Rachael (Outlaw)

Setting out on a hike I promised myself I'd do 10 years ago, I'm a neophyte backpacker with grand dreams of making it to Katahdin in one piece and in one go. Biological anthropologist, (visiting assistant) professor, marathon runner, and avid reader, I'm looking forward to leaving the Ivory Tower behind to explore the trail and meet some great people.

Posts

Surveying the Surveys: Bias in our Online Questionnaires?

Surveying the Surveys: Bias in our Online Questionnaires?

Let’s start off on the right foot. I like surveys about hikers. I like surveys about gear. I like surveys about food. I like surveys about tents and

Jun 13, 2017 : Rachael (Outlaw)
No Questions: The Real-World (Lack of) Curiosity About My Hike

No Questions: The Real-World (Lack of) Curiosity About My Hike

Hello Trek friends! After a seven month hiatus, I hope you'll accept me back as one of your stalwart bloggers and adventurers. I've wanted to come

Jun 5, 2017 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Journey’s End

Journey’s End

I had to take a break. Everything that can be said about the end of a thru-hike, I feel, has been said. And I was sad; post-hike sadness is

Nov 1, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
White Mountain Adventures

White Mountain Adventures

The White Mountains are . . . different. As a thru hiker, you're warned. You're told it's going to be a whole new game. But there's really no way to

Aug 27, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
We go to the mountains to conquer ourselves

We go to the mountains to conquer ourselves

Restarting, it turns out, is almost as hard as starting. Some days, it seemed even harder.  Sometime around June 1, I called my white knight of

Aug 16, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
AT and KonMari

AT and KonMari

First and foremost, thank you all for your words of support and encouragement as I came off the trail (Inspiration to Movement and I cannot praise

Jul 6, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Temporarily Benched

Temporarily Benched

My feet hurt. That's how it started. It was actually pretty funny. Every other morning, when it was my day to get the bear bags, I would slip on

Jun 8, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Things I’ve Learned

Things I’ve Learned

Wandering the AT for the last 2 months and crossing the 1000 mile mark yesterday, I realized I've learned a few things and changed a little bit here

May 17, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
(Partial) Gear Review 

(Partial) Gear Review 

All right kids. I've hiked 861 miles of the AT and have developed some strong feelings about some of my gear. Now, bear in mind I'm typing out this

May 6, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
MacArthur Inn: A hidden AT gem

MacArthur Inn: A hidden AT gem

This will be a short post, but one I'm very happy to write. Very close to Woods Hole Hostel (of which I have also heard good things!), there lies a

Apr 19, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)