Bree Climbs Into California Mountains

By Beacon Staff

Bree Fuqua logged over 172 miles in the first eight days of her trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Fuqua was approaching the desert stretch near Palm Springs, Calif., last weekend and about to encounter Joshua Tree National Park. Her eighth day of hiking included 22 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation climb.

“The end of the day today was challenging, but incredibly beautiful,” she reported afterward.

Fuqua has been battling a cold and some sleep deprivation, but she cited some helpful advice that was given to her by a fellow coach at Glacier High — the only two things you can control are your effort and your attitude.

Fuqua, a 31-year-old special education and math teacher at Glacier High School, is attempting to walk 2,650 miles along the PCT. Over the next four months, she plans on following the rugged trail that winds north through California, Oregon and Washington before ending in British Columbia’s Manning Park. Except for a short stretch her sister plans to join, Fuqua is traveling solo.

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