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
Gear Review: Sawyer Select Filter and Purifier
Sawyer Select Filter and Purifier S1 (Filter) Removes: Bacteria Protozoa Chemicals Pesticides Uses: 1600 Cost:
Disrupting Aging on the Pacific Northwest Trail
“They don’t let on, but I assume they think we are crazy.” This is what James Clare tells me when I ask how his friends and family are taking the
Walking the Walk: Quadriplegic AT Thru-Hiker Stacey Kozel Shares Her Story
Stacey “Iron Will” Kozel, the legendary quadriplegic 2016 AT thru-hiker tells her story.
From Soldiers to Thru Hikers: Examining Civil War History Along the AT
A review of "Hiking Through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail".
Benton MacKaye: Reviewing an Unconventional American Life
A review of Larry Anderson's biography "Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner and Creator of the Appalachian Trail".
Hiking in Record Time, Kaiha Bertollini Champions for Sexual Assault Awareness
Kaiha “Wild Card Ninja” Bertollini plans to break Heather "Anish" Anderson's self-supported thru hike, while also promoting a message of hope and solidarity for survivors of trauma.
Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail
A brief overview on the man who turned Benton MacKaye's vision into a reality.
Tougher Than Thoreau
I've decided to leave the AT at Harpers Ferry, here's me processing that.
Writing Love Letters on the AT
When you're alone in the woods, sometimes you talk to yourself. And sometimes talking to yourself turns into talking to your ex boyfriend.
The Right Thing and The Difficult Thing
My hiking partner and I realize that to "hike our own hike" we need to split up.