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The Trek by Kaitlyn Heffron - 15h ago

Hart’s Pass – The Monument – Rainy Pass
 
“I can’t do this.
I clapped my hands over my ears (as if that would help), but it was too late. I had accidentally thought the thought that I had promised myself I wouldn’t think.
Doubt had been creeping up on me since the moment I left my parents’ house in Nebraska, but I had always been able to push it away. The doubt had simmered as I spent a wonderful day in Winthrop with the truly amazing trail angels who fed me, ...

The post Miles with Smiles: SOBO Part 1 appeared first on The Trek.

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The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the city of Mount Shasta are throwing a big ol’ party. The two announced their Inaugural Trail Town Celebration to be held Saturday, July 21 to commemorate the city of Mount Shasta as the PCT’s first official trail town, as well as the launch of the PCTA’s Trail Town Program.
Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are already familiar with the concept of officially recognized “trail towns.” The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a long standing tradition of recognizing and designating towns along the AT through their Appalachian Trail Community Program. ...

The post The City of Mount Shasta Becomes PCT’s First Designated Trail Town appeared first on The Trek.

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The trail turned my mind into a curious child, bored with the toys in his room, who decides to venture up into the darkened attic, where he starts opening boxes.

The post Eat the Ghost: Confronting the Trail Mind-set appeared first on The Trek.

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The trail turned my mind into a curious child, bored with the toys in his room, who decides to venture up into the darkened attic, where he starts opening boxes.

The post Eat the ghost: Confronting the trial mindset appeared first on The Trek.

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Getting sick during a long distance hike is pretty awful. It’s up there with losing your water filter down a river and hiking down 1.5 miles only to realize you are on the wrong trail and need to go back up those 1.5 miles. All three of these trail mishaps happened to me on the Colorado Trail in the past 5 days.
Silver Linings
However, if these set backs were going to happen, I certainly lucked out with the timing. ...

The post Being at the right place at the right time when bad things happen: getting sick on trail appeared first on The Trek.

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The High Sierra Trail
Outmersive Films, 2018

“When you hike the High Sierra Trail, your mind begins to follow your body, instead of the other way around. You enter into a way of thinking that is the way most humans have lived for most of human history, but the way only a few of us live now…” – William Tweed

Beginning at the base of the world’s oldest trees, and ending at the highest point in the contiguous US, ...

The post ​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail” appeared first on The Trek.

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Hello, everyone. Slightly behind on updates as I was busy trying to hike past the Klamathon Fire in Ashland and also celebrating the 4th of July, but here are the last California updates and the first Oregon one. I’m currently in Bend enjoying some downtime before continuing the push to Washington. ...

The post Coming in Hot: Finishing CA and into Oregon appeared first on The Trek.

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Soon I'll be standing at the start of this bucket-list journey and as I weigh out baggies of hummus powder and dry broccoli it's got me thinking: why, exactly, am I doing this again?

The post Why I’m Hiking 1000 Miles of the Pacific Crest Trail appeared first on The Trek.

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Today’s episode hits on a few subjects that are often the top of mind for thru-hikers and those curious about the undertaking. They are: food, how hikers’ bodies change over the course of their hike, and gear. We learn more about the infamous hiker hunger, the “eat anything and everything and still lose weight diet”, how their getup has evolved over the course of their hike, and what gear they’ve sent home.
And lastly, we get an emotional goodbye from one of our correspondents- as the injuries have piled up and become too much to bear. ...

The post Trail Correspondents Episode #10: Trail Food, Changing Physiques, and Gear Sent Home appeared first on The Trek.

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I want to preface this by saying there are SO MANY amazing thru-hikers. Most of whom would do anything to help you, always have a positive word to say, and truly love and respect the AT.
Unfortunately, there are more than few who are giving thru-hikers a bad rep. I don’t think many are aware that they are giving off a bad impression, so here are a few things to keep in mind during a thru hike. ...

The post Golden Rules for Thru Hikers: There’s More Than LNT appeared first on The Trek.

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