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.

Posts

Retired, or Thru-Hiking?

Retired, or Thru-Hiking?

Let’s play a little guessing game. Here’s how it works: I’ll describe a group of people, and your job, as the reader, is to determine whether this is

Apr 19, 2019 : Will Krakow
Fresh Ground and the Leapfrog Cafe

Fresh Ground and the Leapfrog Cafe

If you ever thru-hike the Appalachian Trail—and if you are approached by a stout man in his early 50s with a neatly trimmed salt-and-pepper

Apr 16, 2019 : Will Krakow
The Four Pines Hostel

The Four Pines Hostel

If there’s a place on the Appalachian Trail deserving of a television show, it’s Four Pines Hostel. First, we have our lead character, hostel

Apr 12, 2019 : Will Krakow
Reflections from Day Four, Five, Maybe Six; I Lost Count

Reflections from Day Four, Five, Maybe Six; I Lost Count

Trail life is beginning to settle into routine. In the mornings, we wake, and we walk. That's what's on the agenda. Yesterday was the same,

Apr 12, 2019 : Will Krakow
Day Three

Day Three

Today was a hard walk. After “sleeping in,” Starfish and I hit the trail just after 8. There was blue in the sky and spring in the air, with fresh

Apr 12, 2019 : Will Krakow
Day Two

Day Two

It would have been prudent to practice sleeping with my quilt/sleeping pad setup before setting out on the AT, but I’ve never considered myself a

Apr 11, 2019 : Will Krakow
Day One

Day One

It’d be a lie to say that I didn’t have second thoughts about getting on the trail today. Those thoughts started the second I woke up. I was lying

Apr 11, 2019 : Will Krakow
Five Things You Need to Read Before Your Thru-Hike

Five Things You Need to Read Before Your Thru-Hike

A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson At the less-forgiving end of middle-age, and without a lick of long-distance backpacking experience between them,

Apr 11, 2019 : Will Krakow
How to Talk to Your Parents About Being a Thru-Hiker

How to Talk to Your Parents About Being a Thru-Hiker

When your parents find out that you've committed yourself to a thru-hike, they'll have questions. Here are a few things they might ask, along with

Apr 7, 2019 : Will Krakow
Why I Don’t Know Why I’m Hiking the AT

Why I Don’t Know Why I’m Hiking the AT

The summer after second grade my swim team was coached by a guy named Dan. At that point I’d been swimming competitively for nearly five years,

Apr 7, 2019 : Will Krakow