Before we were Chinchilla and Pyrite, we were Kit and Jacob. In many circles we are still Kit and Jacob. I am the one on the left in the photo and Jacob is the one on the right. Our names changed while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011, thus the trail identities Chinchilla and Pyrite emerged. If you want to know how that happened, you can read about it in one of the earlier journal posts, or perhaps we could tell you about it in person. This site started as a way to connect with friends and family, and that intent remains. If you stumbled across it and want to get in touch outside the public sphere, feel free to email me at mitkit@gmail.com.

A rough sketch of our story is as follows: 2008 was the year we met in Tanzania while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. If you want to learn more about that, again, we could tell you in person. 2009 was the year we returned to the US after having lived overseas for 3 years (me), and 2 years (Jacob). 2010 was the year we got married.  2011 was the year we hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, of which the content of this site is most about. 2012 was the year of the birds and the year we both ran our first Ultramarathon. 2013 is still yet to be named.

Rough story sketches naturally leave holes or gaps which may or may not be reconciled upon first reading. Other things have happened since our paths merged five years ago, but the scope of this site specifically speaks about our shared experiences thru-hiking.

If you’re reading this you probably connect with the thru-hiking ethos; if so, hey there and happy trails! Or you want to make sure we are doing alright; hey there, we’re doing alright!

Photo by Steven Wang



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Kit and Jacob
    Kit’s mom and dad brought us to your website and we have loved reading about your journey. Kit was on our minds on Sunday, May 15th, her birthday. We know that your year will be filled with many new adventures and lots of joy.
    Love, D

  2. Hi Jake and Kit! Jake – I don’t know if you’ll remember me, but this is Andy Marquis’ older sister. Your mom passed your blog along to my dad, who in turn passed it along to me. Sounds like you guys are having an awesome time! What an amazing way to spend your honeymoon! My husband, Mike, and I are about 4 months into a year long road trip of backpacking, trail running, climbing, and general wilderness adventuring ourselves. I hope your trip is going well – sounds like it is! I know for us, being out here just living life has been such a great bonding experience! We’re heading to the Sierra ourselves for a couple of weeks – Kings Canyon/Sequoia and then Yosemite after that, leaving the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Don’t know if there’s any chance to connect while we’re there or not, but let me know if you think so! Also, you probably don’t have a ton of internet surfing time, but if you have any interest, I’ll include our blog below. Be well and happy trails!! Valerie

  3. Hi Jacob and Kit, a letter from Tanzania arrived in September at your former San Jose apartment. It’s from the Lofstroms at International Health Partners. Let me know what address to send it to.

    Adelaide in San Jose
    (who is thrilled learning about your adventure of a lifetime)

    Congratulations by the way!

  4. Dear Jacob and Kit,

    I am writing in the hopes that you might adapt a story from your 2011 thru-hike for posting on http://www.pcttrailsidereader.com . . . perhaps your Dick’s Pass story or the Bear Bagging/Black Eye incident. Along with my co-editor, Corey Lewis, we collected nearly 100 stories that were published as the two-volume Pacific Crest Trailside Reader (Mountaineers, 2011) . . . but we wanted to continue to pull together and publicize stories from the trail. We’re not in this to make money. In fact, we have devoted all of our royalties from the books to the PCTA ($4,500 so far). The stories don’t need to be long. Thanks.

    As an aside, I noticed that you were PCVs in Tanzania. My wife and I lived for two years in Nairobi (and loved it) while I worked at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nairobi.

    Rees Hughes

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