Sept. 4th 2018 | SOBO PCT | NorCal
The 3 hour No Pants Party with @ashhhla on the Middle Fork Feather River under the steel bridge. We'd been walking through an inferno for several days: wildfires near Castella, stifling heat on Hat Creek Rim & Lassen National Park, and temperatures creeping upwards of 100 degrees. We needed this, so unbelievably so.
Just 3 days prior, we had reached the halfway point after just two months on trail. And the day before we saw some bikers get into a bar fight in Belden. We dodged a jungle of poison oak, dealt with crippling nausea beside a mucky spring, and nearly ran out of food before reaching Sierra City. Real type 2 fun.
#dirtbagdarling #hikertrash #ultralightbacking #thruhiker #trailtuesday
Back home, in the drizzly PNW. But it ain't so bad. There's been some big changes coming my way, and I'm actually looking forward to it!
So what goes on in between thru-hikes? There's lots of time spent with my pup, pottering about the homestead, training hikes all over Washington and Oregon, cooking, writing, a few shower beers, and catching up with friends and fam.
Oh, and work, the necessary evil to keep living this lifestyle.
Anyway, bear with me as I post some local hiking content, and the occasional throwback from Arizona and/or other thru-hikes. Also, stay tuned as I catch up my trail journals & post a gear review of my sub 9 lb. base weight.
Happy trails, y'all. ➳Artemis
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Day 37 | Utah | AZT ✔
5 weeks, ~ 800 miles of snow, mud, rain, thunderstorms, a bee sting, occasional desert heat, prickly things, a close encounter with a scorpion & everything in between.
I f*cking did it. I thru-hiked one of the most difficult trails I've ever encountered, and made some incredible friends along the way.
Before coming out here, I had been dealing with the post trail low of coming off my SOBO PCT thru-hike, and honestly, it was ROUGH. I started second guessing my abilities as a long distance hiker, and whether or not my mind, heart & soul was into it anymore. Thank you, Arizona, for reaffirming my love of the type 2 fun that the trail gives, and reigniting the self confidence I always knew I had.
Everyone who contributed to my campaign with @afspnational & chose to help make mental health & suicide prevention a priority. I've nearly met my fundraising goal! $3896/4000
@nunatak_gear for the amazingly warm UL Arc Quilt that was the biggest game changer ever. Even in sub freezing temps, my tootsies stayed warm!
@runnershighherbals for the sweet, sweet muscle relief at the end of a long ass day.
@outdoorpantry for the 🌱 meals that were delicious, and made me feel even better when I ate them (amazing cold soaked, too!)
Gabby, thanks for picking my dirty ass up from the state line & bringing me champagne, watermelon & puppies♡
And to Longbeard & Catbait; thanks for the companionship, just when I thought I wouldn't see another soul out here & after nearly 4 weeks of solitude. Thanks for all the laughter that made me snort a few times, cheap-ish beer, 30 milers & life long friendship.
Until the next trail, I lurve you all; thanks for the kind words & support in my journey, and happy trails to each and every one of you ♡ ➳Artemis
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