MG Hibionada

AT SOBO 2022. Filipina-American. Born in Chicago, bred in the burbs, Michigan for a hot second, then back to Chicago. Mental healthcare worker, soon-to-be MSW, and aspiring LCSW. Oldest sister to two stellar siblings, daughter to two giving parents, friend to the coolest cats, and partner to my number one fan. I pick up hobbies depending on the season. I'm impulsive; hence my attempt to thru-hike this trail. Let’s see how this goes — I’m just as curious as you are!

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That’s all, Folks.

That’s all, Folks.

That’s it. It’s over. The other half of the 2,149.3 miles are complete. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is the

Dec 12, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Trail Hiatus

Trail Hiatus

I've endured many challenges on trail, but nothing compares to the conflicting emotions that overwhelmed me on October 20 and thereafter.I was at

Nov 15, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Stand By Me

Stand By Me

"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was on the AT. Jesus, does anyone?"Story I met Guide, Syrup, and Rocky the day we

Oct 12, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Sleep Paralysis at Pierce Pond

Sleep Paralysis at Pierce Pond

Imagine pitching your tent in a spot that faces a peaceful view: a shimmering blue pond, luscious green trees that trace the horizon, and the beaming

Oct 11, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Halfway Highlights

Halfway Highlights

I’m halfway into this beautiful journey! Taking things one step at a time, building friendships, having a supportive home base, believing that the

Sep 11, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Gear List

Gear List

With a little over a month left until I head to Baxter State Park, I've spent a lot of time honing in on my gear list — so, here ya go: Condensed

May 7, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Managing Others + Self

Managing Others + Self

“You’ll get homesick.” “You can’t do this alone.” “You’re a vulnerable woman.” “You’re avoiding the real world.” “You’re not an experienced

Mar 21, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Physical + Mental Preparation

Physical + Mental Preparation

According to The Trek, physical injury and mental fatigue are major factors that drive hikers to leave the trail. Four months remain until I begin

Feb 10, 2022 : MG Hibionada
Welcome

Welcome

You're invited to read along as I walk along the Appalachian Trail. (First backpacking selfie, 2015) WHO:  Hi, my name is MG. I’m a

Jan 23, 2022 : MG Hibionada