An ode to the every day adventurer


One Year Removed, My Pacific Crest Trail Story in 12 Pictures.

I've been fortunate to have done some pretty cool things in my life. A few of these include but are not limited to, visiting the original Ben & Jerry's factory (TWICE!), marching for a premier college marching band, sledding off of my roof when I was a little kid, graduating college, and riding the Great Bear at Hershey Park with my family. However, the most trying, mentally and physically exhausting thing I've ever done was walk from Mexico to Canada via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

This wasn't merely an experience for me, it became a part of who I am. I'll be one of the first ones to tell you, go after what you want, and tear down that invisible wall you've put up between you and what you want. 

I kept a journal on the PCT and read it occasionally when I need a fresh of breath air. I can normally remember every instance that happened when I start reading. For example, that first poop on trail, my first rattlesnake, that feeling when my resupply package didn't show up, and that feeling when you wake up 8 miles from the Canadian boarder and are only hours away from seeing your Dad for the first time in months. 

I took 6000+ Pictures while on trail. Here's my attempt to boil my experience down to 12. 

To start we need to start at the beginning, the southern terminus. I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. 

Starting out; May 8th 2016, 10:30pm

Day 1: At the Southern Terminus, starting my journey North. 

The Desert is EXTREMELY mountainous, HOT, and Dusty. 

The Desert has a TON of mountains, and a TON of dirt! 

You Can't Do This Alone! 

Tons, and I mean TONS of people come out to help you on your journey across America. I know a bunch did for me, and I never would have made it without them. This is the famous Ziggy & the Bear's place in Southern California. 

.. I get by with a little help from my friends.. Trail Angels are amazing. 

Immaculate sunsets become the primetime nightly programming. 

Sunset in the desert. Somewhere around mile 600? 

The Sierras did not disappoint. 

Packing 50 pounds out of Kennedy Meadows was worth it. So was eating two pints of Ben & Jerry's back to back. #noregrets

Forrester Pass, the top of the PCT. 

The world became my bath tub. 

I tried jumping in as many alpine lakes as I possibly could. How could you not? This lake looks incredible! Sure, it was a bit over refreshing on the temperature scale, but I couldn't not go for a dip. 

Sierra mountains, California 

Hiking is optional, Shenanigans is mandatory. 

Spend a lot of time in your own head and you'll go slightly crazy too. 

YIKES! Donohue Pass on national hike naked day. 

One state down, two to go! 

Crater lake is more than a lake. Go sit on the banks of it and you'll see what I mean. 

Crater Lake and new friends. 

Oregon forests must be seen to be believed. 

I couldn't get over how green everything was, and how the mistique of clouds rolling through the forest made it feel like a dream. 

Somewhere in Oregon, where the forests are buzzing with life. 

Washington At Last

The feelings when I hit Washington were that of humility and excitement that I had actually made it this far. I kept hearing "The best is yet to come..."

Bridge of the Gods, Oregon into Washington

Reflection and Embracing the Conclusion

The last few nights I camped out on top of ridges and mountaintops. It was the best thing I could have done to finish the hike. It put me in a state of reflection and humility every night to really soak in what was around me. To feel the rays of sun on my face just that little bit longer was an incredible blessing. 

North Cascades National Park, Washington


I put a semi-colon because the story isn't finished. Sure, the PCT journey may have come to an end, but the journey of life keeps going.

Pacific Crest Trail Northern Terminous. 

To see some more in depth accounts of my PCT journey check out the archive below for the first 1000 miles or so!

If you or anyone you know is even considering THINKING about doing the trail get in touch with me! I'll give you any insight I can and answer any questions you may have!  

Until next time,