Lauren Hafley

My trail name is woodchuck and will remain woodchuck because it's tattooed on the bicep of a man in Damascus. I write for The Trek because I'm sick of wet cement and bathroom stalls. & I thru hike for the same reason.

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Endings are Difficult (and my titles are misleading)

Endings are Difficult (and my titles are misleading)

Of all of the difficult things in life, unplanned endings remain the hardest for me to handle. Endings can be bittersweet or they can bring about a

Oct 11, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
Tell the ones that need to know, we are headed south..

Tell the ones that need to know, we are headed south..

It's 7:30 A.M. on a cloudy morning in Stehekin, Washington. Maybe cloudy isn't the right word. I'm trying to be optimistic. It's actually just

Sep 5, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
It’s getting existential and daydreamy out here in NorCal

It’s getting existential and daydreamy out here in NorCal

So let's not be negative but let's be honest: Nobody really wants to read about my day-to-day out here. Trust me. I'm just not great at listing

Aug 19, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
White Fork Creek and Mather Pass (& the significance of a trail family)

White Fork Creek and Mather Pass (& the significance of a trail family)

In my previous blog, I addressed a serious situation and left off with some mixed feelings about the Sierras and how I would continue north. Since I

Jul 23, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
I’m Skipping the Sierras (and other things I think at a creek crossing)

I’m Skipping the Sierras (and other things I think at a creek crossing)

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 Hafley
What I think about when I think about hiking (on the PCT)

What I think about when I think about hiking (on the PCT)

After 558  miles on the PCT, I have finally sat down to write and, well, you're reading this so you know that. Since it's taken me this long and

Jun 20, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
Top 5 Questions I’ve been asked about the PCT (and my answers)

Top 5 Questions I’ve been asked about the PCT (and my answers)

That's right! My first extremely click-bait(ish) post and I'm not even sorry about it! Hear me out. There were questions that people had before I

Apr 26, 2017 : Lauren Hafley
A.T. (after thoughts)

A.T. (after thoughts)

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 Hafley
How Things Turn Around

How Things Turn Around

Contrary to my sparse published posts on this site, I AM writing a whole lot on the trail. I have developed a couple of ways to do this without

Oct 3, 2016 : Lauren Hafley
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 Hafley