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Taylor ColeUniversity of Montana Experiential Study

My name is Taylor Cole and I am a graduate student at the University of Montana currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Recreation Management. For my graduate work, I am studying the transformational experience that thru-hiking can bring. In order to complete this research, I will need participants who are hiking the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in 2017! This work will not only benefit me in the completion of my thesis, but the information will also be shared with the PNTA in order to preserve and improve the trail experience for future thru-hikers. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact me before your journey at

Since there are so few thru-hikers on the trail, the information from each participant will be critically important.