Cari Pattison

a.k.a. "Sprout." I can't wait to return to the Appalachian Trail this summer in hopes of completing my 2019 northbound thru-hike. Before a trail-ending injury around the 1300-mile mark (thanks, Jersey!), I loved nearly every minute of the long journey north- even the 5-inch spider who camped out in my shoe in the Shenandoahs. I'm a minister by trade, and the intervening months have found me working at a monastery, outdoor outfitter, and yoga studio, as well as preaching in various churches. Making a new home in the Hudson Valley (NY) has been a dream come true, and finishing the AT will make it two. Thanks for following along!

Posts

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
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