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Trail Magic (Marlene) and Humps

Trail Magic (Marlene) and Humps

The Beauty Of Marlene After almost 400 miles I finally found myself face to face with an angel. She goes by the name Marlene. I came down to Hughes Gap...

Jul 15, 2022 : Brit
Lessons were learned. Painfully!

Lessons were learned. Painfully!

I Tend to Learn Lessons the Hard Way. Whether on the trail or in the city it seems I always had to have a hard shake about in order to...

Jul 7, 2022 : Brit
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
the little things. being content in the moment.

the little things. being content in the moment.

It was our first night on trail and we had put up our tent, a Durston X-Mid2 at Hauser Creek. Sleep had come slowly as I was still energized by...

May 5, 2022 : 4 Shirts
Via Dinarica: The BEST Thru-Hike You’ve Never Heard Of

Via Dinarica: The BEST Thru-Hike You’ve Never Heard Of

The Via Dinarica is a network of long-distance hiking trails through the Dinaric Alps in the Balkans of Southeastern Europe.  There are three trails: the White Trail, the Blue Trail,...

Mar 9, 2022 : Louisa Richards
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
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
Hiking Alone: Welcome or Avoided?

Hiking Alone: Welcome or Avoided?

The California section of my SOBO thru-hike has been interesting, to say the least. Early on in Washington and Oregon, I had the pleasure of having people around, sometimes to...

Nov 7, 2021 : Janine
To Be Seen: Life as a Nonbinary Hiker

To Be Seen: Life as a Nonbinary Hiker

I’m the second of four kids. I grew up on a backlot of a rural road in Connecticut and spent my summers chasing frogs up and down the creek in...

Jun 29, 2021 : Aubri Drake