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.

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For my Kumon kiddos

For my Kumon kiddos

At one of my myriad jobs (off the trail), I work with a wonderful group of bright kiddos. I told them when I was leaving that I was walking 2,000

Apr 9, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Trail Vignettes

Trail Vignettes

After 10  days on the AT, stories are starting to accumulate. What is most overwhelming is the overall generosity and kindness of both my fellow

Mar 14, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Things I’ve learned from the first 5 days on the AT

Things I’ve learned from the first 5 days on the AT

A short, sweet post after a short, sweet day.    · If you’re new to this, estimating your food is harder than you think. I set out

Mar 7, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Pre-trail Magic

Pre-trail Magic

Eight or nine months ago, I commited to hiking 2,200 miles, alone, with a backpack. It turns out, however, that a solo hike is in all actuality an

Mar 2, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Test

Test

Testing my Wordpress app so I can blog from the trail.

Feb 27, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Bleeding, Broken, and Bruised: Wilderness First Aid

Bleeding, Broken, and Bruised: Wilderness First Aid

Last weekend, I joined REI and the National Outdoor Leadership School (Brett Simpson and Stasi York) do a marvelous job integrating lecture and

Feb 17, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Gear Review: Ultralight 850 Down Jacket (L.L.Bean)

Gear Review: Ultralight 850 Down Jacket (L.L.Bean)

Pre-thru-hike gear testing is helping me to decide what's worth the weight and what needs to be immediately returned or replaced. While I've gone

Jan 9, 2016 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Doubt

Doubt

Last night, I walked out of work to find a black puddle under my car. The same 20 year old car which recently hydroplaned out of a lane on the

Dec 6, 2015 : Rachael (Outlaw)
Hawai’i Hike of Death: Olomana

Hawai’i Hike of Death: Olomana

You know you've hit upon a great group of friends when they say, "What should we do on our second day in Oahu," and you respond, "I've found a really

Nov 22, 2015 : Rachael (Outlaw)
The (figurative) AT Approach Trail

The (figurative) AT Approach Trail

Yesterday, I woke up at 6:30 and was in my car by 7:00 so I could be at work by 8:00. For six hours I worked a dead-end (albeit fun) retail job -

Nov 18, 2015 : Rachael (Outlaw)