Blog Profile / Appalachian Trials

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Blog Post Archive

Sharing Thru-Hiking’s Power with a Nonhiking Audience

Sometimes it takes a long time to make meaning from dramatic events in our lives. I got off the trail fifteen months ago with a broken foot, not knowing if I would get back on. It turns out I didn’t. Instead, I spent ten months in my parents’ basement searching for the purpose I hoped the trail would provide. Show More Summary

Hiking South for the Winter: A Glimpse Into the Mind of a Potential Nut-Case

Origin of Insanity It’s only crazy until it becomes a reality One year, seven months, and one day ago I went on my first backpacking trip for my 23rd birthday. One year, seven months, and one day ago I decided to attempt a Sobo winter...Show More Summary

Why I should not hike the Appalachian Trail

All the personal reasons why I should not do the Appalachian Trail, but also why I am still so stubborn that I am still going in 2018 :) The post Why I should not hike the Appalachian Trail appeared first on The Trek.

Ultralight Meal Planning With Friends and Lessons Learned

I recently completed the incredibly beautiful 71-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass (Section J) in Washington State with a friend from work. Although we’re both experienced backpackers and chat frequently about our adventures, we had never hiked together. Show More Summary

AT Brief: On My Own (Finally!)

Let’s Chat I love chatting. Any money I’ve ever earned has been a direct result of chatting, be it about food, wine, English or Global History. Hundreds upon hundreds of hours of my life, beginning at age three and continuing to theShow More Summary

I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

Dear Charlie and Craig, In March 2017 I set out to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as I possibly could. I quickly realized this meant accomplishing something you two so fervently and popularly sing about: walking 1,000 miles. In...Show More Summary

Mile 1891.8 – Mile 2075.3

Mile 1905.8 Today was pretty rough. I left the hostel in the rain and the rain didn’t stop all day. The boards that go over the bogs are getting worse. I wonder if this Northern NH section just isn’t cared for as much since it’s not part of The Whites. Show More Summary

We made it to here!

2,650.10 miles under our belts, Pacific Crest Trail you've been hiked! The post We made it to here! appeared first on The Trek.

What Sticks with Me from this Journey (September 18)

This trip lasted five months, but I feel as if the trip was a small lifetime, so full of new sights, friendships, and adventures.  What a rich experience!  These are some of the things that stick with me from my time on the Appalachian...Show More Summary

Three Reasons I’m Thru-Hiking the AT

Hi everyone. Soon enough I’ll be babbling on semi-incoherently about gear, and likely a year from now you’ll all be sick to death of reading my posts. But for the time being, I figured I’d introduce myself and try to answer that question everyone asks: why am I thru-hiking the AT? I’m 35. Show More Summary

Congratulations to these Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers! (Week of 9/18/17)

It’s that time of year again! Congratulations! Thru-hikers from all over are crossing the finish line. Whether you are a NOBO summiting Katahdin, a SOBO on your way to Springer, or wherever you end as a flip-flopper—we want to see your...Show More Summary

Vlog – The Whites

You’re a Thru Hiker. You’ve climbed countless mountains. You’ve faced blizzards in Georgia, massive thunderstorms in the Smokies, heat that makes you feel like your eyes will melt down your face and bugs that make you want to cast yourself...Show More Summary

Irma Affects Home, Crossing Into New Hampshire, Mile 1800

Pictured: Killington’s Thundering Falls   Trail Magic x 10 I’ve crossed into New Hampshire but not before seeing some of the most abundant trail magic sections ever. As #LASTOFTHENOBOS, I figured everyone would have packed up and headed home. Show More Summary

Bringing Leave No Trace to Life Off-Trail

On trail, we follow Leave No Trace practices every day. Since Katahdin, I've thought more about how these principles can apply to my off-trail life as well. The post Bringing Leave No Trace to Life Off-Trail appeared first on The Tr...

Heartbroken, but Determined and Hopeful

I apologize for my long hiatus from blogging.  I am still alive!  I have not written a post because I simply have not known what to write.  I am still at home and have been seeing a chiropractor twice a week.   I still don’t really know...Show More Summary

Maine. Or, Finding Just What You Were(n’t) Looking For

I have hiked 252.7 miles of the Appalachian Trail, plus some extra miles on “detours” and side trails.  I started this journey with the goal of being an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, but much like other preparations, you can’t really know what that means until you do it. Show More Summary

The Moment I Knew

Hi, Friends! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), it is a hiking-only footpath running from Georiga to Maine and is roughly 2,190 miles. This is a picture of the first time I ever stepped foot on my...Show More Summary

Trail Update #3: Tired. 

I may actually be the worst blogger there ever was. And I’m okay with that. I thought I’d have SO much time to post updates while thru hiking and I thought that I’d have endless things to write about. Stories I’d want to tell. But I just haven’t really wanted to. Show More Summary

The Final Days of Hiking (September 1-4)

Of all the days of this journey, this is the week I really embraced the oft repeated trail mantra, “Hike your own hike!”  I definitely chose a different kind of ending to this journey than most.  After summiting Katahdin, I decided to...Show More Summary

Summiting Katahdin (August 31)

I woke different times throughout the night, thinking about the coming day.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel when I actually touched the sign on top of Katahdin, and realized this trip was over.  I kept thinking of all the different people...Show More Summary

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