Janel Gazelle

In 2016, my solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail brought me more strength and confidence than I knew were possible. So in 2018, I wanted to empower more young women to embark on their own personal transformation journeys. That’s why I hiked 2,300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to fundraise for three women-run organizations that teach girls self-respect, bravery and camaraderie in the outdoors. Learn more about the project at janelgazelle.com.

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What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

I’m thru-hiking the PCT this year (going northbound starting March 25), and I'm still not entirely sure how to prepare my body and spirit for a

Feb 8, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I stopped for a few hours to swim at a lake in New York. I overheard a gaggle of boys in canoes

Jan 24, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

Hey, Class of 2018! You're probably nervous as hell about your impending through-hike. I know I am, despite (or because of?) the fact that I've

Jan 4, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

I just got back from a profound and excruciating 10-day silent retreat hosted by the 2016 Appalachian Trail flip-flop through-hike was surprisingly

Oct 11, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
My Most Magical Experience on the AT

My Most Magical Experience on the AT

After completing a flip-flop through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I can confirm that much of the trail is indeed a "green tunnel" and

Sep 22, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
Hiking for a Cause: PCT 2018 to Empower Girls in Nature

Hiking for a Cause: PCT 2018 to Empower Girls in Nature

In 2016, I launched a soul-searching journey of a lifetime. Now, it's time to repay the universe for the abundance I experienced when I committed

Jul 25, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

Earlier this month, after only four months of employment, I quit the first full-time job I've had since through-hiking the Appalachian Trail last

Jun 27, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

Two weeks before finishing my flip-flop through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a day hiker I didn't know stopped me on the trail. "I know you!

May 24, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
10 Reasons to Shave Your Head for Your Hike

10 Reasons to Shave Your Head for Your Hike

Today is my one-year anniversary of shaving my head in preparation for through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, so I thought I'd celebrate by

May 1, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

My Scariest Moment on the Appalachian Trail

Always check the weather before you camp on an exposed summit at 5,000 feet... Everyone always asks me if I ever felt afraid as a solo female doing

Apr 25, 2017 : Janel Gazelle