Hey y'all! I'm Jana (she/her), a first-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker from New Brunswick, Canada. I grew up just 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.v.world on Instagram!
When I began planning my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I roughly identified which months I'd be in which states. Hey, I'm a planner at heart. At this
The first town that a SOBO hiker encounters in New Hampshire is Gorham. After resting up in Gorham at The Barn, acquiring resupply items at the first
What to even say about the last 30 miles of Maine? This section made me feel every, and I mean every, emotion that is humanly possible. And nothing
In my home province of New Brunswick, Canada, our license plates briefly read "Be...In This Place". This switch took place the year I turned eleven.
You totally take for granted the simplicity of filling your water bottle from a faucet in the real world. Little things like using lotion or eating
The Appalachian Trail from Caratunk to Stratton begins to become more mountainous. It's like a little tease before getting further towards Southern
It's always funny to introduce myself to fellow hikers as a Canadian. Because, despite having foreign citizenship, I feel anything but foreign to New
Maybe from waking up dry or maybe from the excitement that I'd successfully summitted Katahdin or maybe just because I needed to pee, I was eager to
Katahdin was so different from what I expected. Since I've already attempted hiking it once before, I knew what to expect until the trail reaches the
Everything I read about tackling a thru-hike says that you have to be really clear on your 'why'. And let me tell you, I have a lot of why's: -