Maggie Slepian

I have a cat named Heisenberg who only calms down when he wears clothing, and that's not even the worst thing about me. Writing clips and contact info at maggieslepian.com

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ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

ATC Releases Updated Trail Use Guidance, Asks Thru-Hikers To Continue Postponing Hikes

May 20, 2020; 2:30 p.m. MST: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has released updated guidelines for Appalachian Trail users, including day

May 20, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

ATC Requests Appalachian Trail Closed Until 4/30

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 29 of the 31 AT maintaining clubs in early April asked the federal government to close the entire Appalachian

Apr 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
The Essential Day Hiking Gear List

The Essential Day Hiking Gear List

Since thru-hiking has been temporarily canceled, we're pivoting toward appreciating the things we can do, like shorter outings close to home, and

Apr 28, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Since I’m Not Thru-Hiking This Year, Here’s My Day Hiking Gear

Since I’m Not Thru-Hiking This Year, Here’s My Day Hiking Gear

My 2020 thru-hike is not happening, and yours probably isn't either. If you're anything like me, it might have taken you a while to put your gear

Apr 13, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

A List of Appalachian Trail Shuttles Available to Help Hikers Get off the Trail

In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we've compiled a list of shuttle drivers and services that are still available to assist Appalachian

Mar 30, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
I Tabled My 2020 PCT Thru-Hike Because of Coronavirus

I Tabled My 2020 PCT Thru-Hike Because of Coronavirus

Time flies when you're (not really) having fun. Three days ago I posted the rest of my gear for the PCT. Two days ago I made a plan to send extra

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Is It Right to Start Your Thru-Hike During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

In the grand scheme of people, events, and industries impacted by the coronavirus, a thru-hike falls somewhere in the middle. It's a huge commitment

Mar 16, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear: The Rest of the Stuff

Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear: The Rest of the Stuff

In the interest of procrastinating several long-term projects and avoiding cleaning my house, here is a (mostly) comprehensive look at the rest of

Mar 13, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Main Differences Planning My First Vs. Second Thru-Hike

Main Differences Planning My First Vs. Second Thru-Hike

Sometimes I forget I'm leaving for the PCT in two months. A friend will offer ticket to a concert in July, or throw around plans for a May climbing

Feb 21, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear List: Big Three

Maggie’s PCT 2020 Gear List: Big Three

Hi guys. Maggie here, Managing Editor of this site, finally ready to hike the PCT. Five years go by fast—at this time in 2015, I was putting the

Feb 6, 2020 : Maggie Slepian