Rachel Cheatham

My name is Rachel, but you may know me as Glacier-Swiss from my 2015 northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I currently live in Costa Rica and work for an international trails focused non-profit. Before I decided to grow roots here in Central America, I spent a few years working seasonal and short-term jobs which has allowed me the unique experience of living and traveling many places. My perspectives have changed since I started writing for the trek in 2016, so I ask you dear reader, to empathize with my human experience. If you like what read here, you can also check out my personal website: www.continuetheadventure.com <3

Posts

A Need for Change: My Decision to Walk

A Need for Change: My Decision to Walk

To appease my parents, I posed by the arch - fake smile, eyeliner, and brand-new REI clothes layered on, I carried much more weight than what was in my pack.

Jun 1, 2019 : Rachel Cheatham
Revisited: Reacting with Fear – A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Revisited: Reacting with Fear – A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Yes, there are risks involved in wandering off by yourself and yes, I understand that women are ‘targeted’ more often then men.But I refuse to let the fears of "what could" and "what if" stop me from doing something I love, facing a challenge I know I can accomplish.

May 30, 2019 : Rachel Cheatham
Learning to Dream

Learning to Dream

Some of us are born with a natural talent for thinking outside of the box. For others (I would argue the majority) creativity and expression takes practice. I learned many things when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015. One of them was learning to dream.

May 30, 2019 : Rachel Cheatham
Reacting with Fear: A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Reacting with Fear: A Woman’s Perspective on Solo Travel

Disclaimer: I am going to share ONE experience. Before you read this article know that my intention is not to complain or insult, but to share

Apr 24, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham
A Collection of Wisdom: 17 Quotes that Impacted my Thru-Hike

A Collection of Wisdom: 17 Quotes that Impacted my Thru-Hike

I started my Appalachian Trail thru-hike alone. Traveling solo pushed me out of my comfort zone - not because I was by myself, but because it forced

Apr 1, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham
Ultralight: How to Cut Your Base Weight In Half

Ultralight: How to Cut Your Base Weight In Half

When I first started the Appalachian Trail, I didn't understand why my pack was so heavy. I only brought a few “luxury” items; everything else was

Mar 20, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham
Health and Body: 5 Rarely Discussed Realities of Thru-Hiking the AT

Health and Body: 5 Rarely Discussed Realities of Thru-Hiking the AT

Hiking is hard on the body. As a thru-hiker, you start this journey with the expectation of blisters, sore muscles, and fatigue. But are you aware of

Mar 14, 2016 : Rachel Cheatham