Long distance hiking

Chapter 0: The Blacks

Chapter 0: The Blacks

—Prologue—    I’ve written 3 posts since hitting Kennedy Meadows South in late April 2022 and never truly introduced myself or my wife. We’ve simply been caught up in surviving...

Jun 27, 2022 : Wesley Black
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
CDT Days 35-38: Pagosa Springs to Creede Cutoff

CDT Days 35-38: Pagosa Springs to Creede Cutoff

Day 35 16 miles We rolled out of town at 9am, catching a truck back up to Wolf Creek Pass without sticking a thumb out. Loaded down with 5 days...

Jun 16, 2022 : Madeline Gould
Planning a Thru-Hike from Abroad

Planning a Thru-Hike from Abroad

Few people realize how much time (and money) I have spent planning to hike the PCT. It feels like I can breathe a sigh of relief when the only thing...

Jun 13, 2022 : Miia Tsunami
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
Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

Serendipity: Evolution of a Trail Name

I first heard the special language of the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains. It was the early 2000s. A dear friend and I were hiking the Presidential range and...

May 23, 2022 : Wendy Boller
Body, Mind, Spirit on the A. T.

Body, Mind, Spirit on the A. T.

Updates first! My body is in Harpers Ferry, my mind is recalibrating and strategizing for the rest of the way to Katahdin, and my spirit is sky high making this symbolic...

May 17, 2022 : Michelle Petix
I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I Recommend Camping on the Side of a Hill for at Least One Night

I reached Cosby Knob shelter at about 6pm. One of my first 20+ mile days. I started the day at Icewater Spring shelter. The tenting area at Cosby Knob is...

May 13, 2022 : Wendy Boller
CDT Days 8-11 Silver City to Doc Campbell’s

CDT Days 8-11 Silver City to Doc Campbell’s

Day 8 Zero day  Silver City was a great town for a zero day; food Co-op, library, coffee shops, and a brewery. What else does a hiker need?    Grand...

May 13, 2022 : Madeline Gould
And Then, Terror

And Then, Terror

“I think I have to come home with you back to NY. I don’t think I can do this alone.” My section hiker friends, Janet, Brian, and Peter, were going...

May 9, 2022 : Wendy Boller