Zoë Symon

Hi! I'm Zoë. By trade, I'm a User Experience Designer living in La Grande, Oregon. By passion, I'm a full-time adventurer who enjoys hiking, skiing, globetrotting, reading, and baking. In 2016 I completed a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and have been trying my best to get back to trails as much as possible ever since. Why the AT? Growing up in North Carolina instilled in me a love for the Appalachians that I haven't been able to shake (not that I'd want to), so it seemed like a perfect first thru-hike. My current backyard is the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and I've loved exploring all that it has to offer.

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One Piece of Gear You Never Knew You Needed

One Piece of Gear You Never Knew You Needed

Dental care in the backcountry seems relatively self-explanatory, right? If you said yes, you would be right. However, like any part of your gear

Feb 7, 2018 : Zoë Symon
Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

Bringing Leave-No-Trace to Life Off Trail

Leave No Trace is a moral code and daily practice for any thru hiker, section hiker, or day hiker. It teaches us to respect the ground we walk on,

Sep 17, 2017 : Zoë Symon
Why I stopped writing

Why I stopped writing

It's been about a year since my last post for The Trek, about 10 months since I climbed Katahdin on a beautiful August morning, and about a year and

Jun 19, 2017 : Zoë Symon
‘Tis the Sneezon

‘Tis the Sneezon

I'm one of those people who obsessively planned for the trail for months and months before I set foot on Springer Mountain. I have spreadsheets on

Jun 1, 2016 : Zoë Symon
The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 3: The Highlands)

The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 3: The Highlands)

Since I’ve been so terrible about updating this blog, here’s one massive update (in multiple parts) to let you know what I’ve been up to for the past

May 4, 2016 : Zoë Symon
The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 2: Let It Snow)

The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 2: Let It Snow)

Since I've been so terrible about updating this blog, here's one massive update (in multiple parts) to let you know what I've been up to for the past

Apr 22, 2016 : Zoë Symon
The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 1: So It Begins)

The Quarter-Trail Update (Part 1: So It Begins)

Since I've been so terrible about updating this blog, here's one massive update (in multiple parts) to let you know what I've been up to for the past

Apr 22, 2016 : Zoë Symon
What’s in a Name? (Or, Why I’m Not Taking a Trail Name)

What’s in a Name? (Or, Why I’m Not Taking a Trail Name)

Let me first say, trail names are awesome. They're fun, easier to remember, and most of them come with a good story. They are great for most people,

Apr 1, 2016 : Zoë Symon
On Being Lucky

On Being Lucky

Luck: the things that happen to a person because of chance; the accidental way things happen without being planned - Merriam Webster

Mar 23, 2016 : Zoë Symon
5 Lessons from the First 5 Days

5 Lessons from the First 5 Days

It's now the end of day five. I'm comfortably camped after leaving Neel Gap this morning. Here are a few things I've learned since being on the

Mar 9, 2016 : Zoë Symon