Sarahmarie Specht-Bird

Hi there! I'm Sarahmarie, and I'm an English teacher, a writer, a crocheter, a traveler, an AT thru-hiker in 2019, and a person who is very bad at concise intros. I grew up in Kentucky but I've also lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Flagstaff, Arizona, with copious time spent traipsing abroad. I've hiked the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, and Camino Primitivo in Spain, as well as the John Muir Trail. I've been working towards a thru-hike of the AT for many years, and I cannot wait to make the dream a reality this year. I'm obsessed with languages and I love bagels and cream cheese to an unreasonable extent. I look forward to learning from the Trail and from other hikers on this journey.

Posts

Learning to Listen in the First 150 Miles

Learning to Listen in the First 150 Miles

Greetings from the AT! I can’t believe it’s already been three weeks out here. The earth is moving from gray winter to vibrant green spring. More

Apr 14, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird
Aren’t You Scared? Questions About Trail Safety

Aren’t You Scared? Questions About Trail Safety

Over the last few months, I’ve told a lot of people that I’m thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I haven’t kept a tally of their reactions. But if I

Mar 18, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird
Fear and Stoke Haunt and Drive Me

Fear and Stoke Haunt and Drive Me

A few nights ago I awoke at 2 a.m. in a panic. Thoughts started racing through my head. Mice in shelters. Bears. Oh god, I haven’t practiced hanging

Feb 21, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird
Answering That Question: My Reasons for Hiking the AT

Answering That Question: My Reasons for Hiking the AT

I don’t know why every book, post, or website about hiking any long trail always starts with the the question, “Why?” Perhaps it’s natural to attempt

Feb 17, 2019 : Sarahmarie Specht-Bird