I hope y’all are as fucking stoked as I am! . .#hikertrash#pct2019 #trekthepct #appalachiantrail#thetrek#nobo#natureporn #choosemountains#zerofucksgiven#neverstopexploring#backpackerradio#ibtat#hyperlitemountaingear
30th of April is the day I will begin my journey from Mexico to Canada. For however long it may take from 4-6 months, I will be living on my feet, Hiking day after day. After finishing the first 700 miles of desert you ascend into the mountain ranges of Sierras which is the hot topic of all hikers worried about the massive elevation gain/drop, lack of trail, heavy snow with steepness requiring ice axe skills etc which makes many hikers to skip ahead to easier section of the Sierras depending on their skill set. But, that’s exactly what sets my soul on fire. It’ll be a testament of Mountaineering I had done over the year. Photo @toseeg #missionpct2019
Everybody (myself included) likes to post these triumphant summit photos when they finish a thru hike... these are great, but here's a more realistic idea of what it looked like to finish the AT; standing on Kahtadin, holding back a few tears and thinking, "what the hell do I do now?"
Hard to believe it has been almost a YEAR since I strapped on a heavy vintage ILBE marine pack meant to be worn with body armor for the straps to not hurt someone's shoulders, which was filled with gear donated from hanging a sign at the Slab City Library for needed gear for tourists to see in order for me to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I only had $20 in my pocket, no emergency contacts, had to use public transport, hitchhike, and at last be driven by a friend to the trailhead. My life quickly became more active (having only practiced on flat ground) and survival skills became the norm. Got lost and dehydrated within the first few days, but survived and learned how to read maps so it never happened again. I lived the life of an RPG. Losing 35 pounds rapidly (20 of which stayed off) and gaining muscle in my legs. Slowly I found odd jobs along the trail and every piece of my gear was upgraded from the waste (or hiker box trades) of other hikers. The adventure funded my time at protest camps in Portland and Tacoma, then paid for my first bike tour afterward. It's still not much, but I also went from a pool of depression trying to eke out an existence in a fairly uncomfortable place while being held together by bad habits to having the sober adventures of a lifetime, as well as 50-100 subscribers that tune into my Instagram stories almost every day. For all the faults of the trail and its culture at times, it changed my life for the better and I did it without sacrificing any of my extreme (to most) ethics. This year I think I will be a volunteer host again through the busiest times of the season, and then see how much of the trail I complete starting from where I left off (should the weather of the sierras and the permit system allow it). All the while storing my touring bike in southern California to hop back on it again when it gets cold. But first: I miss Tucson, never properly explored its mountains, and I got 1.5 months of winter to kill. #hikertrash#hiking
Once upon a gloomy Saturday, I asked my son if he'd like to go hiking with me, knowing full well that he'd really rather stay home and play Fortnite. Much to my surprise, he jumped at the opportunity to tag along. It was a rainy, sloppy day in the Ozarks but the leaves had turned and the colors were perfect. We took this picture from one of my favorite spots in the entire park and I can still feel the joy of being able to share this view with him. When given the option, My son chose quality time with his dad over his favorite video game and, as a result, cherished memories were made that will last forever. I am one proud father. See more of my kids and I enjoying the outdoors in Episode 2 of my "Hiking To Fitness" series on YouTube. *Link in bio* Happy Hiking! -Jesse (BAH) > > > #hiking #hiker #fitness #hikersofinstagram #hike2fit #backpacking #beginner#newbeginnings #startnow #trailadventure #hikertrash #startingfromzero #starthiking#adventure #explore #health #wellness #mindset #hikerlife #trailadventure #traillife #statepark #missouri #adventure #transformation #hikingfamily #memories#parenting#active#activefamily
@damienbroderick is layered up & lookin cozy in this winter weather! Don’t let the cold be an excuse not to get outside. Instead, join us in prayer to the pow gods, grab your favorite gear, and shred it! There are a TON of fun winter sports out there, what is your favorite?! Drop a comment below to tell us what gets you outside on cold & snowy days #findyourwolfpack
There are some people who still feel threatened by strong women. That’s their problem, not mine. —Gloria Allred Photo by the amazing Ann Marie Amick ( @am_amick ) #photography#portraitphotography#nudephotography#womenwhohike#hikertrash#selflove#beautiful#professionalphotography#nude#dirt#happy#love#blueeyes#womenwithpiercings#womenwithtattoos#brooklyn#newyork#iloveme#muscle#fitwomen#fitness#strong#tribal#dirty#wildernessbabes#badasswomen#appalachiantrail#georgiatomaine#thruhiker#beautifulwomen
Somehow this picture managed to get deleted so I’m reposting (and with a better edit). Please show them some love again 😭🤗 ___________________________________________________ In light of my morning reading and taking every chance to spread love and insight through words, here’s a quote from the book in my lap “All of this is still unconscious to most people. All we know is that we feel weak and when we control others we feel better. It is their energy we have stolen. Most people go through their lives in a constant hunt for someone else’s energy....” ________________________________________________ Have you ever felt physically drained after speaking with someone who was stressed, or having an argument with someone, or maybe you felt on top of the world after having a magnificent conversation with someone where energy was happily and freely exchanged? Without diving too far into it right now, start thinking about your energy and what you are giving/ receiving with your personal interactions with others. In what areas of your life are you being charged versus emptied? More on this later, just some morning thoughts to get ya goin. _________________________________________________
My big brother, Ryan and I. I’ve been thinking about him a lot recently. I stumbled upon this picture of us a few days ago. I don’t remember ever seeing this photo before, but it somehow encapsulates my memory of him perfectly. I don’t have very many memories from my early childhood, but many of the ones I do- include him. My childhood hero was younger than I am today when he died. There isn’t anything understandable or justified in that sentence- nor will there ever be. Talking about his untimely death is extremely difficult for me. If I’m being completely honest, I try my hardest not to think about him at all because sends me spiraling into an anger at what took him from me. I don’t like being in that place, so I do my best not to go there. Every now and then, I am able to think about him without anger or sadness. This is one of those times, so I think I need to share it. We didn’t live together for most of our early lives, but when we were together… this is what I remember. He would make me laugh until I cried. He would play card games with me for hours, even when I didn’t understand any of the rules and I would somehow still win every time. When we were together, we were best friends. As we grew up and our shared trauma affected us differently, we grew apart. Neither of us could help that. But it’s something that I think about more as I get older. I think he felt the pain that I was unwilling to acknowledge for so long. But as that pain has inevitably found its way to me (regardless of my best efforts), I understand him more than I ever have. I miss him, and it hurts to think about it. But today, I am thinking about the moments like this that we shared and I am thankful for those moments I was given. My memories of him are some of the best that I still carry. I love you, big brother. Always.
#vonnegut is my fave, and Breakfast of Champions is his best. IMHO. Even tho I own everything he’s written I always pick up anything by him I find at used books stores. So now I’m having coffee and reading my favorite book. 😍🤩#mymainelife #hikertrash#maine#booknerd
Gilpan Peak, on a quiet July morning. I snapped this while hiking up Mt. Sneffels back in 2016 for @austincamsmith ‘s 30th birthday and 58th and final Colorado 14er. This was my last trip with my trusty Rebel t3i before it was unceremoniously stolen out of my car along with all of my camping gear. But the hike was great!
Day 15 (11/04/2018): North Fork Campsite to I-10 Oasis and then Hillbilly's Place off Mile 209.6 (23.4 Miles) Today felt much longer than it needed to be. It started beautifully, albeit with huge wind gusts. Expansive views of Cabazon, Banning, and Palm Desert greeted me while descending Fuller Ridge. Once the pine trees thinned out and the switchbacks truly began, it became noticeably hotter. The further I descended from alpine mountain terrain towards the lowest point in California, the hotter, and windier, and drier it got. Just as I was beginning to get fed up and curse the trail itself, Nature jumped up and bit me. Well, stung me. Twice. At mile 202 near an enclave in the cliff side, an angry swarm of bees decided they didn't like the way I hike and began chasing me along a precipitous edge for about 100 yards before backing off. The rest of the descent into the Mojave continued to be hot and the trail sprang to life with lizards running all over the place. One of them was the biggest lizard I have seen so far. Nearly 2 feet in length and super fat, I followed this rotund reptile until it hid underneath a rock. I couldn't identify it but I did get a good video of me chasing after it. At the water fountain I found Rob lounging in the shade and together we decided to continue on towards I-10. After going under the train tracks and interstate we thought it was a good idea to try and hitch into Cabazon on Tamarack Road. Tamarack is a dead end. Luckily Hillbilly picked us up and took us to his place for some Moonshine, beers, and a cool PCT Buff as a gift. This trail is amazing. There were a couple other hikers taking some rest days at Hillbilly's when I arrived including a hiker named Guy, but there was just enough room left to stay that night and enjoy the company of a truly unique Trail Angel. . . . #cruisethepct#pacificcresttrail#pct#pct2018#trekthepct#nobo#thruhike#mexicotocanada#hike#hiker#hikertrash#trail#traillife#camp#walk#youtube#blog
Sometimes I’m just so surprised by how life works and the people that I meet, that all I can do is smile and be insanely grateful. My blog on my trip to Austin and meeting this wonderful human being is up. Link in the bio, y’all.
Life Pro Tip...bring your reusable mug for your to go coffee...when ordering drive thru tell them it’s a refill and how many ounces. I always ask them to wait till I’m at the window to pour it too, so they don’t pour it into one of their disposables and THEN into mine. Saves some resources AND refills are .20 less at my Dunkin!
Some river crossings aren't so bad in the Sierras!! . One of the coolest features on trail, in my opinion, apart from the million dollar views, are bridges. From the rainbow bridge in SoCal, this and the suspension bridge in the Sierras, the iconic Bridge of the Gods (Modern Structure), and every one in between, it's amazing where some of these structures are yet have a profound impact on the accessibility to these remote regions. Always a fun conversation is the accessibility of the Wild for the common folk (and the potential outcome being reflected in our National Parks during this shutdown) but worry less as most of the goodies on the Piece of Cake Trail acquiesce the effort to reach them. These bridges, instead, reward perseverance. . . Like. Comment. Share. Follow. Enjoy!!
Hiking to this natural tunnel formation in the snow was one of the greatest hiking experiences that I've ever had! Fortunately I didn't listen to all of the of the people who tried to convince me that it was crazy to even think about hiking on a cold and snowy day. People have a right to their opinions. YOU have a right to experience things for yourself. Don't take their word for it because you might miss out on something amazing. The video of this hike will be up on my YouTube channel soon! *Link in the bio* Happy Hiking! -Jesse (BAH) > > #hiking #hiker #fitness #hikersofinstagram #hike2fit #backpacking #beginner#newbeginnings #startnow #trailadventure #hikertrash #startingfromzero #starthiking#adventure #explore #health #wellness #mindset #hikerlife #trailadventure #traillife #statepark #missouri #adventure #transformation
The human body is capable of much more than you give it credit. The key is to tell your mind to shut the fuck up and let your body do what it was built to do. . .#hikertrash#AT2018#atthruhike#trektheat #appalachiantrail#thetrek#nobo#natureporn #choosemountains#zerofucksgiven#neverstopexploring#backpackerradio#ibtat#hyperlitemountaingear