Kirsten Fraude

Hey! I'm Kirsten and will be hiking the AT NOBO this March. Hiking the AT has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and I'm so excited to go on the adventure of a lifetime. I'm 23, a photographer, upstate newyorker, lover of nature, recent college grad, and have absolutely no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life now that I no longer go to school everyday. But I'm hoping to figure that out in the 6-ish months I'll be hiking.

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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
A Letter to my Father, Rainbow Express

A Letter to my Father, Rainbow Express

Dad, It's only been less than a week since you passed away but it feels like it's been years. The days have dragged on and on without you. I know

Jan 21, 2017 : Kirsten Fraude
“So, who are you going with?…”

“So, who are you going with?…”

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me the question "so who are you going with?" after telling them I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail next

Sep 3, 2016 : Kirsten Fraude
This family has caught the AT bug!

This family has caught the AT bug!

For as long as I can remember, my dad has always talked about his time on the trail as being one of the best parts of his life. He met lifelong

Aug 17, 2016 : Kirsten Fraude
And I thought I was excited before…

And I thought I was excited before…

We've had twelve thru-hikers (including my brother) stay with us in the past month or so! It's been really really fun hanging out with so many

Aug 14, 2016 : Kirsten Fraude
18 years of school, over 90 teachers, 1 crazy roommate, and hours and hours of hard work later…

18 years of school, over 90 teachers, 1 crazy roommate, and hours and hours of hard work later…

I got my bachelor's degree in photography!!! It's crazy to think that we spend years of our lives just to prepare for the rest of our life and yet

Aug 11, 2016 : Kirsten Fraude