April Sylva

April Sylva

As a young girl I found myself wandering through the deep woods, always searching for a new refuge, and would create my own trail system. I found solace in the beauty of nature, and would explore always desiring more. The outdoors has always been my refuge from hiking, mountain biking, exploring, and white water rafting.

After a diagnoses of cancer at the age of 37, I knew I had to make life altering changes. I found myself reverting back to the simplest times of my life, which were in the wild. It was at this time that I decided to plan a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The PCT was my first thru-hike which I successfully completed on September 7, 2014. My hiking style on the PCT was minimalist. I had a base weight of 7lbs, and was stoveless. I hiked the last 1,000 miles using the Gossamer Gear Gorilla. I began the hike with another cottage brand, but experienced tremendous back pain. The Gorilla changed everything for me, and I am a firm believer in my pack. I averaged 25-miles a day, and completed the PCT in 4 1/2 months with 26-zero days, which were mainly attributed to 2-bouts of Giardia coupled with achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Since thru-hiking the PCT, I have found an infinite love of the trail. My life has changed in unimaginable ways, and I am healthier and happier as long as I’m on trail in alpine meadows or the beautiful vast desserts.

Home: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Age:39

Web Site: Stay Wild and True

Outdoor Organization Involvement: Pacific Crest Trail Association – Member and Fundraiser | American Long Distance Hiking Association – Secretary 2014-2015.

Favorite Training Grounds: The primitive deserts and diverse trails of Moab, and the rugged mountain terrain of Colorado is where you will find me.

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