Notebook

Started a NOBO April 2016 and made it 675 miles up the trail before a stress fracture grounded me. Contemplating getting back out there for another LASH in May 2017.

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The Single Thing I Wish I’d Known Before My Thru-Hike That Nobody Told Me

The Single Thing I Wish I’d Known Before My Thru-Hike That Nobody Told Me

One evening, damp and full of anguish, I arrive at a shelter and basically fall apart. I can't believe—I'm, like, refusing to accept—that there is no

Jan 17, 2017 : Notebook
Sleeping with Strangers — Part 1

Sleeping with Strangers — Part 1

Oh, hi, class of 2017! Notebook here. Congratulations on your decision to take the plunge and make a thru-hike attempt! That took a lot of

Dec 22, 2016 : Notebook
Timing Quitting Failing … Winning?

Timing Quitting Failing … Winning?

A few days before I was set to run the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011, my cousin, Ken, flew out to D.C from Chicago to join me for the race. All

Sep 27, 2016 : Notebook
On Purity

On Purity

We had finished dinner at a restaurant in my hometown, my girlfriend and I, and she was listening with wide eyes to my trail tales—the bear ones

Sep 13, 2016 : Notebook
The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

You don’t start a thru hike casually. The parts of your life you have to move or put on hold are just too big. You end a lease, quit a job. You leave

Aug 25, 2016 : Notebook
5 Things I Got Wrong About Hiking the AT—and 2 I Got Right

5 Things I Got Wrong About Hiking the AT—and 2 I Got Right

What I Got Wrong 1. Because I’m a woman I won’t lose weight. On day hikes before I planned my own thru-hike, I encountered male and female

Aug 24, 2016 : Notebook
They Say It’s the People; They’re Right

They Say It’s the People; They’re Right

This one time, at Fontana Village, back in early May, I was hanging out by myself in the lower level of the lodge when I heard the door open behind

Aug 18, 2016 : Notebook
It Doesn’t Take Much to Make a Hiker Happy

It Doesn’t Take Much to Make a Hiker Happy

I'm still off trail healing up my foot; this post describes one evening in June. As odd as are a lot of the situations in which you find yourself

Aug 16, 2016 : Notebook
Musings of a Laid-up Long-ass Section Hiker

Musings of a Laid-up Long-ass Section Hiker

As most of you probably know, I’m off the trail healing up a foot. I have been off now for—oh, man—six weeks as of today. Sheeeeeyit. That’s like,

Aug 5, 2016 : Notebook
Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Last of Three Ridiculous Days

Has the AT Had Enough of Me? The Last of Three Ridiculous Days

I wrote a LABE (long-ass blog entry). I broke it up so as not to overstay my welcome on your screen. You can read Part II at your leisure. "The AT

Aug 1, 2016 : Notebook