Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis

I am 26 year old born and bred Manhattanite who enjoys exploring and the outdoors. My family used to split our time among the city sites, our grandparents in the Pennsylvania forests, and our grandparents on a Minnesota farm. I grew up wandering around and adventuring, but I found myself spending less and less time outdoors as I grew older, replacing the wild with (equally wonderful) trips to other cities. The Appalachian Trail has been a lifelong goal, and I decided that 2019 would be the year to give it a try. Off the trail, you will find me at great local coffee shops digging deep into a new novel: in 2018, I decided to read 365 books (and start building up my perseverance for the AT). Here's to the friends, adventures, and blisters to come.

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The Pennsylvania Pouts: Trail Update Seven

The Pennsylvania Pouts: Trail Update Seven

Before heading out to the Appalachian Trail, I had heard all about the Virginia Blues from former hikers and general trail word of mouth: hundreds of

Jun 29, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Trail Update Six: Trail Days and Nearly 1000 Miles

Trail Update Six: Trail Days and Nearly 1000 Miles

Given how many days have passed since mile 500, instead of day-by-day I’ll go through some broader updates on the trail. Overall I’m feeling great

Jun 10, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Trail Update Five: Hail, Rain, and Marathon Miles

Trail Update Five: Hail, Rain, and Marathon Miles

I am blister free at nearly 500 miles! Here’s the news from the past few weeks. Wednesday, April 24: Day 26 After a lovely evening in Hot Springs

May 6, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Trail Update Four: Failed Hitchhikes, Five Guys, and Floods

Trail Update Four: Failed Hitchhikes, Five Guys, and Floods

I made it out of the Smokies with only a partial day of bad weather! Still feeling great, and I can’t believe I am in week four already. Sunday,

Apr 24, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Trail Update Three: Gear MVPs and Biggest Miles Yet

Trail Update Three: Gear MVPs and Biggest Miles Yet

Tuesday, April 9: Day 11 I continued my day off at Gooder Grove in Franklin today and ran all sorts of errands: laundry, mailing some things home,

Apr 14, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Week Two on the AT: Mistakes, Surprises, Entertainment

Week Two on the AT: Mistakes, Surprises, Entertainment

I am still feeling good and strong after more than a week on the trail. Here are my most recent trail notes, and at the end, I’ve listed some

Apr 9, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Four Days on the AT, and Feeling Good

Four Days on the AT, and Feeling Good

Hello from Georgia! It’s the end of my fourth day on the AT, and I am feeling good. Feet are tired, but there’s nothing hurting right now. Plus,

Apr 2, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Train Thoughts: NYC to Georgia Bound

Train Thoughts: NYC to Georgia Bound

I considered flying vs taking Amtrak down to Georgia to kick off my Appalachian Trail attempt, but 12 hours into the train ride, I’m still having a

Mar 30, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
Pre-Hike Jitters and How I’m Reacting

Pre-Hike Jitters and How I’m Reacting

One week out from my departure to Georgia, I’m in an unexpected state of calm. That was not the case earlier in March, and it took me awhile to shake

Mar 22, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis
So You Want a Leave of Absence?

So You Want a Leave of Absence?

If an extended hiking trip has always been your dream (and it is for me), you may be thinking about requesting a leave of absence from your job. I

Mar 6, 2019 : Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis