Section Hiking

A 70-Mile Section Hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail: Long Distance Hiking in San Francisco’s Backyard

A 70-Mile Section Hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail: Long Distance Hiking in San Francisco’s Backyard

Training to hike the Meeting the trail I began my hike climbing a hill from Sneath Lane in the unique darkness of the lunar eclipse. I hiked quickly, hoping to...

Apr 3, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
The Making of a Trail Name: From Dreamer to Headlight

The Making of a Trail Name: From Dreamer to Headlight

Hello, fellow Appalachian Trail hikers.  Allow me to re-introduce myself, cause I haven't been around in a very long time.  We all know how that is; sometimes life steps in...

Mar 11, 2018 : Dreamer
A tale of two insects, and Julian

A tale of two insects, and Julian

The vortex of Julian only grazed us - we had Mom's pie of course, and we walked over to Carmen's Place, where we immediately fell to the task of devouring...

Nov 12, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
7 surprises from my section hike

7 surprises from my section hike

In May, I hiked Section A. I researched my trip deeply - at one point even pushing the patient Zog to say, "Damn you ask a lot of questions!" Despite...

Nov 5, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Trail depression – a few thoughts

Trail depression – a few thoughts

We've all heard that hiking long trails will ruin your life. Meant to be a warning I suppose. It sounds kind of sexy in a way, piquing some weird masochistic...

Oct 29, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Rodriguez Road and the Milky Way

Rodriguez Road and the Milky Way

  I've always wanted to see the Milky Way. Over the years I've seen all the photos, the same ones you've seen - the cloud of stars like a necklace,...

Oct 15, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
Pipsissewa, Trillium, and Shaffer: Histories and Personal Heroes

Pipsissewa, Trillium, and Shaffer: Histories and Personal Heroes

Shaffer and the trail In 1948 Earl Shaffer put on a backpack. He laced up his boots and started walking step-by-step out of Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia. According to the...

Oct 9, 2017 : Clara Hatcher
Learning How to be Alone: My First Three Days on the Northville Placid Trail

Learning How to be Alone: My First Three Days on the Northville Placid Trail

Hello, there!   Let me start by giving you an idea of who I am. I’m Rachel, I’m originally from Western New York, and I just graduated from Amherst College...

Sep 27, 2017 : Rachel Welch
Super Dave and the air mattress mistake

Super Dave and the air mattress mistake

I was shaken down again in Mt. Laguna by Keith, who drew another, larger, similarly interested crowd. Everyone was hot and putting off leaving, so a shakedown was welcome change....

Sep 23, 2017 : Sabrina Harrison
I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

I Walked 1,000 Miles: An Open Letter To The Proclaimers

Dear Charlie and Craig, In March 2017 I set out to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as I possibly could. I quickly realized this meant accomplishing something you...

Sep 19, 2017 : Lil Wayne