You’re invited to read along as I walk along the Appalachian Trail.

(First backpacking selfie, 2015)

WHO:  Hi, my name is MG. I’m a first-generation Filipina-American woman and I’m privileged to take on this journey as an able-bodied person. I’m also a sister, a daughter, a friend, and a partner to wonderful people whom I’ll miss deeply while on trail. I’m a mental healthcare worker and a graduate student at The University of Chicago working on my MSW. A few favorites are chocolate; The Beatles; coming-of-age films; Tetris; and, of course, hiking.

WHAT:  I’m attempting to thru-hike the AT from Maine to Georgia — a whopping 2,194.3 miles. I intend to use my blog as a public space to be vulnerable and to share my thoughts and experiences. I hope it’ll be self-serving while offering something of value to readers and aspiring thru-hikers.

WHEN:  I’m starting mid-June 2022 and my goal is to be home by Thanksgiving. 

(AT SOBO, Maine to Georgia)

WHERE:  I’m going southbound (SOBO), starting at Mt. Katahdin in Maine heading to Springer Mountain in Georgia.

WHY:  As cliché as it sounds, life is too short to do what you’re “supposed” to do. My ever-growing relationship with the outdoors was the impetus to attempt this thru-hike. I’m eager to face a healthy balance of struggle and success in the most primitive environment. Ultimately, I’m doing this hike for myself and I look forward to knowing the person I become as I walk along the AT.

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Comments 9

  • Russ1663 : Jan 24th

    Good morning MG

    Best of trail luck to you. In my way of thinking your trek is 90% mental preparation. That said, the physical will be no less daunting.

    Have great trip, post pictures.

    Im a section hiker in Virginia.

    Take care, stay safe


    • MG Hibionada : Jan 24th

      I appreciate it, Russ. Stay safe as well.

  • pearwood : Jan 24th

    Go for it, MG!
    I am leaving on the Amtrak this Thursday for a NOBO trek. Maybe we will cross paths up north somewhere.
    Steve / pearwood

    • MG Hibionada : Jan 24th

      Maybe we will. Happy trails!

  • Karla/Dulcigirl : Jan 24th

    Hi MG.

    I’m looking forward to following your journey. From one LCSW to an inspiring LCSW, the mental fortitude you carry with you will help you go far. Keep in mind that it’s not always about the destination, but the journey itself. Enjoy your way and be safe!

    Dulcigirl AT 2016

    • MG Hibionada : Jan 24th

      Thanks, Dulcigirl!

  • Naes : Feb 25th

    Go Line! You got this!

  • Christy PASIKATAN : Nov 28th

    You’re an inspiration. I am a Filipina, from GA planning to launch my AT journey next year .

    • MG Hibionada : Nov 30th

      I’m flattered! Have fun on your journey and feel free to reach out if you want to chat about the trail. It was truly the best experience ever.


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