Yep, it is really happening! This 31 year old Dutch woman (girl?) from one of the flattest countries in the world is going to try and conquer the ancient mountains of the USA on the Appalachian Trail, starting in March of 2018. I still go by my real-life name of Esther, momentarily enjoying the sedentary life of a financial administration job, happily living in the big city of Amsterdam. Having studied Cultural Anthropology, I have an innate interest in other cultures and a craving for adventure, that I somehow also need to balance with my more introvert and careful character. But I love a challenge!
The story of how I got my trail name and lost my precious electronics in the Smokies..
My first impressions of the trail and the community as a NOBO'er
A little summary of my nerves, less than 24 hours before I leave!
My mom planted the seed, New Zealand made it grow and the Camino actually made it blossom: how my love for hiking has developed over time!
On my make-or-break trip to the French Pyrenees, I learned quite some new lessons the hard way.
European hikers face a few obstacles once they decide to hike the Appalachian Trail: getting a visa, using a different metric system, logistics, gear availability and the unknown.
All the personal reasons why I should not do the Appalachian Trail, but also why I am so stubborn that I am still going in 2018 :)