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. This led me to attempting a flip flop thru-hike of the AT in 2017, making it approximately 700 miles before having to leave due to knee issues. I am hoping to continue LASHing the trail until completion. I grew up deep in the middle of nowhere in Virginia and have loved exploring more of my beloved Appalachian Mountains.

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Post-LASH: One Year Later

Post-LASH: One Year Later

My waterfront bar was full because it was a rainy day, forcing customers indoors rather than enjoying their vacation time out on the lake. After two

Aug 27, 2018 : Ashley Hill
We Heard the Call, We Answered… Now What?

We Heard the Call, We Answered… Now What?

There is a particular day in every aspiring thru-hiker's life where we suddenly heard the call of the wild, or for me in particular, Katahdin's

Mar 5, 2018 : Ashley Hill
Farewell, For Now

Farewell, For Now

I am writing this during a four hour long Greyhound layover in New York City...too far from the trail for my taste. The sky has a sickly yellow glow,

Aug 7, 2017 : Ashley Hill
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