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Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

Lessening My Expectations, Focusing on Enjoying the Hike

I had a lot of expectations when I started my flip-flop hike last year. A thru-hike on the AT had been my dream since I was 17, and at 52...

Mar 12, 2018 : Elizabeth
Thru-Hiker Thoughts: How I Realized Why I was Hiking the AT

Thru-Hiker Thoughts: How I Realized Why I was Hiking the AT

I had lost sight of a specific reason why I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. It was becoming so daunting that I couldn't even provide an answer to all that...

Dec 18, 2017 : Katie Doane
What’s a “Kelsy”? Why Katahdin?

What’s a “Kelsy”? Why Katahdin?

Hey folks! My name's Kelsy, and I'm about to start my wildest adventure yet.       Until now, Photography has been my primary form of expression. Although a picture is...

Nov 20, 2017 : Kelsy Filler
From Hating the Outdoors to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

From Hating the Outdoors to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

An Uninspiring Start I was a typical, introverted, nerdy teen. The type of teen whose parents joked about them being a vampire. My Vitamin D levels were so low that...

Oct 30, 2017 : Katie Potvin
I have Fears

I have Fears

The happiest I've ever been is a moment I can place. I was in India. We had spent the day walking around town, not really doing anything in particular, eating...

Mar 31, 2017 : Amber Kostka
Trail Craft with Toddlers- OHT Thru Hike 2017

Trail Craft with Toddlers- OHT Thru Hike 2017

Toy dinosaurs don’t fit under the category of lightweight backpacking, but the Broach family has adjusted. My (hopeful) aspirations of a CDT conquest have been shuffled to the back burner...

Mar 17, 2017 : Rosemary Broach
Hiker Intro : How I Became the ‘Barefoot’ Hiker

Hiker Intro : How I Became the ‘Barefoot’ Hiker

  Leave No Trace to me means respecting nature as if it were a holy site. Hi, everyone. My name is Jeremy. You can call me the "Barefoot" Hiker. This...

Mar 14, 2017 : Jeremy Gottschalk
An Introduction to Me: Letting It All Out and Letting It All Go

An Introduction to Me: Letting It All Out and Letting It All Go

A Small Introduction: Letting It All Out I was selected to be a blogger for Appalachian Trials, now the Trek, over three months ago and figure it's time for an...

Feb 6, 2017 : Kristin
Disconnecting, to Reconnect: A Change in Mentality

Disconnecting, to Reconnect: A Change in Mentality

Disclaimer** Before we get into this blog, we feel that we should warn you that this is our first time doing anything like this. In other words, run away and...

Nov 3, 2016 : Alex and Amanda
Deciding on Kicking It Solo or Selecting a Hiking Buddy on Your Next Thru Hike

Deciding on Kicking It Solo or Selecting a Hiking Buddy on Your Next Thru Hike

Some thru hikers brave it alone when packing up and walking into the woods on their own path to discovery. Others choose the company of a friend, family member, significant...

Sep 27, 2016 : Stubbs