Ashley Hill

I have suffered with depression on and off for years but recently came out of this severe low point with a brand new attitude to tackle hardships and live life to the fullest. I am doing this by attempting a thru-hike of the AT in 2017. Currently, I am working two jobs as a server/bartender to pay for gear and add to my savings. I was raised deep in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and after I (hopefully) complete this insane endeavor, I plan on settling down on my parents' farm and living in a self-sustainable manner.

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Smiles Over Miles

Smiles Over Miles

Approximately two hundred and fifty miles in to a flip-flop attempt and I am in a love/hate relationship with the Appalachian Trail. So much has

Jun 16, 2017 : Ashley Hill
Rollercoastin’

Rollercoastin’

It started sunny and bright. I said my goodbyes to my mother and set off south on the bridge over the Shenandoah River. The "shame-down" at the

Apr 30, 2017 : Ashley Hill
Completely Normal Last Minute Preparations Prior To A Thru-Hike…Right?

Completely Normal Last Minute Preparations Prior To A Thru-Hike…Right?

I am writing this late at night on my laptop from my parents' Appalachian farm. My black lab snoozes at my feet and I can hear owls hooting in the

Apr 20, 2017 : Ashley Hill
A Trek With A Purpose: To Spread the Magic Beyond the AT

A Trek With A Purpose: To Spread the Magic Beyond the AT

My first ever time receiving trail magic was also on my first failed shakedown hike. I got a late start on my first day, did not stop for water,

Mar 13, 2017 : Ashley Hill
On Letting Go

On Letting Go

I believe I've always hated it, the act of going to town. The incessant noise. The smoky smell of exhaust. And why is everyone in such a

Feb 27, 2017 : Ashley Hill
The Class of 2017: All Geared Up, Ready to Trek, and Here’s Why

The Class of 2017: All Geared Up, Ready to Trek, and Here’s Why

The number one question every prospective thru-hiker gets asked during their preparations is, WHY? Why would you ever want to spend the majority

Jan 28, 2017 : Ashley Hill
Pre-Trail Life, Gear Thoughts, and Other Various Ramblings…

Pre-Trail Life, Gear Thoughts, and Other Various Ramblings…

Let's talk about pre-trail life for a minute. I mean really get down to the honest, gritty, details. As in all of those late nights spent in front a

Nov 29, 2016 : Ashley Hill
Daily Appalachian Mountain Life

Daily Appalachian Mountain Life

As some of you who follow my posts may already know, I was raised deep in the Appalachian Mountains. I guess you could say I'm a resident Appalachian

Nov 4, 2016 : Ashley Hill
The (Patiently?) Waiting Game

The (Patiently?) Waiting Game

Currently I've hit a sort of pause in my Appalachian Trail preparations. I've purchased all of my "main" gear items, only a sleeping pad, winter

Oct 10, 2016 : Ashley Hill
How the Mountains Helped Save Me

How the Mountains Helped Save Me

I've spent many years battling crippling depression, once it took me down a path where I attempted to take my own life. Luckily for me a concerned

Sep 28, 2016 : Ashley Hill