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

Back in the Saddle…or Not?

Back in the Saddle…or Not?

The verdict about my knees came in.  The good news is that I don't have any stress fractures.  The bad news is...I don't have any stress fractures.

Jul 8, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Languishing in Hiker Limbo

Languishing in Hiker Limbo

For the past two weeks I’ve been languishing in hiker limbo, one part of me back on the Appalachian Trail, the other part here at home.  It’s a

Jul 1, 2017 : Gail Barrett
I Came, I Saw, I Didn’t Conquer

I Came, I Saw, I Didn’t Conquer

I've got to hand it to the White Mountains. In the battle of the mountains v. my knees, the score is White Mountains: one; my knees: zero. At least

Jun 19, 2017 : Gail Barrett
All in a Day’s Hike

All in a Day’s Hike

Imagine that you've been hiking since dawn. It's now mid afternoon, and your feet hurt. Your clothes are dripping with sweat. Your legs, which

Jun 16, 2017 : Gail Barrett
Skinny Legs and Uncombed Hair — the Life of an AT Thru-hiker

Skinny Legs and Uncombed Hair — the Life of an AT Thru-hiker

So we were sitting in a cafe in Hanover, NH, eating breakfast this morning when I suddenly realized that not only had I not showered or washed my

Jun 9, 2017 : Gail Barrett
The Joy of a Sunny Day (or Three)

The Joy of a Sunny Day (or Three)

If I ever questioned the ability of a sunny day to lift my mood, that doubt is gone -- because the rain finally stopped this week. The sun came out

Jun 4, 2017 : Gail Barrett
The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The fates are conspiring against us. Or maybe I should say they're conspiring for us, because oddly enough, every time we decide we're fed up with

May 31, 2017 : Gail Barrett
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