Cari Pattison

I'm a Northbound AT thru-hiker for 2019, having just left my jobs as a church minister and fitness instructor in New York. In high school my trail name became "Scout" when I mistakenly took an unopened scout-sized sleeping bag on a youth group camping trip to Yellowstone. Every night was a cold experiment of socks pulled up over my arms and coats over my head. Years later, embarking on a thru-hike of the AT is a dream come true! I even have a grown-up sleeping bag.

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8 Ways Thru-hiking Prepares You for Life’s Falls

8 Ways Thru-hiking Prepares You for Life’s Falls

How thru-hiking unexpectedly equipped me for life’s setbacks

Aug 14, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Notes from the AT Disabled List

Notes from the AT Disabled List

"... The problems of the human heart in conflict with itself - only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat." - William

Aug 10, 2019 : Cari Pattison
And That’s How She Got Off Trail

And That’s How She Got Off Trail

What finally took me off trail for 2019

Aug 1, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Finding Your People on a Thru-Hike

Finding Your People on a Thru-Hike

What I learned about loving the ones you’re with

Jul 11, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Ready to quit the Appalachian Trail? Read this first.

Ready to quit the Appalachian Trail? Read this first.

When things get tough and something’s got to give

Jul 5, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Acing a long hike on short legs There’s a gap in Virginia just for us! An under-represented population Welcome, small-sized gals! We may be a

Jun 24, 2019 : Cari Pattison
7 Things to Ask While Thru-hiking

7 Things to Ask While Thru-hiking

A few questions worth asking, from the triple-crown section of AT Virginia

Jun 5, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Five Things Thru-Hiking Teaches You

Five Things Thru-Hiking Teaches You

(Or what it's teaching me.) “And we would walk 500 miles and we would walk 1,700 more...” Five lessons after 500 miles Thoughts on tragedy, Trail

May 26, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Top 10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Thru-Hiking

Top 10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Thru-Hiking

My First Six Weeks - What's Surprised Me MostI expected the AT to be beautiful---and it is. I expected to have time to process and heal and

May 3, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Holy Week on the AT

Holy Week on the AT

I Can't Wait to Soak My FeetAfter 13 miles of hiking, I stop to take off my trail runners. I'm somewhere in North Carolina (or is it Tennessee?), and

Apr 21, 2019 : Cari Pattison