Katie Eckman

I will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail in April 2017. I will start in Georgia and hike northward. Hoping to share some of that experience with you through this blog!

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Hiking with Friends  (June 10)

Hiking with Friends (June 10)

I was lucky enough to hike with two college nursing friends this week.  Ranita agreed to hike many miles with me to Rockfish Gap.  When we planned

Jun 19, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Hiking Alone and Inspiration (June 9)

Hiking Alone and Inspiration (June 9)

This morning I call home and one of the first things Mom and Dad say is, "So you think hiking in the Shenandoahs is mundane?"  Dad says, "Don't you

Jun 16, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Shenandoah (June 6)

Shenandoah (June 6)

This morning I saw my first black bear!  Nothing scary, as it was running away from the moment I saw it.  This is the kind of bear encounter you want

Jun 8, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Glasgow (May 30)

Glasgow (May 30)

This week has been one of my favorite weeks on the trail.  I've been hiking with the young German couple and several other friends the past few

Jun 8, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Independence  (May 23)

Independence (May 23)

On this morning, I stop by a creek to take a look at "The Captain's".  He lives in a small house on the other side of the creek, and allows hikers to

Jun 8, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Trail Days (May 19-21)

Trail Days (May 19-21)

This month, and especially this week, the big question on the trail is, "Are you going to trail days?" Trail days is a large hiker festival that

Jun 6, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Hike to Dismal Falls (May 16)

Hike to Dismal Falls (May 16)

The name Dismal Falls is enough to capture our attention as we sit around planning the next day's section of hiking.  I camp with my friend C. and

May 20, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Hail in May (May 9)

Hail in May (May 9)

I wake around midnight to clear skies and a bright moon shining white light down on us all. Then I

May 19, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Trail Magic Again (May 6)

Trail Magic Again (May 6)

On this morning I walk with two old friends, a young German couple I've been running into often on the trail.  I love hiking with them, and they are

May 12, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Day of Balds (May 2)

Day of Balds (May 2)

So very cold this morning, despite sunshine.  I dread getting up out of my sleeping bag.  I especially dread going outside to retrieve my food bag

May 7, 2017 : Katie Eckman