Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani

Hey there! I'm Traci Withani (trail name: Purple Lotus) and for years I've been obsessed with the Appalachian Trail. After some devastating pivots in my life, I decided to reclaim my narrative by thru hiking the AT in 2024. In addition to being an ardent backpacker, I'm a life-long Midwesterner, neurodivergent, Catholic, mother of 2, fangirl of several franchises, student of Scottish Gaelic, maker of bad puns, passionate listener of podcasts, and unapologetic lover of pizza and ice cold Coca-Cola. When I'm on trail, you'll usually find me stopping to take pictures of everything, out of breath from any slight incline, and employing my signature move...which is tripping over absolutely nothing. In additions to my posts here on The Trek, consider following me on my social media (@emplowered on FB, IG, and YT)

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14 Things I’ll NEVER Do on My 2024 AT Thru-Hike

14 Things I’ll NEVER Do on My 2024 AT Thru-Hike

Purple Lotus has a list of things she thinks she'll never do on the Appalachian Trail this year. Is it reasonable?

Feb 29, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani
Unpacking My Thru-Hiking Fears

Unpacking My Thru-Hiking Fears

Hikers often carry heavy loads when they're thru hiking, and not all the weight is on their backs.

Feb 23, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani
Why Oh Why Would You Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Why Oh Why Would You Hike the Appalachian Trail?

2024 AT Thru Hiker Purple Lotus prepares for her upcoming journey by examining her 'why'

Feb 16, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani
What’s in a (Trail) Name?

What’s in a (Trail) Name?

Almost anything goes when it comes to trail names. Almost…

Feb 9, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani
Is Your Name Judy, Because You’re Judging Me!

Is Your Name Judy, Because You’re Judging Me!

Backpackers don't judge each other in the usual way, but we do sometimes give some side eye to each others' choices.

Feb 2, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani
World’s Most Mediocre Hiker

World’s Most Mediocre Hiker

We've found her, the world's most middle-of-the-road hiker. Can such an unremarkable hiker complete the entire Appalachian Trail? Click through to find out!

Jan 26, 2024 : Traci 'Purple Lotus' Withani