Kirsten Fraude

Hey! I'm Shutterbug! I'm 23, a photographer, upstate newyorker, lover of nature, recent college grad, and am hoping to become a backpacking guide after I finish the trail. I'm currently thru-hiking the AT! It's taking a bit longer than anticipated so I'll be flip-flopping. GA --> VA, NY --> ME, VA --> NY. So I'll literally be hiking home! Hiking the AT has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and it's been more amazing than I could have ever expected.

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Hike your own hike so you can be the last one to Katahdin and win!

Hike your own hike so you can be the last one to Katahdin and win!

I'm sure you've heard the saying hike your own hike hundreds of times. And if you haven't, you will. A lot of thru-hikers use the term in the

Aug 23, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Think You Know What Gear you Need for a Thru-Hike? I did too… Until I didn’t

Think You Know What Gear you Need for a Thru-Hike? I did too… Until I didn’t

Despite the fact that I have two family members and multiple friends that have completed thru-hikes of the AT I still was just as completely lost as

Jul 17, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Sometimes you have to ask yourself the important questions in life like do I have the Virginia Blues or do I have Lyme Disease?

Sometimes you have to ask yourself the important questions in life like do I have the Virginia Blues or do I have Lyme Disease?

The last time I updated I had just entered the lovely state of Virginia & was enjoying my time at Trail Days. My tramily spent a week there

Jul 9, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Shutterbug’s Update #3

Shutterbug’s Update #3

Before I started hiking the Appalachian Trail I had a plan to journal every night & to keep this blog updated weekly. Clearly my plan failed.

May 22, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Yes I’m still alive and haven’t been eaten by a bear yet… Shutterbug’s Trail Update #2

Yes I’m still alive and haven’t been eaten by a bear yet… Shutterbug’s Trail Update #2

I know, I know. I haven't exactly been keeping up with the blog posts. But I promise I haven't died! I'm still very alive! I'm trying to catch up

Apr 24, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
Shutterbug’s Trail Update #1

Shutterbug’s Trail Update #1

Days -1 & 0: Two days before I started hiking, I spent the night in Franklin, NC. The plan was to get to Outdoor 76 before it closed at 7. That

Mar 14, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
My Ever-changing AT Gear List

My Ever-changing AT Gear List

I've updated my gear list many times. I've done countless hours of research and my dad helped me a lot too. I've been planning this trip now for

Mar 12, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
14 Things I Learned From A Winter Campout Shakedown

14 Things I Learned From A Winter Campout Shakedown

A few weeks ago I went on a winter campout in the NY Catskills with a bunch of my dad's friends and their kids. I'd never gone camping in the winter

Feb 27, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
How my shakedown hikes turned into epic fails

How my shakedown hikes turned into epic fails

The stress of planning a thru hike has finally started to subside. I've revised list after list of gear I already have, gear that I needed, and

Feb 9, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
That awkward moment when you can’t fit all your gear in your pack

That awkward moment when you can’t fit all your gear in your pack

After realizing I finally have everything that I'm going to need for the trail I decided to take the cliche gear spread photo. (Though cliche it may

Jan 31, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude