appalachian trail thru hike

From Neuroses and Anxiety to Routine and Monotony

From Neuroses and Anxiety to Routine and Monotony

I’ve been noticing some internal shifts. They happened slowly, then all at once. I love that quote, or misquote, from The Sun Also Rises. “Gradually, then suddenly,” is the actual...

Jun 27, 2022 : Wendy Boller
If I Could Plan Again

If I Could Plan Again

A change in planning strategy for the Appalachian Trail

Jun 15, 2022 : Mountain Goat
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
The AT Breeds Greatness

The AT Breeds Greatness

“It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” from A League of Their Own,  Tom Hanks This resonates with...

Jun 10, 2022 : Michelle Petix
So Far, My Favorite Places to Hang Up My Boots.

So Far, My Favorite Places to Hang Up My Boots.

 Take those boots off, baby. Because I came into this adventure sans YouTube, it has been a truly organic experience for me. The lion’s share of thruhikers I’ve met “followed”...

May 30, 2022 : Beth Feret
Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

I first heard the special language of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains. It was the early 2000s. A dear friend and I were hiking the Presidential range and...

May 23, 2022 : Wendy Boller
I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I reached Cosby Knob shelter at about 6pm. One of my first 20+ mile days. I started the day at Icewater Spring shelter. The tenting area at Cosby Knob is...

May 13, 2022 : Wendy Boller
And Then, Terror

And Then, Terror

“I think I have to come home with you back to NY. I don’t think I can do this alone.” My section hiker friends, Janet, Brian, and Peter, were going...

May 9, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Finding My Rhythm, Aligning with the Rhythms of Nature

Finding My Rhythm, Aligning with the Rhythms of Nature

Rain and grey dominated the drive from NY to GA. Moments of blue and light peeked through, then rain again. During my shift at the wheel I fine tuned the...

May 1, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Reframe, Trail Fame, and Rename going GA-ME

Reframe, Trail Fame, and Rename going GA-ME

Reframe Working with youth for the majority of my life, I have always been good at seeing a strength where others may see a challenge. The bossy kid was a...

Apr 28, 2022 : Michelle Petix