Lauren de la Vega

Lauren (she/her) goes by Woodchuck on trail. She thru-hiked the AT southbound in 2016, flip flopped on the PCT in 2017, and thru-hiked the CDT southbound in 2021. When she's not on a long walk across the country, Lauren is a full time art therapist, an artist and an ultra runner. She is also a New York State licensed outdoor guide, and co-owns West Mountain Guide Co with her partner.

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Surviving White Fork Creek and Mather Pass

Surviving White Fork Creek and Mather Pass

In my previous post, I addressed a serious situation and left off with mixed feelings about the Sierra section of trail. I was about to cross a

Jul 23, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
White Fork Creek Crossing: A Dangerous Situation

White Fork Creek Crossing: A Dangerous Situation

My name is Lauren, aka Woodchuck, and I use the term thru-hiking blogger loosely, since I am currently over 800 miles into my northbound journey on

Jul 22, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
Dear Thru Hikers: a letter to the Appalachian Trail 2016 thru-hikers

Dear Thru Hikers: a letter to the Appalachian Trail 2016 thru-hikers

It's taken me a while to settle down and find the words to express how it feels to have thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and what it feels like to be

Jan 3, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
How Emotions Change on a Thru-Hike

How Emotions Change on a Thru-Hike

Contrary to my sparse published updates on this site, I AM writing a whole lot on the trail. Instead of writing for those who want to follow my

Oct 3, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
New York to Harper’s Ferry

New York to Harper’s Ferry

Well, I'm over half way done with my thru-hike, which means my promise to write more often was obviously a let down. While I'm sure you're all used

Aug 29, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
Home Sweet New York City

Home Sweet New York City

It’s true what they say: Being a writer in New York is difficult. Actually, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever half-ass attempted and if you ask

Aug 1, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
White Mountains to the Yellow Deli

White Mountains to the Yellow Deli

The Yellow Deli. It doesn't sound too interesting, but every northbounder we passed either has a story, or you can tell expected to have a story but

Jul 12, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
The New Hampshire State Line!

The New Hampshire State Line!

Just two days ago, we crossed our first state line! That's right, we are officially in New Hampshire! Well, sort of. Actually, we missed Maine so

Jun 24, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
Southbound Hiking Katahdin and the 100 Mile Wilderness

Southbound Hiking Katahdin and the 100 Mile Wilderness

At the summit of Katahdin! (aka the start of the SoBo AT)As I write this, I am snuggled up in a well-made bed with the loveliest quilted

Jun 9, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
Countdown to my SOBO Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Countdown to my SOBO Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

I have been meaning to write a post for the past few weeks and should have done so sooner. You’ll quickly understand, though, that a major theme

May 28, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega