Kate Waite

I thru-hiked the AT in 2013, answering to the name of First Gear. Rarely the first up or down a mountain, it suited me well. As a school-based speech language pathologist, there are no more half year forays in my near future. Still, my work affords ample vacation time compared to your typical 9-5er. I capitalize on summer vacations, spending large chunks of time ticking off the shorter long distance trails while I scheme about one day attempting the PCT.

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L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

Disclosure: L.L. Bean donated this item for review purposes, but this review presents an honest representation of my experience using this

Dec 11, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #25-46

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #25-46

The woods and the mountains are my home away from home. The place I seek when the final school bell rings. The place that allows for space and

Nov 28, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #1-24

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #1-24

As with all of my long escapes to the woods, I charged into my Street and Nye - nothing to write home about, but the closest the High Peaks come to

Oct 25, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: Part I

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: Part I

The goal: Bag the 46ers in one summer - Memorial Day to Labor Day. Stay tuned for monthly installments filled with tales of our exploits, gratuitous amounts of pictures, and a haiku for each day!

Jul 11, 2016 : Kate Waite
A Grandmother’s Lessons

A Grandmother’s Lessons

A year before I hiked the Appalachian Trail, I lived in Colorado. I’d been there for six years and my family had no reason to believe I’d be coming

Apr 5, 2016 : Kate Waite
Attention Incoming Thru-Hikers: It WILL Get Easier!

Attention Incoming Thru-Hikers: It WILL Get Easier!

If you’ve just started your hike this season or are eagerly (and anxiously) anticipating your upcoming hike, here are some things that I promise will get easier the longer you’re out there.

Mar 3, 2016 : Kate Waite
6 Reasons to Hike the Long Trail

6 Reasons to Hike the Long Trail

The Long Trail (LT) is the granddaddy long distance trail of them all, the first of its kind blazed in North America. Spanning 272 miles, the LT traverses the spine of the Green Mountains in Vermont, from the border of Massachusetts to Canada. With just over 100 miles that run contiguous with the Appalachian Trail (AT), you’ll get a sense of today’s AT experience, as well as the opportunity to hike the much quieter northern section of the LT. The latter provides a glimpse of what hiking the AT might have been like pre-A Walk in the Woods. Just in case you're not yet convinced, here are 6 reasons to hike the Long Trail.

Feb 17, 2016 : Kate Waite
6 Reasons to Hike the John Muir Trail

6 Reasons to Hike the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail extends 211 miles through the exquisite backcountry of the High Sierras. This statement alone may be all the coaxing you need to make your way to California. But, just for good measure, here are another six reasons to hike the JMT.

Feb 12, 2016 : Kate Waite
The Trail Continues to Provide

The Trail Continues to Provide

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, I hitched thirty minutes out of town during Trail Days and was unexpectedly enjoying breakfast in a perfect stranger’s house when I received a phone call. My storage unit in Vermont had been broken into and robbed.

Jan 12, 2016 : Kate Waite
5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter

5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter

If I find myself in a seasonal slump, I use these 5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter to take heart that summer will return, and as a reminder to lean into the present.

Dec 29, 2015 : Kate Waite