Kate Gewehr

Hello, my name is Kate! I'm 41 years old and currently live in Madison, Wisconsin. I hiked 567 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and can't wait to make plans to hike more of it. Before I set out, I decided to give myself my own trail name: Pét-Nat (after a natural sparkling style of wine beloved by wine geeks like me). It turns out that no one on the trail had ever heard of Pét-Nat.

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5 Reasons I’m Thankful My AT Hike Didn’t Go As Planned

5 Reasons I’m Thankful My AT Hike Didn’t Go As Planned

I set out to complete a flip-flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail this year, but wound up hiking only 567 miles, a little over ¼ of the trail.  I

Nov 23, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
I Didn’t See This Chasm of Despair in the Elevation Profile

I Didn’t See This Chasm of Despair in the Elevation Profile

Compared to many other states on the trail, Massachusetts doesn't have a lot of elevation gain or loss.  I've now hiked a little over 80 of its

Jul 15, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
Rekindling My Love of Hiking

Rekindling My Love of Hiking

I have yet to put together a coherent write-up of my first 205 miles on the trail from Rockfish Gap at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park

Jun 27, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
Hiking Naked

Hiking Naked

This year, I won't be celebrating Hike Naked Day on the AT since I'm currently off the trail and resting my banged-up knee at my mom and stepdad's

Jun 21, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
Three Things I’ve Learned from Hiking

Three Things I’ve Learned from Hiking

Over the past couple of years of planning for the AT, I've done a number of day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips. I've also read a lot of

Apr 27, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
11 Snack Bars for Thru-Hiking Fuel

11 Snack Bars for Thru-Hiking Fuel

I have accumulated around 500 snack bars in preparation for my thru-hike.  I am not someone who generally eats snack bars in my normal life, but on

Apr 21, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
A Cat-astrophic Delay

A Cat-astrophic Delay

It's been a rough week, and one in which I've probably spent less time thinking about my upcoming thru-hike than any other in the past 2 years. At 2

Apr 6, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
Embracing the Bear Canister

Embracing the Bear Canister

I first started planning and buying gear for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike around 2 years ago.  I did my research about what to bring to keep my

Mar 21, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
My Crappy First Night in the Woods with No Toilet

My Crappy First Night in the Woods with No Toilet

What better time to tell an embarrassing story than before I've even properly introduced myself?  Inspired by reading I posted a

Jan 24, 2017 : Kate Gewehr
Six. Months. Of. Food.

Six. Months. Of. Food.

I've read a lot of advice suggesting that it's not necessary to send yourself mail drops for food on the AT except in a few particular spots

Dec 19, 2016 : Kate Gewehr