Katina (Arachne) Daanen

In 2011, I thru-paddled the 740-mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I was a 2016 A.T. flip-flopper, but my thru-hike attempt ended after 1300 miles. I started in Shenandoah National Park and four months later I summited Mt. Katahdin on August 23. Turns out, I did miss being on water instead of worrying about finding and carrying it. When I returned home after Katahdin, I headed up to Ely, Minnesota unwinding with a little 150-mile, two-week solo canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During the winter, I decided I should finish what I started and headed back to the A.T. on May 2, 2017 departing from Springer Mountain. I arrived at Rockfish Gap on June 30, amidst families taking photos by the park entrance and wondering why anyone would be tearing up so much by a roadside sign.

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“I Am Back Where I Belong But Still Decelerating.”

“I Am Back Where I Belong But Still Decelerating.”

Prologue I've been home for more than a few weeks now—restarting my Y membership, resuming yoga classes, our Wednesday date night. Returning to

Oct 25, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1300 Miles: Well That Was Fun.

1300 Miles: Well That Was Fun.

I'm known for finishing what I start and am one of those horrible parents who raised the kids to abide by the same supposition. So the thought of, to

Sep 1, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1200 Miles: Whoopie! Pies or Otherwise.

1200 Miles: Whoopie! Pies or Otherwise.

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA After discovering that a single serving of pepperoni is considered to be ONLY eight slices and having loaded up

Aug 28, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1100 Miles: Maine. Mahoosuc Notch. Moose.

1100 Miles: Maine. Mahoosuc Notch. Moose.

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA The miles between 1100 and 1200 find me in Monson, Maine, the last town before reaching Katahdin, and a wifi

Aug 13, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
1000 Miles: Goodbye New Hampshire. Hello Maine.

1000 Miles: Goodbye New Hampshire. Hello Maine.

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA I’m not the fastest hiker, but still, I was prepared to lower my daily mileages once I hit New Hampshire and the

Aug 7, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
900 Miles: Showers. Thunderstorms. Bubbles.

900 Miles: Showers. Thunderstorms. Bubbles.

Flip Flop 2016: SNP to ME; SNP to GA The time and the miles are flying by and this update is long overdue. Part of the problem is remembering what

Jul 27, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
800 Miles: I Lovermont. Sort Of. Absolutely.

800 Miles: I Lovermont. Sort Of. Absolutely.

2016 Flip Flop: ME to SNP/SNP to GA Vermont. Home of Ben and Jerry’s and a certain feisty independent grandfatherly politician. The Green Mountains

Jul 15, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
A Trail Less Traveled: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

A Trail Less Traveled: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

When I first announced that I was planning a 2016 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a paddling friend of mine rejoined I was heading out on a very

Jul 9, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
700 Miles: A Third Of The Way Q&A

700 Miles: A Third Of The Way Q&A

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA And then I hiked 700 miles. One of the things that has been hard about writing up these hundred mile summaries

Jul 2, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
600 Miles: Short States. Zeroes. Wildlife.

600 Miles: Short States. Zeroes. Wildlife.

2016 Flip Flop: SNP to ME/SNP to GA One of the best things about the last hundred miles is the number of states checked off. There is a sense of

Jun 25, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen