Gail Barrett

Hi, everyone! I’m a 62 year old romance novelist who has decided to get out from behind my desk and do a flip-flop AT thru-hike starting in April 2017. I admit I’m both thrilled and terrified at the thought of taking on a challenge this big. I have no backpacking skills, no survival expertise, and absolutely no reason to believe I can do this other than a healthy dose of stubbornness that has always helped me succeed. I figure this will either be the adventure of a lifetime or the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. I hope you’ll cheer me along as I try to find out!

Posts

Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

Everything You Wanted to Know about Thru-Hiking and Weren’t Afraid to Ask

We've received a lot of questions about the logistics of thru-hiking while we've been on the trail. Unfortunately, because of limited cellphone

May 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Hiking Amnesia: Impressions from a Mid-Trek Break

Thru-hiking is a lot like childbirth.  The minute it’s over you forget the pain, you forget the misery of scaling mountains with a heavy pack

May 17, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

Porcupines, Cookies, and Other Unexpected Adventures

I mentioned in my last post that on the  Appalachian Trail nothing seems to go as planned. Every week is full of surprises -- some funny, some

May 15, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Major Tom to Ground Control…

Major Tom to Ground Control…

If there's one thing I've learned from this hike so far, it's that I am not in control. I can't stop people from getting injured. I can't change the

May 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

From Deli Hopping to the Agony Grind: A Wild Hike through New York

  I've got to hand it to New York. There is nothing mundane about hiking through this flamboyant state. Unconventional, sure. But boring? Not

May 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

Snickers Bars to the Rescue – Trail Magic Does the Trick

I've never cared for Snickers Bars. In fact, I doubt I've eaten more than a few of them in my entire life. But as odd as it may seem, some trail

Apr 26, 2017 : Gail Barrett
How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

How Low Can We Go? A Not-So-Fun-Week on the AT

If you're hoping for an upbeat post about thru-hiking, this isn't it. This is an honest assessment of the rather brutal week we've had. Here's

Apr 20, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Pee-wee Herman and Machine Gun Fire – the Highs and Lows of Our Second Week on theTrail

Pee-wee Herman and Machine Gun Fire – the Highs and Lows of Our Second Week on theTrail

What a week! Each day seems like an eternity on the trail, packed with so many unusual experiences that it's impossible to sum them all up.  But here

Apr 12, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

Deer Legs and Hiker Rage – a Recap of Week One

I knew that this hike would be painful.  I knew that I'd be exhausted, although I still vastly underestimated the difficulty of hauling a 27 lb. pack

Apr 6, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Coping with the Countdown – The Frantic, Last-Minute Preparations for an Imminent Thru-Hike

Coping with the Countdown – The Frantic, Last-Minute Preparations for an Imminent Thru-Hike

The moment has finally arrived.  After an entire year of preparation, two somewhat disastrous shakedowns -- and studying every book, article and blog

Mar 21, 2017 : Gail Barrett