Samantha Olthof

You can call me Samwise (or Sam). I attempted to thru-hike the PCT in 2017, but it turned into more of a LASH (long-ass section hike). I've done the desert and Oregon, and am planning to get back as soon as possible to wrap up the rest of the trail. I am a proud Canadian, and I revel in living in the woods with my partner and puppy. You can check out more of my writing and gratuitous puppy pics at https://jubilant.blog

Posts

“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

“Into America’s Wild:” A Documentary about Biophilia

Tweto and Harrington speak to the feeling of isolation that many experience and the connections that can be made in nature - both to the natural world and to others.

Feb 25, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Etna Hiker’s Hut on the PCT Is Closing

Etna Hiker’s Hut on the PCT Is Closing

2020 is shaping up to be a year of big changes in the PCT trail angel community. Following announcements from Hiker Heaven, Casa de Luna, and Scout

Feb 19, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part II

Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: Part II

These thru-hikers will be discussing hiking as a couple, trusting your gut, and meeting Lil Sabastian on-trail!

Feb 12, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Wisdom from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers: Part I

Two couples and one solo hiker chime in with their thoughts on resourcefulness, gear, and what you need to finish a thru-hike. Everyone's answer is a little different, but that's the charm! No two thru-hikes ever end up exactly the same, but hopefully, you can glean some wisdom from their experiences.

Feb 9, 2020 : Samantha Olthof
How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

Getting to the PCT Southern Terminus from San Diego is not hard to do, either by public transit or by using established trail angels in the San Diego area.

Dec 29, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Update on the Future of Hiker Heaven

Update on the Future of Hiker Heaven

Jeff and Donna Saufley have created a "Plan B" alternative to selling the Hiker Heaven hostel (located near the Pacific Crest Trail in Agua Dulce, CA)

Dec 24, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2019 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

A group of Triple Crowners talk with us about the their experiences on the CDT compared to the PCT and the AT.

Dec 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

We're interviewing two PCT thru-hikers who talked to us about packing out boxes of wine, high snow years, and shamanic demon urine rituals (yep).

Nov 20, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: Sea to Summit Flame UL Women’s 15-Degree Sleeping Bag

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Flame UL Women’s 15-Degree Sleeping Bag

The Sea to Summit / Flame UL Women's (15°) is a warm, ultralight mummy bag. There are no unnecessary features like mat attachments or extra zippers.

Nov 18, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

Gear Review: MSR Freelite 2 Tent

MSR is a popular outdoor gear equipment manufacturer, known for their stoves and tents. The Freelite 2 is a dual access, lightweight,

Sep 16, 2019 : Samantha Olthof