Heidi Smith

My name is Heidi, AKA Pie Queen on trail. I'm currently attempting a flip-flop hike of the Appalachian Trail, going NOBO from Harpers Ferry and then flipping SOBO. I’m doing my thru-hike after graduating from college at Duke and before starting work as a software engineer in NYC. Wish me luck!

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It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity: Days 46-51

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity: Days 46-51

The last hundred or so miles of Vermont were less muddy than anticipated, but much more humid. My adventures in New England continue with new terrain, plants, and animals.

Jul 13, 2024 : Heidi Smith
And I Love Vermont, But It’s the Season of the Mud: Days 43-45

And I Love Vermont, But It’s the Season of the Mud: Days 43-45

Day 43: 15.1 AT miles Vermont is where the trail is starting to feel exciting. The pine forests are novel and have a quietness and ancient aura to

Jul 9, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Malady in Massachusetts: Days 37-42

Malady in Massachusetts: Days 37-42

Day 37: 12.6 AT miles After weathering a thunderstorm the previous night, I woke up feeling very unrested and on the verge of getting sick. While

Jul 3, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Welcome to New England: Days 33-36

Welcome to New England: Days 33-36

Day 33: 5.7 AT miles This week was the heat advisory. It was recommended not to hike while it was so hot, but I soldered on. Whether or not that was

Jul 1, 2024 : Heidi Smith
New York and Company: Days 26-32

New York and Company: Days 26-32

Day 26: 15.9 AT miles I woke up super early from my campsite at the drive-in theater, probably due to the road noise, packed up, and headed to a

Jun 27, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Dairies, Drive-Ins, and Delis: Days 22-25

Dairies, Drive-Ins, and Delis: Days 22-25

Day 22: 13.7 AT miles Today was a good day, if only for the fact that I quickly left the state of Pennsylvania. It was also one of the most

Jun 19, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Sayonara, Pennsylvania: Days 17-21

Sayonara, Pennsylvania: Days 17-21

Day 17: 13.1 AT miles After a relaxing first zero day, I took a slow morning in the hotel since the post office in Port Clinton doesn't open until

Jun 17, 2024 : Heidi Smith
A Mouse Ate My Toilet Paper: Days 11-16

A Mouse Ate My Toilet Paper: Days 11-16

Day 11: 11.4 AT miles I had gotten in late the previous night to Duncannon, so I had to rush to do all my town chores before the 10 a.m. checkout

Jun 11, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Cumberland Valley Blues: Days 8-10

Cumberland Valley Blues: Days 8-10

Day 8: 14.2 AT miles When planning the stretch from Pine Grove Furnace to Duncannon, I was apprehensive. There weren't many shelters or tenting

Jun 7, 2024 : Heidi Smith
Rocksylvania? More Like Bugsylvania: Days 5-7

Rocksylvania? More Like Bugsylvania: Days 5-7

Day 5: 14.8 AT miles After a good night’s sleep in a real bed, I had a hearty breakfast at Sunflower Cottage. Pancakes with homemade berry compote,

Jun 2, 2024 : Heidi Smith