I set off on my first long-distance hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in April of 2014. I had to get off the trail at Tuolumne Meadows for a stress fracture in my foot that I got going through the snow in the high Sierra, but I got back on the trail and completed another 560 miles. Hiking 1500 miles on the PCT was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and taught me what it means to find success.
In March of 2015, I section hiked the southernmost 300 miles of the Arizona Trail.
I served two year with Montana State Parks AmeriCorps and explored northwestern Montana and Glacier National Park.
Currently, I am setting out to hike the PCT in Washington and Oregon.
Here are some other things about me:
-I am an evolutionary biologist, but most of my training has been in the lab where I studied the genetics of speciation.
-I hike with and lead wildflower hikes and beginner backpacking trips for Trail Dames. This group provides a supportive environment for women who have not felt welcome in mainstream groups because of their speed, age, or fitness level. I’ve learned from these amazing women how to slow down and have more fun.
-I sew my own quilts and hiking clothes. Store-bought clothes are too boring and never have enough color.
-When not hanging from the trees in my hammock, I take lessons in trapeze and aerial fabrics.
My writing featured on other sites:
Pacific Crest Trail Association- It's not all about the thru-hike: A Walking Meditation
Pacific Crest Trailside Reader- Cougar!
Gossamer Gear- Skills and Techniques for the Arizona Trail
Gossamer Gear- Joan's Sierra Gear List
Gossamer Gear- Easy Foot Care for Hiking
My favorite posts...
How to have a successful hike - the biggest lesson I learned on the PCT
2nd DIY Karo Top Quilt
Canyonlands National Park - 3 nights backpacking in the Needles District in Utah
Trail Dames Beginner Backpacking Trip - what teaching backpacking skills means to me
No New Gear - a year-long experiment
Three Months of Two Miles - appreciating the trail outside your backdoor
Ten Steps to Hiking in Grizzly Country
Most popular posts...
Umbrella rigging - how to attach your hiking umbrella to your pack
The Thing about Montana - what it feels like to hike solo in Montana
Apps for long-distance backpacking - apps I used on the PCT
Stress fractures- a guide for backpackers
Tree Foam- I LOVE finding tree foam- learn what it is and how to find it on the trail