Will Krakow

After earning my degree in Applied Math from the University of North Carolina I futzed around a bit in the medical research industry before deciding to take a break to hike the AT. I’m a writer by hobby, a runner by nature, and I enjoy long runs on the beach and candlelit dinners - or dinners of any sort, for that matter.

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Monson, Shaw’s, and the 100-Mile Wilderness

Monson, Shaw’s, and the 100-Mile Wilderness

Shaw’s Hostel in Monson, ME, is one of those iconic places on the trail that every thru-hiker needs to stop at. And I mean “needs to” quite

Aug 21, 2019 : Will Krakow
Headed Down South, to the Land of the Pines (Day One SOBO)

Headed Down South, to the Land of the Pines (Day One SOBO)

After Katahdin* I flew out of Portland and arrived home the afternoon of July 3. The next evening, I went to a local park to watch fireworks with

Aug 18, 2019 : Will Krakow
Highs and Lows in the Bigelows

Highs and Lows in the Bigelows

Things got better after Rangeley. The weather didn’t improve, and the terrain was as tough as ever. But either I was too delirious from the miles

Jul 3, 2019 : Will Krakow
Into Rangeley: The SOBOs Are Coming

Into Rangeley: The SOBOs Are Coming

The trail in Southern Maine was eerily empty when I passed through it. The SOBOs hadn't made it there yet, and most of the NOBOs were still making

Jul 3, 2019 : Will Krakow
The Best Way to Get Lost in the Green Mountains

The Best Way to Get Lost in the Green Mountains

I was on the trail and then I wasn’t. There were no blazes in sight, no hikers either, and no clear path forward. This was not at all how I’d planned

Jun 18, 2019 : Will Krakow
What to Expect on the AT Through Vermont

What to Expect on the AT Through Vermont

There was no shortage of signs that announced my arrival in Vermont. The first and most obvious was, of course, the VT/MA state line sign, a big

Jun 18, 2019 : Will Krakow
When in Gorham

When in Gorham

Descending from Wildcat Ridge and leaving White Mountain National Forest I felt at once accomplished and weary and relieved and sad. For nearly 1,000

Jun 17, 2019 : Will Krakow
11 Surprising and Controversial Tips for AT Thru-Hikers

11 Surprising and Controversial Tips for AT Thru-Hikers

1. Don’t carry full water bottles up every goddamn mountain. Drink at the bottom, where there’s usually a good source, then fill your bottles

May 25, 2019 : Will Krakow
How I Got My Trail Name

How I Got My Trail Name

Some trail names require explanation. Mine---Indigo---takes quite some time and a fair amount of abstract thinking to be understood. But the hiker

May 23, 2019 : Will Krakow
Day Eight,  or Whatever

Day Eight, or Whatever

I needed to get words out and Frosting needed to get calories in. He had come down with a bad GI condition and hadn't been able to take anything more

May 5, 2019 : Will Krakow