After teaching a 5th grade unit on the Oregon Trail a few years ago and learning of the obstacles, dangers, and adversities those early pioneers experienced, I knew that was me. I would have been the pioneer woman who arrived in Oregon and turned around to do it again.
I am a backpacker, gear lover, learner, climber, Christian, mountain biker, teacher, runner, hiker, wife, mother, grandmother, trip planner, photographer, and researcher. Year-round I love to backpack, climb, and day hike. After 20 years of this sport I am constantly learning, tweaking gear, and trip planning.
A couple of years ago I got the inspiration to start section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from a lone hiker north of Muir Pass on the John Muir Trail. The lady was resting on a rock and I stopped to talk with her a bit. She told me she was a retired stewardess from Chicago and had been solo hiking sections of the PCT for a few years, with the goal to complete the entire 2600 mile trail. She even said that her family often joked that if she died before she completed the trail, they would have to carry her ashes to finish. In this small moment in time, this lady on a rock gave me the courage and inspiration that I too could do it. I could hike solo and the dream of section hiking the PCT was planted. Thank you Lady on a Rock, namesake of this blog!
Summer of 2010, I thru-hiked 550 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail from Tehachapi to Whitney Portal and Sonora Pass to Buck’s Summit (south of Belden, CA). Summer of 2011, I tackled the snowy Sierras in June just for the experience, then hiked from Castle Crags Wilderness to Crater Lake, Oregon. This year I walked the PCT from the Mexican border to Tehachapi and from Buck’s Summit in Northern California to Castle Crags. To summarize, I have finished 1830.4 miles spanning from the Mexican border to Crater Lake, Oregon and have 833.1 miles to go!
Starting in early June this summer, I am excited to be thru-hiking a large chunk of the Continental Divide Trail. To view gear list, plans, and Continental Divide Trail information check out the blog post 2013 Continental Divide Trail Gear List.
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~Christy Rosander (Rockin’)
DISCLAIMER: What follows are my observations/experiences with backpacking techniques, gear, and philosophies. I have no connection with any of the suppliers mentioned here. BUT, if you are a supplier, I would love to hear from you!