Taylor Ciambra

Born and raised in the hills of Connecticut, I fell in love with hiking after summiting Mt. Washington during college. Since graduating, I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska and various national parks out West. I love making theatre, asking big questions, and telling stories. You can also check out more of my AT ramblings at: blistersbeforemisters.wordpress.com

Posts

From Soldiers to Thru Hikers: Examining Civil War History Along the AT

From Soldiers to Thru Hikers: Examining Civil War History Along the AT

  Hiking Through History isn’t your typical history book or hiking book. Written by Leanna Joyner, an AT thru hiker in 2003, she published Hiki

Jan 11th : Taylor Ciambra
Benton MacKaye: Reviewing an Unconventional American Life

Benton MacKaye: Reviewing an Unconventional American Life

Reviewing "The two continued to follow parallel paths by attending Harvard University and delving into writing, activism and hiking in New England. He

Oct 27th : Taylor Ciambra
Hiking in Record Time, Kaiha Bertollini Champions for Sexual Assault Awareness

Hiking in Record Time, Kaiha Bertollini Champions for Sexual Assault Awareness

“I didn't choose the AT, the AT found me.” Kaiha “Wild Card Ninja” Bertollini was at a crossroads in her life when the Appalachian Trail found her in

Sep 14th : Taylor Ciambra
Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

“Might well, instead of ‘Appalachian Trail’, have been termed, ‘The Anonymous Trail,’ in recognition of the fact that many, many people…have labored

Aug 26th : Taylor Ciambra
Tougher Than Thoreau

Tougher Than Thoreau

My last days in the Shenandoahs were unfortunately marked by anxiety. But at least there were some blackberry milkshakes. I hadn’t been able to shake

Jun 29th : Taylor Ciambra
Writing Love Letters on the AT

Writing Love Letters on the AT

Shortly after Xtra-Tuff and I started hiking solo in the afternoons, I started writing love letters. At first they were fairly simple out loud, strea

Jun 23rd : Taylor Ciambra
The Right Thing and The Difficult Thing

The Right Thing and The Difficult Thing

It's difficult to hug with backpacks on but Xtra-Tuff tried as best she could to comfort me, creating one of the most tender and awkward moments I've

Jun 19th : Taylor Ciambra
My Experience with a Virginia Creeper

My Experience with a Virginia Creeper

"It's nice to see you with pants on." I said, standing in the doorway of the room of the guy who had exposed himself to me and pissed on my backpack

Jun 8th : Taylor Ciambra
The Best People Are Bonkers: Remembering Baltimore Jack

The Best People Are Bonkers: Remembering Baltimore Jack

Many times along the trail, I feel like Alice in Wonderland. I follow my own version of the White Rabbit, have a vague sense of purpose and run into

May 16th : Taylor Ciambra
Flu of the Stomach, Eye of the Tiger

Flu of the Stomach, Eye of the Tiger

When I was in fourth grade, I bought my teacher a Christmas ornament. It was a small white ceramic heart with tiny pink roses delicately painted on it

Apr 28th : Taylor Ciambra