How Not to Hike the Appalachian Trail: a Style Guide

Shoutout to Ben Grelle, better known as the Frogman, for taking these pictures and making the project go from concept to reality. View the original post of our “style guide” (complete with better, funnier captions) on his website, or view his portfolio here

When I first approached Ben on helping me with a simple project that would help raise awareness of the charity I’m hiking for (shameless plug for BECA) I had no idea it would turn into two days of extensive shooting. Being a model was a ton of fun the whole experience was just an absolute joy. Without further ado, here’s how NOT to hike the Appalachian Trail.



It’s important to look your best on the trail. After all, this is a once in a lifetime experience and it wouldn’t do to look “dirty”. Some jewelry and a smokey eye are the way to brighten any hike.



Be sure to get your look of resolve down! (And learn to find your best light)



Hiking the trail usually takes 5-7 months. That’s a lot of missed television shows!



Don’t even think about going out without your face. There are eyes everywhere in the forest!



A nice day at the spa sounds like the PERFECT vacation



Even if the only person you can find to keep your mani-pedi on point is a surly barber it’s critical you keep yourself pampered while making your way through the wilderness.



Make friends with the locals



It’s important to keep plugged in and bring as much comfort from home as possible. Now, where to find an outlet…



I mean, who needs sweeping vistas when you have a tumblr to maintain?



Hiking shoes are over-rated. For 2015, try heels to really WOW your fellow hikers!



Show those legs off before you break them.



After a hard day of hiking, take in the view. Actually, you know what, maybe that’s doing something right after all.



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