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.

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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

Less than a week...until I hit the trail and my gear is as dialed in as it can be at this point. I have a gear list up for quick reference but I

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

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

With my flip-flop of the Appalachian Trail starting in just 35 days, I think it's about time I share with you my worries, anxieties, and fears.

Apr 17, 2019 : Susan
The Shakedown Hike

The Shakedown Hike

Most thru-hikers go on at least one shakedown hike before setting out on trail. This means they pack all their gear and test everything out before

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

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

Dear family and friends:I know you have a million questions for the thru-hiker in your life. You're probably thinking: What about bears? What about

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

Preventative Nutrition: Vitamins and Supplements

Hi, friends! February for a flip-flop hiker is a strange place to be. Most of my online trail friends are posting they have 30 days or less to 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

Trail prep is more than physical. I have been pretty focused on getting my body ready to hike. I've been trying to eat better, sleep better, and

Jan 17, 2019 : Susan
You’re Invited to a Thru-Hike!

You’re Invited to a Thru-Hike!

Who: My name is Susan. I live in the suburbs of Chicago, where I grew up.  I like to bake, experiment with cooking, can knit and crochet, and like

Dec 31, 2018 : Susan