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
Food is a major motivator while hiking. The camino de Santiago has the best food.
The Camino de Santiago is the perfect beginner's long-distance trail. Just under 500 miles, the camino takes you through the heart of Spain walking through vineyards and history.
Check out these tips to minimize hikers' impact on the trail including reducing plastic use, conserving water, and eliminating packaging waste.
As a ridgerunner you get asked the same questions over and over. Here's a compilation of the most commonly asked questions from what do ridgerunners do to can you take my garbage.
My thru-bike attempt of the Arizona Trail did not go as smoothly as I would have hoped. Skipping sections and limited time coupled with a lack of people for my thesis research ended up proving to be a failure on the Arizona Trail.
Being an AT ridge runner is not about getting paid to hike. Education and cleaning privies are some of the main job duties of ridge runners. I discuss the misconceptions, confinement, and struggles ridge runners face on the trail.