Aurora Smedley

A passionate hiker, musician, and budding ultrarunner, Aurora left her graduate program to hike the PCT solo in 2017. A perennial explorer, she has spent over 2 years of her life on foreign turf, including working as a musician in China, hiking over 250 miles in Patagonia, and doing academic research in India, Quebec, and California. What excites her now are tens of thousands of future trail miles (fuck yeah!!!) and writing music. Aurora is a graduate of UC Berkeley Geophysics and a Cornell Engineering Ph.D. dropout. You can find more of her at: https://thoughtsfromthetrail.wordpress.com/.

Posts

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

The Anatomy of Post-Trail Depression

I didn't expect it. At first, civilization was a welcome respite from hiking in snow, ice, and smoke.  Hot meals and warm showers galore. Not

Dec 10, 2018 : Aurora Smedley
The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

The Case for Thru-Hiking Psychology

Thru-hiking is a mind game, and psychological factors affect every aspect of our hikes: our success, our enjoyment, and our safety. This is how I started thinking about thru-hiking psychology.

Feb 15, 2018 : Aurora Smedley