Kate is Kate

I’m an avid hiker, world explorer, nature enthusiast, and an artist by hobby. I spent my childhood summers mostly outdoors - hiking, camping, and swimming in frigid northern lakes. I’ve also traveled across the world from Thailand to Iceland, exploring nature and hiking hundreds of miles across mountains, forests and deserts. In my ‘indoor’ life, I am a marketing executive with a strong passion for strategic planning, data, consumer insights, and analytics. I am a creative problem solver in business and in the outdoors.

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Appalachian Trail: Power of Nature, Humanity of It All, What Else I Would Rather Do

Appalachian Trail: Power of Nature, Humanity of It All, What Else I Would Rather Do

Why is everyone so worked up over the Smokies? Some hikers skipped the Great Smoky National Park all together and fast-forwarded to Hot Springs, NC

Apr 22, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Appalachian Trail: Expectations vs Reality

Appalachian Trail: Expectations vs Reality

Surreal—the full gravity of hiking from sunrise to sunset every day has not fully sunk in. My mind compartmentalized all the experiences into

Apr 12, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Appalachian Trail: Am I Hiking Alone?

Appalachian Trail: Am I Hiking Alone?

“You are on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go The first

Mar 31, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Emotional Rollercoaster 10 Days Prior to a Thru-Hike

Emotional Rollercoaster 10 Days Prior to a Thru-Hike

Jitters. Anxiousness. Nerves. Excitement. Worry. Fear. My mind felt unsettled and scattered as I went through the remaining to-do lists on a

Mar 29, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Every Adventure Starts with Faith

Every Adventure Starts with Faith

“Adventures don’t begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith.” -Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead Drummer Well… friends, I

Mar 27, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Appalachian Trail Hygiene: Stink, Stank, Stunk

Appalachian Trail Hygiene: Stink, Stank, Stunk

Hygiene. How in the world does one stay clean for six months living in the woods? That’s not a trick question. It’s a thought I’ve been pondering for

Mar 16, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Resupply Boxes: To Ship or Not to Ship? I am Getting “Fs”

Resupply Boxes: To Ship or Not to Ship? I am Getting “Fs”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” -Buddha   Logistical

Mar 12, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Appalachian Trail: Why Hike?

Appalachian Trail: Why Hike?

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher Hiking the Appalachian Trail is equated to

Mar 8, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Appalachian Trail Hiking Gear: To Splurge or Not to Splurge?

Appalachian Trail Hiking Gear: To Splurge or Not to Splurge?

  Good gear is an investment in injury prevention. My gear advice for my fellow hikers is quite simple, it starts and ends with: purchase

Mar 7, 2022 : Kate is Kate
Rain Fire in Virginia

Rain Fire in Virginia

“Are you the one with the campfire last night?” asked a hiker in his late 50s as I was approaching a soggy clearing of a large campground. “That’s

Nov 11, 2021 : Kate is Kate