Sarah Lesiecki

Hi there! I'm Sarah, also known as Lil Bear on the trail. I'm a 32 year old Chicago-area native. The year 2022 means it's my fourth year section hiking the Appalachian Trail and my third year blogging about it on The Trek! I started hiking the trail in 2019 and have since covered about 1,650 miles. I have 542 total miles left to complete, spread out across three different sections. Join me this year as I continue the goal of completing the entire trail :) For 2019 trail posts or posts about other things, you can find me at www.sarahs-travels.com.

Posts

Tips for Flying With Your Backpack from A Flight Attendant

Tips for Flying With Your Backpack from A Flight Attendant

Stressing about traveling to your next backpacking trip? I hope that sharing some of my experiences can help!

Oct 19, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
54 Miles of Shenandoah National Park in July: Front Royal to Lewis Mountain Campground, Part 2

54 Miles of Shenandoah National Park in July: Front Royal to Lewis Mountain Campground, Part 2

Part 2 of my post about a 54 mile section hike on the Appalachian Trail through the Northern half of Shenandoah National Park in July, 2022.

Aug 23, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
54 Miles of Shenandoah National Park in July: Front Royal to Lewis Mountain Campground, Part 1

54 Miles of Shenandoah National Park in July: Front Royal to Lewis Mountain Campground, Part 1

Days 1-4 of a 54 mile section hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, July 2022.

Aug 19, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 2

54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 2

Part 2 of a reflection on a 54 mile section hike from Harpers Ferry, WV to Front Royal, VA on the Appalachian Trail in April 2022.

Jul 7, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 1

54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 1

Tales from a 54 mile southbound AT section hike in Northern Virginia in late April 2022, part 1.

Jun 21, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
Franconia Ridge, July 21, 2021: The First Time I Genuinely Felt Fear While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Franconia Ridge, July 21, 2021: The First Time I Genuinely Felt Fear While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

The memory of the day I went over Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire and had a humbling experience with some bad weather in July 2021.

May 18, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

I never expected to go home from the trail so close to the end, but it happened. This is a brief telling of that experience, plus some of my favorite picture worthy moments from New Hampshire and Maine during a long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2021.

Aug 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

A brief summary of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as I work toward completing my biggest section hike of the Appalachian Trail yet from Pennsylvania to Katahdin in 2021.

Jul 28, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

A summary of the latest portion of my big section hike of the Appalachian Trail - Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA in 2021.

Jun 15, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

This is a journal entry I wrote for myself that I decided to share. It's the compilation of being able to re-set my mind after deciding to get off trail for two weeks when I was two weeks into my most current long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2021.

May 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki