Blog Profile / Appalachian Trials

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Marion to Pearisburg Scorecard

In the first of a two part installment, I slow rolled into Trail Days with a smile on my face. The post Marion to Pearisburg Scorecard appeared first on The Trek.

Thruhiking: A Job or a Vacation? Week 5 Update

I have  officially been on the Trail for a month! I celebrated my trailversary with a hot dog and some ice cream at the Bear Mountain Inn on a rainy Monday. The weather that day was identical to that of my first day on the Trail back in April: cool, wet, and miserable. Show More Summary

Video Update: Mile 600 to Kennedy Meadows (Mile 702)

The last 100 miles of the desert… dry stretches, my first (and only) rattlesnake encounter, Lake Isabella, Kernville, Kennedy Meadows, and catching a cold.... The post Video Update: Mile 600 to Kennedy Meadows (Mile 702) appeared first on The Trek.

A wet trail can be dangerous!

Friday May 26th started out wet but there was hope that it would turn into a very nice day. I had zeroed at Greenwood Lake NY, a beautiful little lake community. I was told that Babe Ruth, Micky Mantle and other athletes of the days gone by had frequented the town in their day. Show More Summary

The Great Hitchhiking Fiasco

This post is going to be short one day since you got an extra day last week. What? You didn’t think that bonus day was free did you? Not sorry. Day 44: Damascus to Whitetop Mountain Road, 20.2 miles I hit the trail this morning for the first time in three days with new boots, new socks, and new feet! Well, my feet felt new anyways. Show More Summary

I’ve fallen and can’t get up

26 May 2017 Mileage AT – 293 miles Today – 19.6 miles Time – 11.5 hrs Speed – 1.70 mph Yep, that was me today!  I’m back solo hiking and there I was…all alone in the backcountry when all of a sudden I face planted in the dirt. I don’t...Show More Summary

Big Bear to Hiker Heaven: PCT Portraits III

So this post is going to be a lot less bitching and whining than the last one.  No, I still haven’t hit my honeymoon phase with the trail, and I’m not sure I will.  It’s not all kittens and rainbows out here.  However, the PCT is a relationship...Show More Summary

On Gear: A Thru-Hike Prep Existential Dilemma

To Find Out: Can We Hack It? In Walden, Thoreau writes: “Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity,...Show More Summary

4 Things Female Thru-Hikers Need to Hear

Dear Female Thru-Hikers, In 2016, I hiked the Appalachian Trail and became apparent of how my gender played a role in how my abilities were perceived. Although I hiked with my best friend, Sunshine, I am inspired by female thru-hikers who take on the trail solo. Show More Summary

The Final Haul

And here it is. The final haul. I’ve been going back and forth with my gear, over and over again debating what I can leave behind and what I can take. For now, plus or minus my camera, this is it. Without my camera, my base weight is...Show More Summary

Hiking Your Own Hike

At the pace we’ve been making on the Pacific Crest Trail, its hard not to be passed by so many other thru hikers. Everyone else, at least to my eyes, is in such better physical shape. They blaze past, often never to be seen by us again. Show More Summary

Leaving the Trail Excited

I did almost 800 miles.  That’s worth something, right?  So I didn’t finish my thru hike.  Why did I leave and what does that mean for me? To be honest, I was complaining from the beginning.  Who in their right mind spends money to sleep...Show More Summary

Ode to Joy

You Speak English? My husband and I have spent the majority of our three year marriage living in other countries.  Most often our communication with one another is one of the few places we are fluent in our expression.  When the twoShow More Summary

Efficient and Capable: My Gear List

My gear list was built to be efficient, but capable and after two years in the making - it better be! Check it out and see if my gear updates can inform your future gear choices. The post Efficient and Capable: My Gear List appeared first on The Trek.

What is femininity Without Accessories?

I Forgot My Chanel Bag Out on the trail, it gets interesting what a woman will carry 2,000 miles for preservation of femininity rather than function.  Earrings?  A razor?  A mirror?  Make-up?  And for what? I consider myself a visually...Show More Summary

Hot Springs – Meeting Friends along the AT

25 May 2017   Mileage AT – 273.4 miles Today – 17.9 miles Time – 7 hrs Speed – 2.55 mph   Today, I rolled into Hot Springs.  It was great for a few reasons.  First, it was mostly downhill.  Not a steep downhill, but a gradual downhill…the kind I like. Show More Summary

Roaring Fork Shelter

24 May 2017 Mileage AT – 255.5 miles Today’s – 15.2 miles Time – 7.25 hrs Speed –  2.09 mph One word describes last night’s hostel — SKETCHY! It met the need, but I’m just not sure how the county and state doesn’t shut that place down. So...Show More Summary

Early Thru-hike Thoughts

179 miles. Day 8. I’ve been procrastinating with writing this first post because I feel as if I should have something profound and remarkable to write. Over the past week and 180 miles, I wish I could say I’ve had some sort of grand revelation, but that’s not the case. In fact, most of the time I think about absurd and meaningless things. Show More Summary

My Return To The Mountains

When you die, the world will move on without you. It’s like that when you leave for a couple weeks to go on a hike, too. I recently returned to the Appalachian Trail for 13 days to hike a southbound section spanning 260 miles from Daleville, Virginia, into Damascus, Virginia. Show More Summary

A Great Day For Trail Magic

Monday May 22 After having a leisurely day on Sunday it was time to Pay It Forward to the PCT Class of 2017. A stop at Smart N Final yielded two large watermelons, popsicles, and three dozen sodas. I needed to kill about 15 minutes before three large pizzas were ready next door at Little Ceasars. Show More Summary

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