Sara Leibold

I've been ruined for normal existence ever since thru-hiking the AT in 2011. I find that I am never fully satisfied with life so I am always looking for a new challenge, adventure, or goal to work towards. Add my tendency for self-suffering and you've got the makes of a long distance hiker, cyclist, and rower. I've lived and worked all across the country, thru-hiked the Arizona Trail, Long Trail, Camino Frances, Annapurna Circuit, and Pinhoti Trail, section-hiked the Camino Portugues and Benton MacKaye Trail, biked the Natchez Trace, and rowed the Mississippi River from source to sea. I was privileged to give back to the trail as an AT ridgerunner in 2016, 2021, and 2022. Happy Trails! For adventure travel posts, videos, and more check out my website: www.whereintheworldissara.com. Instagram @saratidewalker

Posts

The Benton MacKaye Trail: 290 Secluded Miles in the Southern Appalachians

The Benton MacKaye Trail: 290 Secluded Miles in the Southern Appalachians

One hundred years ago, MacKaye’s idea for a recreational and economic plan revolving around a footpath extending the length of the Appalachians was

Mar 17, 2022 : Sara Leibold
Why You Should Start the AT at Flagg Mountain Instead of Springer

Why You Should Start the AT at Flagg Mountain Instead of Springer

In the following essay, I will make the case as to why you should start your Appalachian Trail thru-hike in Alabama by appealing to the purist, the

Feb 14, 2022 : Sara Leibold
Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

Why I Chose My Own Trail Name on the Appalachian Trail

A how-to into not getting stuck with a crummy trail name by taking back the power to name yourself.

Oct 26, 2021 : Sara Leibold
Giving the Gift of Hiking: Walking with Mom on the Camino Portugues

Giving the Gift of Hiking: Walking with Mom on the Camino Portugues

A month after retiring from a 39-year career with the government, my mom hopped on her first flight overseas to walk 100 miles across Portugal and

Oct 2, 2019 : Sara Leibold
Thru-Hiking Inspired Tattoos: Pacific Crest Trail and Beyond (Part III)

Thru-Hiking Inspired Tattoos: Pacific Crest Trail and Beyond (Part III)

Pacific Crest Trail inspired tattoos and more

May 3, 2019 : Sara Leibold
Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio II

Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio II

Appalachian Trail inspired tattoos

Apr 22, 2019 : Sara Leibold
Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Trail-Inspired Ink: Appalachian Trail Tattoos, Portfolio I

Enjoy the wide variety of Appalachian Trail inspired tattoos

Apr 18, 2019 : Sara Leibold
To Buzz or Not to Buzz: Benefits to Cutting It All Off (Female Edition)

To Buzz or Not to Buzz: Benefits to Cutting It All Off (Female Edition)

For those contemplating a thru-hike, consider buzzing your hair off to mitigate temperature control, ticks, and hygiene factors.

Mar 11, 2019 : Sara Leibold
How to Hike Nepal’s Incredible 150-Mile Annapurna Circuit

How to Hike Nepal’s Incredible 150-Mile Annapurna Circuit

Nepal's 150-mile Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas brings the hiker up and over the tallest navigable mountain pass in the world, known as Thorong-La towering in at 17,769ft.

Nov 28, 2018 : Sara Leibold
Post-Trail Life…. Hospital Edition

Post-Trail Life…. Hospital Edition

The physical toll of thru-hiking resulted in me being admitted to the hospital and getting a blood transfusion.

Sep 26, 2018 : Sara Leibold