I'm Jamie, trail name Ivy, and I'm stoked to join the long distance backpacking world after years of listening to podcasts, doing trail maintenance, lurking in backpacking forums, and planning epic trips in my head. I live in Manhattan, and when I'm not out on weekend hiking trips, I like lifting heavy sh*t with my gym buddies and following it up with bottomless brunch. Read about my September, 2020 hike on the southern portion of Vermont's Long Trail while I prepare to conquer the north next year!
Earlier this fall I spent twelve glorious, painful days out on Vermont’s Long Trail in an attempt to complete an end-to-end (the Long Trail’s term for a thru-hike) as my first-ever solo backpacking trip. If I had the chance to time-travel back to my naive pre-trail self, here’s what I’d tell past-me to do differently, and what I’d tell her to keep the same.
After hiking in rainy, blustering conditions for three days and leaving my hiking buddy Bartman behind, I decided to shlep into town at Lincoln Gap
As we hike closer to Maine Junction (and closer to the rugged northern portion of the trail), both Bartman and I started to get a bit nervous for
After my first entire week hiking North on the Long Trail, I’ve still got 90 percent of my toenails and it feels like a lifestyle. It’s weird how
On the third and fourth day of my NOBO end-to-end hike, I really started to doubt whether my body was ready for this thing. Mainly, my kneecaps
Trail update: I have a trail name, but the miles on my first two days did not come easy. There were ups and downs, physically and mentally.
My gear choices for a solo NOBO on the Long Trail, what I learned on an overnight AT shakedown hike, and COVID-19 requirements for New York City folk entering Vermont.
Hi, I’m Jamie and I’ll be attempting a northbound end-to-end hike of Vermont’s Long Trail this fall. Here’s a little about me and why I’m