11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

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.

Addressing the Fears that Hold You Back (From Backpacking)

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)”

Gear List: What’s in my Backpacking Kit?

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?”

Five Amazing Summer Hikes Within an Hour of Boulder, Colorado

Love hiking? Then you have got to plan a visit to Boulder, Colorado! Here are my five recommendations for amazing not-to-miss hikes within an hour of Boulder.

Six Lessons I Learned By Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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.

How to Take Your First Backpacking Trip

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.

10 Ways to Save for Your Next Adventure

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”

Five Lessons I Learned By Moving to Colorado in my Thirties

Moving to a new city as an adult is hard. Really hard. The seven years that I lived in Washington, D.C., before quitting my job and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail were an emotional roller coaster, for certain; there were career ups and downs and falling outs with friends, but moving there was never hard. IContinue reading “Five Lessons I Learned By Moving to Colorado in my Thirties”

How to Spend Three Days Hiking and Camping Around Moab, Utah

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 22, 2019. Now that I’ve moved out to Colorado, Western wilderness adventures are that much more accessible. To keep myself sane while working a desk job and dreaming of my next long trail, I’m doing my best to take advantage of the geography. This past weekend, IContinue reading “How to Spend Three Days Hiking and Camping Around Moab, Utah”

Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues on the Appalachian Trail

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”