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Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Washington

512 miles, 111,000 feet of elevation gain, and 107,450 feet of elevation loss. And you thought the Sierra were hard! Due to the south-to-north trend of hiking the Pacific Crest...

Aug 14, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Overview of the Major Alternates along the CDT

Overview of the Major Alternates along the CDT

Are you a purist? Get ready for a different kind of adventure when you embark upon the Continental Divide Trail. This is not the PCT, and it’s definitely not the...

Aug 7, 2019 : Megan McGowan
The Art of Self-Care on the Trail

The Art of Self-Care on the Trail

Hitting the trail for an extended period of time can be a shock to the system. For many, the first few days (or weeks) can be seriously tough. You wake...

Aug 6, 2019 : Rowan Smith
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Coming in at 456 miles, Oregon is the shortest state on the PCT. It is also considered to be one of the easiest to hike. The eastern and western halves...

Aug 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

Despite the prevalence of the HYOH mantra, there is still a lot of pressure on-trail to do a "true thru." Being short means that you have different concerns when thru-hiking...

Jul 31, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How to Complete a Thru-Hike Without Killing Your Significant Other

How to Complete a Thru-Hike Without Killing Your Significant Other

Whilst at the PCT starting monument, the legendary trail angel, Scout, pulled us over to one side; “Have I given you the couples chat yet?”. Why would you need a...

Jul 25, 2019 : Joal & Jenny
Short Tips for Short Backpackers

Short Tips for Short Backpackers

If you ask the DMV, I’m five feet tall. If you ask anyone else, well, if I stretch really hard, I stand at four feet eleven and a half inches....

Jul 24, 2019 : Mighty Mouse
A Lifelong Asthmatic’s Tips for Dealing with Asthma During a Thru-Hike

A Lifelong Asthmatic’s Tips for Dealing with Asthma During a Thru-Hike

At birth, I was diagnosed with asthma*. It was triggered by allergies, exercise, cigarette smoke, cold, and severe humidity. Around age nine, I began seeing an asthma and allergy specialist...

Jul 10, 2019 : Rachel Meltzer
How I Prepared for an Early-Season Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike

How I Prepared for an Early-Season Tahoe Rim Trail Thru-Hike

On June 18, 2019, my sister and I arrived in Reno, NV, to thru-hike the Tahoe Rim Trail. I had heard about the record snowfall but honestly had no clue...

Jul 7, 2019 : Anna Zimmerman
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

While each section of the PCT boasts its own beauty, the High Sierra is commonly thought of as the most grandiose. This section spans 390.25 miles and has total elevation...

Jul 7, 2019 : Samantha Olthof