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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
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
Can Bears Trip When They Run?

Can Bears Trip When They Run?

When hiking the Appalachian Trail, all kinds of  thoughts pop into my head. Seemingly random thoughts that make no sense half the time. Maybe it's the exhaustion of the steep...

Jun 8, 2022 : Brit
Adrenaline for breakfast, anyone?

Adrenaline for breakfast, anyone?

Adrenaline for breakfast is served by the ice capped ridges. I’ve never hiked in snow conditions before and i’m overthinking the risk of me slipping and.. you know. I find...

May 5, 2022 : Rachel McVittie
What’s in My Pack

What’s in My Pack

Everything that I will need to survive for the next 5 months will be carried on my back. That’s pretty wild to think about. With thru-hiking, the goal is to...

Apr 11, 2022 : Kelsey Parrish
Let Me Take A Second To Introduce Myself

Let Me Take A Second To Introduce Myself

Hi there, my name is Kelsey Parrish and I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on April 12, 2022! I was born and raised in the Midwest(Indiana) and moved to Colorado...

Apr 8, 2022 : Kelsey Parrish
Holed Up in Dahlonega

Holed Up in Dahlonega

Friends I have become convinced that I have the best family and friends in the world.   Even though everyone encourages me to keep on going through with my trek, they...

Mar 12, 2022 : Goat Roper
Winter in SoCal…

Winter in SoCal…

It’s here.  The very end of my southbound thru-hike, less than 30 miles to go. The end has not been without its intense difficulties.  I thought I had experienced all the...

Dec 10, 2021 : Janine
The Fear is Real…

The Fear is Real…

I’m realizing I get scared easily on this thru-hike. Is it because I am alone? Is it because the trail is difficult? Is it the unknown that awaits me in...

Nov 23, 2021 : Janine
My Ode to the Desert

My Ode to the Desert

Dearest SoCal: I knew you were beautiful, but had no idea the true extent of your beauty. I knew you’d be hard, but didn’t grasp the extent of your difficulty....

Nov 13, 2021 : Janine