Cari Pattison

I began thru-hiking north on the Appalachian Trail in March of 2019. With steep climbs and even steeper learning curves, the AT was everything I'd hoped for… until four months in, I broke my ankle in New Jersey.With a newly strengthened distal fibula, I’ve made my way back to the trail and pieced together 400 more miles over the past three years- a journey filled with rocks, roots, and rattlesnakes- plus new trail friends to help weather everything from tornadoes to trailer hostels.Inspired by little churches along the trail, I took a call in 2020 to pastor the Woodstock Reformed Church in the Catskill Mountains (NY).My hope is to complete the final stretch of NH and ME before I'm 50! (i.e., before July 2026), to officially finish my "M.Y.T.H." - or, Multi-Year Thru-Hike.Best of all, I’m now joined by my rescue pup Ollie, who shares my love for town treats, petite gear, and cozy shelters in the rain.

Posts

Bones, Sweat & Tears

Bones, Sweat & Tears

Finally on a bus back to NYDear Reader,Spoiler alert: in case you hadn’t guessed, I’m off trail.This is the post I didn’t want to

Aug 9, 2023 : Cari Pattison
Jungle Boogie: Notes From a Wet Vermont

Jungle Boogie: Notes From a Wet Vermont

Embarking on the final 500 Did it rain this day? At some point, yes. (The answer nearly every day this week). Reflections in the rain My feet are

Jul 4, 2023 : Cari Pattison
Getting Unstuck In a Rut (-land)

Getting Unstuck In a Rut (-land)

The power of restTaking a sabbatical from my sabbatical I push myself up Mt. Bromley, my knees screaming, “Slow down!” My athletic friend Amy

Jun 26, 2023 : Cari Pattison
A Love Letter to Vermont

A Love Letter to Vermont

Verdancy, Ver-mud, & VerisimilitudeI had to look up that last word, too. It means “the appearance of something true or real.”Vermont’s

Jun 25, 2023 : Cari Pattison
If At First You Don’t Succeed…

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Thru-hike 2.0Sitting outside my motel room in Bennington, Vermont, it still hasn’t sunk in that this is what we’re doing: returning to the

Jun 16, 2023 : Cari Pattison
Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

(Originally published June 2019; updated September 2020) Acing a long hike on short legs There’s a gap in Virginia just for us! An

Aug 25, 2020 : Cari Pattison
Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

Thru-Hiking Through Grief: How Widower Randy Fuller’s 2019 Hike Changed His Life

I don't remember when I met Randy Fuller, aka Survivor, but I know when I said goodbye.Last July, both of us were midway through our northbound

Mar 18, 2020 : Cari Pattison
How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

How the Hike Changes You: Reflections from 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

“It’s official,” I told my friend on the phone as I stepped outside and braced against the cold. “I just blew up my life.” The day was January 6,

Jan 21, 2020 : Cari Pattison
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