Rachel Poole

I'm a writer, massage therapist, hospitality ninja, and adventure seeking warrior. I've made my home everywhere from Georgia to Maui to Colorado and most recently Alaska, yet I keep landing where my roots sprouted. For the last 3yrs I have been dedicated to personal growth and transformation in order to live a more fulfilling life free from the clutch of past trauma and societal standards I willingly adopted as my own.

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A Peaceful Katahdin Summit and 100-Mile Wilderness Walk

A Peaceful Katahdin Summit and 100-Mile Wilderness Walk

Yes, you read the title right. Weird descriptor of a Katahdin summit, I know. Usually folks are beaming with excitement over their completed

Jul 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Between Two Worlds: A Week off the AT

Between Two Worlds: A Week off the AT

Sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting to board a flight bound for Portland, ME, a wave of calm covers my usual preflight jitters. I've been off the

Jul 2, 2018 : Rachel Poole
They Say There’s No Crying on the AT, and That’s a Lie

They Say There’s No Crying on the AT, and That’s a Lie

Last week four friends came up for a nice long weekend visit. We did all the regular things girlfriends do on a weekend getaway like laugh at my

Jun 28, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Finding Connections with Others Along the Way

Finding Connections with Others Along the Way

Pop your head into any shelter along the AT and I would wager the hiker chatter circles three topics: gear, weather and terrain, injury. News on the

May 29, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Mission to Maine Aborted: No, I Didn’t Quit the AT

Mission to Maine Aborted: No, I Didn’t Quit the AT

Good morning from Hot Springs, N.C, mile 274 of the AT. The rumor mill tells me that by the time hikers reach this tiny little mountain town nearly

May 15, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Close Your Ears, Gents: I’m on the Rag and Ready to Dish

Close Your Ears, Gents: I’m on the Rag and Ready to Dish

Weeks ago, when I realized my little monthly visitor would be accompanying me during the first week of my thru-hike, I had a little tantrum. I even

Apr 23, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Little Toe, Big Problem

Little Toe, Big Problem

My first two days on the trail were, let's call them, eventful. I've been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast since spring break camping trips as a

Apr 19, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

"Be stubborn," said the two-time AT thru-hiker I ran into at Cloudland Canyon's south rim during my final shakedown hike. It felt like strange advice

Apr 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

One of the first questions city dwellers tend to ask about my plans to thru-hike the AT is why. The question is usually jammed at the beginning of

Feb 25, 2018 : Rachel Poole