Current Adventure

The Triple Crown.

It’s a coveted pursuit in the world of backpacking–comprised of completing the 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 2,600+ mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the 3,000+ mile Continental Divide Trail. Together these trails cross three spines of the United states through a myriad biomes from Basin and Range to Mojave Desert and lush pine and deciduous forests. Wolves, grizzly bears, porcupines, rattlesnakes, and a host of other animal life make these trails an incredible experience to walk.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Act, which set the precedent for the formation of all three of these paths (and 18,000 miles of National Trails altogether). To celebrate this incredible act of preservation which makes remote and wild places widely accessible I am attempting to hike the 7,000+ miles of the Triple Crown in one Calendar Year.

This will be a huge undertaking–completed only four times by men: Flyin’ Brian, Squeaky, Swami, and Legend. I hope not only to be the first woman to successfully complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown, but also the Triple Crown for a third time in total (Triple Triple Crowner).

I will be allocating approximately 10 months to the task which will require me to hike continuously at an average of 25 miles per day or more including transition time from trail to trail. This will be more than double the amount of time I’ve ever spent backpacking in one year. This is the kind of challenge that leaves me excited, nervous, and a little scared–sure indicators that I am truly pushing my limits and preparing for a grand adventure!

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