Interested in thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail but are unsure where to begin? I thru-hiked the AT in 2018, and learned so many things along the way that could help you. In this post, I outline several things that you can do in order to prepare for a thru-hike of the AT.
In 2018, I quit my job in Washington, D.C., gave up my apartment, said goodbye to all my friends, and hopped onto the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia, heading north. The next six months, scrambling up and over mountains with a heavy pack on my back, were rewarding beyond words. I’m here to say that if you’re considering visiting the AT, whether it’s for a few days or a few months, you should do it. These photos will explain why.
If you know me, you know that I am all about not allowing fear to hold you back from your dreams. We all have anxieties and intimidations that hold us back from the things that we really want and the things that could help us thrive. Instead of allowing fear to tell me that IContinue reading “Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)”
I get asked this question a lot—people love to geek out on gear! So I’m going to make it easy on you and give you a list. If you have any questions or need advice on gear, just ask! Backpack: Used the Osprey Aura on the AT, and have now switched to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa. I lovedContinue reading “Gear List: What’s in my Backpacking Kit?”
In 2018, after seven years of living and working on a public relations career in Washington, D.C., I quit my dream job to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT). The next six months went by in a flash. Day in and day out, I trudged up and over mountains, in extreme cold and sweltering heat, through swarms of mosquitos, in sickness and in health, through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. These are the lessons I learned from doing so.
Want to try out backpacking but don’t know where to start? Then this post is for you! I go through the nitty gritty – where to start, how to choose a trail, how to plan your trip, and what to bring to get you out hiking and camping for an overnight or more.
Want to go on a great adventure? Whether that means thru-hiking a long trail (like me – I’m gunning for the Pacific Crest Trail next!), backpacking through Europe, or living in Bali for six months, you better save that money, honey! I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year and a half readingContinue reading “10 Ways to Save for Your Next Adventure”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on February 1, 2019. 2019 thru-hiker hopefuls, strap in. You’re headed for a wild, beautiful, life-altering, incredibly meaningful, and downright magical ride. I remember the beginning of the trail vividly. You’re nervous, you’re excited, you’re meeting people, so many people, every single day. At the welcome center at Amicalola,Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues on the Appalachian Trail”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on November 21, 2018. I’ve been going through trail withdrawal hard since finishing my AT thru-hike in September. With winter quickly approaching and hiking season winding down, I decided to peel myself off my couch and do something about it. I finally checked off a bucket list item andContinue reading “How to Hike West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness”
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on October 12, 2018. It’s been about a month since I finished my thru-hike. I’ve been wanting to write—wanting to put into words what it all meant to me, but I’ve struggled to pick up the pen (or, you know, keyboard). The Post-Trail Blues I’ve struggled with a lotContinue reading “The Comedown from Katahdin: Recovering From the Appalachian Trail and the Post-Trail Blues”