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

5 Tasty Reasons to Hike the Camino de Santiago

5 Tasty Reasons to Hike the Camino de Santiago

Food is a major motivator while hiking. The camino de Santiago has the best food.

Jun 3, 2018 : Sara Leibold
Camino de Santiago: Luxurious Long-Distance Hiking

Camino de Santiago: Luxurious Long-Distance Hiking

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.

May 31, 2018 : Sara Leibold
Tips for Being Greener on Your Thru-Hike

Tips for Being Greener on Your Thru-Hike

Check out these tips to minimize hikers' impact on the trail including reducing plastic use, conserving water, and eliminating packaging waste.

Mar 7, 2018 : Sara Leibold
Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Jan 8, 2018 : Sara Leibold
Growth Through Failure on the Arizona Trail

Growth Through Failure on the Arizona Trail

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.

Nov 20, 2017 : Sara Leibold
Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Dream Job or Not?

Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner: Dream Job or Not?

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.

Oct 30, 2017 : Sara Leibold