I set off on my first long-distance hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014. A stress fracture forced me off the trail at Tuolumne Meadows but I healed and got back on the trail to complete another 560 miles. In 2016, I returned to section hike another 300 miles of Washington and Oregon. Hiking 1800 miles on the PCT taught me what it means to find success.
After my PCT experience, I decided to take a different path with my life and help other connect to nature so I joined AmeriCorps. I served two year in Montana State Parks and explored northwestern Montana.
Working and volunteering in parks has allowed me to spend seasons in New Mexico and Utah.
Currently, I am spending the summer in Kentucky.
Here are some other things about me:
-Before the PCT, I was an evolutionary biologist and studied the genetics of speciation in plants and insects.
-I hiked with and led wildflower hikes and beginner backpacking trips for Trail Dames when I lived in Georgia. 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 learned from these amazing women how to slow down and have more fun.
-I sew my own quilts and hiking clothes.
-In March of 2015, I hiked 300 miles of the Arizona Trail.
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 PCTThe Thing about Montana - what it feels like to hike solo in Montana
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
Most popular posts...
Umbrella rigging - how to attach your hiking umbrella to your pack
Beginner's Guide to Going Stoveless - backpacking without a stove
Stress fractures- a guide for backpackers