Ariel previously served as the associate managing editor and writer for an outdoor sports publication before making a switch to marketing. She still enjoys writing about the outdoors, as well as playing in it. And no, she hasn't yet hiked the AT, but it's on her bucket list. You can find more of her work at arielblack.wordpress.com and on Twitter, @ArielCBlack.
Trail Name: Too Long Home State: Pennsylvania Occupation: Landscaper and owner of Wingmaker, a wing sauce company Hike Timeline: March 31 -
Trail Name: Ginga Ninja Home State: Massachusetts Occupation: EMT Hike Timeline: April 19 - October 13, 2014 Why did you decide to hike? I
Trail Name: Roots Home State: Louisiana Occupation: Before the trail, I was an assistant teacher in a Montessori preschool and taught a bit of yoga
Trail Name: Putter Home State: Texas Occupation: Recent college graduate Hike Timeline: March 25 - September 2, 2014 Before: Jay Terry Why
Trail Name: Flossie (Marji) and Gray Squirrel (Jim) Home State: New York Occupation: Retired teacher (Marji) and retired software engineer
Trail Name: Big Tex & Rugby (Paul's son, Callum, who he hiked with) Home State: Texas Occupation: Project manager Hike Timeline: February 28 -