janel healy

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

The Pros and Cons of Flip-Flopping the PCT

On Sept. 8, I hiked into Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Most hikers who reach this monument are finally done with their thru-hikes. For the past month, everyone around...

Sep 13, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Getting Through the Halfway Blues

Getting Through the Halfway Blues

As of yesterday, I'm halfway done with my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I know I should feel excited, but I'm actually a little overwhelmed. Over the past few days the...

Jul 9, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

Today I start my journey from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. I’ve been dreaming about this for almost two years — and it’s finally here. It’s surreal to think...

Mar 25, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of exercising all day,...

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

I’m thru-hiking the PCT this year (going northbound starting March 25), and I'm still not entirely sure how to prepare my body and spirit for a six-month-long journey by foot...

Feb 8, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I stopped for a few hours to swim at a lake in New York. I overheard a gaggle of boys in...

Jan 24, 2018 : Janel Gazelle
How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

I just got back from a profound and excruciating 10-day silent retreat hosted by the 2016 Appalachian Trail flip-flop through-hike was surprisingly similar to the meditation retreat. So, I

Oct 11, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
Hiking for a Cause: PCT 2018 to Empower Girls in Nature

Hiking for a Cause: PCT 2018 to Empower Girls in Nature

In 2016, I launched a soul-searching journey of a lifetime. Now, it's time to repay the universe for the abundance I experienced when I committed to hiking the AT. I'm thrilled to announce...

Jul 25, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

How Thru-Hiking Ruined My Life

Earlier this month, after only four months of employment, I quit the first full-time job I've had since through-hiking the Appalachian Trail last year. I deliberately chose to derail my...

Jun 27, 2017 : Janel Gazelle
What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

What It Feels Like to Finish a Thru-Hike

Two weeks before finishing my flip-flop through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a day hiker I didn't know stopped me on the trail. "I know you! Ninja Hoops! I've been following your Instagram...

May 24, 2017 : Janel Gazelle