"I WAS FORGED WITH A BURNING DESIRE TO EXPERIENCE AS MUCH AS I ALLOWED MYSELF. NO LONGER WAS THE QUESTION OF FATHOMABILITY PRESENT. FOR I HAD FELT THE IMPOSSIBLE AND THE ILLUSION OF LIMITS HAD BEEN DISSOLVED."
Love Fry was born and raised in Clovis, California with the iconic High Sierra as her backyard. Raised by parents with a desire to instill the benefits of nature into their children she spent her youth camping, hiking, boating and exploring. Her thirst for adventure grew stronger with age.
In 2012 Love set off to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail - a 2,660 mile footpath through California, Oregon, and Washington. The five months Love spent on trail fueled her desire to explore the natural world even more.
Upon returning from the Pacific Crest Trail, Love spent 4 months in the Alaskan Backcountry working on a trail crew for Alaska State Parks. She gained invaluable experience while working in some of America's most majestic landscapes.
In 2013, Love and hiking partner John McKinney became the first people to thru-hike the San Joaquin River Trail. They gathered GPS data and recorded field notes of the Central Valley's new long-distance trail. It wasn't long before Love became intimately involved with all things San Joaquin River Trail. She frequently gives talks at local outdoor stores to help raise awareness of this new trail. Love brought the SJRT online with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and built a website to gain more publicity in hopes of getting more people out onto this wonderful trail.
In 2014 Love thru-hiked the Continental Divide Trail - a 3,000 mile route along America's most prominent geographic feature - the Continental Divide. The trail spans through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The spirit and unpredictable nature of the CDT aligned perfectly with Love's thirst for the unknown. She thrives in the unpredictable nature of the wild and is most at home when challenging herself and scheming of new adventures and routes.
In the past 5 years, Love has logged close to 12,000 trail miles. The experience she has acquired is invaluable and is her strongest asset in the backcountry. Other trails hiked include: John Muir Trail, San Diego Trans County Trail, Ouachita Trail, and MANY self-planned routes. Love is a true explorer at heart and her accomplishments are not only directed towards hiking. She fully believes in being a well-rounded adventurist and broadening her skill set to include all forms of human powered life.
With the growing popularity of outdoor recreation activities such as hiking and backpacking Love saw a need to bring back the forgotten trail networks as well as provide accurate mileage. Sierra Mapping Project will relieve heavy traffic on trails such as the Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails by showcase ALL the beauty our vast Sierra Nevada Mountain Range has to offer. Sierra Mapping Project is dedicated to getting folks into our Sierra through both hiking and volunteer trail work. If we want our trails to be in better shape, we must hold ourselves accountable. The mountains speak to us, and we speak for them.
Love is hiking all the trails in California's iconic High Sierra. She will GPS, track, compile summaries and conditions, take photographic documentation of trail issues, but most importantly provide free information to the public about her findings. This project will be time consuming and costly but Love is dedicated to sharing this data with the public so others can experience the beauty of our native land.
Tracks and waypoints will be made publicly available for download at no cost (donations gladly welcomed). It is Love's hopes that everyone will recognize the beauty of our backcountry and explore the endless wonders our trails have to share.
Sierra Mapping Project is actively looking for partners. A project of this magnitude is costly. Regardless, tracks will ALWAYS remain free. In order to do this SMP needs partners and sponsors. This belongs to the community. This belongs to you.
It is Love's hopes that people will dream, discover, and allow their passions to fuel their desire to fully live this beautiful life.
*The Sierra Mapping Project is not affiliated with any governmental agency or organizations. It is for the public by the public*