Jake Arens

My name is Jake Arens, but you can call me Sidetrack. I’ll be making my second Appalachian Trail Thru Hike attempt in 2022. I’m a golf course greenskeeper, freelance writer, avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast living in Florida. I'm always working on cool writing projects and having crazy adventures. You'll find my hiking related stuff on The Trek. You can check out my other work at JakeArens.com or find me on Facebook, Instagram and LinkdIn.

Posts

Getting Sidetracked

Getting Sidetracked

When I first got the name Sidetrack at Above the Clouds hostel I felt like I had earned it. I had been frequently distracted by the controlled chaos

Jul 10, 2022 : Jake Arens
The Virginia Blues – Is It Really About State Lines?

The Virginia Blues – Is It Really About State Lines?

If Virginia Blues had a face I was warned well before I entered Virginia. My friend, and 2021 thru-hiker, Weeble Wobble told me to expect a

May 11, 2022 : Jake Arens
Six Days Off Trail

Six Days Off Trail

I opened up the door and beheld a winter wonderland. Snow covered the landscape, wrapping the trees in a crystaline embrace. Unfortunately it was

Apr 25, 2022 : Jake Arens
I’m Done Pretending

I’m Done Pretending

After leaving Above the Clouds Hostel on March 25th, I had to hike with a full pack like everyone else. I was glad to have slackpacked 52 miles but

Apr 12, 2022 : Jake Arens
Working Hard and Slacking Off

Working Hard and Slacking Off

My first two weeks on the Appalachian Trail consisted of long days of hard work and unforgivable laziness. My original start date was set

Mar 27, 2022 : Jake Arens
Sit Down, We Need To Talk… (About Gear)

Sit Down, We Need To Talk… (About Gear)

Since The Trek offered me a spot as a blogger I've been grappling with how to approach the topic of gear. It seems like the majority of

Mar 14, 2022 : Jake Arens
You’re Trash, and That’s Ok

You’re Trash, and That’s Ok

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts as I prep for my 2022 Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt, you might find my tips and explanations a little

Mar 8, 2022 : Jake Arens
Don’t Be an A**hole and Other Helpful Hostel Tips

Don’t Be an A**hole and Other Helpful Hostel Tips

Towns along these trails offer amenities and supplies to hoards of footsore and funky-smelling folk that wander through. Hostels are a key part of

Feb 1, 2022 : Jake Arens
What’s With Trail Names? – Becoming Sidetrack

What’s With Trail Names? – Becoming Sidetrack

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, nearly 3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail each year. With such a teeming mass

Jan 17, 2022 : Jake Arens
A Phased Approach to Training For A Thru Hike

A Phased Approach to Training For A Thru Hike

Most folks attempting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail will fall into two camps: Those hiking themselves into shape, and those who have already

Jan 5, 2022 : Jake Arens