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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What better time to tell an embarrassing story than before I've even properly introduced myself?
As someone who's 40 years old with particular dietary preferences that don't include candy bars and pasta sides, I've decided to prepare all of my food in advance and have my partner, Ginger Dragon, ship it to me. It's an intimidating undertaking.