Introduction and My Triple Crown Journey
My non-hiker name is Rachael, but please call me Rabbit. I am a long-distance hiker embarking this year on my third thru-hike to complete my triple crown.
It seems like a very long time ago now, but just back in 2016 I was still living a “regular” life in New York City. I had a corporate event planning job and everything was going according to plan after I graduated college. But… I was completely miserable. That is when I decided to make a major change.
Triple Crown Hikes
In April 2016 I started my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and fell in love. It wasn’t easy, to say the least. I encountered more physical and emotional challenges than I expected. But through it all, I knew I was in the right place. After I summited Katahdin I knew I had to keep going.
So in April 2017 I started the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail felt so different but also the same. Like starting work at a new company but doing the same job. I faced new challenges hiking in a very high snow year. I hiked for miles through snow for the first time. I got swept down a creek and started to doubt myself. Then I made a plan (a miniature flip-flop of sorts) and I pushed on to complete the trail. It was all worth it.
Now… you guessed it, the Continental Divide Trail! In a few short weeks I will be embarking on the thru-hike that will complete my triple crown in three years. I expect more challenges than I faced on either trail before. I can’t wait to be out there again. This time I am trying to focus on incorporating yoga into my hiking. Connecting my mind and body instead of just ignoring all the pain (as best I can).
–I am a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200).
–I cycled the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal (2016 with the amazing Kodak Brown).
–I have the two cutest bunnies in the world (Mopsy and Buttercup).
–I am a backpacker radio (podcast) trail correspondent for the CDT.
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