Pacific Crest Trail

Trail work on the PCT. Klamath, 2012, 35mm.

Trail work on the PCT. Klamath, 2012, 35mm.

  1. A long-distance hiking and equestrian trail that begins on the US border with Mexico and ends on the Canada-US border. The trail goes through California, Oregon, and Washington, is 2,659 miles long, and passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.
  2.  A labor of love made possible by the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the blood, sweat, tears, and donations of countless hikers, trail workers, trail angels, & people just like you.  
 

My Hike

Hello! My name is Kelly Kate and I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After 5 years of working in the Wilderness in California I've decided to take some time off to explore new territory and to work on a project called The Trail Speaks. I'll be detouring from the PCT to visit trail crews and outdoor youth development programs and to document the lives of the people who live, work, and explore the Wilderness. You can expect interviews and portraits of thru-hikers, trail workers, corpsmembers, cooks, and wilderness rangers, and articles about Leave No Trace, trail construction, and how to get involved in service work. In light of current events I am protesting for human rights, the protection of Public Lands, and acknowledgement of threats to the environment. I am committed to doing so with respect for both Leave No Trace and the Wilderness experience of other hikers. 


MY cause

I’ve partnered with my friends at Women in the Wilderness because they represent the change I want to see on the trail. WIW is a special program of the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps committed to empowering young women and female identifying persons from marginalized and underserved communities to not only spend time in the Wilderness, but to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in public lands. Participants are given hands-on training in basic wilderness and backpacking skills, an introduction to trail maintenance, and the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful Wilderness areas in California. I will be volunteering with one WIW backpacking trip this summer and I am fundraising to finance an additional trip. All donations go directly to WIW programming.

WIW backpacking trip, summer 2016.

WIW backpacking trip, summer 2016.


 

MY Blog

There are plenty of excellent books and blogs about thru-hiking already and I'm not much for journaling, but I do enjoy writing in general and writing Science Fiction in particular. My blog is a little about thru-hiking and a lot about going to outer space and the future of mankind. I make a single promise: I am an incredibly flawed human being trying to do right by the world, and I am often wrong. Correct me with kindness and I will appreciate you for it. 

You can also follow my hike on Instagram where I go by @thebackcountrycook.