Joanne Gigliotti

My name is Joanne, and I live just outside the Pisgah National Forest of NC close to Asheville. Living in Western NC offers endless opportunities for my family to do what we love - hike and chase waterfalls of course! Long distance section hiking the first 512 miles from Georgia to Virginia of the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Loop in RMNP have collectively been the most amazing experiences of my life, with the exception of motherhood. I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, wife, and mother to an amazing kind-spirited 23 yr old daughter. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences on The Trek in preparation for, and during my 2023 Appalachian Trail flip flop thru-hike with a NOBO start in Virginia to Katahdin Maine and a finish in Springer Mountain Georgia.Happy Hiking!“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S. EliottFollow Me on Instagram: Joanne_Gigliotti Follow Me on YouTube: Joanne Gigliotti @jojohikes

Posts

The Final Days Of My 2023 Flip Flop AT Thru-Hike

The Final Days Of My 2023 Flip Flop AT Thru-Hike

A Recap of the Final Days Lucky Penny; Climbing the steepest mile on the Appalachian Trail, The Wildcats in NH June Floods and The Gorham

Sep 14, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
A New Hampshire Search and Rescue

A New Hampshire Search and Rescue

Imagine hiking through some of the craziest weather in history in the New England States with record-breaking rainfalls and flooding on the

Aug 18, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Pinch Me, I’m In New Hampshire!

Pinch Me, I’m In New Hampshire!

Crossing Over the Connecticut River into New Hampshire I’m sitting in our travel trailer along the Connecticut River as I write this. My husband has

Jun 13, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
A Love Letter To Pennsylvania

A Love Letter To Pennsylvania

Yes, You Read That Right - I Loved Pennsylvania! It has been entirely too long since I've posted an update. With each passing day, the miles left

Jun 3, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Mom & Daughter Team NOBO to Katahdin

Mom & Daughter Team NOBO to Katahdin

Hello Friends,I let Shenandoah and miles 400 - 500 slip by without writing a post, but for good reason! My 23-year-old daughter, Chloe, decided

Apr 25, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
On Trail Time

On Trail Time

The Miscalculation of Time Though I will only turn 48 on the trail (see what I did there), I often find I am caught up in a psychological

Mar 31, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Sometimes, You Have To Be Your Own “Trail Magic”

Sometimes, You Have To Be Your Own “Trail Magic”

Flip Flop vs. Traditional I am quickly learning that the journey of a Flip Flop Thru Hiker is vastly different than that of a traditional NOBO from

Mar 15, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Lucky Penny’s AT 2023 Thru-Hike [Day Zero – Day 5]

Lucky Penny’s AT 2023 Thru-Hike [Day Zero – Day 5]

Lucky Penny's Appalachian Trail Flip-Flop Thru-Hike Day Zero - Day 5 There I was, riding shotgun in my husband's Ford pickup truck, rolling down

Mar 2, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Lucky P’s 2023 AT Gear List

Lucky P’s 2023 AT Gear List

Lucky P's 2023 Appalachian Trail Thru Hiking Gear   Laying all of my gear out and taking inventory of everything seems simple enough, but it can be

Feb 16, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti
Unpacking Fears on the Appalachian Trail

Unpacking Fears on the Appalachian Trail

Unpacking Fears  There is an old saying on trail I love. I think it can be applied to any situation or journey in life. The first time I ever heard

Jan 23, 2023 : Joanne Gigliotti