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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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