Emily Rahn

I've been a backpacker for more than a decade, but my first thru-hike was the Colorado Trail in 2019. It was amazing! Since then I hiked the South Dakota Centennial Trail and attempted the Uinta Highline Trail. This summer I am hiking the Appalachian trail northbound, starting in the first half of April. Excited to spend months in the woods, find a trail family, and explore the eastern United States!

Posts

Shenandoah Snacking

Shenandoah Snacking

Late morning found me on a gentle ridge between trees full of bird song. As I hiked I slowly ate a Stinger waffle and felt entirely content with an overwhelming sense that the trail is my home.

Jun 21, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Days with Mike

Days with Mike

The trail climbed from James River, though it went quickly as Mike and I chatted the entire time. We took a lunch break when the trail flattened at Little Rocky Row.

Jun 20, 2022 : Emily Rahn
An Unexpected Zero

An Unexpected Zero

Shortly before noon, Sonic Boom, Hobble-It, Lt. Dingleberry, and High Route arrived in town. Along with a hiker named Three Sticks, we went to brunch at Cracker Barrel.

Jun 14, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Virginia’s Triple Crown

Virginia’s Triple Crown

As I hiked I thought about an ex-boyfriend, Alexis, who passed away on this day four years ago. He would be happy I am walking amongst trees.

Jun 11, 2022 : Emily Rahn
A Wonderful Hostel

A Wonderful Hostel

I woke with the light and got up, though I was still tired. The plan was to reach our hostel before the late afternoon rain.

Jun 3, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Coexisting with Rain

Coexisting with Rain

Shortly into the day I passed the 1/4 milestone for the entire trail!!

Jun 2, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Friends Old and New

Friends Old and New

I slept well and got an early start, eager to do a 20 mile day. Nearly five miles in I encountered Wendy slack-packing the opposite way. I hadn’t seen her since Winding Stair Gap, mile 109, but we’ve kept in touch via text.

May 27, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Damascus Bound

Damascus Bound

A small cascade nearby served as the shelter water source. I found a salamander family, three big and one small, hanging out in the shallow wash of water over a big rock. I was so excited!!

May 22, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Family and Vistas

Family and Vistas

It was a brisk morning so I kept my puffy on until I warmed from the uphill climb and patches of sunshine. The four miles flew by and soon I was at Indian Grave Gap.

May 16, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Trail Name and Magic

Trail Name and Magic

I started my day doing Yoga with Adriene! This was a typical activity pre-trail and my body welcomed the hip opening flow.

May 14, 2022 : Emily Rahn