”Then it seemed to me that the Sierra should be called, not the Nevada or Snowy Range, but the Range of Light. And after ten years of wandering and wondering in the heart of it, rejoicing in its glorious floods of light, the white beams of the morning streaming through the passes, the noonday radiance on the crystal rocks, the flush of the alpenglow, and the irised spray of countless waterfalls, it still seems above all others the Range of Light.” ...
Hope everyone had a solid weekend. Excited and not excited for what feels like a season change, here in Alberta! Got a few exciting travel plans in the works as well as my first giveaway planned for everyone as a way to say thank you for the love and support in this journey of mine. Stay tuned! ✌🏽
Also excited to start sharing some of my shots from Oregon while hanging with the boys @cassheridan@firstname.lastname@example.org ...
8.19.19 | 📍CANADA
What is is a journey without its trials or doubts? Without set-backs or struggle? In March 2018, i stepped foot on the PCT for the very first time. First time I had ever backpacked, but it was time for a change. Up until that point in my life, I had felt defeated by my depression, my anxiety, my addiction and even by toxic relationships. I had no idea what this trail was about, but my heart tugged me. And my spirit gravitated.
Last year, I walked. And I witnessed my entire being slowly evolve and become whole. For the first time I told myself “you are beautiful and worthy of great things” and I actually believed it. I felt like the most empowered, confident and strongest woman. And it naturally brought me solace among my natural world.
September 11, 2018 (less than 200 miles from Canadian border) I receive the most heartbreaking news. My Momma unexpectedly passed away. And my hike ends. Naturally, my mind shifted to dark places once again, “you’ll never be worthy enough to finish beautiful things. Your endings will always bring heartbreak.” I struggled for a couple months trying to grasp the pain. I just lost my mom and I just lost this trail that was transforming me. But I reminded myself that there in the struggle lies the beauty and magic. I sent myself positive affirmations. I reminded myself of conversations shared with my mom, “don’t give up, you can do it, Pep!”
Well, I did it. I looked adversity square in the face and believed I would conquer. I came back and walked 257 miles to that Northern Terminus with Momma’s spirit along my side. It was her strength (and her silliness) that ignited inside of me and walked to triumph.
I want to share this moment with my fellow PCT class of 2018. It was each of you who taught me courage, humility, and enlightenment. I want to thank the class of 2019 for sharing your journey’s with me and embracing mine. .
And Dad, well he was there. He was in Manning Park at the end of this journey, shaking the cowbell Momma wanted.
This trail filled my heart in thousands of ways. It broke my heart in a few ways. And now I’m leaving a piece of my heart on trail. ... special TY @cotezi ! 💖 ...
Big lake. Much wow✨
Had the entire rim trail to myself this morning. Watched the sun rise over the giant water filled crater surrounded by nothing but silence. ...
I saw this picture and just saw cellulite 🤷♀️ I almost decided to not post it, but that’s just silly.
I bring this up because I’m STRUGGLING nutritionally. It’s hard to eat as much as I need to for days like these, we are conditioned to limit what we eat after all. I had to end the day a mile in today though on a hike to a peak that I desperately wanted this summer and had to face the fact that to reach goals I need to get nutrition dialed in. No one tells you that big training isn’t just mentally pushing through runs, but mentally pushing through social norms to fuel those big days. 📷 @notindistress_ ...
Meet your new favorite backcountry girl band: The Head Net Hooligans.
Skeeter Beater 2019 Tour dates to be announced soon.
Shoutout to @katerentz for our new Spotify profile picture. ...
Oregon is a magical place. PCT hikers seem to have mixed feelings about Oregon. Some hikers found OR to be flat, boring, a breeding ground for the worst mosquitos you’ll ever encounter, and hot. While the mosquitos seemed to be annoying at times, To me, the rest is far from true (okay, maybe it was a little flat compared to other parts of the trail...). Oregon was full of epic views, volcanic rock fields, beautiful lakes and blue skies. The stretch of trail between Timberline and Elk Lake was stunning! I had zero expectations for OR and was pleasantly surprised by everything it had to offer. My biggest issue with Oregon was that I had so much fun hiking through it I forgot to take more pictures 🤷♂️. So instead of epic landscape shots, here’s a picture of me at the border being weird. It was taken just before sundown, after we were greeted near the border by a local who helped us celebrate the end of the state with beer and tequila...
I’m now down to my last two sections of trail! Up next is NorCal, and then it’s on to the Sierra! Only 800 or so miles left! ...
Had an incredible time in Croatia with @cynfelyn and @ltismemario two weeks ago, driving down the country amongst its beautiful coast.
I always record a lot of videos throughout my trips, however, I never get around to edit them. I finally did. ...
Bonito, todo me parece bonito
Bonito lugar ...