Deane Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me Ruby Throat. I live in the Western North Carolina mountains and I’m planning a flip flop hike (because I never do anything in the “right” order). I’ll start with a new moon on April 26, NOBO from Grayson Highlands State Park (because….ponies!) I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger and a natural born nomad. If you see someone smelling wild roses and marveling at flamboyant fungi along the way, that will be me. Oh, yeah... my knees are totally looking forward to hiking the White Mountains. Please visit me at rubythroatjournal.com, too.

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Wild & White Blazing…An Online Course for Lady Thru-Hikers

Wild & White Blazing…An Online Course for Lady Thru-Hikers

Going All in with the Learning When I decide to do something, like hike the AT, I go (mostly) all in with the research. I’m a Shug Emery doing the v

Feb 21st : Deane Giordano
What’s in My Pack:  Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

What’s in My Pack: Ruby Throat’s Gear List for 2017

Backpack with Benefits Twenty years ago, I moved to the mountains and bought my first “real” backpack, an Osprey ISIS with a built-in chair. A CHAIR

Feb 15th : Deane Giordano
I’m Doing This.  Here’s Why.  (Screw Baby Steps.)

I’m Doing This. Here’s Why. (Screw Baby Steps.)

Turning in My Homework I'm a good student.  A bad planner, but a good student. I've read a lot of AT books, even though I know the real education

Feb 8th : Deane Giordano
Essential Oils on the Trail…For the Love of the Knees

Essential Oils on the Trail…For the Love of the Knees

Hiker hobble is a thing, y’all. At the end of an eight-day section hike in the White Mountains last summer, my knees quit bending. If I had to kne

Feb 1st : Deane Giordano
Five (Final) Reasons to Flip-Flop your Thru-Hike

Five (Final) Reasons to Flip-Flop your Thru-Hike

Once you go unconventional, you never go back. It's been encouraging to hear from so many flip-flopping thru hikers since I started posting my own re

Jan 25th : Deane Giordano
Friday Five:  5 Things to Do 3 Months Before Starting

Friday Five: 5 Things to Do 3 Months Before Starting

Getting over my Planning Fatigue I went into a bit of a slump over the holidays as far as planning and researching my hike goes.  Call it Gear Overw

Jan 20th : Deane Giordano
A 4-Pronged Plan for Getting Myself (and My Sofa) Back in Shape before My Thru Hike

A 4-Pronged Plan for Getting Myself (and My Sofa) Back in Shape before My Thru Hike

I’m 15 weeks out from stepping on the trail and getting serious about my training plan. I’d been strapping on my pack and taking training hikes in th

Jan 17th : Deane Giordano
Ode to Merino: Reasons to Love Wool

Ode to Merino: Reasons to Love Wool

What are your favorite panties? A few years ago a question went around amongst the women in my yoga community—what are your favorite panties? I th

Jan 11th : Deane Giordano
Three More Reasons to Flip Flop on the AT

Three More Reasons to Flip Flop on the AT

Getting my trail legs on. The good reasons for doing a flip flop hike just keep piling up. For a variety of them, I'm starting north on April 26*

Jan 6th : Deane Giordano
Flip Flopper and Proud

Flip Flopper and Proud

We have arrived at Reason #2 for Flip-Flopping. I'm what you might call a "Renaissance Woman." Also known in some circles as multi-passionate or a (

Jan 3rd : Deane Giordano