Lauren de la Vega

My trail name is Woodchuck and will remain Woodchuck because it's tattooed on the bicep of a man in Damascus. I hiked the AT in 2016 (southbound), the PCT in 2017 (flip) and will be hiking southbound on the CDT this year. I'm a licensed hiking and camping guide in New York state, and spend most of my weekends taking people hiking and camping in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions of New York. I have a Master's in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling, and I'm passionate about combining my training in art therapy with nature connection.

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Applying Trail Phrases to Life in NYC

Applying Trail Phrases to Life in NYC

I was sitting on the couch in my Brooklyn apartment on Saturday morning, sipping coffee from my favorite mug. I admired it’s speckled glaze and

Jul 16, 2018 : Lauren de la Vega
What I Think About While I Thru-Hike

What I Think About While I Thru-Hike

  Let's be honest: I've never been great at listing out exactly what has happened without flooding it with my thoughts and feelings.

Aug 19, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
Surviving the Sierra: A Creek Crossing and Mather Pass

Surviving the Sierra: A Creek Crossing and Mather Pass

In my previous post, I addressed a serious situation and left off with mixed feelings about the Sierra. I was about to cross a dangerous creek before

Jul 23, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
Creek Crossing in the Sierra

Creek Crossing in the Sierra

Right now I'm camping on the south side of White Fork Creek (pictured above) at mile 801 after watching my fiancé and hiking partner, Henri

Jul 22, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
5 Questions I get about Thru-Hiking the PCT (and my answers)

5 Questions I get about Thru-Hiking the PCT (and my answers)

That's right! My first extremely click-bait(ish) post. There were questions that people had before I started the Appalachian Trail, most of which

Apr 26, 2017 : Lauren de la Vega
Dear Thru Hikers (AT After Thoughts from Brooklyn)

Dear Thru Hikers (AT After Thoughts from Brooklyn)

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 Things Turn Around

How Things Turn Around

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