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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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
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