What he carries . . .

Last week while backpacking a section of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon (76 miles from Willamette Pass to McKenzie Pass) I met 12-year-old Tin Tin (his trail name), who was hiking all 455 miles of the Oregon PCT with his mom. Many adults wouldn’t allow — must less encourage! — a kid to take on such a quest, but his mom had confidence in him and, more importantly, he had confidence in himself. I was inspired by his tenacity, as well as what he considered essential for the trek. What did he have tucked in his pack? Books!

18 thoughts on “What he carries . . .”

  1. I am so proud of their accomplishment. They loved spending time with several hikers they met along the trail. Learning to be comfortable by yourself; learning to feel a part of nature; learning to set a goal…plan, train, and accomplish it are wonderful life lessons. They will remember this adventure forever.

  2. So very proud of Tiina and Damien for accomplishing this HUGE hike. So amazing, I definitely couldn’t do it.
    They will remember this trip always and great friends along the way.

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