I'm a NOBO '18 AT Thru-hiker. I completed 700 miles of the trail after college (Wake Forest University) in 2012. I've been aching to get back and finish ever since so here I am. The six years since hiking last I've developed myself as a writer, barista, non-profit arts advocate and dog-mom. My pup, Sadie, is hiking along with me. Follow my hike more on Instagram, or at my website [www.theoneswhowalk.com] for my A.T. story-collecting project.
I had just descended The Priest—a 4,062-foot tall mountain in Nelson County, VA. The previous night I had camped at the Priest Shelter, famous for
I reached the summit of Katahdin five days ago, on Sept. 10, 2018. Since returning home I’ve had a lot of emotions and trip-related thoughts to
In the beginning of the trail everyone had opinions about how to hike. Every person brings their own philosophy of hiking to the trail. The friends I
It’s a bit late to be writing about this, but I’ve been meaning to share what I sent home once summer descended with her heat, humidity and
The smell. The odor of layers of sweat between your pores. The sweet, sticky smell of body odor stuck in your clothes. The dirt in the crease of your
I've always used AWOL's guide and tore out town pages to include in my drop boxes. For the first six weeks of my hike I was content. I had my Data
No matter how much it seems that other hikers’ decisions put pressure you — they have nothing to do with you. They have nothing to do with me. My hike is unaffected. The only person affecting my hike is me. I am hiking my own hike.
Six years ago I attempted a thru-hike and made it 700 miles. The night before I left for Amicalola Falls my pack sat next to my bed. I had not packed
Hiking with a dog is a lot more fun, super rewarding, but a lot more work as well. When you take a long-distance backpacking trip you basically have
Today marks two weeks until my start date at Springer Mountain to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Yesterday, I packed 99 backpacking meals for three months’ worth of dinners. Up until that point I’d felt anxious about my level of preparation — I was feeling a bit behind.