thru-hike

Hiking for a Cause: Earth Justice/PCTA!

I am hiking for a cause! It seems like a huge obligation to raise money while hiking, but I found a good cause that appeals to my current sentiments. There are a lot of causes I was torn between, and I did some extensive research which informed my decision to hike for Earth Justice!

here is my bio. on the hike for website:

Trail: Pacific Crest Trail     Goal: 2650 Miles
Dates: May 13 2017 – Sep 13 2017
My trail name is Captain Planet. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and I am excited to announce that I plan on thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from South to North starting May 2017. I walked the Appalachian Trail solo,but I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with my partner Flask, another long distance hiker. I am devoted to protecting the wilderness. I grew up traveling around this beautiful country with my family, exploring the National Parks and America’s wilderness areas. I think of the public lands as my home, as a part of myself, and I would do anything to keep them protected. I hike because I love hiking. I am hiking for a cause because I know the earth is at risk, and I would like to bring awareness to it’s peril. I am inspired to do this because I am troubled by the shift towards the privatization of public lands and energy solutions that depend on fracking. I am deeply concerned with the fine balance between land accessibility and preservation that is often tipped in the favor of economic gain. People need wilderness, clean drinking water, clean air, places to grow food and the ability to live independently. We need to love the earth with our actions.
Cause 1: I am hiking for Earth Justice, which is an Environmental Law Organization that is actively assisting Standing Rock with their struggle for protecting water and life. This organization is also largely concerned with protecting wilderness, regulating energy solutions and monitoring the health of the environment in a just manner.
Cause 2: Pacific Crest Trail Association. Trail community and maintainers are what make my world more magical. Since I am hiking the PCT I feel it is important to hike for the unseen stewards of the trail. less
If you would like to pledge per mile please check out my profile! I start my trek on May 13th. Anything helps!!!! I stand with Standing Rock.

http://www.hikefor.com/Captain_Planet/PCT/2017

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Hiker Ladies, I present the Menstrual Cup!

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(not my  photo:  http://www.womenshealthmag.com/sites/womenshealthmag.com/files/wh-menstrual-cup-1000.jpg)

It’s not called a Diva Cup, it’s called a menstrual cup, and there are many brands of them! I bought mine from a company called Glad Rags at the San Francisco Green Festival Expo. I really love it!!!! I haven’t used a tampon or anything of the like in about three years.

I’ve had some terrible experiences with medicines and shots that alter periods and there is hearsay that tampons are not only wasteful, but they also might be linked to cancer causing materials.

Here’s a fun article from Time Magazine expressing possible concerns:
http://time.com/4422774/tampons-toxic-cancer/

I would highly recommend this for any hiker as it cuts down on bloody trash you have to carry. I found a bloody tampon on trail once…seriously ladies? If you don’t want to hike it out, get a menstrual cup!

Another interesting concept is that periods change when hiking. During the first half of my 2015 hike my cycle became light and sometimes missed. I think happens because the body is too stressed to attempt to reproduce.

Glad Rags:

http://gladrags.com/category/33/Menstrual-Cups.html

Captain Planet goes solo

April 3 2015

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We got up at 4 am and drove back to Standing Indian. Mother Earth and I drove into the forest as the sky lit up crimson red and pink, silhouetting the trees as we climbed along the mountain road. We parked at the top and I filled my water.

I felt a mixture of emotions when I walked off alone. I was relieved that I no longer had to worry about taking care of my mother, but I felt that sadness that I saw in Peaches. I lost my hiking companion and now I had to face the trail alone. I wanted her to have this experience, but I couldn’t carry her with me. On trail, everyone carries themselves. I waved at her wearing her red flannel and hit the trail running. I ran up Standing Indian while remembering climbing the mountain when I was a child with my family and remembering my section hike with my father. It had been about five years since we started out at Standing Indian and walked to Erwin. And here I was now walking it alone, following behind this memory of myself as a little girl bouncing down the trail ahead.

Trail log:

We stood at the gap, shrouded in the freezing fog of a late March morning, and wondered how to get to town from the end of an untraveled dirt road, miles from everything. After about five minutes, a red truck pulled up and offered us a ride to town. We asked them why they were there, and they replied: to offer us a ride to town. This was my first experience with trail magic. The next morning, in a bright salmon pink sunrise, I began hiking again… alone.  There wasn’t a day on trail I didn’t have her in my thoughts. It was our trip, but I needed it so much that I couldn’t stop. When I was a little kid my family and I climbed Standing Indian. When I was a teenager my dad and I hiked from Standing Indian to Erwin, Tn. It was as if I was handed off safely into known territory. I hiked the next section with my memories, and I hiked it hard

That night I stayed at a campsite just before Albert Mountain with Wingnut and Foxy. They directed me on how to make a better campfire and we told stories late into the night. Tonight I met Paul at the watering hole!