This weekend we get the pleasure of having this woman, @shawntesalabert at one of our group hikes. She’ll be taking us through trail preparedness and backpacking basics in Southern California. She’s someone who when I asked her to be today’s #thruhikerthursday feature, responded with... “I wouldn’t call myself a thru-hiker.” She’s been on the PCT and the CT, but even though having not finished them... I couldn’t think of anyone better (or more humble) to lead this event. She’s also written about section hiking the PCT, so those of you not joining us this weekend, click the link in our bio to give it a look. Here is more about Shawnté, @shawntesalabert:
“I wouldn't call myself a thru-hiker - despite a thru-hike attempt on the Colorado Trail last summer (derailed halfway through by an issue back home), I'm really more of a long-distance section hiker. I spent two years hiking (and re-hiking) nearly 1,000 miles of the PCT for a guidebook I wrote, but most of that was done in bits and chunks. I did have the opportunity to spend almost two months on trail one summer, and it was pure, wondrous magic. I allowed myself to become immersed in the experience, to indulge in what became a sort of walking meditation: one foot in front of the other, living in the moment, fully attuned to the rhythms of my body, my brain, the world around me. I came back home and realized I wanted to carry that type of intentional living into my daily life. Long hikes are grounding like that - everything sloughs away except what's truly important."