Katie Eckman

I hiked the Appalachian Trail northbound in 2017. I ended that trip with a love for backpacking, and have only grown more fond of it since then. I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in April 2021. I will start in southern California and hike northward. Hoping to share some of that experience with you through this blog!

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Getting Started (April 22)

Getting Started (April 22)

To start this journey, I flew from visiting a friend in northern Utah, down to San Diego.  I was glued to the window on the plane ride down,

May 10, 2021 : Katie Eckman
Why Am I Going? (April 16, 2021)

Why Am I Going? (April 16, 2021)

There is something about backpacking that fits me better than any other interest or past time I’ve found yet.  I love the gentle nature of it, just

Apr 16, 2021 : Katie Eckman
Final Days Pre-Trail (April 16, 2021)

Final Days Pre-Trail (April 16, 2021)

I spend a lot of time musing over how starting this thru hike feels a little different from starting the Appalachian Trail, four years ago. Four

Apr 16, 2021 : Katie Eckman
What Sticks with Me from this Journey (September 18)

What Sticks with Me from this Journey (September 18)

This trip lasted five months, but I feel as if the trip was a small lifetime, so full of new sights, friendships, and adventures.  What a rich

Sep 18, 2017 : Katie Eckman
The Final Days of Hiking (September 1-4)

The Final Days of Hiking (September 1-4)

Of all the days of this journey, this is the week I really embraced the oft repeated trail mantra, “Hike your own hike!”  I definitely chose a

Sep 15, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Summiting Katahdin (August 31)

Summiting Katahdin (August 31)

I woke different times throughout the night, thinking about the coming day.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel when I actually touched the sign on top of

Sep 15, 2017 : Katie Eckman
100 Mile Wilderness (August 25-30)

100 Mile Wilderness (August 25-30)

With such a foreboding name, I expected the 100 Mile Wilderness to be a very tough piece of trail.  It turns out the name is more descriptive of the

Sep 13, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Evening on Moxie Bald (August 23)

Evening on Moxie Bald (August 23)

Left town (Caratunk) this morning and started hiking alone.  I figured the little group I’ve been hiking with would go separate ways now- the Western

Sep 13, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Good Memories (August 18-20)

Good Memories (August 18-20)

I finally caught up to some people to hike with!  This week I’ve been hiking with a group, two brothers (Big Friendly Giant and Ling Ding) and

Sep 13, 2017 : Katie Eckman
Winding Down and Moose Sighting (August 16-17)

Winding Down and Moose Sighting (August 16-17)

For the first time, I notice a few fall leaves on the ground today.  The air is starting to cool down too.  Fall comes so early up here compared to

Sep 12, 2017 : Katie Eckman