Thru hiking gives you a new perspective on everything you pack – or more specifically over pack. It’ll also give you perspective on what you’re willing to endure on a hike. So, I encourage you: don’t pack your fears, just bring the necessities. When creating this first aid kit these three points heavily weighed in: The …
PCT – 1 Year On
I decided to hike the PCT to meet the person I’d become at the end. They say an experience like this changes you. You’re cut off from your family and friends, the influence of social media and left to live in the woods amongst the weather and animals. You are likely pushing your body harder than …
Interview: What it’s really like to hike the PCT
Click here to read the interview For a long time now I’ve been following fellow adventure blogger Mikaela who was a raft guide over in Canada. We cheer each other on via social media so when she reached out asking if she could interview me for her website Voyageur Tripper I, of course, said yes! …
The mental toll of thru-hiking the PCT
It’s proven hundreds of times a year that the human body can walk all the way from Mexico to Canada, and it’s known that the second half of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is truly just a mental battle against the monotony and long days in your head. Not only did PCT take a heavy …
The physical toll of thru-hiking the PCT
I always thought that after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I’d be coming home in peak fitness and health, but in truth I was far from it. I came home suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition and a list of overuse injuries. This is the toll the trail took on me: PAIN – It took a full …
Day 174 – 177 Stehekin to Canada!
The FINISH of the Pacific Crest Trail!! After 5.5 long months of hiking I finally make it to Canada! Click more to read how it felt reaching the hard earned goal.
Day 169 – 173 Skykomish to Steheiken
The highs and lows of the last week on trail. I hike consecutive 50km (30mile) days and am utterly exhausted. Then I’m back to hiking with the gang along fire closures and get great news at the end…read more to see how I handle it.
Day 160 – 168 Snoqualmie Pass to Skykomish
On a short road trip we visit PCT Days and enjoy some rest. Then back on the trail I have emotional coming to terms with a fire closing the end, finishing our hike early and incomplete. I’m reunited with the gang and we form Operation to walk to Canada. This was such a tough smoky section.
Day 153 – 159 Goat Rocks Wilderness to Snoqualmie Pass
We hike through the gorgeous Goat Rocks Wilderness with amazing mountain views, and then, I break away from the group and hike solo to smash out a huge 160km (100miles) in 3.5 days to catch a hitch from Snoqualmie Pass to PCT Days. This still remains my favourite section of the whole hike.
Days 148 – 152 Cascade Locks to Goat Rocks Wilderness
Leaving Cascade Locks I silently celebrate as I start on my final state, Washington, meaning I should finish the trail in just a few short weeks. It’s hot, I’m gross and chaffing, the hills are intense and I’m low on water. It’s a roller coaster but, I’m so so grateful.