Left-handed. I grew out my sassy bangs, but I'm still sassy. I spent my senior year of high school in India. I lived in Chicago and worked in finance for a few years, before deciding to quit my job and hike the AT from April to September 2013. After having hiked the PCT in 2015, I'm back home in Asheville, N.C., planning a winter cycling trip.
Gear Review: ZPacks 10F Sleeping Bag
Shoes, pack and a shelter – These used to be the most important pieces of gear to me. Until I used a ZPacks sleeping bag. Now my sleep system
Unknown Parts: Examining Gender and the Fear of Solitude
It was happening again. I spent 45 minutes driving to a popular trailhead in Western North Carolina, counted three cars in the parking lot and drove
Gear Review: Klymit Inertia O Zone
Disclaimer: The following product was donated by Klymit for review purposes. All reviews on AppalachianTrials.com, however, reflect the absolute
Loved Ones of Thru Hikers: 5 Things To Know
For all those who have a loved one planning to walk for a long time on the Appalachian Trail, the below is based on my own experience and will
5 Reasons Why Life After a Thru Hike Might Be More Difficult than the Hike Itself (And Why It’s Still Worth the Trek)
I knew a long-distance hike would be extremely challenging. I knew hiking the Appalachian Trail would throw all kinds of uncomfortable situations my
Into the woods. Into the wild. Into the infinite abyss. Into danger. Into our doubts. Into our fears. Into ourselves. Throwing
I’m Looking for a Dime
My decision to hike the A.T. last April had many uncertainties for me. The most miles I'd ever walked deliberately and consecutively, that I was
The Simplicity of Happiness
*Warning* this post may cause you to quit your job. From working in finance, to throwing it all away to go backpacking, to becoming a hiking guide in Asheville, Carly shows us her path toward happiness, and what we can learn from her journey.