Leah King

Hey, I'm Leah! I'm planning on a PCT '19 NOBO thru-hike, but in the meantime I'm enjoying nature's artistry offered by Southern Utah. I'll spend the next few months in the planning stages for my long walk, while exploring the Southwest and trying to create some light within myself. I'm lucky enough to be in the thick of the #savegrandstaircase movement, and I'd love for you to follow along. Dark chocolate is important to me, and if you are what you eat, I am a walking fruit basket.

Posts

Day 14: A San Jacinto Wilderness PSA

Day 14: A San Jacinto Wilderness PSA

Day 14: 14.6 Miles Today was my first day on the PCT. Yes, a technicality would suggest I started walking from Mexico to Canada two weeks ago. But

Apr 20, 2019 : Leah King
No, Really. You Really Need the Clown Shoes.

No, Really. You Really Need the Clown Shoes.

Day Eight: 21.5 At 5 a.m. my first alarm sounds and I snooze it, knowing I need to get up so I have enough time to tape my blisters and finish

Apr 15, 2019 : Leah King
Windstorms, Europeans, and Pie

Windstorms, Europeans, and Pie

Day Three: Seven Miles I wake to a pretty pink sunrise, ready to tackle the first seven miles of the day that will carry me into Mount Laguna. A few

Apr 11, 2019 : Leah King
PS: I Already Smell Bad

PS: I Already Smell Bad

Day Two, 16 Miles Last night at Lake Morena I slept a thousand years, cuddled in my blue cocoon, in my Copper Spur palace amongst the sea of Zpacks.

Apr 8, 2019 : Leah King
A Long But Physically Challenging Picnic

A Long But Physically Challenging Picnic

Day One, Yesterday, 20 Miles I woke at 4 this morning in my hotel bed, my first thoughts surreal. It's here. The time is finally here. I AM STARTING

Apr 7, 2019 : Leah King
Approaching the PCT: An Intolerance for Staleness

Approaching the PCT: An Intolerance for Staleness

After nearly 24 hours on Amtrak's Empire Builder, the scenery finally becomes marginally more dramatic when approaching Williston, ND. Just as brown

Apr 2, 2019 : Leah King
PCT Prep with an Eating Disorder, A Process of Recovery

PCT Prep with an Eating Disorder, A Process of Recovery

"I just ate cake for breakfast." This is the text message one of my best friends had to wake up to on her birthday, when she should have been

Feb 2, 2019 : Leah King
Thru-Hiking and the Human Condition

Thru-Hiking and the Human Condition

When I started traveling it was a quest for new experiences, and to see through fresh eyes. To honor freedom, aspiration, emotion, growth, and

Nov 21, 2018 : Leah King
How Grand Staircase Made Me a Thru-Hiker

How Grand Staircase Made Me a Thru-Hiker

Growing up, I don’t think my family went camping one single time. I was raised in a more typically Midwestern way, with occasional weekend trips

Oct 22, 2018 : Leah King