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

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Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

Hiker Heaven on the PCT Is Officially For Sale

It’s official: Hiker Heaven is up for sale. After 22 years of generously hosting hikers in their Agua Dulce home, Jeff and Donna are moving to the

Aug 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Oregon

Coming in at 456 miles, Oregon is the shortest state on the PCT. It is also considered to be one of the easiest to hike. The eastern and western

Aug 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

How Three Petite Women Dealt with the 2017 PCT High Snow Year

Despite the prevalence of the HYOH mantra, there is still a lot of pressure on-trail to do a "true thru." Being short means that you have different concerns when thru-hiking and need to plan to do things a little differently.

Jul 31, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

The Sierra have sloped away as hikers head into Northern California and enter the next mountain range on the PCT: the Cascades. Unlike the sharp

Jul 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Sierra Nevada

While each section of the PCT boasts its own beauty, the High Sierra is commonly thought of as the most grandiose. This section spans 390.25 miles

Jul 7, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Rachael “Rabbit” DeLano | April 21st–Sept 1st NOBO "All of us were so different but had a common goal and that is very bonding." Favorite trail

Apr 19, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

To those of you who have been following along since the first Wisdom from the (Recent) Past post, welcome back! To those of you just jumping in,

Apr 5, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Continental Divide Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

The last trail we are going to address on this Wisdom from the 2018 Thru-Hikers series is the epic, infamous CDT. The CDT tends to be less trafficked

Apr 3, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

Wisdom from 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. II)

We're back for a second dose of wisdom from the AT Class of 2018! As some eager 2019 NOBOs are getting their first miles under their feet, let's hear

Apr 1, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2018 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Before you head on the trail this year, tune in for some wisdom from the class of 2018!

Mar 25, 2019 : Samantha Olthof