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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I Would Never Have Hiked the Appalachian Trail if It Weren’t for This

I Would Never Have Hiked the Appalachian Trail if It Weren’t for This

I am here, I am here / I've already seen the bottom so there's nothing to fear ... / I don't have the answers but the question is clear - Pink A

Apr 14, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Thru-Hiker Hunger Games

Thru-Hiker Hunger Games

Or how I tried not to starve My Hiking Appetite Theme Song(Cue synthesizer) I just can't get enough / I just can't get enough / I just can't get

Apr 4, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Our Trail Family Comes Together

Our Trail Family Comes Together

Meet my first trail fam!

Mar 29, 2019 : Cari Pattison
I Didn’t Cry On the Trail Until This

I Didn’t Cry On the Trail Until This

What finally brought me to tears

Mar 25, 2019 : Cari Pattison
My Five Favorite Thru-Hiker Items

My Five Favorite Thru-Hiker Items

It's still early, but one week in, here's my "For the win!" list: 1. Garage Grown Gear Fanny Pack Lightweight, holds a lot, waterproof, cool

Mar 22, 2019 : Cari Pattison
“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

What I got rid of in my first two days of thru-hiking

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

Things people said that made me laugh

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
5 Things No One Tells You About Packing for a Thru-hike

5 Things No One Tells You About Packing for a Thru-hike

1. Stuff isn't just stuff"Pack light!" everyone says. It's the night before I leave for Atlanta to start thru-hiking the AT. I have already boxed

Mar 15, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Why Are You Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Why Are You Hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Befriending the questions: "Do you think you should do this, at your advanced age?" my 66-year-old dad said to me last night half-jokingly at

Mar 14, 2019 : Cari Pattison