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!

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The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

The Shocking Moment of Truth — or a Desperate Plea for Packing Help

For the past eight months, ever since I decided to attempt an AT thru-hike, I’ve been accumulating hiking gear. Since I tend to be somewhat anal (okay

Dec 30th : Gail Barrett
The Sound of Cosmic Laughter

The Sound of Cosmic Laughter

From what I’ve read, thru-hiking the Appalachian trail teaches us important lessons.  There will be things we need to learn, aspects of our lives we h

Nov 21st : Gail Barrett
A Tale of Two Privies (Part 2)

A Tale of Two Privies (Part 2)

Before I get to my nomination for the Best Privy on the AT, Mid-Atlantic region. let me make one thing clear.  In my opinion, nothing beats modern plu

Oct 26th : Gail Barrett
A Tale of Two Privies (Part I)

A Tale of Two Privies (Part I)

If you're anything like me, the word privy probably evokes images of a nasty little outhouse with a stench so staggering you'd rather hightail it to t

Oct 24th : Gail Barrett
Five Signs You’ve Descended into Thru-Hiking Madness

Five Signs You’ve Descended into Thru-Hiking Madness

Plantar-fasciitis bandaging If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d post a picture of my bandaged foot on Facebook, I would have been aghast.  T

Oct 17th : Gail Barrett
Taking a Rain Check

Taking a Rain Check

Slogging through the rain Waterproof pack liners do no good if you leave them at home.  You should practice putting on an external pack cover befo

Oct 2nd : Gail Barrett
Sole Searching: An Aspiring Thru-Hiker’s Quest for the Perfect Shoes

Sole Searching: An Aspiring Thru-Hiker’s Quest for the Perfect Shoes

John testing his Merrell shoes If there's one piece of gear AT thru-hikers are opinionated about it’s shoes -- and with good reason since it takes

Sep 28th : Gail Barrett
The Secret Life of Trees (or if a tree falls in the forest is it actually plotting to kill you?)

The Secret Life of Trees (or if a tree falls in the forest is it actually plotting to kill you?)

One of the quirkier things my husband has been worrying about as we prepare for our AT thru-hike is getting hit by a falling tree, which amuses me a b

Sep 21st : Gail Barrett
Math Matters

Math Matters

Today was our big day.  We’d been putting it off for months, focusing on getting in better condition before carrying any serious weight on our weekend

Sep 18th : Gail Barrett
How a bad hike turned into a valuable lesson

How a bad hike turned into a valuable lesson

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way.  We’d only set out to hike a dozen gentle miles on a warm September day.  I never expected it to end up like

Sep 12th : Gail Barrett