Samantha Olthof

You can call me Samwise (or Sam). I attempted to thru-hike the PCT in 2017, but it turned into more of a LASH (long-ass section hike). I've done the desert and Oregon, and am planning to get back as soon as possible to wrap up the rest of the trail. I am a proud Canadian, and I revel in living in the woods with my partner and puppy. You can check out more of my writing and gratuitous puppy pics at https://jubilant.blog

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Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Justin “Jupiter” Cummins | May 1st–Sep 14th NOBO. /embed] "the four M's definitely worked at any low point in morale or before a big climb, Music,

Apr 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

To those of you who have been following along since the first Wisdom from the (Recent) Past post, welcome back! To those of you just jumping in,

Apr 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

The last trail we are going to address on this Wisdom from the 2018 Thru-Hikers series is the epic, infamous CDT. The CDT tends to be less trafficked

Apr 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

We're back for a second dose of wisdom from the AT Class of 2018! As some Christopher “Sticks” Keys | March 25th - September 30th NOBO "If you are

Apr 1, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

As the new thru-hiking season dawns, many people are prepping for the adventure of a lifetime. Shakedown hikes, last-minute gear purchases, and

Mar 25, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

This is the first in a series of posts called "Wisdom from the (Recent) Past" (inspired by a Mackenzie “Wilt” Wieder | March 22nd - September 10th,

Mar 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

Unlikely Hikers Taking Over the Internet

There is no question that thru-hiking communities tend to be pretty homogeneous. Here are some stats from the PCT Class of 2018 (and a Halfway

Mar 11, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

Three Strategies for Dealing with Heartburn while Thru-Hiking

My 2017 PCT thru-hike didn’t quite go as planned. Due to some medical issues, I went home from Lone Pine and took about five weeks off-trail. After

Nov 21, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
La Cloche Silhouette Trail: 48 Miles in the Canadian Shield

La Cloche Silhouette Trail: 48 Miles in the Canadian Shield

La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a 48-mile trail found in Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. The signage in the park suggest taking a

Oct 26, 2018 : Samantha Olthof
The Laugavegur Trail: 36 Miles Across Southern Iceland

The Laugavegur Trail: 36 Miles Across Southern Iceland

The Laugavegur Trail is a 36-mile trail stretching across southern Iceland, featuring a terrain diversity similar to the PCT: desert, glaciers,

Oct 5, 2018 : Samantha Olthof