“Are you hiking alone?”

I think this is the the most common question people ask me when I tell them that I plan on hiking the PCT. The answer?

Nope! This wonderful woman is coming with me. Meet Aliah, she is amazing and wonderful and kind.

Aliah and I met back in August of 2016, I was working at Naked Winery at the time and she started working there again after a few months of traveling. We clicked almost immediately. One day we were talking about how well we could travel together, both laid back, both understanding and independent. I had expressed interest in hiking the PCT and she did too… the next thing you know we were online purchasing Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook, sharing articles about backpacking gear, and planning a 2018 thru-hike.

There are not many people in this world that I would be willing to do such a hike with. In fact, I think she might be the only one I can see myself hiking this with. There might be days where we want to give up but we will be right there to motivate each other and keep walking, after all, that is the only thing we need to do each day. It’s not going to be an easy hike, but it is going to be a beautiful and life changing one.

 

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