Michelle Petix

NOBO 2022! Inspired by my daughters' amazing travels, I set my sights on a GAP year, pun intended with all the Gaps on the trail:) Rocking the Steamboat Colorado ski life and non-profit community work since 1992 and looking forward to an epic foot voyage leading back to my New England roots. Husband, family, and friends make the world go round and this thru-hiker's dreams come true. Miles of Smiles, MP (she, her, hers)

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The AT Breeds Greatness

The AT Breeds Greatness

“It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” from A League of Their Own,  Tom

Jun 10, 2022 : Michelle Petix
What I Changed Halfway

What I Changed Halfway

The halfway point was a good opportunity to reassess what I was wearing and carrying in my pack. Shoes The Altra Lone Peak trail runners served Me

Jun 4, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Body, Mind, Spirit on the A. T.

Body, Mind, Spirit on the A. T.

Updates first! My body is in Harpers Ferry, my mind is recalibrating and strategizing for the rest of the way to Katahdin, and my spirit is sky high

May 17, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Reframe, Trail Fame, and Rename going GA-ME

Reframe, Trail Fame, and Rename going GA-ME

Reframe Working with youth for the majority of my life, I have always been good at seeing a strength where others may see a challenge. The bossy kid

Apr 28, 2022 : Michelle Petix
What It Takes to Make It to Damascus

What It Takes to Make It to Damascus

Support On the trail and off.  Knowing that others believe in you. Getting the resupply box with all the goodies and notes of encouragement.  The

Apr 14, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Zero Hero

Zero Hero

Rate x Time = Distance, Except on the AT Felt like a hero having just finished the Smokies with a great crew of hikers. Rolled down into Hot Springs

Apr 2, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Weather Together is Better

Weather Together is Better

Day 14 Brown Fork mile 152.9 Continuing where I left off from the last post… I woke early, stashed my pack, and hiked 3 miles back down to the NOC

Mar 24, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Strong Trees Bend in the Wind

Strong Trees Bend in the Wind

Planned Flexibility As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I adore spreadsheets so, of course, I created one with my itinerary of how many miles I plan

Mar 23, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Days 4-8 Trail, Mail, Tales

Days 4-8 Trail, Mail, Tales

Day 4: Blood Mtn and Mtn Crossings The climb up Blood Mountain was not as bad as I expected. I heard the same from many other hikers. Maybe it was

Mar 10, 2022 : Michelle Petix
Days 1-3

Days 1-3

First Day Jitters The excitement in the air was palatable. I felt like a kid on the first day of school. Since we are now known as the “Class of

Mar 5, 2022 : Michelle Petix