Janel Healy

I'm a Communications-specialist-turned-hiker who hails from the California Bay Area. I through-hiked the Appalachian Trail for five and a half months in 2016 to spend time alone in nature, removed from social commitments and my computer. Now, I'm hooked on through-hiking, and my new life goal is to become a triple-crowner (if my plantar fascia can handle it)! In 2018, I am planning on walking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money and awareness for nonprofits working to empower young people, especially girls, to gain confidence in nature and in themselves. Learn more at janelhealy.com.

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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 Healy
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 Healy
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 Healy
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 Healy
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 Healy
How to Crowdfund Your Hike

How to Crowdfund Your Hike

Inspire your community AND fund your dream. One year ago, I launched an my crowdfunding campaign page.    Back in February of 2016, I

Mar 26, 2017 : Janel Healy
Finding My Purpose on the Appalachian Trail

Finding My Purpose on the Appalachian Trail

A little over a year ago, a dream that had been quietly percolating in the back of my heart for months finally revealed itself to me as the path

Mar 5, 2017 : Janel Healy