Remembering how the trail provides

This blog originally appeared on The Trek.  I had my first “moment” on trail today. A little background: on trail I go by Soulshine. Last year I hiked two-thirds of the Pacific Crest Trail, and this year I’m back to finish it up. I’m from Oregon, 26, and a woman. Back to the story. IContinue reading “Remembering how the trail provides”

Trans-Catalina Trail: Three Days of Oceanfront Views and Steep Climbs

This post originally appeared on The Trek. Trans-Catalina At-a-Glance Distance: 36 miles Elevation gain: 8,000 feet Trail type: Point-to-point Location: Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. Terrain: Desert like, sand trails. Some road walking, lots of ridgewalking. Difficulty: Intermediate What to expect Most hikers finish the Trans-Catalina trail in three to four  days.Continue reading “Trans-Catalina Trail: Three Days of Oceanfront Views and Steep Climbs”

Gear Review: NEMO Dagger Two-Person Tent

This gear review originally appeared on The Trek.  NEMO Dagger 2p Includes: Tent body, rain fly, stakes, guyout cords, stuff sack, repair kit Weight: 3lbs, 12 ounces Capacity: Two-person MSRP: $399   Space This tent is a goddamn palace. If you’re looking to comfortably fit two people in one tent, with all of your backpackingContinue reading “Gear Review: NEMO Dagger Two-Person Tent”

The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact

This blog originally appeared on The Trek . Most Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers begin their journey in the desert — the first steps on the trail that they’ll be walking on for the next five months. The desert is one of the most frequent places hikers leave the PCT, and if you’re worried about whatContinue reading “The PCT Desert: Myths vs. Fact”

How I learned to adjust to post-trail life

This article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. A deep breath of the crisp fresh air filled my lungs, and I opened my eyes. It was still dark out, and there were snow patches surrounding me. My feet were aching, my legs and body sore, but I was warm, and IContinue reading “How I learned to adjust to post-trail life”