Aubri Drake

On a whim in September 2013, having never backpacked a day in my life, I decided to hike all of the Massachusetts Appalachian Trail... by myself, in 4 days. After painfully managing to survive it, I figured - why not hike the rest? I finished solo hiking the AT (except for southern Maine where I had a lovely NOBO trail family) on Katahdin in August 2017. At my day job, I'm a data-crunching research nerd, researching everything from teen pregnancy prevention to social determinants of health, from the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals to positive youth development. I've thru-hiked the AT, the Tour du Mont Blanc, and the Vermont Long Trail, and summited all of the New England 100 Highest peaks. In 2019, I'm hoping to thru hike the JMT and the Wonderland Trail. On the weekends, I'm working on the New Hampshire 48 4,000' Grid and the Northeast 115.

Posts

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc [Part II]

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc [Part II]

Notes from the other side In the end, most things turned out as I’d raclette in Switzerland). If you want to see more pictures and my daily blog

Aug 23, 2018 : Aubri Drake
Planning for the Tour du Mont Blanc

Planning for the Tour du Mont Blanc

After reading Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a loop hike of ~110 miles with ~30,000 feet of elevation gain (and subsequent loss) that circumnavigates

Jul 14, 2018 : Aubri Drake
Digital media on the trail, part 2

Digital media on the trail, part 2

22 Awesome Podcasts Podcasts are free and easy to access. Once you're on a hostel's wifi, they can be downloaded in a variety of ways. For Apple

Mar 9, 2018 : Aubri Drake
Digital media on the trail, part 1

Digital media on the trail, part 1

Bored-nothing to do: 9 subscriptions to consider So you’ve made the leap - you’re thru-hiking (or maybe you’re hiking a section). The call of the

Mar 24, 2017 : Aubri Drake
AT Hiking and Cell Service: Pay-as-you-go cell phones

AT Hiking and Cell Service: Pay-as-you-go cell phones

On the trail, cell phones come in handy. They can be used to stay in touch with other hikers, to make calls to family and friends, putting in

Feb 20, 2017 : Aubri Drake
Transportation Along the AT: The Section Hiker’s Dilemma

Transportation Along the AT: The Section Hiker’s Dilemma

Over the past 3 years, I've section hiked more than three-quarters of the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Monson, ME down to Hot Springs, NC.

Nov 25, 2016 : Aubri Drake
Things I Wish I had Known Before I Started Section Hiking on the AT

Things I Wish I had Known Before I Started Section Hiking on the AT

When I started section hiking in August 2013, I had no idea what I was doing. I'd never backpacked before and I wasn't prepared for the adventure

Sep 7, 2016 : Aubri Drake
How to survive Southern Maine

How to survive Southern Maine

Southern Maine is a beautiful but sometimes harsh section of the Appalachian Trail. I section hiked from Gorham, NH to Stratton/Eustis, ME in August

Aug 5, 2016 : Aubri Drake
How to Prepare for a Thru-Hike from the Comfort of Your Own Home!

How to Prepare for a Thru-Hike from the Comfort of Your Own Home!

Thru-hiking can be really awesome, but it’s not for everyone. How do you know if you’re fully prepared to hit the trail for 4-6 months of rugged

Jul 17, 2016 : Aubri Drake