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 email@example.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!