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/
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!