Sarah Lesiecki

Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I've lived in both the city of Chicago and suburbs for most of my life but now reside in Northern Alabama upon turning 30. I started LASHing the AT in 2019 and hoped to complete most of the trail in 2020, but like many of us I postponed during the pandemic and stuck to a couple short hikes. So here's to 2021 and seeing what kind of trail miles it brings! Feel free to visit me at www.sarahs-travels.com for posts about other things too.

Posts

Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Thoughts as I set out to attempt a hike of just over 1,000 miles from Boiling Springs, PA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

Apr 11, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
A Flashback Post to a Weekend Hike in July from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC

A Flashback Post to a Weekend Hike in July from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC

This is part two of my original post about a 33 mile weekend hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC in July 2020. It focuses on the hike itself, rather than focusing solely on the hike as pertaining to covid-19 guidelines like the first post did.

Jan 16, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Things I Actually ADDED to my Pack Once I Started LASHing the AT

Things I Actually ADDED to my Pack Once I Started LASHing the AT

There are some things that are just better to have than not have while backpacking. This is my personal list of things that I don't skimp on anymore.

Jan 11, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
My Shortest Solo AT Section Yet was also my Toughest: 55 Miles of Northern Virginia in November

My Shortest Solo AT Section Yet was also my Toughest: 55 Miles of Northern Virginia in November

One story from a 55 mile section hike from Lexington/Buena Vista, VA to Waynesboro, VA in November.

Nov 19, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike

A 33-Mile Weekend Hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC, focusing specifically on the experience of hiking within covid guidelines.

Aug 3, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time

To Hike or Not to Hike in an Uncertain Time

A look into decisions I'm trying to make as a flight attendant who was getting ready to hit the trail, and ways in which the coronavirus has impacted that.

Mar 17, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?

A Look Inside My Head: What Is the Drive Behind My Long-Distance Hike?

The essential "Why I hike the Appalachian Trail" post.

Feb 17, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person

The First Time I Met the Appalachian Trail in Person

A recount of a day-hiking trip to Shenandoah National Park in 2017, which was the first time I got to stand on the Appalachian Trail.

Dec 15, 2019 : Sarah Lesiecki
1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey

1,512 Miles to Go: Welcome to My Journey

An intro to my time on the Appalachian Trail in 2019, and my 2020 hiking plans!

Dec 6, 2019 : Sarah Lesiecki