Kristen Fiedler

Hey all! I'm Kris, a half Midwesterner, half New Englander who used to think that backpacking and thru-hiking was crazy! But curiosity turned into interest and somewhere along the lines turned into full blown obsession. After years of daydreaming and months of planning I hit the Appalachian Trail NOBO in March!

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Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Spring is here. The leaves are green, the flowers are blooming, and the animals are out to play. The first week of May has brought some very

May 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
My Worst Day on Trail

My Worst Day on Trail

The trail, as in life, gives you good days, bad days, and everything in between. More often than not I feel happiness and fortune to be able to have

May 12, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Holy Smokes! Surviving the Smokies

Holy Smokes! Surviving the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park brought me days of seemingly endless rain and dense fog, my first rattlesnake encounter, an outbreak of the

Apr 27, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
To Pee or Not to Pee

To Pee or Not to Pee

You would think that being out in the middle of the woods that peeing would not be an issue. You can go whenever, wherever, right? Not so. As a

Apr 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
The Trail Is Bringing on a Lot of Firsts for Me

The Trail Is Bringing on a Lot of Firsts for Me

The beginning of a thru-hike is naturally going to bring on a lot of firsts. The first couple of days I was eased into the trail; I lucked out with

Apr 1, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Snot Rockets, Hail, and a Person in a Drawstring Bag

Snot Rockets, Hail, and a Person in a Drawstring Bag

The first section of the Appalachian Trail did not disappoint. It brought crazy weather, beautiful weather, awesomeness, grossness, and

Mar 28, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
First Trail Steps and Feeling Inspired

First Trail Steps and Feeling Inspired

The day is here. We're at Amicalola Falls State Park starting our adventure. We took our first steps on the Approach Trail and I saw the arch that

Mar 20, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Let’s Talk About the Gear I’m Taking

Let’s Talk About the Gear I’m Taking

I probably should have done the gear post a long time ago but gear scares me. OK, maybe not scare, but there’s just so much. When I first started

Mar 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
I Promise Not to Finish

I Promise Not to Finish

“I need to talk to you about failure.” So says my dad to me, super casually, while I’m mid-bite of my kale salad. But it’s not the talk you’d

Mar 17, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Five Hiking Lessons From Horses

Five Hiking Lessons From Horses

We’ve all heard the saying, “you have to get back on the horse,” meaning, of course, you have to get back at whatever has challenged you or that

Mar 4, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler