Why I’m Hiking Lists

17 and a Native New Yorker: How I Ended Up On the AT

17 and a Native New Yorker: How I Ended Up On the AT

Hi! I am a 17-year-old from New York City who decided in 2021 to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I am an avid reader of philosophy, a poet, a passionate debater,...

Jun 20, 2022 : Althea Collier
Our Why

Our Why

Why do we want to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail? Complete with inspirational quotes.

Jun 18, 2022 : Eric and Hayley
Why Are We Doing This? Why Am I Doing This?

Why Are We Doing This? Why Am I Doing This?

I was almost at the top of a ridge. I picked my way over rocks. The scent of honeysuckle and wildflowers surrounded me, filled my nostrils. Buzz of bees and...

Jun 12, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Why Am I Hiking?

Why Am I Hiking?

Why am I hiking?   That is a great question. Does there have to be a reason? Can it not be said that I am doing it for the joy...

Jun 10, 2022 : Tyler Garwood
Why I’m Hiking: Taking the Rest of the Year “Off”

Why I’m Hiking: Taking the Rest of the Year “Off”

Everything I read about tackling a thru-hike says that you have to be really clear on your 'why'. And let me tell you, I have a lot of why's: -...

Jun 9, 2022 : Jana
My first hike in The USA – PCT SoBo

My first hike in The USA – PCT SoBo

Who am I and where will you be hiking? I am Miia and I am going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from north to south starting at the end...

May 29, 2022 : Miia Tsunami
Why I’m Leaving My Job & Hiking Vermont’s Long Trail

Why I’m Leaving My Job & Hiking Vermont’s Long Trail

I’ve spent a large part of the past year or so injured, sick, and burned out. The pandemic hit, I tore my ACL, I was stressed at work, the valley...

May 13, 2022 : Anna Sand (a.k.a "Littlefoot")
Adventures in Dehydration – Errr, I Mean Dehydrating (Part 1)

Adventures in Dehydration – Errr, I Mean Dehydrating (Part 1)

It's back to hiking in the desert and I'm doing my best to stay hydrated out here. When I'm not actively chugging water or shoving my face full of snacks,...

May 6, 2022 : Rachel Shoemaker
Why I quit my job to hike for six months

Why I quit my job to hike for six months

A Kid in the Woods I grew up in a small town in Michigan, so our family adventures consisted of summer car-camping trips to the State Park and an annual...

May 4, 2022 : Meredith Horowski
What do I cherish about my life right now? (Pre-Hike) 

What do I cherish about my life right now? (Pre-Hike) 

What do I cherish, before I start this thru-hike?  That was a thought I had as I wrote out my "reasons to thru-hike" letter. So much of this planning for...

May 2, 2022 : Pretzel