Hello friends! My name is Steph D and I'm an avid hiker from the flat prairie lands of central Illinois. No longer content to live vicariously through the trail blogs of other hikers, I'm hitting the trail solo in April 2019 at Springer Mountain, Georgia and heading north towards Katahdin, Maine. I'm somewhat overpacked, a bit under-practiced, and more than a little afraid of being attacked by shelter mice. Exciting times lay ahead and I'll be keeping it real - so follow along on my AT journey!
Overview of days 21-25 of Steph’s Appalachian Trail hike, from near Fontana Dam to Bluff Mountain, NC.
Trail journal from Days 14-20 on the AT: Franklin, NC to Fontana Dam
Trail journals from days 9-13 of Steph’s AT hike, from Unicoi Gap to Franklin, NC.
A trail journal of days five through eight of Steph’s AT hike, from Woody Gap to Hiawassee, GA.
Overview of Days 2, 3, and 4 on Steph’s AT hike - including rain, hail, and critters.
Steph’s first day on the trail, from Amicalola Falls State Park to Springer Mountain shelter via the Approach Trail.
Soon to be thru-hiker Steph Dawson introduces herself and discusses her upcoming hike, gear tests, and lightening up her pack load.