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.
Six months, one case of a “tick borne illness,” plenty of scars and bruises & I’m still truckin’ along!
Shortly after I posted last, I was in Vermont in a bubble of hikers that really started to put a damper on my own hike. It seemed like everyone I
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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