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!

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Halfway Means Ice Cream

Halfway Means Ice Cream

We stopped at the general store for the half gallon challenge, which entails eating that quantity of ice cream in 30 minutes. Come Along, Bumblebee, and I got 1.5 quart containers of Neapolitan ice cream.

Jul 5, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Maryland Copperheads

Maryland Copperheads

An ATC Ridgerunner came by and asked if I was Strider. She had a bag with three small Copperheads and we watched her release them into the wild. Yay, I really wanted to see one!

Jul 1, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Virginia Highs

Virginia Highs

Serendipity asked how I was feeling and if I’d gotten the Virginia blues. I haven’t, in fact I’ve really enjoyed the state. Mostly due to the amazing people with whom I’ve been hiking and zero’ing.

Jun 27, 2022 : Emily Rahn
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