makayla crist

Pacific Crest Trail Solo Bound

Project II | Pacific Crest Trail Solo Bound

"If we don't let ourselves get to that place in our lives where vulnerability takes over, we will never allow ourselves to grow as individuals."

Photo by | Brian Powers

Photo by | Brian Powers


About |

"I guess I'll just kind of wander around. And figure it out as I go."

Being a 19 year old, woman Photographer, it is my job to show adventure by inspiring others to do the same. By creating awareness though social media platforms and blogging, the goal for this trip is to show young women from all backgrounds, the basis of embracing vulnerability, stepping out of all comfort zones, and finding peace within themselves. This trip will not only convey my journey of finding confidence and facing a huge fear of mine, but will also show the emotional roller-coaster of hiking the PCT.

The idea of my journey was to always strive for growth within who I am, knowing we were all born dependent and vulnerable. Every step I will take will be a crucial factor in learning about independence, and standing proud for the person I will become. Being an athlete, I always knew how to get to that place where I can decide weather of not to keep going. This trip is designed for that purpose; to find strength within the human spirit.

I will be creating a video about my journey on the trail. It will be based on being a young girl/average backpacker hiking 2,663 miles from Canada to Mexico.


The Purpose |

"Round two. Here we go."

I've always loved new challenges. I believe that your life finally starts when your out of your comfort zone. By choosing to be a photographer, I feel like it's my job to show a life full of adventure and happiness by inspiring others to do the same. This is why I feel called to hike the pct.

The idea of this journey was to always strive for growth within who I am, knowing I was a very vulnerable and dependent person. Every step I take on this trip is a crucial factor in gaining independence, and being like, it's okay to be exactly who I am and that's enough. I mean, it doesn't matter what you look like, what stuff you have, what age or gender you are. What matters is embracing vulnerability and facing your fears.

From being an athlete at a young age, I've taught myself how to get to the point weather or not I decide to keep going. Hiking southbound is a dangerous thing if your not in tip top shape from the very start. Snow levels are inconsistent, days will be longer, miles will go on forever. My plan is to be in the best shape of my life before I hit the trail. That means my days consist of hiking, gym, trail running, hiking, swimming, and more hiking.

The goal is to test myself, and see how strong I can be.

I may be young and inexperienced, but I will never let that stop me from pursuing anything. That only makes me want to push myself to be better and stronger than I was before.

Being out there is comfortable, stable or anything beyond that. But it's where I feel called to go. It's where I feel like I am supposed to be.




If interested in following my journey Click 'Solo Sobo' for my blog along the trail. If interested in donating click on 'Go Fund Me'.