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Thru-Hiker Captures The PCT Through 159 Days of Selfies

His beard is pretty gnarly, too.

by: Ted Alvarez


Anyone who’s ever thrown off the shackles of ordinary life to tackle their dream of hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail comes back transformed – physically and mentally. 2,663 miles of trailside experiences can be tough to sum up in three minutes, but Kolby “Condor” Kirk gets close with this rapid-fire montage of 159 self-portraits (one for each day on the trail):



Kirk, who lost 90 pounds on his adventure, captured plenty of snowcapped peaks, dusty deserts, and lonely passes along the way. Plus, he's primed to return to society in style, thanks to that luxuriant hipster-approved beard he grew.

(via Laughing Squid)


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Geoff
Feb 23, 2014

The '60s were good to you! (OK, you're not that old: Therefore, you must have visited that plane of existence somehow--via some sort of time machine or guru!) You'll give FRED a run for his money, anyway!

You went solo, right? Currently, I'm on the other side, in WNC--the AT is 40 miles or so away.

Given the extreme difficulties on the trail, thanks for succeeding with this extraordinary effort (seamless and very professional). Every viewer knows it was difficult to keep this up--it was even harder than it appears, though.

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Gail Storey
Feb 18, 2014

That is so fantastic! Especially loved his selfie with the butterfly, and the rockin' out at the end!

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Dayhiker913
Feb 05, 2014

Awesome what a great journey loved the video at the end.

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