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, the Vermont Long Trail, and the New England Trail, and summited all of the New England 100 Highest peaks. I'll be thru hiking the JMT and the TRT this August. On the weekends, I'm working on the New Hampshire 48 4,000' Grid and the Northeast 115. You can find trip reports and ramblings at https://transcendingmountains.blog/

Posts

Peakbagging the New England 100 Highest’s Maine Six-Pack

Peakbagging the New England 100 Highest’s Maine Six-Pack

Six of the most isolated peaks on the New England Hundred Highest list are located around Rangeley, Eustis, and Carrabassett Valley, Maine. Five of

Feb 1, 2019 : Aubri Drake
Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc [Part II]

Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc [Part II]

In the end, most things turned out as I’d planned for my thru-hike of the TMB. We had fabulous weather, the people we met were friendly, and the food was delicious (definitely try the raclette in Switzerland). If you want to see more pictures and my daily blog posts, you can find them here. However, there were definitely some things I wished I’d known before heading out on the trail.

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

Planning for the Tour du Mont Blanc

After reading this Trek article almost two years ago, I put the Tour du Mont Blanc on my bucket list and mostly forgot about it. Until this past

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

Digital media on the trail, part 2

If you're looking for some non-hiking related podcasts to pass the time and learn more about the world, here are some podcasts to consider!

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

I've section hiked more than 3/4 of the Appalachian Trail, stretching from Monson, ME down to Hot Springs, NC. Through section hiking, by necessity, I've become rather adept at patching together public transportation and shuttles to plan my trips (as well as bail partway through ill-fated hikes). I’m happy to share what I know and the resources I've used, as a springboard for future section hikers.

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. These are the things I've learned over the past 3 years of section hiking that I'd tell my 2013 self, if I had the chance.

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. Here's some lessons I learned from Southern Maine, that I wish I'd known before I started.

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!

How do you know if you’re fully prepared to hit the trail for 4-6 months of rugged terrain, hiking the ~2189 miles between Georgia and Maine (or for that matter, section hike longer than a weekend)? You need to do a mini thru-hike experience first, of course, and duplicate as many of the exciting thru-hiker experiences as possible!

Jul 17, 2016 : Aubri Drake