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.

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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
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 Most I 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 Feet After 13 miles of hiking, I stop to take off my trail runners. I'm somewhere in North Carolina (or is it Tennessee?),

Apr 21, 2019 : Cari Pattison
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

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