These hikes are not officially registered via any trail association.
Date unsure, just an approximation
Like everyone else. Adventure.
Vista views, accomplishment.
Navy Veteran with service related issues. Will be hiking for myself to "figure things out" and for Veteran Suicide Awareness.
I was introduced to backpacking in 2017 by my then-boyfriend. For all the wrong reasons, I wanted to impress the guy and thought backpacking was something I can do. He gifted me my first backpack and shared with me some of the gear he had double. I slept in a male-shaped sleeping bag, wore ill-fitting shoes and sported my favorite cotton blend shirt. My first backpacking trip was a bust. We completed what we set our minds on, but I was uncomfortable and in pain most of the time. Yet, there was something about outdoors that made me come back to it. I wanted to get better and do more. Push my limits. Fast forward a couple of years, I can now afford better gear that I know will fit me properly. I still shop for bargains and deals, but I look at each item as something that gives me joy (Yes, Marie Kondo, I used the word JOY) and something that will serve me well. My love for outdoors has grown tremendously since my first trip in 2017. I have completed 72 day hikes in 2018 and i'm nearing 50 as of this year. I organize hikes with our local Meetup chapter in Seattle I go on several backapcking trips a year also. I feel like PCT is something I should do. To prove myself that I can do that. To push through discomfort and pain and to achieve something special - to find pure happiness within myself, in nature, and with my most prized possessions carried on my back and in my heart.
Lifelong dream. Maine here I come!!!
AT hike's on my bucket list
I have been a nurse for nearly six years and have absolutely loved it. I have felt fulfilled, challenged, had a ton of fun, and have worked with some of the smartest, kindest, most wonderful people I have ever met, but I need a break. I'm a bit worn out and sometimes its hard to remain caring and compassionate. I want to do something different for a season so I can feel refreshed and ready to be a nurse again. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and am excited to attempt something that is really hard but also very simple. Walk from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. 2650 miles of living simply, hiking all day, and enjoying the natural beauty of the wilderness. I hope to challenge myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to see what I'm capable of. I want to accomplish something difficult simply for the satisfaction of doing so. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, perspective, and discoveries along my journey.
By 2020, it'll have been five years since my first thru-hike on the AT and four years since my thru on Colorado Trail. That's far too much for me between hikes. I've missed the trail every day since finishing in 2015 and I'm more than ready to get back out there. PCT 2020 here I come!