Modern Hiker:

This morning, our friend Rebecca at Calipidder alerted us via a Facebook post to a woman named Casey Nocket who had traveled to the West Coast from New York for a few weeks. Ms. Nocket had been enjoying her time in the outdoors so much that she decided to document her trip on Instagram. And apparently Nocket was so moved by all the natural beauty she saw that she just had to paint all over it... According to her Instagram feed, Nocket has been traveling quite extensively—she has photos tagged from all over the West, including stops in Carrizo Plain National Monument, Sequoia, Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase-Escalante, the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain and Joshua Tree National Parks—where just today rangers posted this photo of Barker Dam, which has been closed since last February due to vandalism. There’s no telling how many of these paintings she left.

Nocket thinks she's Great Outdoors Banksy and has accused the people warning her that what she's doing is a crime—felonies punishable by huge fines and years in jail—of "mansplaining" the law to her. Her Tumblr has since been deleted, as has her Instagram account, but Modern Hiker has screen grabs of everything, including some of of Nocket's convos with appalled followers:

In case you were wondering, no—the images aren’t chalk—they’re acrylic paint. And yes, she knows she shouldn’t be using it.


Acrylic paint. Jesus Fucking Christ. More examples of Casey Nocket's "work" at Modern Hiker.