Audrey Payne

After bouncing back from a debilitating spinal injury, Audrey Payne quit her dream job working for World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She loved (almost) every second of it. From there, she moved to beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where she works in public relations for a scientific research organization and spends her free time hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddleboarding, and learning to play the guitar. She has gone on to hike the Colorado Trail, Foothills Trail, Wonderland Trail, John Muir Trail, Trans-Catalina Trail, and more, and she hopes to thru-hike another long trail in the not-too-distant future. Check out her AT memoir, “Where the Rhododendrons Bloom,” on Amazon and Kindle.

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The Comedown from Katahdin

The Comedown from Katahdin

It's been about a month since I finished my thru-hike. I've been wanting to write---wanting to put into words what it all meant to me, but I've

Oct 12, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Maine: I’ve Reached the Promised Land

Maine: I’ve Reached the Promised Land

Maine. The way a thru-hike should be. The reward for hiking almost 2,000 miles prior to arrival. The promised land.There’s a good reason we got

Sep 25, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Highs and Lows of New Hampshire

The Highs and Lows of New Hampshire

When I met Miss Janet in Pennsylvania, she told me that thru-hikers arrive in New Hampshire feeling like they're ten feet tall, only to quickly be

Sep 11, 2018 : Audrey Payne
A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships

A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships

I have a lot of feelings about Vermont. Or rather, I had a lot of feelings in Vermont. Some were good, some were bad. Either way, I don't think I

Aug 10, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Connecticut, Massachusetts: Gateways to the North

Connecticut, Massachusetts: Gateways to the North

Connecticut and Massachusetts were a bit of a blur, though both perfectly lovely states to hike through, and nice gateways to the north. Connecticut

Aug 7, 2018 : Audrey Payne
There’s Magic on the Trail in New Jersey

There’s Magic on the Trail in New Jersey

New Jersey has been such a pleasant surprise. After the trials of Pennsylvania, which included a heat wave (where I may or may not have gotten heat

Jul 9, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love

Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love

Virginia is a lovely state. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And come to think of it, don't let anyone tell you it's flat, either.I'm writing

Jul 2, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

The evening before we would enter Grayson Highlands State Park, we had to scramble to make it to a shelter as a big lightning storm rolled in. We had

May 24, 2018 : Audrey Payne
Straddling the Border: The Highlights Reel

Straddling the Border: The Highlights Reel

The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind and a delight. I can't believe it has been this long since I've written. But rest assured, I'm

May 7, 2018 : Audrey Payne
The Splendor of the Smokies

The Splendor of the Smokies

There is a rumor mill on trail the likes of which I haven't seen since high school. Seriously, word gets around the trail, and it gets around fast.

Apr 14, 2018 : Audrey Payne