and Cascade ranges begin filling my social media pages along with the subsequent warnings of what this would mean for 2017 PCT hikers (the word “impassable”...Show More Summary

NSFW : Waynesboro, So Fun It Had Me in Stitches

It’s been a rough few days, but I walked into Waynesboro at Mile 863 fatigued and ready for a break. I’d overcome serious climbs, long miles, and a sore hip from my under-inflated mattress. Add the rains and I was just ready for a warm...Show More Summary

You Might Be a Thru-Hiker If…

You own one outfit, and you’re wearing it right now Your last shower was a week ago Jumping in a pond counts as a shower People smell you before they see you The bottoms of your feet are made of plastic Your shirt doubles as your towel,...Show More Summary

Greater Patagonian Trail documentary

4 travelers. 4 months. No support team. A documentary following an adventure into Patagonia for exploration and conservation. Garrett Martin launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 for an adventure-travel documentary on the longest continual trail network in South America. … Continue reading ?

Treating your Clothes with Permethrin

Permethrin is a pesticide that you spray on clothing to kill black flies, ticks, and mosquitoes but has no harmful side effects on humans if used properly. It is the active ingredient used in Insect Shield and Buzz Off clothing and kills bugs when they land on your clothing. You can buy Permethrin in liquid …

Pregnancy: Everybody Has an Opinion

If I’ve learned one thing over the past 25 weeks, it is this: pregnancy is an unbelievable sociological experiment.… The post Pregnancy: Everybody Has an Opinion appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit

Keeping all these items in my portable, transferable, multisport essentials kit keeps me from having to look for them separately every time I head out onto the trail, be it cycling a rail trail, kayaking a water trail, or backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. The post My Portable, Transferable, Multi-Sport Essentials Kit appeared first on The Trek.

Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

f you are a frequent reader of my posts, then you know that I am a huge fan of Pennsylvania hiking. With that being said, after hiking all 250 miles of the Appalachian Trail in PA, I totally understand where this state gets its bad rep from. Show More Summary

Mile 737.6 – Mile 861.8

Mile 750.6 Today the trail went along Blueridge Parkway. It was neat to pop out of the trail, cross the road, and see a paved lookout.I ended up making it to a shelter right before a storm rolled in. That was good timing. It passed in...Show More Summary

Catch Ya Later, Sierras

Right before leaving the desert and entering the long-awaited Sierras, a trail angel named Coppertone told me, “don’t be stupid, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself out there.” This year record-setting snow levels blanket the Sierras. Show More Summary

Trailblazers: Nick Hummingbird of Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery

Trailblazer: Nick Hummingbird Location: Pasadena, CA Trailblazing Role: Culture-keeper and manager of Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery I’m a Modern Hiker because: I’m as ancient as the landscape in which we all find constant renewal. Time stands still in the Arroyo Seco – or at least it does when Nick Hummingbird speaks. Show More Summary

Enter for a Chance to Win a FREE REI Dash 2 UL Tent

The REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent isn’t made anymore, but it was the lightest weight tent that REI ever manufactured, weighing just 2 pounds and 7 ounces.  I have a near mint one in my gear review closet I’d like to give away to a good home. The Dash 2 is a hybrid single walled/double walled …

Video Update: Belden to Chester (mile 1284-1329)

Deciding to flip north to Belden, water crossings, snow, melted boots, snow, rattlesnakes, snow, rain, snow, and getting to Chester.... The post Video Update: Belden to Chester (mile 1284-1329) appeared first on The Trek.

Video Update: Kennedy Meadows to Lone Pine (mile 702-745)

Memorial Day in Mammoth, Kennedy Meadows, and the start of the Sierra.... The post Video Update: Kennedy Meadows to Lone Pine (mile 702-745) appeared first on The Trek.

The 42 mile dash into Damascus

Day 58: (June 10th) My alarm went off at 3 AM, and I seriously considered just going back to bed. I snoozed for a couple minutes and then saw a headlamp light approaching my tent. C Sharp came knocking on my tent to make sure I was up. Show More Summary

Roan Mountain to Hampton TN

Day 54: (June 6th) That morning, everyone woke up ready to hike. The rest of our group hadn’t showed up to the hostel yet. Most of us didn’t want to leave without the rest of the trail family. The plan was to wait for the food truckShow More Summary

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