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!
I spent one autumn living in Halifax, Nova Scotia during university. On the drive home from my internship every day, I would pass underneath a large
"You brought a game?" After leaving Baxter State Park, my first night in the 100-mile wilderness was at Hurd Brook Lean-To. I cruised in just as a
You can spot a hiker from a mile away. And that's if you don't smell them first. If the pack isn't a dead giveaway, maybe it's the ball caps and
No matter how political or silly or insightful my trail conversations become with fellow hikers, the topic always turns to food. It must be the
As I sarcastically alluded to in my first post, I am not a gear person. Gear is a common topic of conversation among thru-hikers and I really don't
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