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.
According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, nearly 3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail each year. With such a teeming mass
Most folks attempting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail will fall into two camps: Those hiking themselves into shape, and those who have already
Why I’m Starting Over In my last post, Why I'm Attempting an Appalachian Trail Thru Hike…Again, I outlined my reasons for hiking again, even after
Face to Face with Failure It was 35 degrees, and the rain pelted my face, hiding the tears. My fingers ached with the cold, I could barely feel my