It's sunny and almost 80 out and I escaped the cubicle during lunch for just 30 minutes. 43 days until the PCT and I get to be outside all day every day and it cannot come soon enough. Picture from the AT headed down towards Damascus.
Hey fellow bad-asses! Looking for recommendations in a sleeping bag/quilt for my upcoming SOBO thru-hike of the PCT benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Here's what I need: -WARMTH (I sleep cold. Very cold)
-LIGHTWEIGHT (I want to move fast)
Thanks again for everyone's support in my endeavor! Be sure to click the link in my bio for more information on my campaign for suicide prevention. Love you all!
♡ ♡ ♡ -Artemis
5-20 Trail Day 25: miles 335.7-347.2 .
Woke up to a lot of condensation this morning, but the sun hit us fast so it dried quickly as we ate our leftover pizza breakfast. Headed out 5 miles to hit the McDonald's on trail - really nice ridge trail on the way there with great views. Walked mostly with Yardsale and we made it to Cajon Pass together. .
I found a Mexican fruit stand, and instead of gorging on McDonald's food I feasted on mangos, pineapple, jicama, and the like. Sooooo good. As it got hot, we created our own shade in true ingenious hiker trash fashion. @gregorio_lorenz even got a lime for the beers from the gas station. .
We knew there was a huge climb coming up so when it cooled off we reluctantly left @simonwhosays, @theflowdbj, @eml002, and @zapzach22 at the first tunnel where they settled in for a party. Tried coo-ieing to the train so it would take us to Canada (all trains lead to Canada) but it left us behind. Did our first night with some night hiking - found out we weren't really fans. But walking into the sunset and under the stars was beautiful. .
Made it to @orimoskowitz and the water cache after most of camp was already settled in. Then Leah found a big spider and some whisper-screaming commenced. @co_basten said it was like watching a movie before bed. Later, as we were half asleep, a loud group came through and we tried to warn them they were walking into a camp way past hiker midnight. #thentheynamedustheshushcrew#youtrytohelp#itsokaythough .
Guitar Lake on my way to my first ascent of Whitney for the day. The Sun was just starting to rise, I already had several miles of difficult snow to overcome to get to this point. I started around 4am so that the snow would be hard and in my eyes more safe to make the ascent in. In the distance I could see the head lamps of other thru hikers looking to ascend today and could see the headlamps of some hikers who had already turned back from the attempt due to altitude sickness. I eagerly awaited the Sun to rise to warm me up as the wind chill made it far much colder.
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On trailname. My trailname is Optimistic Turtle. It come from 2015 Appalachian Trail section hike Maine 100-mile-wilderness by my fiancé. It was my first solo backpacking trip.
There is nothing optimistic about my trailname initially. Yes, Turtle, I was slow (for many AT thruhikers out there 🤣)
Optimistic, is because I always set a high daily milage goal, and hardly reached it. I did the same thing on PCT. Aim high everyday, but happy with whatever I could achieve. It is so funny sometimes with my ridiculous daily goals, but I would still set optimistic goals every single day.
Another funny thing, since 2015 in Maine, two years later in PCT'17 FB page, a thruhiker recognized me in his 2015 AT hike. It rained so heavy in July, shelter was full (b/c I was slow, last one arrived) and he rent me his tent stakes, (I was not so prepared then 😆). Small world.
I guess Optimistic now has double meaning. I hope I remain optimistic always.
Let me know your trailname and story ❤.
. 🐢. #optimisticturtle#PCT2017#pct#pacificcresttrail#meaningfulhike#postpct#thruhike#backpacking#hiking#optoutside#pctwashington#pnw#nature#naturephotography
"Maybe there is another who sees life not as a flickering candle but as a torch that can illuminate an undiscovered world." -Jimmy Buffett
📸 photo cred @douglashurdle
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My first testimonial. Cool! 😊 Link for Services available in bio. . . . . . #Repost@michellebeaumont64 ・・・
We met with @thebackcountryfoodie today. She generously answered SO many questions we had about prepping for our son's upcoming @pctassociation north bound hike. She is a Registered Dietician who is combining two of her passions - nutrition and thru hiking to form her own business. We are so lucky to have found her as our son will likely need 5,000 calories/day to keep him fueled. She has recipes and meal plans and so much more for him. THANK YOU AARON!!! 💯😁
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” -Rumi
53 more days until I step foot on the Pacific Crest Trail!
Day 125: Dash and I had 10 miles to get to Elk Lake. There we plan to get a ride into Bend and spend a day or two, hoping the fire closure will open. I think it might slightly be bull shit and they’re just closing off parts of the trail due to the high amount of people coming out for the eclipse. So I’m hoping it will open. The 10 miles went by pretty fast. I waited at the top of the hill for Dash that looked at Elk Lake. Jamming to some Nahko bear when we came we booked it down. Ready to be to town and get some food. We arrived at 10:15 and legit the funniest thing ever happened. As we got near the camp we saw some kids riding on bikes and right when we got next to them one of them looked at us and said, “are you Dash and Express?” We gave each other a funny look and replied yes while giggling. All they said after was “follow us.” Dash and I were cracking up as we followed these random kids through the woods. We were like this is some children of the corn shit right here. But they led us to Tim and Freckles and their trail angels, Karen and Carrie. After saying hi we went to the restaurant to eat and hang out with some other hikers. We ended up being able to catch a ride from L-Trains friend to Bend and she dropped us off at Auntie Sunshine’s House, a trail angel in Bend. Squarepants, Tarzan, Birdie, and Coma were already there. This legit ended up being my favorite stay on the trail. I was surrounded by an abundant amount of happiness and love the entire time. That night we had a big bbq filled with so much delicious food, even veggie burgers for me!!! We drank, sang to oldies, danced, and had a good time. And listening to all of us sing horribly to songs like Bohemian Rhapsody was simply amazing. I had a beautiful conversation with Coma. About life and spirituality. Immediately it was just deep and real. We talked about his life, almost failed marriage, his change in views about love and life is what brought him to the trail. We talked about me, my non-stop brain, and the power within. Conversations like this don’t just normally happen with someone you just met, so it was truly special. We ended the night with a large snuggle puddle in the back yard. 8 dirty
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL | It's beginning to look a lot like 2.5 months until Heaps rides again! PCT 2.OH! Looking forward to blisters, warm swigs of water and melting under the desert sun (questioning why I am doing this to myself again 💁) I'll be back soon my love - wait for me! 🌹--- who else is gonna be there?
morning path to whitney. pacific crest trail, 2012.
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still whitney. pacific crest trail, 2012.
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dusky trail. pacific crest trail, 2012.
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last minute in crabtree meadows. pacific crest trail, 2012.
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early sunset in the sierras. pacific crest trail, 2012.
muir pass. pacific crest trail, 2012.
#FindYourWay with us this week as we explore some of the national trails managed by the BLM! This pic is of a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon.
Designated for its scenic significance, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail spans California desert valleys to Northwestern rain forests, offering hikers and equestrians a wide variety of climate and terrain. It crosses California, Oregon, and Washington, with starting points in Canada and Mexico. The Pacific Crest has the greatest elevation change of any of the National Scenic Trails, from near sea level to the crest of the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.
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#FindYourWay! Sand to Snow National Monument is an ecological and cultural treasure and one of the most biodiverse areas in southern California, supporting more than 240 species of birds and 12 threatened and endangered wildlife species.
Home to the region’s tallest alpine mountain that rises from the floor of the Sonoran desert, the monument also will protect sacred, archaeological and cultural sites, including an estimated 1,700 Native American petroglyphs. .
Featuring thirty miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing and even skiing. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. #PCT#PacificCrestTrail#California101#California#VisitCalifornia#CaliforniaDreamin#CaliforniaAdventure#CA#yourpubliclands#wildlife#HuntFishCA