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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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
Quitting my Job to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Quitting my Job to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

The idea to thru hike the Appalachian Trail idea sparked my interest while ago. At that time, a thru-hike seemed more beautiful than challenging;

May 6, 2016 : Lauren de la Vega
Connecting with Hikers (Not About Gear)

Connecting with Hikers (Not About Gear)

Gear lover discretion advised! I don’t consider myself among those who can talk for hours about a particular product or brand, at least not yet.

Dec 14, 2015 : Lauren de la Vega
Accountability (re: Thru-Hiking and Blogging)

Accountability (re: Thru-Hiking and Blogging)

Sure, I’ve written before. I’ve spent sleepless nights writing until my anxiety-fueled adrenaline turns into mental and physical exhaustion. I have

Dec 6, 2015 : Lauren de la Vega