Every Single Step | A Pacific Crest Trail Documentary

On May 9th, 2022, I began my 5 month long thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. It would end up being the greatest adventure of my life. This film, Every Single Step, is the raw and real story and documentary of a first time thru-hiker hiking from Mexico to Canada on the PCT and absolutely everything that comes with it. From run-ins with bears, summiting snowy passes, dealing with wildfires, making wild wanderer friends, seeing some of the most beautiful places on Earth, and surviving yet thriving in these truly wild spaces, I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did creating it.

▶︎ Check out my TikTok Pacific Crest Trail series I made while out there: https://www.tiktok.com/@natehateshiking

▶︎ Spotify playlist of all my trail songs I used in the film: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/56hqYTfTHietJ596RpwqmI?si=d78a49a9788541e2

▶︎ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathan__brooks/


00:00:00 – Intro
00:01:23 – NASCENCE in The Desert
00:21:29 – MAGNIFICENCE in The Sierra
00:44:15 – AMBIVALENCE in Northern California
00:54:58 – ESSENCE in Oregon
01:08:51 – QUINTESSENCE in Washington
01:23:22 – CONFLUENCE at Journey’s End


2,804 total miles hiked
6.2 million steps taken
952,000 feet of elevation change
~750,000 calories consumed
187 GB of photo and video taken
4 black bears
0 mountain lions
3 scorpions
5 elk
5 rattlesnakes
19 marmots
1 bald eagle
1 pika
Endless chipmunks, mice, deer, and lizards


Big 4 Items (and accessories):
Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
Gossamer Gear The One Trekking Pole Tent
Gossamer Gear Polycro Ground Sheet
Leki Khumbu Lite Trekking Poles
Enlightened Equipment Enigma Down Quilt
Nemo Switchback Ground Sleeping Pad

Altra Lone Peaks 6
Injinji Crew Toe Socks
Darn Tough 1/4 Cushion Light Socks
Meriwool Boxer Briefs
Montane Terra Pack Pants
Rab Pulse Sun Hoody
Columbia Fleece Jacket (Washington only)
Enlightened Equipment Torrid Down Jacket
Frogg Toggs Ultra Lite 2 Rain Gear
Oklahoma State Cap
Dirty Girl Gaiters
Trail magic bandana
Bug Head Net
Glacier Glove Ascension Bay Sun Gloves (Desert only)

Anker PowerCore 20,000mAh Portable Battery
All needed charging cords
Apple power adapter
iPhone 11
Garmin inReach Mini
Nitecore NU-20 Headlamp
Apple EarPods

Misc. Items:
Footmaxx Arch Support
Rawlogy Cork Massage Ball
Plastic spoon
Duct tape
Talenti Gelato container
Classic SD Swiss Army Knife
Contacts and Contact Solution
Smartwater plastic bottles
Leukotape P
Coghlan’s Backpacking Trowel
Random toilet paper
Trash bags for waterproofing
Plastic bags for small items
Toothpaste and cut-down toothbrush
Sawyer Squeeze
Homemade first aid kit
Permethrin (Sierra only)
BV500 Bear Canister (Sierra only)
Ursack Major Bear-Resistant Bag (north of Sierra only)

Peanut M&M’s
S’mores Poptarts
Instant mashed potatoes
Instant refried beans
Snickers bars
Payday bars
Cookie packages
Clif bars
Gatorade bars
Liquid IV
Tuna pouches
Club crackers
Mixed nuts

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Edited using DaVinci Resolve 18

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