Heather OConnell

Hi, Hola and Aloha! As an adventurer, cultural enthusiast, educator, enlightenment seeker, hiker, runner, and soul searcher, the idea of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail tickles me with delight! I grew up in Long Island, New York, and after living in California, Hawaii and Spain, and backpacking six weeks on the A.T. as a LASHER (Long-Ass-Section-Hiker), I am thrilled to explore the entirety of the trail on foot. I first experienced backpacking not far from the beautiful Redwoods of Arcata, California and this developed into a passion on the tropical paradise island of the Big Island of Hawaii. An international Fulbright Scholarship brought me to Spain and I followed my dream to live in this foreign country and have loved exploring Galicia. I traversed from Spain over the Pyrenees and into France one step at a time last summer and am thrilled to take in the vast terrain and beauty of the Eastern U.S. on foot in the spring of this year. Teaching has financed and afforded me the time to partake in all of my adventures and when I am inspiring students to be stewards of the land through the lens of science and math, I feel as if I am pursuing a passion and it fulfills me greatly. Long-distance hiking includes another enthusiasm and I eagerly anticipate a future career in which those worlds can collide. I look forward to sharing my experience and inspiring others as I celebrate this new decade of life. Happy Trails!

Posts

Four Reasons Why I Will Thru-Hike the A.T. at Forty

Four Reasons Why I Will Thru-Hike the A.T. at Forty

Introduction As a LASHER, or long ass section hiker of the A.T, I enjoyed the amazing opportunity of hiking  from Bear Mountain, NY to Grant’s

Feb 20, 2021 : Heather OConnell
Six Things I Learned in Six Weeks on the Appalachian Trail

Six Things I Learned in Six Weeks on the Appalachian Trail

Experience as a LASHER As a Long-ass-section-hiker, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of hiking from Bear Mountain, New York to Grafton Notch,

Feb 17, 2021 : Heather OConnell
Planting the Seeds of Desire to Thru-Hike the A.T.

Planting the Seeds of Desire to Thru-Hike the A.T.

The Early Days I grew up in a small suburban town on Long Island, New York where I cultivated my love of the outdoors. Trips to the abundant,

Feb 16, 2021 : Heather OConnell