Courtney Branson

Hi, I’m Courtney! Normally you can find me exploring the mountains of East Tennessee, but in 2022 I hiked the Foothills Trail with my dad and dog, and in 2023 I hiked the Appalachian Trail with my boyfriend! (My dad and my dog Jake also started the AT with us. Jake made it about a quarter of the trail before he got hot and tired, my dad, NoName, put on rockets about 300 miles in and finished weeks before Erik and I.) Erik and I are the two thru hikers who don’t have trail names.

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I Duct Taped My Foot

I Duct Taped My Foot

Day 102: 1,510 ft ascent, 7.8 miles We originally thought we wouldn’t be able to get back on trail in Front Royal until 2pm because the free town

Jul 22, 2023 : Courtney Branson
We Have a Blackberry Ice Cream Problem

We Have a Blackberry Ice Cream Problem

Day 93: 2,710 ft ascent, 11.1 miles We woke up in Waynesboro with slightly sore throats and minimal visibility outside. We couldn’t dodge the

Jul 21, 2023 : Courtney Branson
A Hailstorm in a Tent

A Hailstorm in a Tent

Day 88: 1,530 ft ascent, 9.2 miles We got a late start on the trail the next morning, about 10:30 a.m. After looking at the map, we had two good

Jul 13, 2023 : Courtney Branson
Rain, Rain, and Great Food in Buena Vista

Rain, Rain, and Great Food in Buena Vista

Day 85: 5,560 ft ascent, 14.0 miles After two days off trail visiting with my mom it was bittersweet going back to the trail. We wanted to get

Jul 8, 2023 : Courtney Branson
Thomas Jefferson and Low Gluten Cheesecake

Thomas Jefferson and Low Gluten Cheesecake

Day 80: 890 ft ascent, 3.1 miles Erik and I treated ourselves to Cracker Barrel for breakfast in Daleville, then waited for our laundry to finish up

Jul 7, 2023 : Courtney Branson
Will Hike For Banana Pudding

Will Hike For Banana Pudding

Day 73: 2,670 ft ascent, 8.6 miles After a nero and a zero, it was hard to leave and get back to the trail. Erik, Jake, and I had six days of food

Jun 28, 2023 : Courtney Branson
Soaking Up the Detours

Soaking Up the Detours

Day 68: 1,780 ft ascent, 11.4 miles We left the Helvey’s Mill shelter knowing we had a long while to go without water. After reading comments in the

Jun 22, 2023 : Courtney Branson
A Bland Update

A Bland Update

We sent some packages ahead to Bland, VA. Our timing wasn’t working out well, and we needed to travel 57 miles in three days to get to Bland before

Jun 9, 2023 : Courtney Branson
We Found the Ponies!

We Found the Ponies!

Day 59: 4,570 ft ascent, 16.1 miles Today was a lot of climbing. A lot of climbing. We planned to get a big chunk of the climbing done in the

Jun 4, 2023 : Courtney Branson
My Hardest Miles Yet

My Hardest Miles Yet

Day 54: 2,000 ft ascent, 5.6 miles It was time to get back to the trail after a few days of norovirus recovery. Erik’s brother made us some bacon

May 30, 2023 : Courtney Branson