Jana

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!

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I Finished the Appalachian Trail: SOBO Days 151 – 154

I Finished the Appalachian Trail: SOBO Days 151 – 154

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

Nov 18, 2022 : Jana
Why Engineers Thru-Hike: SOBO Days 144 – 151

Why Engineers Thru-Hike: SOBO Days 144 – 151

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

Nov 12, 2022 : Jana
Gear That Survived 2000 Miles: SOBO Days 138 – 143

Gear That Survived 2000 Miles: SOBO Days 138 – 143

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

Nov 10, 2022 : Jana
Thru-Hiker Foot Care: SOBO Days 128 – 137

Thru-Hiker Foot Care: SOBO Days 128 – 137

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

Nov 8, 2022 : Jana
Humans of the Trail: SOBO Days 119 – 127

Humans of the Trail: SOBO Days 119 – 127

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

Nov 1, 2022 : Jana
What’s That About Virginia Blues: SOBO Days 105 – 119

What’s That About Virginia Blues: SOBO Days 105 – 119

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

Oct 26, 2022 : Jana
The Tramily Makes a Playlist: SOBO Days 96 – 104

The Tramily Makes a Playlist: SOBO Days 96 – 104

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

Oct 21, 2022 : Jana
50 Awesome Things on the Appalachian Trail: SOBO Days 88 – 95

50 Awesome Things on the Appalachian Trail: SOBO Days 88 – 95

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

Oct 13, 2022 : Jana
What I Eat in a Day as a Thru Hiker: SOBO Days 80 – 87

What I Eat in a Day as a Thru Hiker: SOBO Days 80 – 87

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

Oct 2, 2022 : Jana
Goal Setting: SOBO Days 75 to 79

Goal Setting: SOBO Days 75 to 79

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.

Sep 26, 2022 : Jana