Ruth Nasrullah

I'm a journalist, an activist and a lover of trails and travel, a New Jersey native who moved to Houston in 2004. I cherish the feeling of carrying just what I need on my back and tenting solo listening to coyotes howl. I'm easily mesmerized by the sound of the wind through the tops of tall pine trees. I planned a 2018 AT thru-hike but cancelled to focus on my dying cat's last days and then the midterm elections. I now have my sights on a 2021 thru-hike, starting shortly after my 60th birthday, coronavirus willing. I just completed my training as a Texas Master Naturalist and I'm enjoying my path toward certification, trying to learn the names and natures of various living things.

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Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Meet Ambreen Tariq, The Activist Behind Brown People Camping

Ambreen Tariq is a Muslim, an immigrant, an activist, and an outdoor enthusiast.  She describes herself as a proud feminist and an advocate for

Sep 8, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Eric Heber Invites You to Hike Louisiana’s Trails

Eric Heber Invites You to Hike Louisiana’s Trails

Eric Heber is an Alabama native who has lived in Louisiana for 18 years. He began hiking just seven years ago in the Kisatchie National Forest, a

Oct 11, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah
Own the Hot Flashes: Tips for Menopausal Hikers

Own the Hot Flashes: Tips for Menopausal Hikers

You may see them infrequently. You may wonder at their skill or endurance.  If you’re the average AT thru-hiker—young and male—you may worry about

Jul 26, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah
Moving up to the Class of 2019

Moving up to the Class of 2019

This will be my last post until the fall, when I start blogging about my 2019 thru-hike. Yes, 2019. I have decided to defer my thru-hike until

Jan 1, 2018 : Ruth Nasrullah
Night Crawler: Searching For A Trail Epiphany

Night Crawler: Searching For A Trail Epiphany

Thru-hiker Dann Hailey, trail name Night Crawler, first gained fame when popular vlogger Early Riser introduced him to the internet. “This guy

Nov 26, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
The Archenemy: Doubt

The Archenemy: Doubt

I woke up at 5:00 this morning with the thought in my head that maybe I don’t understand the magnitude of an AT thru-hike, that maybe I will get on

Nov 12, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
Yes I Can

Yes I Can

(No, the title of this post isn’t meant to be a partisan reference. However, it references a campaign slogan and this post is about voting and I am a

Nov 1, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
My Very First Bonehead Maneuver

My Very First Bonehead Maneuver

I went to the Lake Houston Wilderness Park today.  It wasn't much of a workout; I live in Houston and when I ask people in this area where I can do

Oct 26, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
Ish Gets Real

Ish Gets Real

I am among those hopeful thru-hikers who have researched, surfed the net, watched YouTube videos, made best-friends-for-life at REI, and perhaps,

Oct 2, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah
Yo, It’s On

Yo, It’s On

Last March, my sister sent me a link via Facebook to a book about the Appalachian Trail and the message “2020 yo it’s on.” The book was Hiking Through: One man’s journey to peace and freedom on the Appalachian Trail by Paul Stutzman, and her message proposed we for real do something we had talked about for years – hike the length of the AT.

Aug 23, 2017 : Ruth Nasrullah