Cari Pattison

I began thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in March of 2019. Offering steep climbs and even steeper learning curves, the AT was everything I'd dreamed it would be- until four months in, a broken ankle took me off. This summer (2020) I returned for another month, bringing my total mileage to 1500. Covid restrictions made going all the way to Maine an impossibility, but the trail still provided its usual feast of rattlesnakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, trailer-hostels, and really frustrating bear-hangs. Plus the best travel companions a girl could ask for. Blogging about my journey has multiplied the joy, and I hope my story reminds you that you're never too old, too short, or too inexperienced to take on a thru-hike. Long-distance backpacking offers a taste of life at its best, and I believe it should be made available to everyone. In my other life I’m a minister, wellness coach, and writer in the Mid-Hudson Valley (NY). You can find me working at Woodstock Reformed Church or Rock and Snow Outfitter in New Paltz. So come by to chat about God, gear, or your favorite sections of trail! I'll keep a hiker meal on hand for you.

Posts

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
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
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