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.
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 miles from Georgia to Maine, but I'm hoping that this post will help them imagine what that entails!
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
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
It turns out that a solo hike is in all actuality an affair only made truly possible (at least in my case) by the love, support, and pre-trail magic experienced during the planning stage.
Testing my Wordpress app so I can blog from the trail.
Last weekend, I joined REI and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to obtain Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. It was exhausting, daunting, and fun. It also reiterates that your best friend on the trail is common sense.
At $199 retail, the 850 Ultralight from L.L.Bean is a reasonably-priced, wonderfully warm addition to my gear.
Even as I type this I don't know if I will win this battle of wills with myself. All I've learned so far is that it's a funny feeling to know I have total control over my own failure, but not to trust simultaneously that I have total control over my own success as well.
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 dangerous trail where lots of people fall to their deaths," and then they say, "When can we go?"
Is this a plea for you to feel sad for me? No. Am I looking for your pity? Absolutely not. I am a future through-hiking rock star and I feel like my trip has already started.