With no prior backpacking trips under her belt, Allie made the decision to backpack six months on the Pacific Crest Trail. When her grandmother died, she felt like she was drowning in depression, and what better way to dry out than in the deserts of California?
Deciding to write poetry as a way to immortalize her adventure under the name Taogoi (The Art of Getting Over It) while hiking through the three States that make up the PCT. As the pain of pushing her body to its limits matches the pain in her mind, is she ready to welcome a healthier chapter ?
Campfire Stories: Volume II
Allie, aka Taogoi, is our adventurer and author. After years of strugging with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), her grandmother dying pushed her into a deep depression. She decided she would try long distance hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, having never backpacked before. Hiking and writing poetry under the name Taogoi, she learned some hard lessons of the trail; from pushing through white outs and processing over 10 years of trauma along the way.
The blog she maintains on the site is about the process of healing through physical and creative outlets.
Abby Folsom does the illustrating for Taogoi. She loves to play in all sorts of mediums and subjects, and has found focus with the upcoming book, doing black and white linework. Becoming a part of this project has helped her grieve and be more at peace with losing her sister in 2018. On her website, you can order custom hydro flasks, prints, postcards and more!