Kelly Hodgkins

Jambo!Jambo! I am an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who is braving the 2,193 miles with my six kids in tow. Starting in Georgia in the lovely month of April (now 2021), we are walking back to our home state of Maine. When I am not hiking, you can find me skiing, running and exploring the mountains of NH and Maine.

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Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

Our Toxic Conversations, Not Coronavirus, Will Destroy the Hiking Community

My husband isn't a hiker, so I am always telling him about the hiking community. I share with him how friendly hikers are and how much they care for

Mar 30, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Coronavirus Canceled My Thru-Hike, but It Won’t Kill My Spirit

Coronavirus Canceled My Thru-Hike, but It Won’t Kill My Spirit

The coronavirus may have canceled my 2020 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but I'm not going to let it kill my spirit. Here's how I am coping with not being on the trail.

Mar 28, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Canceling My Thru-Hike: A Crushing, but Correct Decision

Canceling My Thru-Hike: A Crushing, but Correct Decision

Two days ago, I made the tough decision to cancel my northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Today, I finalized that decision by canceling my

Mar 19, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Coronavirus Concerns: Watching and Waiting

Coronavirus Concerns: Watching and Waiting

I sure picked an interesting year to do a thru-hike. After years of dreaming and 12 months of planning, I stand ready to begin the Appalachian Trail

Mar 16, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Hiking with Six Kids Better be Easier Than Getting Them to Georgia

Hiking with Six Kids Better be Easier Than Getting Them to Georgia

My plan from the beginning was to drive to Georgia. My husband was going to drive the RV, and we would follow him in another car. It was a lovely

Mar 7, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Appalachian Trail Countdown: Coronavirus, Collarbones, and Saying Ciao

Appalachian Trail Countdown: Coronavirus, Collarbones, and Saying Ciao

It's four weeks until we hit the Appalachian Trail, and things are getting real. We are excited to go, but there are a few unexpected hurdles we need

Mar 4, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Confessions of a Hiking Mom: Bags of Poo, Busted Shoes, and Bare Feet

Confessions of a Hiking Mom: Bags of Poo, Busted Shoes, and Bare Feet

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with my kids this spring will be an adventure. As I look ahead, I can't help but think back on some of the crazy adventures that brought us to this place. Here are some of my "I can't believe I did that" moments!

Feb 9, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
Family Fitness: Physically Preparing My Kids and Me for Our Thru-Hike

Family Fitness: Physically Preparing My Kids and Me for Our Thru-Hike

I have three months to get myself and my six kids in shape to hike the Appalachian Trail. Here's how we are getting ourselves ready for the physical demands of the trail.

Jan 28, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins
From Georgia to Maine: Hiking Five Months with Six Kids on the AT

From Georgia to Maine: Hiking Five Months with Six Kids on the AT

When I tell people I am hiking the AT this year, some people want to know more about the hike. People think I'm crazy when I tell them I'm hiking the AT with six kids. Why am I hiking so far with so many kids? My reasons may not be so crazy after all.

Jan 17, 2020 : Kelly Hodgkins