Matthew Podolsky

I'm a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and former wildlife biologist who has been dreaming about a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail for almost 20 years. My connection with the AT began in 2003 when I hiked the Northernmost 600 miles of the trail. Since then I've worked as a wildlife biologist on the California condor recovery team in Arizona and Utah, co-founded a non-profit, produced several independent documentaries, helped launch a podcast series called "Earth to Humans", and co-directed a film that won the audience award an Sundance. I have an amazing wife and 8-year-old son who are supporting me on my 2022 AT thru-hike attempt.

Posts

Reflecting on the Loss of a Fellow Thru-Hiker

Reflecting on the Loss of a Fellow Thru-Hiker

I first met Grandmaster at Tray Mountain Shelter in Georgia. My mom and I had arrived at the shelter in mid-afternoon after climbing Tray

Jun 17, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
A Perfect Day on Roan Mountain

A Perfect Day on Roan Mountain

Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail are constantly checking the weather. Whenever there’s cell service, everyone jumps onto their phone to check

May 27, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
Trail Magic: The Church Provides

Trail Magic: The Church Provides

Before starting this thru-hike, trail magic was a mysterious phenomenon to me. I had spent lots of time on the AT in Massachusetts, Vermont, New

May 10, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
Army Ranger Training on the Appalachian Trail

Army Ranger Training on the Appalachian Trail

It’s day two of my journey along the Appalachian Trail and I’m hiking along a gloriously sunny ridgeline in the Georgia mountains. I glance up

Apr 17, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

In less than 24 hours my mom and I will begin our trek from Georgia to Maine. The past two weeks have been filled with trip planning, packing and

Mar 27, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
Is It Possible to Do a Long-Distance Hike Without First Obsessing Over Gear?

Is It Possible to Do a Long-Distance Hike Without First Obsessing Over Gear?

I did my first long-distance hike back in 2003, and I don’t think I bought a single piece of gear in the time leading up to my start date.  I had

Feb 18, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
Thru-Hiking in Response to Ecological Calamity

Thru-Hiking in Response to Ecological Calamity

Back in 2017 I had the rare opportunity to bear witness to the process of extinction. I was part of a documentary film crew tasked with gathering

Jan 6, 2022 : Matthew Podolsky
Dreams of the Appalachian Trail – Planning My 2022 Thru-Hike

Dreams of the Appalachian Trail – Planning My 2022 Thru-Hike

I feel so incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with my mom in 2022. I’ve been dreaming about

Dec 2, 2021 : Matthew Podolsky