Hike with Heart Trail Post – The Sierra Nevadas

Nathaniel Farmer is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and posting along the way. See all of the updates and photos from the trail and buy a Hike with Heart shirt to support his effort.

Sierra Nevadas 2Halfway? What? Just about.
June 22, 2015

I’ve hiked most of the way through the Sierra Nevadas and am now heading into Northern California.  Almost 1100 miles in, and as this is posted I’m in South Lake Tahoe!  I’ve nearly been taken out by a casino buffet.  This should be about my halfway point as far as the time schedule goes, with more than half of the PCT miles ahead of me.

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Sierra Nevadas 7With my trail legs fully under me and the terrain getting easier I should be able to do many 30+ mile days in the future.  As much as I’m going to miss being above tree line, of course, I have to keep pushing forward.

Sierra Nevadas 5Sierra Nevadas 9Sierra Nevadas 16The Sierras made me realize how much I enjoy the high country.  It feels like you’re on a different planet that not many others get the opportunity to visit.

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Be sure to check out more updates from Nathaniel as he hikes the PCT and purchase a t-shirt to help support his fundraising effort for HHI!

 

 

 

Hike with Heart Trail Post – Up and Down Mt. Whitney

Nathaniel Farmer is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and posting along the way. See all of the updates and photos from the trail and buy a Hike with Heart shirt to support his effort.

Wide open spaces

California Beauty
June 6, 2015

With both Mt. Whitney (highest point in lower 48 at 14,505ft)  and Forester Pass (highest point on the PCT at 13,200ft) completed in one day we decided to rest the legs for a day in Bishop at the hiker hostel.  It was one of those days that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

Forester PassWhen we came down from getting snowed on up Forester Pass the sun was setting and the clouds broke.  We arrived at our campsite that was a little plateau between the pass and the bottom of the valley below.  There were clouds below us and I knew that the view was easily the most beautiful landscape I’d ever seen.  The pictures do it no justice.

What a view

It’s weird being in town now after being surrounded by nonstop good vibes of hikers on the trail.  This trip is also teaching me that living out of a backpack is a great way to have a trip and not a vacation.  Time to crush 125 miles to Mammoth Lakes!

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” – Hunter S. Thompson

 

Be sure to check out more updates from Nathaniel as he hikes the PCT and purchase a t-shirt to help support his fundraising effort for HHI!

Hike with Heart Trail Post – Onto the Sierras!

Nathaniel Farmer is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and posting along the way. See all of the updates and photos from the trail and buy a Hike with Heart shirt to support his effort.

toward Sierras

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll!
June 2, 2015

And we’re done with 700 miles of desert and 2 days away from the highest summit in the continental U.S.

Cool pool

Once I got to Kennedy Meadows – mile 702 – and where the desert ends, I finally felt some sense of accomplishment.  When each hiker walks into the gathering everyone claps and yells.

hikers gather

We took off, heading into the Sierras as the song Kung Fu Fighting was playing.

 

Be sure to check out more updates from Nathaniel as he hikes the PCT and purchase a t-shirt to help support his fundraising effort for HHI!

Hike with Heart Trail Post – 500 Miles Down

Nathaniel Farmer is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and posting along the way. See all of the updates and photos from the trail and buy a Hike with Heart shirt to support his effort.

500 miles

500 Miles!
May 21, 2015

Nathaniel Farmer:  Today we passed mile 500 and tomorrow we attempt our first 30+ mile day.  We walk the LA aqueduct so it shouldn’t be all that bad right?

aquaduct

I ditched my shoes almost 90 miles ago and have been hiking in sandals.  It’s the price I pay for not ordering my shoes soon enough.  I’ll switch back into shoes for the Sierra Nevada mountains.

snow hike

rough feet

Since Wrightwood our daily mileage has been: 16 (late start/snow), 28, 26, 24 and 25.  We’ve gone through a KOA campground, Agua Dulce, Casa de Luna and are now at Hiker Town. A nice and semi-creepy place.

hiker town

Casa de Luna was one of the coolest stops on the trip thus far thanks so much to the Andersons for taking care of so many hikers!

casa de luna

 

Be sure to check out more updates from Nathaniel as he hikes the PCT and purchase a t-shirt to help support his fundraising effort for HHI!

 

The Hike with Heart 2015

HWH-Logo-color-012663 miles.  Five months. One hiker.

Inspired by a passion for the outdoors, 24 year old Nathaniel Farmer is tackling the Pacific Crest Trail.  Stretching 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada, the PCT winds through three western states and takes a hiker through some of the most remote mountain wilderness found in the US.

Nathaniel has two goals – hike the entire PCT & raise $10,000 for Heart to Heart International* while doing it.

Look below for Hike Updates, see the route Nathaniel is taking and support the effort with a t-shirt!


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Show your support by purchasing an official Hike with Heart shirt.  When you buy one of these cool shirts – you’re helping Nathaniel reach his fundraising goal!

Ten dollars of each shirt sold goes directly to support Heart to Heart International!

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Hike Updates

June 22

Nathaniel reaches the halfway point of the Hike with Heart timeline.  Many more miles to go!  Read Trail Post…

June 6

Nathaniel summits Mt. Whitney – the highest point in the lower 48 and hikes through a snowy Forester Pass – the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Read Trail Post…

June 2

“And we’re done with 700 miles of desert and 2 days away from the highest summit in the continental U.S.”  Read Trail Post…

May 21

Today we passed mile 500 and tomorrow we attempt our first 30+ mile day…”  Read Trail Post…

May 14

Since Big Bear we’ve hiked over 100 miles just past Wrightwood to mile 386.5 before getting beaten back to town by a nice snow/ice/sleet combo.  Hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with frigid temps and precipitation until the Sierra’s.”   Read Trail Post…

May 9

Since Idyllwild we’ve hiked through miles of 60 mph winds and arrived at Big Bear just before the snow.  So much for the nice Southern California weather you always hear about.”  Read Trail Post…

May 2

There was a 48 hour stretch of bad, wet weather.  I didn’t even bring rain pants for this section since it’s SoCal and they’re in the worst drought they’ve known.”  Read Trail Post…

April 22, 2015 – the Hike with Heart begins!

Nathaniel began his trek today, hoping to get 20 miles under him before the day is out.

April 21, 2015 – Departure Day

Nathaniel Farmer left his St. Louis area home bound for San Diego.  From there, he’ll travel to the southernmost trailhead of the Pacific Crest Trail along the Mexican border and begin trekking north.

April 16, 2015

Nathaniel has been preparing for months – gathering gear, prepping food supplies, and getting his body in shape for the arduous journey.  In this short video he has a little fun with his prep and workout routine.

 

 

 


The Route

Click the map to explore the entire Hike with Heart route and discover more about the Pacific Crest Trail.

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*Nathaniel Farmer chose Heart to Heart International because of our mission to improve health access and provide relief aid to people in the US and around the world, and because of our reputation for donation efficiency.