Pacific Crest Trail

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Pacific Crest Trail Week 8: The End?

My knowledge of wilderness first aid is limited. Small batches of elderly ladies from the Red Cross have taught me the basics again and again. There are two things I have found useful to remember. First is the ever-useful R.I.C.E.  (rest, ice, compression, elevation). The second, which only applies if R.I.C.E. doesn’t work and C.P.R. […]

September 19th

Pacific Crest Trail Week 7: Appreciation

One of the most amazing things about backpacking is the appreciation one gets for the simple creature comforts in life. There are many things about modern civilization that I don’t ever miss. But hot showers, fresh food, clean clothing, and running water never get old. When one has these things taken away, they become even […]

September 12th

Pacific Crest Trail: A Mother’s Perspective

** Editors Note: We are currently running a series on Suzanne Hessler’s journey along the Pacific Crest Trail. Her mother reached out to us and asked if we’d share her thoughts. After reading what she had to say, we were quite moved by the emotion behind her words. As enlightening and inspiring as it may […]

September 11th

Pacific Crest Trail Week 5: Being Zen (or Not)

Pitter patter go my weary feet upon the Pacific Crest Trail — a path that thousands of others have walked before me. All of us searching for something left unfulfilled by the unharmonious beat of modern civilization. A certain solitude — quiet, calm — feeling to null the disconnect of a cellphone-centered life. Hiking is […]

August 29th

Pacific Crest Trail Week 4: Beware the Grouse

Miles of snow and solitude have left me grateful for breaks in the hardship and perfect moments in between. The first section of the Pacific Crest Trail was a crawl through the trail-less miles of steep terrain and snow. Twelve to sixteen hours of hiking only to note 11 miles of trail. Self doubt led […]

August 22nd