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.
Six of the most isolated peaks on the Hostel of Maine for $44/night. Their setup is amazing and I’d highly recommend staying with them. The bunk
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
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
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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
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
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.
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
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
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