I Need Your Help Writing My Next Post

I’ve been hiking the Appalachian Trail as a Flip-Flopper, solo woman, in my mid 20’s for around two months now. I know that there are many of you out there who may identify with one or more of these qualities and I would love to update all of you with how it is going for me (more than just by telling you of my day-to-day experiences).

Right now I plan to write about things such as: How has my fitness progressed? Is it lonely being a flip flopper? Have I felt safe as a solo woman? Have I found a tramily?

Please comment any questions you may have for me so I can make sure to answer them all 🙂

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions!

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Comments 8

  • Randy Chase : Jul 7th

    Hi, I am also from San Diego (now in Chattanoooga) and planning a 2024 flip flop from Harper’s Ferry. I am not female, but will be hiking with my adult daughter (well, that is the plan). I have to fight my internal tendency to plan everything out to the last minute… but having said that, I am very interested in where one stays, the shelters, the hostels, resupply options. How crowded were the shelters? One of my hopes is that I am not around crowds and having to worry about available space in tent sites or shelters or hostels. I also apprecaite reading about weather and bugs at this time of year.

  • Bluewhale : Jul 7th

    All good questions. Write away! You’re following my future flip-flop so enjoying every post

  • Flash : Jul 7th

    I have really enjoyed reading your posts! You asked for questions so here are a couple: 1. How has your gear changed since you started your thru hike? Have you added or subtracted gear/items? 2. What are you doing to stay healthy/not get injured?

    Best of luck with your hike and stay safe out there!

  • Ellen R : Jul 7th

    I am not a long distance hiker but I do enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work, and wishing you the best on this adventure of a lifetime.

  • thetentman : Jul 7th

    Is there any difference between hiking South versus North? Do you like hiking with the crowd or against it? Are you ever lonely?


  • BobW : Jul 7th

    What do you do about ticks? Other bugs?
    Do you have privacy for personal heigene?
    Do you bathe in ponds and streams?
    Do you like rain?

  • Harry Poppins : Jul 7th

    I have been section hiking since 2013. Only 1650 miles to go. I will be 84 when I finish at this rate. I am trying to increase my yearly mileage but still planning on 84 for completion. I am male, large, and ugly so the solo bit is not a problem. My fitness improves tremendously every year and of course goes back to normal. Every year that I go out I meet wonderful people of all ages that are thru hiking or section hiking. I think that is my only problem with a thru hike. I would have to keep coming back every year.
    My advice would be , as always, to enjoy the journey, no matter the destination. I think that is the greatest lesson the trail can teach us. Understanding that I am only a section hiker.

  • Charlotte : Jul 12th

    Your enthusiasm, and experiences are delightful! Solo thru hikers, especially women, are my biggest inspirations. I love reading your posts! I am going to start my AT journey in 2025 as I begin my 70th rotation around the sun! I always appreciate those hikers who embrace the “hike your own hike ” ! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!


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