Mary

My name is Mary, but you can also call me Newfound. I was born and raised in south Louisiana, but hiking, backpacking, and adventure-seeking has taken me all across (and outside) the country. Years ago, during one of those road trips, I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap... and knew that I would thru-hike the trail one day. I'm a photographer and writer, and you can find more of my work at maryleavines.com or on Instagram @maryleavines.

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How To Plan an International Thru-Hike: A Look at 3 Popular Trails

How To Plan an International Thru-Hike: A Look at 3 Popular Trails

Living in the United States, we’re lucky enough to have world-class long trails right in our own backyard. The Triple Crown of thru-hiking—the

Jun 28, 2023 : Mary
Thru-Hiking Success Starts With a Smart Shakedown Hike

Thru-Hiking Success Starts With a Smart Shakedown Hike

A “shakedown hike” is a term often tossed around in backpacking forums. By definition, it’s a short backpacking trip that a hiker takes before

May 31, 2023 : Mary
Maine, Part 2: Both Things True

Maine, Part 2: Both Things True

Poet's quiet, encouraging goodbye was like the gunshot at a race's starting line. We hiked quickly and with purpose through deep, muddy puddles, over

Nov 8, 2022 : Mary
Maine, Part 1: See You up Trail

Maine, Part 1: See You up Trail

As soon as we started the Mahoosuc Notch, it began to rain.We looked at each other with grim determination, and did our best to stuff our layers

Oct 30, 2022 : Mary
New Hampshire: Whatever it Takes

New Hampshire: Whatever it Takes

On a bright, bluebird-sky day, I walked across the New Hampshire state line. I made my way through Hanover to the post office, and switched out gear

Oct 17, 2022 : Mary
Vermont: A Long-Awaited Homecoming

Vermont: A Long-Awaited Homecoming

Note to the reader: On 9/25/22, I summited Katahdin and completed my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail! These next few blogs were written after the

Oct 14, 2022 : Mary
Connecticut and Massachusetts: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Connecticut and Massachusetts: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

When I made it into Connecticut, I decided to call around and find a new sleeping pad. There was a fishing outfitter in Kent that had a few hiking

Aug 17, 2022 : Mary
New Jersey & New York: A Reason to Keep Going

New Jersey & New York: A Reason to Keep Going

Crossing State Lines I left Delaware Water Gap, PA in high spirits. Despite the fact that I knew the rocks didn't end at the state line, I also knew

Aug 13, 2022 : Mary
Pennsylvania & Maryland: No Room to Wander

Pennsylvania & Maryland: No Room to Wander

Days 97-100: After visiting the ATC headquarters in Harper's Ferry, I decided to zero. I did laundry, resupplied at a 7-Eleven, and stopped by a

Aug 9, 2022 : Mary
Northern Virginia, Part 2: Getting Somewhere

Northern Virginia, Part 2: Getting Somewhere

Days 87-89:On day 87, I woke up and went through my normal morning routine: collected my bear bag, started warming up some water, and slowly

Jul 20, 2022 : Mary