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 2023 means it's my fifth year section hiking the Appalachian Trail and my fourth year blogging about it on The Trek! I started hiking the trail in 2019 and have about 380 miles left to complete. Join me this year as I continue my 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

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
Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

A summary of some things I feel like I learned about relationships two weeks into my 2021 LASH of the Appalachian Trail.

May 14, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
How I Went From Hiking Out of Town in the Morning to Sitting On a Flight Home That Same Night, Plus Other On-Trail Stories from Weeks 1 and 2

How I Went From Hiking Out of Town in the Morning to Sitting On a Flight Home That Same Night, Plus Other On-Trail Stories from Weeks 1 and 2

Getting off trail, a gear failure, finding cool spots, and other stories from my first two weeks of this Appalachian Trail section in Pennsylvania in 2021.

May 9, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

What’s gone on in my head so far during my first two weeks of hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2021 in Pennsylvania.

May 6, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
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 in 2021.

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

The focus in hiking is always on bringing less, but I give the spotlight to some things I've actually added to my pack as of 2021.

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 2020.

Nov 19, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki
Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike in North Carolina/Tennessee

Hiking Within the Guidelines: Reflections on an Appalachian Trail Weekend Hike in North Carolina/Tennessee

A 33-Mile Weekend Hike from Standing Bear Farm, TN to Hot Springs, NC, focusing specifically on the experience of hiking within covid guidelines in 2020.

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

My thoughts as I ponder whether or not to continue with a planned long section hike of the Appalachian Trail during the pandemic in 2020.

Mar 17, 2020 : Sarah Lesiecki