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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…



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  • I have been feeling quite sad and somber lately over reading a lot of sad and heart-breaking news stories. But life doesn’t become any less fragile or fair because of our sadness, so in order to continue on we must learn how to face the demons all while embracing the beauty. Tell me, what is something beautiful happening in your life right now? • For me, I am working in Virginia for several months and getting to FINALLY “date” my boyfriend since he lives in Virginia Beach. It’s been almost a year and a half of long distance and this face-to-face time has meant the world to me. ✨✨ 📸: the wonderful and strong and amazing and powerful and beautiful @karenkwang & @mcwangerson • #virginiabeach #westcoastforlife
  • On this day, one year ago... • I left Big Bear, CA around 1pm and hiked 20+ something miles. My sleeping pad from @thermarest was still so big and squishy and I still strapped it to the top of my pack. As I continued hiking I switched up how I packed my gear many times until I got my system down. One year ago today I was on a blissful high. ☀️ #onthisday #onthisdayoneyearago

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