Amalia Mathewson

I'm Amalia (Toastface, for short). I completed a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2014. I was moved to hike the AT after a shocking yellow belt test in an adult Tae Kwon Do class, wherein I realized I didn't trust myself. Now, I'm on an unstoppable journey towards self-discovery and/or death.

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4 Ways To Celebrate #GivingTuesday, Hiker Trash Style

4 Ways To Celebrate #GivingTuesday, Hiker Trash Style

For those who have hiked the Appalachian Trail’s southern corridor and those who intend to, there is an opportunity to support those who have supporte

Nov 29th : Amalia Mathewson
Gear Review: Phone Lasso

Gear Review: Phone Lasso

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Nov 15th : Amalia Mathewson
Southern Fires Cause Trail Closures

Southern Fires Cause Trail Closures

A series of forest fires are spreading rapidly across the Southeastern U.S., affecting parts of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee and North

Nov 14th : Amalia Mathewson
Avoiding Your Trail Nemesis: A Guide

Avoiding Your Trail Nemesis: A Guide

The Appalachian Trail is unique. In spanning the United States from Maine to Georgia, it walks through perhaps the most politically and culturally div

Oct 23rd : Amalia Mathewson
Conversations With Hikers And Beer

Conversations With Hikers And Beer

So there I was, at a hostel in Burlington, VT, exactly four days after I’d set out to hike Vermont’s Long Trail. I was catching a bus to Jersey the ne

Oct 9th : Amalia Mathewson
Preparing For The Long Trail: An End-To-Ender’s Guide

Preparing For The Long Trail: An End-To-Ender’s Guide

An autumnal bite is in the air, the trees are starting to turn, and my winter coat is growing in. With signs like these, you better believe I’m ab

Sep 25th : Amalia Mathewson
How To Support Your Thru-Hiker

How To Support Your Thru-Hiker

Good news! Someone in your life is undertaking a thru-hike. This person will be planning and attempting an enormous trek through the mountains, the up

Sep 11th : Amalia Mathewson
Thru-Hiking To Lose Weight

Thru-Hiking To Lose Weight

“Why are you thru-hiking?” This question is an on-trail favorite. People are drawn to long-distance backpacking for a myriad of reasons, ranging fr

Sep 4th : Amalia Mathewson
5 Ways To Manage Post-Trail Depression

5 Ways To Manage Post-Trail Depression

Feeling blue is perfectly normal after a summit or the end of a long-distance hike. The mundane world awaits, and the light that guided you through th

Aug 28th : Amalia Mathewson
Love In The Time Of Long Trails

Love In The Time Of Long Trails

What is it about a long trail that inspires romance? I’ve been connected to the Appalachian Trail for three years. My first attempt was northbound,

Aug 22nd : Amalia Mathewson