who are you?

Nice to meet you, too. I'm LL, and I hiked 1,833.3 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the summer of 2017. My trail partner and I started in Tehachapi, CA on June 6, 2017, and we finished in Manning Park, BC on September 25, 2017.

At risk of stating the obvious, I like backpacking. But I also enjoy running slowly, baking bread, speeding through jigsaw puzzles, eating mangos, making my friends do push-ups, playing with Excel, and getting competent women elected to public office.

Photo by my dear friend  Shermin "Happy Feet"

Photo by my dear friend Shermin "Happy Feet"

why ll? 

LL, short for LL Cool Juniper, is the trail name I earned on the PCT.

Juniper comes from an allergy to juniper trees I discovered on my second day. And being a lover of old school hip hop, I enjoyed rapping my favorites at the top of the Sierra Nevada mountain passes. After a particularly compelling rendition of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out", I earned a new identity.

what is the goal of this website?

Simple. I want to help you hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

My goal with this project is to pay it forward – a common trail mantra – so that others (maybe you) will make the best decision of your life to hike the PCT. I have written extensively about my experience both in the form of daily Instagram posts while I was on trail and many longer pieces now that I'm back home. If there's anything I can do to convince you to hike, quell any fears, provide you with any information, please shoot me a note.