I’m Siobhan. But feel free to call me by my trail name, Drop Bear. I’ve been feeding a severe hiking addiction since my 2015 AT thru hike. Since then I’ve hiked America’s Centennial, Northville Placid, and Long Trails and Australia’s Bibbulmun Track and Great Ocean Walk. Right now I'm wowing about cacti on the Arizona Trail. In 2017, I got a taste of hiking failure after 700 or so miles on the PCT. With all that cacti and cowboy camping it was the most fun I’ve ever had not achieving something. There’s not enough time left in my life to hike all the trails on my list. But I’m going to try.
Last year, an affable hiker called Drum Solo described the Arizona Trail as “hardcore desert” when I told him I wanted to hike it. We were boiling
If it doesn’t rain soon in Arizona I’m going to cry. I tell myself that any day now it will bucket down but the empty raindrop on my phone screen
I meet my first deadly thing less than two hours in. The father and son have backtracked down the trail and are hastily pulling on gaiters and