Jessica Rhane

I'm just a girl named Jessica from Pennsylvania. I have an amazing wife--my biggest supporter--and 5 crazy cats that make our days amusing. I'm headed NoBo on the AT with only a year of backpacking experience but hey, how else do we learn? I like long walks through the woods, drinking filtered creek water, and wondering if that noise was a bear who's about to eat all my food.Side note: I'd like to thank Doug for the inspiration to take this journey. If you're reading this, just know that the foundation and encouragement you gave me were monumental.

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Keeping My Hiker Blues at Bay

Keeping My Hiker Blues at Bay

Blackberry Milkshake Regrets We started our first full day in Shenandoah National park bright and early. I was typically awake before the sun, and

May 12, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
The Mountains in Virginia are Not My Friends

The Mountains in Virginia are Not My Friends

The vortex of Glasgow, Virginia almost got me. Funny to think that such a small town very nearly had the power to pull me in, but small towns always

May 6, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Conquering Virginia’s Triple Crown

Conquering Virginia’s Triple Crown

Wandering through the woods with my life on my back had thus far been such an adventure, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Well, maybe one

Apr 25, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise

“Today’s the day, Hellman. Today, you’re gonna get a beautiful cheeseburger.” I settled into a motivational morning routine on trail. Typically I

Apr 19, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
I Would Walk 500 Miles

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Leaving town always proved difficult. Coming out of Damascus was no exception. We spent our time there eating delicious food and getting multiple

Apr 12, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Virginia Is For Hikers

Virginia Is For Hikers

My desire to finally hit Virginia was getting unmanageable. The shelters in Tennessee didn’t have privies, so we saw no point in pushing to them

Apr 5, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
First “Zero Day” on the Appalachian Trail

First “Zero Day” on the Appalachian Trail

Week 4 Update Out With the Old, In With the Cold Two hundred and fifty miles in, and I was still bewildered by trail life. Every day to that point

Mar 29, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Smoky Mountain Madness

Smoky Mountain Madness

There were only a handful of miles left between me and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jose and I had pushed to a shelter about 5 miles

Mar 22, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Girl Power on the AT

Girl Power on the AT

Week 2 Finally, I have hit North Carolina. The pain in my foot was jarring. Every step of those last 2 miles in Georgia was agonizing. As my

Mar 15, 2023 : Jessica Rhane
Georgia Mud Pies

Georgia Mud Pies

Week 1 on the AT The drive to Georgia was one of those things that feels fictitious, like the moments just outside of a dream. We arrived two days

Mar 8, 2023 : Jessica Rhane