Lauren "Panic"

Hiya, I'm Panic. I'm a 31 y/o entrepreneur, outdoor leader, amateur forager, and mentor living in eastern Massachusetts. I'm here to share my experience as a backpacker who is also plus-size, asthmatic, has many environmental allergies including bee venom, and sleep apnea. I am a huge proponent of making space in the outdoors for everyone.This year I'll be hiking the Northville Placid Trail. It's 140 miles through the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness in upstate New York. I'll be traveling with my partner, Tarzan, and our buddy from last year's thru on Vermont's Long Trail, Baby Legs!

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“That Rhonda is a Backstabbing Bitch and I Hate Her.” Day 6

“That Rhonda is a Backstabbing Bitch and I Hate Her.” Day 6

Morning - 8/28/2023 Sprue Lake #3 With my bear bag just 8 feet in the air last night instead of the recommended 12, a bright moon, noisy loons, and

Oct 3, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Spruce Lakes and the Loons – Day 5

Spruce Lakes and the Loons – Day 5

Morning - 8/27/2023 The morning was quiet at the campground. There weren't even any loons the night before. As I slowly eased into the waking life I

Sep 24, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Pushing for Piseco – Day 4

Pushing for Piseco – Day 4

Morning - Hamilton Lake Stream Lean-to 8/26/2023 We must have slept pretty good because I only remember waking up once to stare off into the moonlit

Sep 20, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Rain and Boob Prisons – Day 3

Rain and Boob Prisons – Day 3

Morning 8/25 - Silver Lake Lean-to Aside from the rain, last night was silent. A barred owl called out only once or twice just before I drifted to

Sep 15, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Woods Lake to Silver Lake – Day 2

Woods Lake to Silver Lake – Day 2

Day 2 - 08/24/2023 Morning Woke up peacefully at about 6:30AM at Woods Lake. The loons called all night and the campsite was on the slightest angle

Sep 12, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Northville to Woods Lake – Day 1

Northville to Woods Lake – Day 1

Morning Thoughts 8/23/2023 You could see the moon last night from the big window in our AirBnb. It was bright and distracting, at least for me. At

Sep 11, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Packing Up and Getting Out of Dodge

Packing Up and Getting Out of Dodge

Monday 8/21/2023 - 2 Days Before Trail Work wasn't letting go of its grip on me. I was as anxious as ever but determined to get everything where it

Sep 10, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Panic? I Don’t Recommend it.

Panic? I Don’t Recommend it.

Meet Panic. Hi, I'm Lauren. Allow me to actually introduce myself! I'm a 31-year-old backpacker who goes by Panic on-trail. When I'm off-trail,

Aug 2, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
You Stepped Away from Your Life for Weeks—What Did You Expect?

You Stepped Away from Your Life for Weeks—What Did You Expect?

Up and Leave Your Life. Last year, I was walking solo into Johnson, VT on the Long Trail and we had just received news that one of Tarzan's AT

Aug 1, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"
Backpacking Makes Me Not Hungry

Backpacking Makes Me Not Hungry

Three weeks. That's 21 days and we'll be starting off our journey along Upstate New York's Northville Placid Trail. This is a lesser-known

Aug 1, 2023 : Lauren "Panic"