First winter hike of the year. 🌲
3/3 ~ Or is the time spent on the trail a means to an end? Is the horizon line in the physical world not the only threshold we seek to cross? In trying to find our physical limits are we truly seeking an internal liminal space between our bodies and our spirit? When we walk for over 1000 miles are we calling it a thruhike but truly on a pilgrimage?
35mm point-and-shoot shot of Dylan Kuhn (@outranging
) fording (swimming) Evolution Creek on a 1996 thruhike attempt of the PCT! ...
When we had to call it at Oregon after 1,700 miles due to PAIN and exhaustion we made a PaCT to finish the remaining 900 miles when we were twice as old - 46 in the far off year 2019!
#pct #pacificcresttrail #pct1996 #pct2019 #highsierra #johnmuirtrail #mountains #thruhike #thruhiker #hike #backpack #35mm #nofilter #pointandshoot #sacredjourney #pilgrimage
Exciting News! Arizona Trail.. Starting this Tuesday. 2 nights. 50+ miles. Me and Ruthie 👣🐾 More details to come narrow down the section/route. 43 Total Passages, time to knock out a few!
Day 2 of the PMT Thru-Hike and they successfully completed. Bad weather yesterday and freezing winds today. Awesome job ladies. #fdrstatepark #thruhike #hike
I know I’ve posted this before, but it now has the correct date since being moved up a week.
I’ll be there from 6-8PM on Feb 4th and would love to see everyone!
Remember: 10% of all sales will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
"The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify by their own lonesome familiarities to this feeling. Ecstasy, even , I felt, with flashes of sudden remembrance, and feeling sweaty and drowsy I felt like sleeping and dreaming in the grass." From "Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac .
I found a copy of this book recently and read it for the first time in 15 years. I wrote a book report on it in the 10th grade, and it touched me deeply, possibly changing my course in life forever. Back then I wanted badly to live a life full of adventure. I scarcely knew where to start... now, there is no end in sight. Very thankful to have a new relationship with old wonderings. 🙏
As much as I loved getting to know Florida's animals and myself on the trail, often it's said that the people make an experience. The second half became more social and I couldn't be happier with having met everyone I did! The time may have been short---as goes with long hikes---but the impact was huge. Thanks to everyone for being part of the journey, and wow, I wish I'd taken more people photos. (Missing from photos: a lot of people... hikers, kick-off crew, various rides, churches, and homeowners who welcomed me in) 🧡 (I could totally continue but nobody is used to my sappiness so I'll spare you all for now)
“In the desert I accidentally squished some ants and found that they smelled like mint so I decided to eat one and realized that they tasted like mint too. I'm not sure if this experience was the result of hiker hunger or just me being my curious self. .
When things weren't going well I simply remembered how boring my life back at home was and I imagined the sense of accomplishment I would feel at the border. I would frequently say to myself "at least you're not at work" because hiking in the woods (even if you have giardia or are freezing your nuts off) is always better than work.
Lots has changed. I am more confident in myself and more comfortable with who I am. Of course I am still the same person but I feel like the trail really helped me mature mentally and emotionally. It would have taken me years to learn lessons about myself that I learned in a short six months on trail. .
The love, support, and friendship I shared with my fellow hikers is unlike anything I have previously experienced. The lack of this community has made the weeks since finishing the trail some of the loneliest in my life. It's like a bad breakup. The loneliness and lack of purpose can be overwhelming.”
—Aardvark. Photographed at mile 2,591 on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m sharing portraits and interviews with hikers I met while camped at Mile 0 and then at Mile 2,591 of the PCT in May and October of 2018. An abridged gallery can be found on the @OutsideMagazine
website and the full gallery is on my website.
#portrait #pct #pct2018 #thruhike #interview #rainypass #mytinyatlas #wilderness #blackandwhite #6x7 #kodak #pacificcresttrail
✨New Blog Post✨
PCT Days 160 - 168 was amongst the toughest to write. Reliving the moment I learnt a fire had closed the end of the trail meaning we couldn’t finish was tough. Coming to terms with my biggest goal ever being changed was devastating, especially after walking for 5months to get there. Read how I dealt with it and moved on. 💔💪🏼
Link in bio
ONE HUNDRED FOURTY THREE.
143 days it took to walk 2,650 miles & just like that 143 days since I have been off trail.
I find my self still trying to adapt back to my “normal” life. Starting the trail I remember thinking, I don’t understand what people mean when they say the trail changes them; Now I totally get it. As another day passes I still struggle to figure out what has changed, something I can’t pin point exactly. It’s an overwhelming feeling.
One thing I did learn was what it’s like to live in the moment. To be fully present in my surroundings & the people around me. No cell phone service meant no distractions. (And when I did get service, yes it was great at times but it was also an overwhelming feeling of trying to keep up with what was new, what other people were doing, the feeling of “I wish I was there, or I wish I was doing that” what pictures I should post, or responding to texts/calls ) Looking back on the past year, I made it a priority to do things for me. Things that make me happy. Things that fill my life with happiness. The goals & adventures I embark on that I am proud of, the memories I have that make me who I am ✨ #selflove
Riding In Cars With Boys (A Story About A Not Walking) 〰️ After a series of strange events, I found myself in Etna, CA for the second time. I wasn’t happy to be there, it wasn’t where I was “supposed” to be, I had already been there two days ago and you’re not “supposed” to go backwards on the trail. But nonetheless, there I was. I spent another night in town, back at the same brewery, but it was a completely different place that night. There was singing at the dinner table, stories about life in Tel Aviv, cocktails shared between filthy hikers at the bar next door (why does a country town of 700 people have such a nice bar?), and that night I laid out my bed in the middle of the city park and cowboy camped under the stars with a new group of friends (under the watchful eye of a few homeless men nearby). The next day, with only a couple of hours left before sunset, eight of us finally dragged our lazy asses to the road out of town and unenthusiastically stuck our thumbs out for a ride back to the trail. The first four left in a car with Scout and Frodo (trail angels from San Diego) promising to wait for us at the trailhead before hiking on. We waved goodbye, promising to try hard to look clean and unthreatening but an hour went by and still nothing. Finally, this man pulled past slowly in his truck, turned around, loaded us in and drove back in the direction he’d just come from to get us back to the trail. The road wound through the mountains of Northern California, the smoke filled air giving us just a glimpse of the incredible scenery that spread out before us. I didn’t think we’d find our friends on the side of the road still waiting for us when we pulled up, but sure enough, there they were sprawled out in the dirt enjoying an extra hour of rest before we started to climb up through burnt forests toward the Oregon border. That was the first night I camped on trail with @theblon_james
and I remember thinking to myself that these guys were fun, but I probably wouldn’t see them again after the next day - but then we went on to spend 52 more nights together on the trail and walked all the way to Canada. Life is full of surprises. The End.
Kia ora everyone - I’ve struck the 1200km mark on my journey, a few KMs before entering the Whanganui river for a different experience of travelling New Zealand. I appreciate all the support, donations and words of encouragement the have come in so far. These have helped get me this far on my journey and have also helped raise $1000 for a charity making a massive impact in the Waikato community. If you can help in any way, big or small, please checkout and donate to my Good Registry page. Both @seedwaikato
and I would be hugely grateful. Let’s see if we can keep the dollars donated matching up with the KMs travelled - we’d need to hit the $1200 donation mark to do this. I’m sure this is achievable because you, my amazing friends and whānau, have already shown me how generous and giving you can be. Thanks so much for the support and I hope you’re enjoying the journey. Donate via the link in my bio #1200km #generosity #milestone #tramping #thruhike #trampingnz #fundraising #seedwaikato #thegoodregistry #teararoa #hiking #aotearoa #newzealand
Day 66-68 (8/01 - 10/01) - 45km - Tararuas
Ok, c'était dur! De loin la partie la plus difficile de notre trek jusqu'à présent. Les Tararuas c'est des montées jusqu'à 1462m, des descentes avec des dénivelés assez importants (-1300m sur 3km), de la boue, une section de crêtes de 5km très exposée à la pluie et au vent, de la végétation très dense nous empêchant parfois de voir nos pieds et surtout un temps pouvant changer très rapidement.
Nous avons malgré tout eu de la chance niveau temps, meme si la vue du sommet était très limitée (mais on commence à s'habituer aux sommets embrumés avec François^^).
C'est aussi la section qui nous a fait battre tous nos records : la première journée la plus courte en termes de kilomètres (seulement 12) et la dernière, la plus longue en termes d'heures (15h30 de marche, finissant les derniers km a la frontale pour trouver la hut a presque 22h).
Bilan de cette expérience : on est vivants, très sales (je n'ai pas de mots pour décrire notre état de crasse), j'ai mal aux genoux, mais on est très heureux d'être sortis de là !
@teararoanztrail #teararoatrail #teararoa #thruhike #fromcapereingatobluff #3000kmhike #tararuas
Another perspective of Lake Ann @ 12,100 ft last August. I was doing trail development and bridge building with The Colorado Trail foundation. Can't wait to return August 2019 and finish our work.
Day 48: Kaitiete to Whakahoro, 24.8km / 32,215 steps. I awoke this morning to rain - never a great start when you’re sleeping in a tent. I slowly packed up as best I could and hurriedly packed away my gear in between showers. I kicked off the day of road walking with a few rain showers that quickly eased off and were non existent by the afternoon. The trail itself alternated between gravel and tarmac road sections with occasional views. I got into a rhythm, absorbing a few podcasts as I ticked away at the metres. This was broken up occasionally by wild rabbit and goat crossing ahead of me, or sheep that had jumped the fence and were in the midst of escape. I made it to the Blue Duck Cafe a little after lunch, the point where I’d end up camping for the night (and concluding my walking for about a week). I ended up having lunch and drying out some gear in the sun. My fellow hikers joined me and we booked in to join a buffet dinner at the cafe. The buffet had an amazing goat curry - was great to restock the internal calorie supply. We spent dinner chatting to a woman from the UK who was biking the length of NZ - comparing similarities and differences to our chosen forms of transport. Donate via the link in my bio #blueduckcafe #goatcurry #whakahoro #tramping #thruhike #trampingnz #fundraising #seedwaikato #thegoodregistry #teararoa #hiking #aotearoa #newzealand
Lee “NTA” Trebotich is out in #colorado
headed toward the #ourayicefestival
. He will be putting his All-Paca layers thru the wringer - as well as his new prototype double-Paca-fleece Buff.
Go follow his page for photo updates ; @natty_the_adventurer
Waterfalls are countless and of many different shapes in Plitvice!
I salti d’acqua qui sono davvero innumerevoli e di tutte le forme!
Day 47: National Park to Kaitiete, 27.7km / 40,148 steps. We started off the day with coffee and breakfast at the local cafe before packing up and hitting the trail. The start of today’s trail sent us up a cycle path which was closer to a gravel road. For quite a while it stayed like this, with minimal views to be had. We found a small lookout off track which normally offers views of Mount Taranaki - but unfortunately not today as there was too much cloud cover. We headed back to the trail and it started to change, morphing into a thinner, more scenic pathway. The trail now winded around a massive open valley with stunning views ahead. The cloud cover disappeared and the sun burst through for the rest of the day. We didn’t catch a glimpse of Taranaki but did see the surrounding mountain range. It’s tough to beat having lunch under a nice tree with amazing views of the valley and nature. We pressed on, hitting gravel road for the second half of the trail. Still with quite nice scenery, we chewed away at the road and made our way to our makeshift campsite for the night at a war monument. I popped down to the local stream for a quick dip before the sun disappeared and wrapped up the day nice and early. Donate via the link in my bio #tramping #thruhike #trampingnz #fundraising #seedwaikato #thegoodregistry #teararoa #hiking #aotearoa #newzealand
Looking forward to the New Year like ... 🤞🥰 We just sent off our first session of the year. ...and the Jekyll Island Couple's Adventure Session Giveaway is coming up fast. The next giveaway location is set as well. Who's ready for details? We hope you can join us! Pro tip: I use VRBO and AirBNB. Search $100/night. Be smart, Google red flags. We have lots of experience renting tiny homes and more "glamping" style, but also cabins. We are especially looking forward to a stay in @littleforestliving
- unrelated to the next Adventure Giveaway but just might be the same area 🤷🤷🤷 at any rate, we love to travel and keep it cheap without skimping on quality. Experiences are more valuable in the long run, anyway. Take a minute to hug your love today. Logging off for that and some lunch with mine 💙