Katina Daanen

No Virginia, That’s Not a Wolf

No Virginia, That’s Not a Wolf

Common Loons are the siren call of summer and poster children to wilderness. They are embossed upon Minnesota license plates and appear on the eleven-sided, one-dollar “loonie” Canadian coin. They...

Apr 21, 2019 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Paddling The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Paddling The Northern Forest Canoe Trail

The water trail not only attracts paddling enthusiasts, but some Appalachian Trail thru-hikers have also thru-paddled the Northern Forest Canoe, a few hardy souls even completing both trails within the...

Feb 11, 2018 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
And Just Like That, It Was Done.

And Just Like That, It Was Done.

And just like that, it was done. I didn’t beat the odds of finishing a thru-hike in one year, but I did finish what I started. Ultimately I proved to...

Aug 21, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
One Last Milestone Before The Finish

One Last Milestone Before The Finish

I hadn't planned it to be this way, but my 2000-mile milestone arrived darn close to iconic McAfee Knob. McAfee Knob and the Katahdin terminus sign are unquestionably two of...

Jul 7, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
The Zen of Hostels, Hotels, and Homes and the Power of Protein Bars

The Zen of Hostels, Hotels, and Homes and the Power of Protein Bars

Besides shelters and the homes of friends and strangers, hostels and hotels form the trifecta of hiker refuges. Each hostel and hotel found along the Appalachian Trail is as different...

Jun 25, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

After now hiking 1800 miles in total, I've noticed a few differences between starting almost midway versus starting at the southern terminus in Georgia.

Jun 16, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Having people to visit, meals to be shared, places to stay, even a wedding to attend, became my metaphorical dangling carrot(s). Except unlike the horse/donkey/mule who never actually gets to...

Jun 3, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Living A Sheltered Life

Living A Sheltered Life

Shelters become nightly community social hubs after a long day of hiking, despite the lack of privacy, despite the snoring and despite the less than stellar accommodations.

Jun 1, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Becoming Part of An Annual Migration

Becoming Part of An Annual Migration

Like migrating geese and spawning salmon, I find myself moving in and out of formations, stronger hikers pass me and I pass others struggling.

May 24, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Back At It: Lashing Out My 2016 Thru-hike

Back At It: Lashing Out My 2016 Thru-hike

Turns out the pain I experienced last summer was temporary. Like childbirth. And here I am back doing it again. I have now traipsed along 1400 miles of the trail...

May 10, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen