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How I Am Preparing to Hike 2,650 Miles

​The most commonly asked question I get regarding my upcoming Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike is, “How are you physically preparing?” To answer, I always stare deeply into their eyes, let a few moments of silence pass us by, maybe even grab their hand, then respond ever-so-passionately, “Binge eating.”  And then I wink while blowing a kiss. Ok, maybe I don’t answer that dramatically, but the truth is that I am not really…

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How To Start Backpacking (And Why You Should Try It)

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Backpacking is such a weird concept if you think about it.  You spend a bunch of money to basically become homeless for a chunk of time.  You don’t (typically) get to shower, use a toilet, or sometimes even eat hot food.  You sleep on the ground, you exert yourself to the point of exhaustion each day, you have no contact with “the outside world”, you have all sorts of bugs and insects…

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Severe Dehydration on the Trail and a Trip to the ER

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Well, I did it again friends! That’s right.  Another disastrous trip, back-to-back.  I would like to note that none of this is made up.  My life may seem like a joke, but it’s not.  It’s all definitely real. Some friends and I were backpacking Tuck and Robin Lakes.  Now what can go wrong in a place as beautiful as this? This trip was one of my friend’s first backpacking trips…

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When Backpacking (and Life) Goes Wrong

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I have done my fair share of backpacking over this past year and have learned A LOT since my very first overnight trip.  Every experience has been an absolute blast, that I just can’t seem to get enough. That is, until this past weekend at Ancient Lakes in Eastern Washington. Now, Ancient Lakes is a very easy trail, which is what makes this whole situation even more ironic.  There’s hardly…



  • Here’s an appreciation post for my father. For starting the PCT with me in hopes of reporting good news to my mother, but in return having one hell of an unexpected comical and challenging time. We will be back together on trail one day. πŸ’ͺ🏻 And this time, we won’t pour out the whiskey on Day 1.
  • Exactly one year ago today I started my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. ONE YEAR. It’s so much more than just hiking. It has changed my life and my perspective and my confidence. But brb, going to go cry into my pillow as I dream of being on the trail with all that adventure and stuff.
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  • The Whimsical Woman is hiking the PCT again! πŸ€ͺ But this time it’s through @pika1233. This is at Mile 45.3. JUST LOOK AT THOSE VIEWS. 😍😍
  • Blisters, bruises, wet feet, and dirt are a reality of thru-hiking. Keep swiping to see some damage that was done during my PCT thru-hike. And if that was fun, I made a video entirely dedicated to my dirt πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Link in bio!! And as a disclaimer, I was one of the dirtier hikers on trail. Not everyone looks like this. πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ #staydirty #hikertrash
  • One result of Wang + Twerk + Starburst hangouts. β€’ πŸ“Έ: @karenkwang β€’ @twerkinthedirt probably naked somewhere. #noeyebrows #theygone #blondebrowsproblems

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