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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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 of

Jan 28th : 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 29th : 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 4th : 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 layer

Oct 10th : 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 par

Sep 28th : Ashley Hill
Pre-Trail “Zero” Days: Take Them

Pre-Trail “Zero” Days: Take Them

So, you've decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. At this point you've probably been reading up on the history and making of the AT and staying up un

Sep 20th : Ashley Hill
On Growing Up in the Appalachian Mountains: An Intro

On Growing Up in the Appalachian Mountains: An Intro

One of my relatives used to say that to arrive at the Hill's household you needed a four-wheel-drive truck, followed by an ATV, followed by a horse, t

Sep 16th : Ashley Hill