Sara Salas

AKA - "None Yet"


Age: 26
Previous Thru-hikes: AZT ‘17.

What are some of my hobbies?
Running, writing, creating cocktails, lifting weights, petting my dog, and eating at new restaurants and reviewing them on TripAdvisor.

So why are you doing the great western loop?
The Great Western Loop would combine many of the trails I daydream about doing into one long, continuous adventure.

What do you think will get you to the end?
Banana chips dipped in peanut butter. But really, mostly my innate, unwarranted need to prove myself. Also my high pain/discomfort tolerance and the fulfillment I find in being in nature that more than outweighs that discomfort. 

What do you want to be remembered for?
Someone who gave life, instead of taking it.

How would your parents describe you?
Kind and gentle with others, unsure of my wants, yet demanding too much of myself, a good wife and sister, adventurous to a fault, and good with words.

What’s your luxury item?
A good old-fashioned cotton/polyester blend hoodie. Also a large backpack so I can carry bulky food items like bags of cereal.

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
I look up to my mother the most. Over the last several years, she’s faced breast cancer, other sickness, friends’ sicknesses, and the death of friends and family, among other things, all while coaching her siblings and children through their own lives’ trials.

Three words to describe yourself?
Thrill-seeker, learner, hungry.

Describe your perfect day on trail?
I don’t know that the perfect day exists, because the “perfect” day might not be that memorable. The weather would have to be either pleasant or starkly miserable, nothing in between. I would need peanut butter and banana chips in my backpack. I would see something interesting as far as wildlife, but nothing scary would happen, unless maybe I knew there was someone within a mile or two of me. There would be a mountain summit, and I would eat cold-soaked ramen at the top. There would be a change in flora, or I might reach a mile marker- something outside of an ordinary day would happen. It would be dry enough at night to sleep under the stars. I’d end the day with dusty legs. 

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish?
A serious injury is probably the only reason I wouldn’t finish.