Susan

Hey! I'm Susan: a gal from the suburbs of Chicago, going off in pursuit of adventure. I will be hiking the AT in 2019 as a flip-flop. I teach outdoor education and am incredibly excited to spend six months being outside 24/7 surrounded by all the things that make the natural world so awesome.

Posts

A Case for Leave No Trace: Animal Attack

A Case for Leave No Trace: Animal Attack

AT thru-hiker Tree Trunk was stealth camping on September 3 near Moxie Pond at mile 2,053 in Maine. Around 4:30 in the morning, he heard an animal

Sep 5, 2019 : Susan
30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Days on Trail

30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Days on Trail

1. Hiking the trail is much more than a physical challenge, but will really test your body. 2. Realizing how quickly the miles add up is very

Jun 20, 2019 : Susan
The Presence (and Power) of Women on the AT

The Presence (and Power) of Women on the AT

In her first two weeks on trail, Susan has already found inspiration and community in the female contingent of thru-hikers.

Jun 7, 2019 : Susan
What We Carry With Us

What We Carry With Us

Last week, I posted all about my gear and the things I need to be comfortable and survive. Today, I think it's time to share some of reasons I have

May 21, 2019 : Susan
Everyone Loves a Gear Post

Everyone Loves a Gear Post

The ‘final’ gear list and details before Susan heads out to trail next week.

May 17, 2019 : Susan
Worry, Anxiety, and Fear: Mental Preparedness for a Thru-Hike

Worry, Anxiety, and Fear: Mental Preparedness for a Thru-Hike

Deciding to thru-hike can be really scary. Susan talks about her worries, anxieties, and fears in this post.

Apr 17, 2019 : Susan
The Shakedown Hike

The Shakedown Hike

What I learned on a quick backpacking trip on Hoosier National Forest

Apr 10, 2019 : Susan
How to Support a Thru-Hiker: What Do They Need?

How to Support a Thru-Hiker: What Do They Need?

How can you support the thru-hiker in your life before and during their hike?

Mar 20, 2019 : Susan
Preventative Nutrition: Vitamins and Supplements

Preventative Nutrition: Vitamins and Supplements

An overview of Susan’s supplemental nutrition plan on trail.

Feb 9, 2019 : Susan
The Post I Didn’t Think I’d Write: Mental Toughness

The Post I Didn’t Think I’d Write: Mental Toughness

My first experience with my lack of mental toughness, well before I get on trail.

Jan 17, 2019 : Susan