Crystal Gail Welcome

I am a writer, activist, and Black outdoor leader. I am also an experiential educator who specializes in restorative adventures & narrative storytelling as a form of healing.

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Balance Over Obstacles

Balance Over Obstacles

On July 4, 2020, I began my 310-mile trek on the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). By hiking the SHT, I chose to speak out against racial injustice in

Aug 24, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
SHT Total Thru-Hike Complete

SHT Total Thru-Hike Complete

SHT NOBO (Northbound, starting in Wisconsin ending at the Canadian border) Total thru-hike complete!     Total miles: 310+ In

Aug 14, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Hiking While Black

Hiking While Black

Surprisingly, my trek has gotten major attention. Granted, my intent was to speak out about injustice in light of the death of George Floyd, by

Jul 31, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Hiker Hunger SHT

Hiker Hunger SHT

Hiker hunger is a phenomenon hikers encounter when our appetite becomes insatiable and we crave some of the weirdest things. Some hikers will say

Jul 26, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Library Shack in the Woods

Library Shack in the Woods

I was warned that the Duluth section of the SHT might come with a few roadblocks (meant both literally and figuratively), but the views would be

Jul 22, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Trail Angel Advocates

Trail Angel Advocates

The SHT has two non-section hikes. The traditional one starts at Martin Road Trailhead and is about 260 miles long. The total thru-hike starts at

Jul 13, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
10,000 Lakes

10,000 Lakes

I’m feeling a bit like the character Eugene Henderson in the book Henderson the Rain King. It seems that every place I’ve hiked the rain has

Jul 9, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
Lady Slippers

Lady Slippers

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, I began my 300-mile thru-hike along the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The intention of this hike is to raise money and

Jul 8, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
SHT Gear List Trades

SHT Gear List Trades

On Saturday, July 4th, at 8:46 a.m. (in George Floyd's memory - 8 minutes and 46 minutes a grim symbol of police brutality) I will begin my Superior

Jun 30, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome
SHT Gear List

SHT Gear List

I will begin my Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) thru-hike in precisely seven days. As of June 1, the SHT Association recommends that SHT users

Jun 27, 2020 : Crystal Gail Welcome