Learning to Embrace Negativity

The “F*** You” Factor – Dealing with Negativity

“I will not let people walk through my mind with their dirty feet”

– Mahatma Gandhi –


If there is one thing I’ve learnt from over three years and 4000 miles worth of adventures, it’s that people like to say no.

They will say things like:

“That’s not possible.”

“You can’t do it.”

“Why would you want to do that?”

“You’ll never make it”

“It’s too dangerous.”

“You’re doing it wrong.”

“There’s nowhere to camp here, you should check into a hotel.” Read more

Motivational Quotes PCT

10 Motivational Quotes from the Pacific Crest Trail

This post was first featured on The Trek.

Not every day on the Pacific Crest Trail is easy.

Some days you will be uncomfortable, tired, in pain, dehydrated, freezing cold or just plain bored. You will of course experience some of the best times of your life on the trail, but this inevitably goes hand in hand with some extreme lows. In these moments you may find yourself severely lacking in motivation to keep going. Read more

PCT Mile One

How to Survive Your First Day on the PCT

This post was first featured on Appalachian Trials

People say the first step of any journey is always the hardest. Not for me, the hardest step on my journey was around mile 1016 when I misjudged my footing on a snowdrift and slid 100 metres down the side of a mountain. But for most people … taking that initial step is the hardest part.

Embarking on your first thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail is a daunting prospect. You’re most likely excited and terrified, both itching to begin your adventure yet simultaneously dreading the day it comes around. Read more

One week to go!

There’s under a week left to go until I am standing at the Mexican border about to hike 2650 miles across America. I should probably be feeling more nervous than I am, but it hasn’t fully sunk in yet and I think I’m still in denial that after all these years of planning my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike, it’s actually happening.

Most of my preparation for my hike is complete but there are still some last minute things I need to sort out before I am fully ready to embark on this 6 month adventure. Read more

Blogging on the PCT

Blogging on the PCT

Despite my best efforts to bring my pack weight down, I have decided to make life on the Pacific Crest Trail a whole lot harder for myself by bringing about 3kg worth of technology, solely for the purpose of writing and maintaining a blog that probably only my family will bother reading.

The majority of my research for hiking the Pacific Crest Trail has involved reading endless blogs from hikers of previous years. The last couple of years I have followed a number of PCT bloggers, keeping up to date with their progress and getting a snapshot into their life on the trail. The one thing that fascinates me is how even though they’re all walking the same path at the same time of year, they have such distinct experiences and face their own unique challenges which make each hike completely different. Read more