Season 1 Press Release

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Written by Lisa Laney

The two-woman hiking team of Bethany Hughes and Lauren Reed has completed the first stretch of a 32,000-kilometer hike from the tip of South America to the top of Alaska. They finished the hiking season in Bariloche, Argentina after walking an estimated 2,300 kilometres from November 23, 2015 to April 19, 2016, covering 13 degrees of latitude since starting in Ushuaia, Argentina.
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4 Pass Loop on the 4th of July

Was instantly and simultaneously enticed and wary of doing the Four Pass Loop Trail over the 4th of July weekend.

Touted as one of the “best hikes ever” by Backpacker Magazine, it held promise of both views and crowds.

Don’t let the dwarfing valley walls and peaks fool you, this is a high use trail and every piece of micro trash which falls out of your pocket or turd-flower you don’t bury, affects someone else’s experience.
Viva le foutaise!

My perfunctory read on Aspen is that most everyone wears very expensive shoes.
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Walk it Off

Dreams return; harbingers of change.

I begin to feel the gears turning in earnest toward this hike. It began years ago with evenings of reading others’ adventures across South America which developed into peering at Google Earth and Google Maps, plotting their towns and stops. Making notes and often enough, Google would glitch, zooming out dizzyingly and expose what a ridiculous undertaking this really is. It makes me giddy.
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Parameters of the Trek

Basic tenet of life on the trail: “hike your own hike.”

After a few thousand miles I have also learned, intentions shape the experience.
Keeping to a trail requires maps and knowing your objective; I believe the same applies to intentions.

This hike will cover just shy of 120° of latitude, my intention is to cover that distance by non-motorized means.
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