Will Skipworth

My name is Will. I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2024. I've long been a hiking and outdoors enthusiast, but until this year, I've never taken on such a long trip. However, I couldn't be more excited. Outside of hiking, I grew up in Texas, but now call the Midwest my home. I'm a Chicago-based journalist (on haitus while I hike) who has written for Forbes, PolitiFact and a string of local newspapers including The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Washington Missourian and more.

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My Journey Through The North Carolina/Tennessee Portion Of The Appalachian Trail

My Journey Through The North Carolina/Tennessee Portion Of The Appalachian Trail

I entered North Carolina on March 20. My first border crossing really made the hike start to feel real. I walked with Aaron, who I mentioned in my

May 11, 2024 : Will Skipworth
People of the Appalachian Trail: Jennifer “P.A.L.” Ball

People of the Appalachian Trail: Jennifer “P.A.L.” Ball

Jennifer Ball was supposed to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2023. “I got a frantic call from her daughter at 4 a.m. one night,” her hiking

Apr 12, 2024 : Will Skipworth
My First Week On The Appalachian Trail

My First Week On The Appalachian Trail

In the days leading up to my trip and the first few days on the trail, it felt my really weird to finally be out here. You plan for a trip like this

Mar 23, 2024 : Will Skipworth
I’m Will and I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I’m Will and I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Me at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah ahead of a weekend backpacking trip with friends.In fall 2023, I became obsessed with the Appalachian

Mar 6, 2024 : Will Skipworth