Mariposa

I was ten years old when my love for the Smoky Mountains first inspired my dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Twelve years later, I made that dream a reality when I completed my NoBo 2014 thru-hike. I am now in grad school for Clinical Psychology at Ole Miss. In addition to hiking, I try to maintain some semblance of sanity through crafts, baking, piano, fantasy/sci-fi books, beer, and bacon.

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The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Unless you're making the rest of us jealous by slackpacking the whole way, your backpack is one of the most important pieces of gear you take on a

Nov 10, 2016 : Mariposa
The 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

For the third year now, we surveyed long-distance hikers who completed a section or thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. This year, we

Nov 6, 2016 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

Also, check out the previous post covering breakdown of sleeping pads). Almost one third of hikers (30.7%) changed sleeping pad models at some

Jan 22, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

When I bought a sleeping bag for my thru-hike, I was incredibly overwhelmed. Synthetic fill is more water resistant, but natural down is more

Jan 6, 2016 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: The Top Shelter Systems on the Appalachian Trail in 2015

By the Numbers: The Top Shelter Systems on the Appalachian Trail in 2015

"Hammocks are cool ... you can stealth camp just about anywhere."  - Enthusiastic hammocker "I started out with a hammock ... then met a girl and we

Dec 27, 2015 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: What Footwear 2015 Thru-Hikers Wore on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: What Footwear 2015 Thru-Hikers Wore on the Appalachian Trail

“You just get good at hiking, after so many miles. You become the toughness factor the boot had.” - An eloquent and badass 2015 AT thru-hiker, on

Nov 23, 2015 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail

As one of my pack was dear to me from the start. But after I crammed it through the crevices of Mahoosuc Notch, catapulted it over the Lemon Squeeze,

Nov 12, 2015 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: The Top Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: The Top Shelters on the Appalachian Trail

Although tents are the traditional means of shelter in the backcountry, a variety of alternative shelter systems are used by long-distance hikers on

Jun 22, 2015 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: Sleeping Bags and Pads on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: Sleeping Bags and Pads on the Appalachian Trail

"Should I switch sleeping bags in the summer?" "How warm of a sleeping bag do I need?" "What kind of sleeping pad should I use?" Before I

Apr 26, 2015 : Mariposa
Dealing with Body Image Back in the Real World

Dealing with Body Image Back in the Real World

In

Feb 20, 2015 : Mariposa