This spring and summer, ten hikers—selected for their talent, commitment, and passion for the PCT—will share their experiences with us all. Through their combined voices, they'll inspire us to care for this extraordinary trail and show us its beauty.
Follow their journey.
Evelina Averyanova is taking on the PCT in a mission of self-rediscovery. In her past, Evelina was a traveling architect. Now, she heads out on this spiritual quest to find what else life has to offer. Beyond her personal self-searching goals, she also hikes with the commitment of promotion, preservation and protection of public lands. Join Evelina as she seeks to inspire people to get outside and connect with the Mother Earth. @TripSomeDay
David Xiao was born in China and moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the age of 12. At 16 years old, his friends took him to his first mountaintop, and he found out that a hike in Alberta is not a walk in the park. Since then, David’s passion for the outdoors grew as he spent his summers backpacking, hiking and climbing, and winters snowshoeing and skiing. David says, “I believe that when my friends took me to my first mountain, it changed my life and I discovered the freedom and beauty of the outdoors. My goal now is to inspire people to go out and let the wilderness change their lives, too.” @trailingadventures
Heather Porter is from Sydney, Australia and is beyond passionate about the outdoors. Founder of Hike it Out, a movement to help preserve the earth, Heather hikes with a mission to get outside and keep it clean and in its natural state. She is inspired by the sheer realization: “we are capable”—knowing and proving to ourselves that we can accomplish anything. She enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and camping, with her greatest achievement being completing a 24-hour adventure race, GeoQuest, twice. @thisramblingrover
Kara grew up a tomboy in Boulder, CO, where she spent most of her time outside collecting rocks in her overalls. On any given weekend, you can find her backpacking, climbing, or running ridiculous distances up and down mountains. So much so that her friends refer to her as “an outdoor dog.” Kara later moved to LA to pursue her dreams in the film industry, working on Hollywood feature films, Super Bowl commercials and more. She’s now taking a little time to refresh and get back to her outdoor roots, embarking on another remarkable journey. Her mission is to help the hiking community become a better version of itself by being a voice who helps spread LNT ethics and inclusiveness for all in the community. @kaymkieffer
Thang De Sa
Thang DeSa is an adventure enthusiast. Whether it’s a short hike, an ultra-marathon, an ironman, a mountain bike ride, or exploring new mountains and landscapes, Thang is always on-the-go. He’s even biked across the U.S. Last year Thang moved from Pennsylvania to New Zealand to pursue his biggest passion—climbing—and became a rock climbing instructor. Now that he’s back stateside, he is tackling the PCT to try his hand at thru-hiking. Post-PCT, he wants to learn how to climb big walls in Yosemite, and work in conservation in the outdoor industry. @pacificcresttrail2018
Ken Koh is a 53-year-old, former airline pilot who quit his job to pursue a life of adventure, with no plans to return to work. Ken loves climbing, and has summited Everest, Aconcagua, Rainier, and climbed the northwest face of Half Dome in Yosemite. An avid biker and hiker, the PCT will be his first long-distance hike. Ken loves the challenge of combining the artistic elements of photography or videography with adventure, and being able to share them with others. @adventurenomad
Melanie Harsha—or better known by her trail name “Peanut”—hails from Tennessee and is no stranger to the outdoors. Her grandfather called her Peanut, so she was given this name on her Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016. After her first thru-hike and personal interest in Appalachia, Peanut’s next journey is to continue to be closer to the nature she fell in love with in the Southeast, but with a different landscape. Peanut strives to be part of the solution to maintain and preserve our trails. She is passionate about Leave No Trace principles and educating others in these practices. @melaniepeanu
Working as a nationally-published adventure journalist, Nick Belcaster lives in Bellingham, Washington and cut his hiking teeth on the jagged wave of the North Cascades. Much of his freelance work deals with the people, history and stories that occur in the outdoors, including protection of places like the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT will be his first thru-hike, having been led there by “too much Kerouac, that silly Bill Bryson book, and a few soggy tromps on Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail,” he says. “I see the PCT and other long trails as one of the few bastions of wilderness solitude left in an increasingly urban country, and knowing it and understanding it is something that I would love to share with other folks,” he says.” Hiking with his partner Erika, Nick’s focus will be telling stories from the trail that help protect, preserve, and promote the PCT. @nickontheroad
Kirk Sweet is no stranger to the outdoors. He’s worked as a glacier guide in Alaska, is a wilderness therapy guide in Southern Utah, and has hiked the Continental Divide Trail. Kirk says it’s safe to say he has found his new addiction—thru-hiking. Off the trail, Kirk built out his Tacoma and made it his home so he could explore the Southwest U.S. through hiking, climbing and photography. He’s had the opportunity to travel to 49 states (he’s just missing Hawaii) and aims to inspire others to experience wild spaces, and help keep them wild. @kirkpetersweet
Kathleen Neves became obsessed with hiking after a 25-mile hike across the Grand Canyon. Inspired and energized, she knew she wanted to tackle the PCT at some point. A few years later, she started teaching yoga and got the confidence booster she needed to firmly plan her hike. Kathleen is on the trail to help inspire women to get outside and hike, no matter the distance. She hopes to change and grow in different ways, and become stronger both mentally and physically. @kathleenlovesyoga