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 had my sights on a 2021 thru-hike, starting shortly after my 60th birthday, but given the coronavirus epidemic, I am hoping for a section hike in August or September 2021.

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Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

Punchbowl Mountain Dreamin’

I have been trying to get back to the Appalachian Trail for years.  The last time I camped overnight on the trail was in August 2000, when I did a

Dec 16, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
5 Things You Should Know About the Lone Star Hiking Trail

5 Things You Should Know About the Lone Star Hiking Trail

Vic Hay contributed to this story. When I moved to Houston 17 years ago I had to do some research to find a trail of any decent length.  There is

Dec 3, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
Becoming a Master Naturalist Changed How I See the Trail

Becoming a Master Naturalist Changed How I See the Trail

Update 10/30/2020: The article originally stated that there is no Master Naturalist program in Georgia. There is in fact a program through the

Oct 27, 2020 : Ruth Nasrullah
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