A New Kid on the Block..Hiker Intro!

Well hello fellow hiker enthusiasts! I thought I’d introduce myself a little for my first post. I go by Andi, and I am beyond ecstatic to be able to blog about my experiences and everything AT on this site! So let’s get the ball rollin’.

Nature is simply amazing; I can’t get enough. After catching the outdoor bug this past summer from my first real backpacking trip in our most north (and beautiful!) state of Alaska, all I can think about is “when can I get back out there?” I’ll be graduating in December from Purdue University with a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Life’s timing seems to be perfect for this next adventure in the mountainous east coast. Currently, I’m planning on starting out solo sometime in March and hiking north bound (NOBO) to summit Katahdin. I don’t know how to exactly explain it, but it’s not just a trip. Rather, I need to be doing this; to further develop my competence in the backcountry, to discover more of who I’m intended to be, and to exude that childlike wonder we all are keeping hidden inside (more of my reasons, next post, very soon) :).


Backpacking in the Fall=BEST

Oh, so by the way, family, friends, and long lost acquaintances on social media, if ya’ll didn’t know… here’s my announcement. I’m committed and planning to attempt an Appalachian Trail thru-hike this coming Spring. This essentially means I’ll be hiking the 2,189.2 (the point 2 definitely counts!) miles of wilderness, from the state of Georgia to Maine, carrying my home on my back, for about half a year. So… SURPRISE! Haha.

So for those of you who don’t yet know me, here are some “essential” tidbits:

  • I love creating photos and can’t wait to snap some beauts on the trail
  • I’m an adventurous eater/taste tester (squid anyone?)
  • In the front country, my natural habitat is in a coffee, antique, or doughnut shop
  • Usually jamming to Switchfoot, Judah and the Lion, or John Mark McMillan
  • I rotate between two shoes: my beloved flip-flops and hiking boots
  • I’m known to laugh… a lot. At everything. After every sentence. Haha.
  • I vouch that peanut butter is the most essential food group
  • Flannel is my jam
  • And I’m obsessed with maps!

Any questions don’t hesitate to ask! Whether it’s about my life, gear talk, practically anything AT, ect. I think one of the most exciting things for me to look forward to is getting to know all the new faces who share the same passion for adventure. See ya’ll out there soon enough and happy hiking!

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Comments 4

  • Jeremy Morris : Nov 12th

    Welcome aboard! Hope to cross paths with ya at some point!

    • Andria Schmitz : Nov 22nd

      Thanks Jeremy! Can’t wait! Good luck with your hike prep as the countdown continues. 🙂

  • Tennessee Pearl : Nov 13th

    Andi, you sound like a unique (even the spelling of your name is different!) & special gal! I’m a trail angel outside Knoxville, TN. Should you need any help by the time you get to Newfound Gap, give us a holler: 865-934-7187. You should have a signal from Newfound Gap. We are available for food, rides or a day or two off the trail should your feet need it by then. We have a friend (Gramps) leaving on March 10; perhaps you’ll run in to him. God’s blessing as you plan for your big adventure! ~ Rita (LaRita/Tennessee Pearl; Rita Dowdy Karnes on Facebook)

    • Andria Schmitz : Nov 22nd

      Hi Rita! It’s so nice to meet you, and thank you for your willingness to help out fellow hikers! I really hope to meet you folks soon, and to run into Gramps. Appreciate the love!


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