By Carrot Quinn

Carrot Quinn is a writer and a long-distance hiker. She's currently thru-hiking the 2,800-mile Continental Divide Trail. You can read more about her adventures, and see daily blog posts from the trail, at carrotquinn.com. She's also on Instagram.

  1. We're walking through a wash in the desert in the dark, and we're thirsty. We've been hiking since five a.m., and left our last water source a few hours after that. In the interim we climbed ten thousand feet cross-country up and over a ridge, stopping on top to look back down at our starting point in Death Valley, then hiked down the other side. The last of the light has long since gone. I'm…

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