Erin Tate

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I'll be putting my biology degree to good use as I explore the Appalachian Trail with my big brother Andrew in 2015. We'll be stepping off a day after my 28th birthday. I'll also be hiking for a good cause - on the trail I'll be raising money for BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America), a non-profit dedicated to providing bilingual education to some of the most underprivileged families in Honduras (please donate at GoFundMe.com/ATforBECA). Maybe we'll even write a book about our adventures on the Trail ourselves! After the AT, I plan on going to grad school for ecology and then seeing where life takes me.

Posts

5 Weeks Stranded in Paradise

5 Weeks Stranded in Paradise

If I've lived and learned anything on this Trail, it's definitely been "embrace the suck". Once the suckage has been embraced fully, only then does

Jul 10, 2015 : Erin Tate
You Can Do Anything for 10 Seconds

You Can Do Anything for 10 Seconds

I'm no longer writing as Erin. Today, I write to you with my brand spankin' new trail name; Clever Girl. And I'm here to tell you about perseverance;

Jun 24, 2015 : Erin Tate
Never Eat Soggy Wheaties

Never Eat Soggy Wheaties

I'm sitting in the Spring Creek Tavern in Hot Springs as I write this post, reflecting on the past weeks since my last update. I've actually lost

May 6, 2015 : Erin Tate
The Pain Is Ever So Real

The Pain Is Ever So Real

I've been in a lot of pain recently. Yeah, my knees are sore and stiff and I can't bend them properly, and yeah the chafing in my chest area is

Apr 15, 2015 : Erin Tate
The Journey Begins: Night Hikes and Mines of Moria

The Journey Begins: Night Hikes and Mines of Moria

It has begun: the journey of a lifetime. And boy, did ours begin with a bang. 10 days in and we've made it roughly 50 miles (hey, I told you it'd

Apr 4, 2015 : Erin Tate
Fat and Bald and I Haven’t Left Amicalola

Fat and Bald and I Haven’t Left Amicalola

Today is my 28th birthday,  and tomorrow I start the Appalachian Trail. That statement lacks prose and insight,  but I want to write the truth and

Mar 24, 2015 : Erin Tate
Gear List (Or: How You Can Tell I’m New At This)

Gear List (Or: How You Can Tell I’m New At This)

Well well well, I guess it's time for me to post my own gear list and get the expert thoughts and opinions that the Appalachian Trial community is

Feb 24, 2015 : Erin Tate
Challenging Thoughts and Fears

Challenging Thoughts and Fears

With just under 5 weeks til my brother and I start our Appalachian Trail adventure I've been starting to worry nonstop. Keeping myself awake at

Feb 23, 2015 : Erin Tate
How Not to Hike the Appalachian Trail: a Style Guide

How Not to Hike the Appalachian Trail: a Style Guide

Shoutout to Ben Grelle, better known as "style guide" (complete with better, funnier captions) on his website, or view shameless plug for BECA) I had

Jan 21, 2015 : Erin Tate
Hiking The AT for BECA

Hiking The AT for BECA

NOTE: This isn't a plea for donations, or an appeal on your generosity. If you want to donate to BECA - fantastic! After all, I'm hiking to help

Dec 12, 2014 : Erin Tate