(1) Where are you from and how would you like to be identified?
I am from Kansas City, Missouri and identify myself as American.
(2) Thinking back to your “day-1 self,” what is going through your mind at the start?
Pure joy because I knew I was exactly where I wanted to be.
(3) Do you feel ready?
Absolutely. With 14 pounds of water, four days of food, and some sweet Indian Ali-baba Pants, I'm going to rock this.
(4) What are you most afraid of?
Heat exhaustion; there were so many stories flying around of people getting helicoptered out. I will not be that person.
(5) What are you most confident about?
I'm most confident about my ability to walk long distances. If I can walk day after day in the rain on the Appalachian Trail, I can hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
(6) Does anybody not want you to go?
My mom really wants me to settle down and have children, but that doesn't align with my goals of Triple Crowning.
(7) What made you decide to take this hike?
After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017, I knew I was going to one day hike the PCT, I just didn't think I'd be here today. In March when my boyfriend and I broke up, my start date went from 5/7/2020 to 5/7/2018.
(8) What do you expect to get from it?
I'm hoping for spectacular views, new friends for life, mental stability after a long term relationship ended, a body transformation, and to be in nature for a long time.
(9) Have you ever done anything like this before?
Yes, I completed the Appalachian Trail in 2017.
(10) What have you done to prepare?
Since I'm doing a back to back thru hike, I already had most of the gear I needed. I upgraded a couple of items, got some new socks, but am excited to rock a lot of the same pieces of gear to see how long they last. I am a very active person and did not do anything extra as far as preparing physically for the hike. I had to move my belongings into storage, quit my job, set up some auto-pays, and coordinate lodging and transportation to San Diego.
(11) What are you looking forward to the most?
I'm looking forward to meeting some of the most interesting people from all over the world in some of the most beautiful places. I love to be outside and I'm stoked that for the next 5 months, my tent is my home.
(12) When/where did you leave the trail?
I left the trail at Hart's Pass after completing the PCT at the border and hiking the 30 miles to return to a US road. I finished the trail 9/28 at the border and made it back down to Hart's Pass on 9/29
(13) What caused you to leave the trail?
I successfully completed the trail and even did some bonus miles!
(14) Would you like to add anything else?
I 10/10 would recommend this hike to anyone. It's absolutely beautiful and the weather stayed true for almost my whole hike.