Mika Byar

My name is Mika! I'm a guy in my mid-20s living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and setting out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail on March 20, 2024.UX designer, stay at home cat dad, and amateur ultra runner & Nordic skier are some of the roles I'm putting on pause as I live out my dream of being a smelly guy walking in the woods for several months.For my fellow data fiends, daily GPS data will be uploaded on my Strava account: https://www.strava.com/athletes/855457

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Smooth Sailing in Shenandoah National Park

Smooth Sailing in Shenandoah National Park

We lived a life of magic and luxury while hiking through the relatively easy trails of Shenandoah National Park.

May 21, 2024 : Mika Byar
Highs and Lows in Northern Virginia

Highs and Lows in Northern Virginia

We got hit with a case of the Virginia Blues, but with persistence and patience the trail provided us with exactly what we needed.

May 12, 2024 : Mika Byar
Pastureland & The Virginia Triple Crown

Pastureland & The Virginia Triple Crown

We hiked into some of the best views in Virginia and wrapped up the first half of the state. With our trail legs in full effect, we've started pushing big miles consistently.

May 5, 2024 : Mika Byar
Highland Ponies & Broken Fiddles

Highland Ponies & Broken Fiddles

We had a bit too much fun getting vortexed in Damascus, but pulled ourselves out and powered on to the beautiful landscape and ponies of the Grayson Highlands.

Apr 27, 2024 : Mika Byar
Flatlanders in the Roan Highlands

Flatlanders in the Roan Highlands

We paid our dues in the poor weather to experience the majesty of the Roan Highlands in the clear skies. We made sure to eat warm meals, drink cold beers, and pet some hostel cats along the way.

Apr 18, 2024 : Mika Byar
Hot Springs, Cool Rains, & Grassy Balds

Hot Springs, Cool Rains, & Grassy Balds

After the challenge of the Smokies we indulged in Hot Springs and enjoyed the panoramic balds of North Carolina. However, we still couldn’t escape the rain.

Apr 11, 2024 : Mika Byar
Snow, Mice, and Sisu in the Smokies

Snow, Mice, and Sisu in the Smokies

We put our resiliency to the test in the snow of the Smokies and built camaraderie with the few other hikers willing to brave the weather. 

Apr 6, 2024 : Mika Byar
Rain & Carolina in My Mind

Rain & Carolina in My Mind

Day 4-5: Unicoi Gap to Standing Indian  After I spent my first night off the trail, I felt like a super human. An entire night of sleep without

Mar 28, 2024 : Mika Byar
Early Trail Magic & Miles on My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Early Trail Magic & Miles on My Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

I began my Appalachian Trail thru-hike on March 20, 2024. After 50 miles I've already received more trail magic and met more awesome people than I could have ever hoped for.

Mar 24, 2024 : Mika Byar