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”

One month (and five days) in!

Thirty-six days ago I stood at the Pacific Crest Trail southern terminus with one direction to go, forward.  Since then, I’ve walked 454 miles up the West Coast. In 248 miles, the desert section ends, and the Sierra section begins. Most of the desert hasn’t been what I pictured, some sections are full of water,Continue reading “One month (and five days) in!”