Hey y'all! I'm Jana (she/her), a SOBO Appalachian Trail thru-hiker from New Brunswick, Canada. I grew up 4 hours from Millinocket, Maine and just graduated university. I'm a regular weekend warrior backpacker with a passion for a big scoop of PB in my morning oatmeal. I like organizing my Spotify playlists by genre and waking up before sunrise. Follow my adventure @jana__giles on Instagram!
You know, I never did take a zero day in a shelter on-trail. I guess there's no time like the present? Hurricane in the Forecast I left Neel's Gap
The tallest dam in the USA East of the Rockies is Fontana Dam, which also just so happens to be on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. As I
Did I seriously become a gear junkie on trail? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves here. There are many ways to describe my (previous) lack of
My feet are aching. And my ankles are in a state of inflammation. My hips are cracking with every step and my shoulders are crying out from the
The tramily split up at Woods Hole. I'm being dramatic. But it did. In the spirit of "hike your own hike", some people stayed for a zero, and
I'm not sure when the Virginia Blues are supposed to crush my spirits, but I can tell you that it certainly has not been during this last
To my complete surprise, I've been hiking with a huge SOBO bubble since early in Pennsylvania. And I'm not talking 4-8 person tramily huge. I'm
In celebration of reaching the halfway point of this journey, I'd like to throw some optimistic vibes into the universe. I've been saying "happy
I, Ducky, confess that I am kind of a health nut. And this can be rough on trail. Even before I started the trail, I remember Googling healthy
Donkey! Drive-in movie theatre! Delis! There's a lot to unpack from the rest of New York, New Jersey, and the first couple miles of Pennsylvania.