My name is Jess. I hail from Florida. I'm a chronic nose picker. I don’t like using soap. 3 cats call me mom. Sometimes I read books. I like all things peanut butter. I have a shy exterior and I think I might suffer from resting bitch face. I have a knack for being too honest and sharing more information than is necessary. I’m also a bit random at times. The main reason I am hiking the Appalachian Trail is because it’s a good excuse to not have to shave my legs for 6 months. Okay, maybe that part is not true but it’s certainly a perk! I caught the hiking bug back in 2015 and shortly thereafter began section hiking the AT. Every time I leave the trail it calls me back again. It recently occurred to me that I spent the better part of my 20s in a cubical and that I have not lived the way my soul yearns to. This year I turned 30 and I decided to give myself the gift of the ultimate adventure. It all starts with my flip-flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join me as I wonder into the woods.
Day 52: Marion to Chatfield Shelter After a full day of rest in Marion, we returned to trail in rainy weather. My feet are bruised and after
Day 44: Boots Off Hostel to Iron Mountain Shelter We left the hostel around 9 a.m. It's nice to return to trail, but for some reason I wasn't really
Day 36: Second Zero in Erwin Zeros are nice, but back to back zeros are tough. There's only so much you can do on the grounds of a hostel. On the
Day 27: Standing Bear Farm to Roaring Fork Shelter After another zero in Gatlinburg with Mike, I got dropped off at the trail around 8:30 a.m.
Day 21: Fontana Dam to Mollies Ridge Shelter After a zero in Gatlinburg, Mike and I drove to Big Creek Ranger Station parking area on the back side
Day Four: Henry Gap to Neel Gap They gave me a name! Call me Petra, it means rock. I think the girls gave it to me as something I could grow
Here is a recap of my first few days on trail: Day One: Amicalola Falls to Stover Creek Shelter It didn't feel real as I stood for a photo
How long-distance running helped prepare me for the mental challenges of the Appalachian Trail.
With only a few days until my Appalachian Trail thru-hike commences, I can’t help but think back to my first backpacking trip and the invaluable
After months of research, hours of deliberation, and a few trial and errors, it all comes down to this. Here is the gear I will be carrying for the