Faren MacDonald

In 2007, when I was 20, I attempted a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I made it 1500 miles before running out of time and money. I rehiked the Trail in 2009 and completed my thru-hike on Springer Mountain. In 2010 and 2011 I was a Ridgerunner for the PATC in Maryland--I kept my hiking legs strong while I saved up for my next hikes. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2012 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013. I returned to the AT in 2014 working as the Ridgerunner Coordinator for the AMC in Connecticut. This is my first summer off trail since 09 and adjusting to an office job is not easy.

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How to Hike Long Distance with Long Hair

How to Hike Long Distance with Long Hair

Planning to thru-hike and wondering what to do about your long hair?  You could cut it all off. Maybe give yourself a mohawk and then shear it all

Sep 3, 2015 : Faren MacDonald
How to Score Cheap and Discounted Food for Your Thru-Hike

How to Score Cheap and Discounted Food for Your Thru-Hike

Use Discount Food Grocery Stores to Improve Your Mail Drops A sampling of what you can expect to find at a discount food store When planning for

Jul 30, 2015 : Faren MacDonald
Losing My Hiker Superpowers

Losing My Hiker Superpowers

Thru-hikers acquire super powers during a thru-hike.  The powers are fun quirks, bragging rights, but they help us on our way.  Hikers need those

Jul 2, 2015 : Faren MacDonald
Seven Questions I Ask Myself Before Day Hiking With Friends

Seven Questions I Ask Myself Before Day Hiking With Friends

Picture this:  a day hike in early spring with temps in the mid 70’s and plenty of sun.  The group is comprised mostly of city kids turned suburb

Jun 18, 2015 : Faren MacDonald