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Whaddup Appalachian Trials!

My name is Mariah Bardwell, I’m twenty four years old and from the Pacific Northwest but I currently reside in North Carolina with my husband and our two dogs. I will be starting my NOBO thru-hike in March 2016 and cannot wait!(well I can wait seeing as I haven’t picked a sleeping bag yet) I am not a gear savvy outdoors-woman, I have never hiked anywhere close to this far before, and I’ve been told I pronounce Appalachian incorrectly. None of this will matter when I’m standing on Katahdin come next fall though, I promise you!

I will be swapping my comfortable life of slinging coffees and snuggling my dogs for a tent and some good old fashion walking. People might think I’m tapped, journeying out by myself and that’s fine with me! I don’t know if I’ve actually solidified a “reason” that I’m hiking other than the fact that I just want to. I’m apart of a community where we as females are used to being the ones who are standing in the driveway waving good bye as our husbands leave, but this time I will be the one who is leaving. I know it won’t be easy and I’m sure I will shed a few tears(as well as pounds) throughout my time on The Appalachian but I can think of no better way to start 2016 than this!

My excitement can hardly be put into words at this point but I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you on here!


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Comments 3

  • Jacqui Reed : Dec 16th

    My friend, my dog, and I are leaving in March as well! What date do you head out?

    • Mariah : Jan 1st

      Hey Jacqui! That’s great to hear! I plan on stepping off March 31st! How about you?

  • Elaine : Apr 6th

    Hey girl… I’m so excited and proud of your commitment to your wonderful journey!!!You are awesome!
    How has the trip been thus far? Think of you often and wish you well?


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