PCT hiker Brad Goldpaint to appear on Oprah

An original short film about Brad Goldpaint’s journey into photography on the Pacific Crest Trail will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy award winning series, “Super Soul Sunday” on October 20th at 11 am ET/PT. In the segment, he talks about the PCT, how it helped him get through his mother’s passing, and how the trail led him to a career as a professional landscape photographer.

Another PCT hiker appears on Oprah? Awesome!

Watch Brad talk about how the trail changed his life.

Brad is a PCTA member and has hiked over 1300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. He’s inspired by wilderness and the beauty of the night sky. His award winning photography has been featured on the cover of the Communicator and in many other publications.

The PCT gave me time for reflection and deep introspection about my life and the direction I wanted to take with it. By hiking the trail, I learned to live in the moment instead of worrying about the past and being scared of a future without my mom in it. The chatter in my head slowly began to disappear, which gave my mind the capacity to connect with my heart. When that began to happen, it was life altering, so I owe the beginnings of my passion for photography to my experiences hiking the PCT.

Check out the preview:

Super Soul Preview: How a Long Hike Led One Man to a New Passion

When architect Brad Goldpaint’s mother died suddenly from a routine surgery, he was left with a huge void in his life. He decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in search of answers, and he found one—in the night sky. Watch to see how Brad turned to photography to process his tragedy.

Are you interested in seeing your pictures featured by PCTA? We’d love to use them. Enter them in our photo contest.

Congratulations Brad!

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.