The Trek Bloggers

The following awesome people are the official bloggers of the The Trek.   In other words, they’re the renegade trail-folk who will be blogging their thru-hikes right here on  Their job is to be adventurous and share their experiences in vivid detail.  Our job is to live vicariously and envy their existence.

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I am choosing to define myself by the adventures I take. For a long time I defined myself by my career and I was not at all balanced. I decided to take a step away and hike Appalachian Trail. I hiked it, returned to my career, quit again, and now am preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm not sure where life is headed at this point in time, so let's go for another walk?

Alexandria Cantrell

Hi! My name is Alexandria. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I now live in the grand adventure state of Utah! I love to snowboard and rockclimb, but my first and greatest love is long distance backpacking.I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016, and the Colorado Trail in 2018. I will be setting out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in May of 2019.Happy trails!


Greetings! I'm Alexia and a flip-flop AT thru-hiker. Originally from in and around Philly, I am a travel surgical tech/endo tech, oenophile (I know wine stuff), and master of nothing but pretty good at lots. I'm situationally funny and terrible at telling jokes... well unless you like to hear the punchline first or not at all. Hoping to bring a unique perspective or at least entertain you for a moment. Catch you on the flippity flip.

Alicia Pacalo

Hiker, vanlifer, mountain girl, wanderer, minimalist, wife - Midwestern hospitality with a western mentality - I love carbs and cheeeeese

Allie Leonard

I'm Allie. Born and raised in NJ, but spent some time in CO for work and play. I'm a molecular biologist turned TV production manager. I traded in my pipettes for a walkie. Now, I'm trading in my walkie for trekking poles.AT bound, 2019 ?Always on the look out for shooting stars and pizza.

Amelia Downs

Hi! I'm Amelia, aka "Tofu". While hiking I like imitating pika noises, listening to Harry Potter (Jim Dale version only), and not showering for obscene amounts of time. I hiked the PCT NOBO in 2017 and attempted the JMT in 2018, but fires and giardia were against me.This summer I am going to attempt the Sierra High Route. Can't wait to share how lost I get and what I do when no other hikers are around.Instagram: there.tofu.goes


Hi! I am Angelica, I go by Munchie. I am from New Hampshire, and I am a travel bug! I have lived in ME, NY, CO, drove across the country three times and even got to Alaska for a few days after driving there from Oregon! I am an avid plant enthusiast, and anything to do with the outdoors. Comedy should be my middle name, as I am a super goof! I am social and love to dance randomly. I have a rat terrier/pitbull pup, Sugaree, she is 32 pounds of cuteness! We hope to entertain you and enlighten you while were on the trail.

Angelina Petrozza

My name is Angel. My boyfriend, J.J. and I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting March 2019!When we're not hiking/camping, we love to travel to new places and try out new foods! I am a fan of art and culture while J.J. is a musician and enjoys learning about History.

Austin Kindig

My name is Austin! I am a Thru-hiker hiking the PCT in 2019. I live in Tacoma, Washington. I spend my free time hiking, whitewater kayaking, and playing with my cat Simon. Thanks for following me on my adventure!

Benjamin Martin

Hi! My Name is Ben.I'm an artist in every sense of the word. I've got a nomadic soul and an insatiable wanderlust. I'm a dreamer and a lover and I believe that humans might still have a chance. Just barely though.I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year with the hopes of spreading Leave No Trace principles from the wilderness back to the Concrete Jungle. Lets help each other make a difference!

Brandon Riesenbeck

In 2017, I blew up all of my bridges and moved to Yellowstone National Park. Beautiful life-altering chaos ensued, and I quickly found the perspective I had been searching for. I hike to keep that perspective.

Brendan Clarke

New Zealander living in Austria. Have caught the hiking bug, and attempting the Nordalpenweg, a 600mile (approx) hike the length of Austria in July. And, further on, the PCT in 2020. Looking forward to seeing what this through hiking business is all about!

Bryan Walsh

My name is Bryan. For the past three years, I’ve been on a journey self discovery that has taken me to and through some wild places. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016 and the Appalachian Trail in 2017. In 2018 I hiked about 1000 miles of the CDT before deciding to discontinue that trail. Now I'm gearing up to take the CDT on again in 2019. The Trails have become such an integral part of my self where there is an off Trail self and an on Trail self that are distinct and my intention with this Trail and this blog is to consolidate those two selves. So thanks for checking out my journey! Hope the pictures will be pretty at least

Camilla Krag Jensen

Hi! I'm Camilla.I like ramen noodles, cute animal videos on YouTube, and taking really long walks. I'll be going NOBO on the AT in 2019.I'm a web developer living in Copenhagen, Denmark and I am not a viking.

Caroline "Earthcake"

I am Caroline aka "Earthcake". I received my trailname during my thruhike of the PCT in 2016. Ever since I have completed multiple shorter thruhikes including the TZT, JMT, CT, and R2R2R. I attempt to thruhike the CDT during the upcoming season in 2019. My favorite food on trail: Skittles! #skittlesforlife

Cassidy Camp

Cassidy "Borderline" Camp is a 23 year-old animal lover, outdoor enthusiast, and at-risk youth advocate who hiked the AT SOBO in 2019 to raise awareness of mental health. She has struggled with mental health issues since her early teens and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2017. She strives to help destigmatize mental illness and inspire those who struggle to get outside and follow their dreams.

Cecelia Taylor

I am thru-hiking the PCT!I am my truest self through art. I found many outlets that give me my breath, but the first one to touch my soul was dance. Dance influences every single thing I do. I speak through my movement. In college I discovered photography. Looking through the eye of a camera and framing your perspective creates a whole new world. Photography allows for further exploration. Even though both those platforms don't use words per se, I do enjoy writing. I have always been a writer, but never shared it with the world. It is time...

Chad Sanborn

HI! I am Chad and I make my living in the entertainment world. I perform onstage as a Magician, and I have also acted in a few movies and TV shows. For the last few years i have been working on a show called The Carbonaro Effect as a magic consultant. Working in entertainment allows me to take long breaks and this year... I am thru-hiking the AT!! Join me won't you?

Charlotte Huebner

Hi! I’m Charlotte, a Canadian who is attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019. Seemingly I like to be in pain because I love long distance hiking and ultrarunning. I have thru-hiked the Long Trail and the East Coast Trail, and run up to 80miles in one go, but I still think the AT will be my hardest challenge yet. I’m a quirky avocado lover who loves to laugh.

Christina Platt

Hey! I'm Christina, trail name Plattypus. I just graduated from Penn State in May and am hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness for the opioid epidemic in memory of my friend Devon. Learn more at

Christopher Johnson

Hiker trash rescued by a rescue dog. I really like long walks with my dog, mayo on everything, and will be southbound thru hiking the AT this year.

Christy Fairlie

Hi Hi, I'm Christy, class of the 2019 NOBO hikers. Seattle is currently my home base but I’ll always be an east coast girl at heart, so hiking the AT is a little like going home - if home were a spot in the woods with no indoor plumbing, cooking on a single burner stove and playing in the dirt - yep, that sounds about right.

Dave Mizelle

Hi gang! I'm Dave, an aspiring AT thru-hiker in '19. I am a huge fan of cats (no, I am not taking mine on the trail with me, although a cat in a shelter could be hilarious), photography, punk rock, craft beer, the woods, and long walks (into said woods). I hope you enjoy following along as I make my way North!


Hi everyone! I'm David and this April I am setting off on a NOBO thru hike of the AT. I am from beautiful Charlottesville Virginia, right in the backyard of Shenandoah National Park. When I am not outside seeking some adventure, I can be found working the friendly sky's as flight paramedic on a medical helicopter. Fun fact about me; my pancreas doesn't make insulin and we have a love/ hate relationship, however I have a great insulin pump and glucose monitor that pick up the slack. I am looking forward to sharing my thru hike adventure with y'all (hows that for a southern transplant). So come follow along as I walk through the woods and write about life on the trail, thru hiking with diabetes and occasionally reassuring my mother that I am alive and well.


Hola! My name’s Heather (Trail name ‘Daya’) and I’m a sweet and sassy blend of global traveling yoga teacher meets Hiker Trash. I’ve hiked mucho miles in Nepal, India, Morocco, SE Asia, Central/ South America, and Europe. I’ve also probably eaten just as much ice cream as I’ve walked miles. I thru-hiked the AT in 2016 and I’m stoked to be hiking the PCT this year! Read more about me and my writing at:


Hiker. Trail runner. Rock climber. Cyclist. SCUBA too. Anything to keep me outdoors. Most of my life I have lived within a short drive of the AT in Virginia while the other part was in Utah skiing and going to school. A thru-hike of the AT has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember. After a near fatal accident on my bicycle this past summer, I realized if I wait any longer I might not ever get on the trail. My love for adventure has led me on many journeys to the top of mountains and places far below. Now its time to take a walk and see where this trail leads me.


Hi, my name is Deserrae and I will be attempting to thru hike the Appalachian Trail NOBO in 2019. I will be graduating this spring from The Ohio State University and hitting the trail as soon as I possibly can. Until then you can find me reading, preparing for the journey, and enjoying my last few months in Columbus. I hope you enjoy following along my journey here.

Devin Everett

Hi there! I’m Devin “Jukebox” Everett and I am stoked to share bits of my journey with you here. In September 2017, I left my corporate job of three and a half years to follow my dreams of exploring the world. I spent the first three months in SE Asia and the following three in Colorado, hanging out with four of my siblings, rock climbing and hiking. In April 2018, I flew down to Georgia with two friends and we started north along the Appalachian Trail. On August 31st, I completed my first thru-hike and it is safe to say that I have absolutely caught the bug. Which brings me to my 2019 plans of hiking the PCT alongside some of my favorite humans that I met on the AT and then traveling to New Zealand for an extended stay. In the meantime, I am living in Pennsylvania walking everyone’s dogs, working at a health food store and teaching yoga all to save up for the adventures ahead.

Diana Corzine

My name is Diana and I’m a SOBO thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail.My approach to the trail is pretty much my approach to life: I don’t know what I’m doing, so I might as well embrace the adventure.

Dosu ? Kinuta

I am that person people ask for reassurance from when their friends and family tell them not to. I will preach on about how we are humans, not bees or ants, so we shouldn't spend our lives collecting money for the monarchy. If you feel unfulfilled by the things that society has conditioned mankind to believe will make them happy then you are of my tribe. I will encourage you to quit your job and to die with memories not dreams. I will demonstrate that it's possible if you want it enough, and show you what your life can be if you have the desire. . I want to hear from you so DM me rather than comment as it's not easy to find and approve comments so I might never see it. :(

Easily Forgotten

My wife, Bunny Tracks, and I quit our jobs, sold everything including the house and cars and started hiking—that was 2 years ago when we got married. Stated another way, we are mid 50s, unemployed, and homeless. You can follow a daily account of our hikes at

Elena Alves

Hi friends! My Name is Elena and I am attempting a NOBO thru hike of the Appalachian Trail come April 2019. While I have only spent a whopping total of 2 nights out in the woods before, I look forward to taking every step between Georgia and Maine. I hope you will come along for the ride!

Elysha Dyer

Hey! My name is Elysha aka Yard Sale. I come from the great state of Maine. I have thru hiked the AT (2015) and the PCT (2017).Winter is my favorite season, I like to make latte art, I love the ocean, and I think hiking is alright.

Emily S.

Hi I'm Emily! I'm a very novice backpacker, attempting to tackle the AT, NOBO, starting in March 2019. Until then, I work as a lawyer at a big firm in NYC. I landed in the city-that-never-sleeps-outside almost 7 years ago after college in VA, and before that I did my growing up in NC. I enjoy food, wine, friends, car camping, yoga, and debating the Big Questions. Wish me luck!


Emma is an army veteran, a mechatronic engineer by trade, and an adventurer at heart. She grew up in the Swedish mountains, and somewhere in between chasing reindeer for photographs and her parents bribing her with chocolate to ski another mile, mountain life became a part of her. She played every sport she could fit into her schedule, and eventually came to compete in cross-country skiing and adventure racing.All grown up (questionable), she still chases endorphins every chance she gets, and also takes an interest in self-development, group dynamics and leadership.In 2019, she'll attempt a NOBO thru-hike of the CDT.

Hungry Cat

My name is Kevin, but you can call me by my trail name, Hungry Cat. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 and, like Britney, oops I'm doing it again with the CDT this year. Amongst other things, I keep a blog at because I like writing and making videos about travel and hiking. I consider myself well versed in getting lost, eating food buried in dirt on the trail, and in playing out mid-life-crises across multiple countries. In addition to hiking, I like to travel off the beaten path and just recently returned from trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and New Zealand. Life is for adventuring!

Jack Paulk

Some call me Judge. I'm a 2019 Appalachian Trail thru-hike hopeful headed northbound. Coincidentally I currently work for a small outfitter known as REI.Follow me on Youtube here:

Jacob Woods

My name is Jacob Woods and I once had a marmot hug my leg on the top of a mountain! I'm a college student and I spend as much time as I can on the AT, whether it be day hikes or month long sections!

JC Van Etten

Hi! My name is JC or trail name Catman-do. I live in sunny Florida, but my heart remains in the Catskills of New York, where I lived, worked and raised my family. I am an AT NOBO Thru hiker class of 2019. I am a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast and hope to share my adventure with those that aspire to live on the trail or for whatever the reason can’t but want too vicariously hike with me! I love nature, plants, pizza and summits - so there will be many pictures along the way! I love rescue dogs and appreciate our veterans and first responders, so I plan to help them along the way! You can also help by donating to Paws of War Florida! Helping both ends of the leash. you, JC

Jesse Koklas

Late 20-something attempting to thru-hike the PCT going Northbound. Union organizer, rugby player, sourdough bread lover. Looking for adventure and peace in the wilderness.

Jessica Luty

My name is Jess. I hail from Florida. I'm a chronic nose picker. I don’t like using soap. 3 cats call me mom. Sometimes I read books. I like all things peanut butter. I have a shy exterior and I think I might suffer from resting bitch face. I have a knack for being too honest and sharing more information than is necessary. I’m also a bit random at times. The main reason I am hiking the Appalachian Trail is because it’s a good excuse to not have to shave my legs for 6 months. Okay, maybe that part is not true but it’s certainly a perk! I caught the hiking bug back in 2015 and shortly thereafter began section hiking the AT. Every time I leave the trail it calls me back again. It recently occurred to me that I spent the better part of my 20s in a cubical and that I have not lived the way my soul yearns to. This year I turned 30 and I decided to give myself the gift of the ultimate adventure. It all starts with my flip-flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join me as I wonder into the woods.

John Mecklin

My name is John and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.I love travel and meeting new people. I got kicked out of my 8th grade spelling bee during the practice round for misspelling the word "dangerous". I broke my ankle after falling off of a bunk bed. I have tinnitus and my ears turn red when I get nervous, these are unrelated.If you're thinking to yourself, "John is getting a little too personal for the biographical portion of a wordpress account.", you should see me on job interviews and tinder dates.

Jonathan Culp

video game developer, reluctant transcendentalist, and all around walking contradiction.

Julia Sheehan

My name is Julia. I an outdoorsy girl who loves animals, photography and sleeping.Why does this feel oddly like a dating profile?

Justin Sprecher

This summer I’m hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail! While I’ve done countless backpacking trips this will be my first thru hike.I’ve done a lot of random stuff on my spins around the sun: Worked in the mountains of New Zealand, the construction yards of Australia, made & screened films at 20+ festivals in 7 countries, lived in a van, been an organic farmer, roller derby announcer, the list goes on. My main profession is videography & photography, which I’m happy to report (much to the surprise of my parents) I’ve been gainfully employed in for the last 15 years.

Kadi Hirth

I'm Kadi! Headed to Harper's Ferry this April for a NOBO Flip Flop thru-hike of the AT.I used to dream of living in a studio apartment in the city. Now I'm getting ready to head out for a long walk as a way to get a break from the rat race before diving head first into the building of a homestead with my husband (and maybe raising Alpacas in the future, too).

Kali Cecil

Washington State University- Senior graduating May 2019, NOBO Thru PCT- 2019. Just a girl who loves to get lost in adventures. Grew up being outdoors and loved it ever since. Fully embracing my journey one step a time.

Karl Halvorson

Hi, I’m Karl. This April I’m going to start my approximately 2200 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I’ve been dreaming of and planning this journey for a while now and I’m finally going to make it happen. I invite you to follow along.

Kate Hill

Hi, my name is Kate. I'm 22 and currently living in Colorado. I just finished my degree and became a licensed teacher, but don’t plan on teaching for another year. I’d rather take some time off to go back to my hiker trash roots. I grew up in the Eastern Sierras and ended up hiking the JMT in 2017. I got hooked on thru-hiking and since then have been working towards a 2019, solo, NOBO attempt of the PCT.

Kate Richard

I'm Kate, aka Stickers on the trail. After growing up in New England, the Appalachian Trail was on my bucket list and I completed my thru hike of the AT in 2017. That got me hooked on the hiking lifestyle and I thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. Nowadays, I'm a weekend warrior living in Portland, OR getting outside and traveling all over the West as much as possible.

Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis

I am 20-something born and bred Manhattanite who enjoys exploring and the outdoors. My family used to split our time among the city sights, our grandparents in the Pennsylvania forests, and our grandparents on a Minnesota farm. I grew up wandering around and adventuring, but I found myself spending less and less time outdoors as I grew older, replacing the wild with (equally wonderful) trips to other cities. The Appalachian Trail has been a lifelong goal, and I decided that 2019 would be the year to give it a try. (Spoiler: completed in 149 days!) Off the trail, you will find me at great local coffee shops digging deep into a new novel: in 2018, I decided to read 365 books. I’m 2021, I’m meditating daily. 2022? We’ll see! Here's to the friends, adventures, and blisters to come.

Katherine Boy

Hi! I love the outdoors, hiking, skiing, scuba diving - you name it. I just completed my time in the Marine Corps and will begin a new challenge: SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with my pup Arry.

Katherine Brosius

Hi, I'm Katherine! I'm a 30 year old dreamer who got stuck in a career/life rut for a little too long! But never fear, in February of 2019, I'm dropping everything and heading to Georgia in pursuit of my AT thru-hike dream! I rarely know where I'm going but for now, to Maine is all the direction I need! I love to read, write, spend time with my awesome husband, and be outside! Follow my adventure as I take it one step at a time...for like five million steps!

Katy Amphlett

Hi, friends! I’m Katy, a 28-year-old Wisconsinite. I’m a teacher, gear junkie, travel enthusiast,and general adventure seeker. I love spending time outside, playing board games, and eating excessive amount of cheese. In April 2019, I’m setting out to attempt a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Kayla Pedersen

Hey! I'm Kayla, a Bostonian AKA a "Masshole" born and raised. I’m an inpatient bedside nurse while I'm off trail and still a nurse on trail because well, once a nurse you really can't shake it. Backpacking huh? What's that you ask...? Lets find out together.

Kelsey & Cody

Hey ya’ll! We’re Kelsey and Cody and we are stoked to be hiking the PCT this year.


“Well, come on feet” - Sarah from the 80’s movie The Labyrinth. This is a line that I’m pretty sure I am going to be saying to my feet everyday for the next year as I attempt to hike New Zealands Te Araroa 18/19 and the PCT in 2019. Enjoy the highlights on the Trek or follow me at

Kimberly Ronin Huber

Hi, My name is Kimberly, but I go by Ronin on the trail. I am a 54 yr old female with gypsy heart and incurable case of wanderlust. I am a 2015 PCT Thru-hiker, and 2018 AT section hiker, but currently reside in an A Frame at the base of the White Mountains of NH. Hiking and traveling abroad has taught me to live by two mottos, "Hike your own hike" and "Eadem Mutata Resurgo", or "Although changed, I shall arise the same". I believe humor is an important part of life, and as a Boston native, my second languages are wit and sarcasm. Please enjoy, but as with life, take everything with a light heart. Cheers

Kira Foxfeet Cotter

Yo yo yiggity yo! While in most circles I go by Kira, on trail and in the woods I’m known as Foxfeet. A PA native with a desire to explore and uproot, 2015 and 2019 saw me clocking some AT mileage via LASH (long-ass section hike), and I'm here to recount my journey and plan future outdoorsy endeavors.

Koty Sapp

Koty Sapp is a creative, adventurer, and self-taught photographer. After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017-2018, Koty set his sights on completing the triple crown of hiking and visiting every National Park in North America.


Korean-Adoptee-American. Student of Geology. Rock Climber. Amateur Mountaineer. Full of Irrational Fears. Also Too Rational.In short, I grew up in Oregon, graduated with a degree in geosciences, and planning to solo thru-hike the PCT, NOBO, in March. I really, really like rocks and there seems to be a lot of them out on the trail.

Lauren Brewer

My name is Lauren, and I am a Georgia native currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky awaiting my future dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound beginning July 6th! I will be accompanied by my best bud and husband, Brian. We both love backpacking and spend as much time as we can outdoors. Besides hiking, we enjoy long runs, great beer, awesome bourbon (thanks Kentucky), and epic adventures. We spent our twenties doing the "grown up" thing. You know, getting careers, buying a house, and paying bills... We're ready to go play in the woods for a while.

Leah King

Hey, I'm Leah! I'm planning on a PCT '19 NOBO thru-hike, but in the meantime I'm enjoying nature's artistry offered by Southern Utah. I'll spend the next few months in the planning stages for my long walk, while exploring the Southwest and trying to create some light within myself. I'm lucky enough to be in the thick of the #savegrandstaircase movement, and I'd love for you to follow along.Dark chocolate is important to me, and if you are what you eat, I am a walking fruit basket.

Lexie Fetzner

My name is Lexie and I'm thru-hiking the AT in 2019.I'm 23 and a recent graduate from the University of West Florida. I love the smell of the outdoors and I like peeing outside so this should be fun.

Lisa Howatt

Hi! Along with my husband/adventure partner, I thru-hiked the PCT in the notoriously challenging 2017 season. Those 5 months of "fire and ice" experience forever molded us and have us always seeking our next adventure.We're now looking towards the Great Divide Trail for 2019, 1130 kilometres of pure Canadian alpine glory. Follow along on our ever continuing journey.

Lisa Slutsken

I'm a passionate hiker and educator based in the Pacific Northwest. I started thru-hiking to help me battle mental illness and prove to myself just how amazing I am. Over the last few years I've section hiked about 40% of the Pacific Crest Trail and countless other trails up and down the West Coast as well as part of Te Araroa in New Zealand Much of my hiking is covered on my website -

Liz Archibald

Hi I'm Liz. I'm a chemical engineer turned hiker trash, peak bagging addict, and taco snob. I'm from PA but the White Mountains of NH have my heart.

Lucy (Hermione)

Hi, I'm Lucy and I'll be heading NOBO on the AT starting in late March 2019. I've just finished a Masters degree in Chemistry and have decided to go for a little walk before starting my grad job. Coming from England I'd never heard of the AT until I stumbled across it online whilst planning my gap year. From that moment on I knew I had to give it a try! As a backpacking novice the learning curve is going to be steep but I am super excited to get out into the mountains and see what it's all about!

Marte Conradi

Hi! I’m Marte. I spend most of my free time lurking around in the Norwegian forests and mountains, and when I’m not outdoors I work as a conservation biologist. I like making lists, I’m a keen photographer, and I’m far too lazy to cook on the trail. I attempted the PNT in 2019. In 2020 I will hike the Arctic Circle Trail (Greenland), and Kungsleden (Sweden), and spend the rest of summer hikertrashing around in the Norwegian mountains.

Matt Robbins

Hi, I'm Matt aka Salty. I've Thru-Hiked the Appalachian Trail NOBO in 2016 and the Pacific Crest Trail SOBO in 2018. I'm a former Infantry Marine who has found sanctity and camaraderie within the hiking community. This year I'll be hiking several smaller trails leading up to the Continental Divide Trail.


Hey! I'm Matt. 2019 is my year. In a celebration of life, I'm leaving a job and a life I love and attempting my first thru-hike on the PCT. I love meeting people, hearing stories, and a good laugh. Sober, gay, and accident prone. If nothing else, this journey is sure to be entertaining for y'all.


Hi, there! I'm MC, and I go by Spice on the trail. I first attempted a NOBO thru of the PCT in April 2019, but the snow, a nagging knee injury, and my not-so frugal spending habits took me out after only 1,650 miles. I'm back in 2021 for a NOBO flip-flop starting in Tehachapi, up to Canada, and then back down to finish where I started in Campo in 2019. I hiked the Camino Frances in 2017 and spent most of 2020 living, saving, and teaching out of a U-Haul that my parter and I converted into a camper van. Outside of hiking, I write, trail run, and teach. I work in Spanish-English bilingual education and even teach a course about the PCT geared towards aspiring kids! See you out there!

Megan Wilmarth

I respond to the name Megan and once I step foot on the Appalachian Trail I will become a 2019 section hiker....until I reach Katahdin. Then I will be a thru hiker!I could live off mangos and I enjoy a sending climbs inside and outside

Michael Beierle

Hey-hey, how ya doin? So my name is Michael, I'm 39 years old, and I'll be thru-hiking the AT, SOBO, in 2019...shortly after I turn 40 in May!!! I have been calling Roanoke, VA home for the past decade or so, but I was born and raised in Washington state with a chainsaw in one hand and a NES controller in another hand, and then in my other hand there was a book, and in the other one there was a chef knife, and in the last hand there was a comic book...all that stuff. Yes that's five hands. Lets move on, shall we.

Mike Joyce

My name is Mike Joyce. I am taking on a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting July 2019. Residing in Florida, I'm no stranger to mountains as I've lived all over the US.Over the last 2 years I took on obesity and turned from couch potato to trail runner. By following a ketogenic diet, I've lost enough weight that a fully loaded pack feels surprisingly light. As a bonus, this diet has helped with managing Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes. I intend to maintain the diet during my thru-hike.Join me on my adventure where I hope to share my experience building my meal plan, resupplying medication and food predominately by mail drops, and shining a light on the SOBO AT experience.

Mike Page

Hi! I’m Mike Page, but most of my friends call me Mike. I’m doing a Northbound (NOBO) trek of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring (early March 2019), and it will be my first long distance hike. If all goes well, and to plan (Ha Ha Ha!) on the A.T., I am planning on also doing more thru-hikes soon. I grew up in Kentucky and left shortly after High school for the Army. That career was cut short by a blast injury in Iraq, and after a ridiculous amount of recovery, I’m ready to challenge myself in new and exciting ways. I’ll be blogging about my gear (especially the mistakes I’m sure I’m making in my choices), my journey, and what I’m sure will be a LOT of “What doesn’t kill you” moments.

Mitch Baertlein

Hey there! I'm Mitch, and come May 2019 I'll be heading NOBO on the PCT. This will be my first thru-hike attempt, but I've been doing short sections of the trail in Oregon with my mom for a couple of years. I've been in the solar industry since I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering, so I figured it's time to soak up a little sun myself in the great outdoors.

Parker Semin

Hey guys! I grew up in Colorado and did my 4 years away at college before getting back to CO as quickly as possible. I grew up doing your average family outdoor activities (camping, hiking, etc) and slowly got more into mountaineering towards the end of high school. My freshman year at Williams College I went on a 4 night backpacking trip for the first time as part of freshman orientation...I never would have guessed during that trip that backpacking would become my life for the next 12-18 months! I've been working as an accountant for the past 4 years and this past September I finally decided to take a leap of faith to quit my job and go for the first-ever Continuous Triple Crown! I will be hopping on the PCT going NOBO in April 2019 and following it up with a SOBO hike of the CDT and ending with a NOBO hike of the AT; all while connecting the 3 trails bike-packing! I can't wait to get this hike started and hopefully sharing as much as possible with all of you guys!


Hi, y'all! My name is Melanie but on trail I go by Peanut. Franklin, TN. is my hometown, but the mountains of Appalachia have my heart. When I'm not on the trail, you can find me sippin' a craft beer or watching a hockey game. Boo Radley is my cattle dog-beagle-hyena mix, who joined me for half of my AT thru hike. In 2016, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail solo. I thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 with my partner, James. I just left my job as a field rep at HOKA and we're going after our triple crown in June! Follow along as we attempt the Continental Divide Trail this summer!I'm excited to be at the Trek sharing my journey with ya'll!

Phoebe "Unicorn" Anderson

Hey y'all, I'm Pheebs. I'm a Tennessee gal who loves cold beer, plant memes, unicorns, and long walks in the woods. This year my boyfriend Isaac and I are doing a flip flop thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, so stay tuned for our adventures!

Pilar Schmidt

My trail name is SnM, or Spaghetti & Meatballs for long. I caught the backpacking bug four years ago, and soon enough the occasional week or weekend exploring California's wilderness and open space left me wanting more. I hiked the PCT in 2017. Because I love potato chips, Sour Patch Kids, walking a lot, and sitting in the dirt under pine trees or firs, I'll be heading out on the CDT in 2019.

Poppy Pai

Hi, I'm Poppy! 2019 PCT hiker. I was born and raised in California, near Yosemite, and this is my first time stepping foot on the PCT! I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and now teach High School. Hiking is my favorite!

Rob Jr.

I'm in my mid-thirties, coming off of 15 years as a professional do-gooder with various non-profit organizations. I just landed back in the US from Kenya a month before my thru-hike, and I'm really looking forward to acquainting myself with the states by foot. Here goes!

Sam Cooper

Hello! My name is Sam, but on trail, they call me Prom King. I hiked 600 miles of the PCT in 2019 before getting injured and coming off trail. After healing, I went and thru-hiked the Colorado Trail later that summer. I love the outdoors, feel indifferent about walking, and hate the rain (when on trail). That being said, I'll probably get talked into hiking the AT...

Sara Kruglinski

Hi there I am Socks or Sockstomistic, I thru-hiked the PCT NOBO in 2018 and I am planning to SOBO the PCT in 2019. My dog Ace hiked a few hundred miles with me in 2018 and he is excited to join me for even more miles this summer. In my spare time I enjoy knitting hats for me and my friends.

Sara Rollins

Im Sara, and I’m doing a 2019 AT Flip-Flop attempt. I’m a 26 year old woman from West Virginia fiercely dedicated to my personal, spiritual, emotional and physical growth. I generally view life with a good sense of humor, and I take not-taking-life-too-seriously pretty seriously. I have a background in music, yoga, and education and I’m searching for a career path that doesn’t feel like it’s stomping the spirit out of me. I enjoy sharing my life with people in the hopes that it brings a little more honesty, light, and good humor into the world.

Sarah Thomsen

Just a Boston girl with a love for the mountains. I've been working in childcare since I was 17 and I feel the need for a career change. Since The Appalachian Trail has been on my 'bucket list' for years, I knew I needed to take advantage of this transition time in my life and hike, or it just wouldn't happen. I'm looking forward to seeing the mountains in the south-east as my only backpacking experience lies in the White Mountains of NH. I know this will be hard, but I'm so ready for the challenge. My plan is a solo NOBO thru-hike in mid-to-late March, and I'm so excited to see where this adventure takes me.

Sarah Wolfson

2021 AT thru-hike attempt is a go! Catch me singing, sweating, and crying on the trails. I'll be somewhere between Georgia and Maine if you're looking for me.

Sarahmarie Specht-Bird

Hi there! I'm Sarahmarie ("Passport"), and I'm an English teacher, a writer, a crocheter, a traveler, an AT thru-hiker in 2019, and a person who is very bad at concise intros. I grew up in Kentucky but I've also lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Flagstaff, Arizona, with assorted adventures traipsing abroad. I've hiked the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, and Camino Primitivo in Spain, as well as the John Muir Trail in California. I've been working towards a thru-hike of the AT for many years, and I am so excited to be out here this year. I love a lot of things, including, but not limited to: languages, bagels and cream cheese, books, bookstores, stickers, dogs, and obsessively watching my favorite shows over and over. I am loving life out here on this glorious, sweaty trail and I look forward to learning more from my fellow hikers as I move north!

Savannah Fredericks

Savannah here! I am 17 years old and pretty psyched about spending the summer and first semester after graduation hiking solo from Maine to Georgia. I love spending weekends and summers in New York's Adirondack State Park and rewatching Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Lots of people are nervous about my hiking solo because I am so young... this blog is mostly for them ;)

Scot Hunter

I’ve tried and enjoyed a lot in my life. This includes many years in Alaska, exploring, hiking, mountaineering, skiing and boarding, and ice climbing, two years in Greenland, several years living and sailing solo on a wooden sailboat in the PNW, motorcycling around the country and Europe, most recently a month riding down Baja, and now thru-hiking. My first ‘thru-hiking adventure, however, was when I snuck away from home at 19 and solo hiked the JMT, long before permits, gps, water filters, and other hikers. Ohhh what a trip!

Scott Benerofe

Hey! My name is Scott. On the trail, I go by Aquaman - Long Trail NOBO 2016. I am going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019 starting from Springer Mountian, GA. Hiking, rock climbing, and trail running have taken over my life in the best way over the last few years. I recently graduated and have been dreaming of the AT for a few years. I don't know where my degree will take me, but what I do know is that I am flying to Georgia in March to start walking!

Sean Speckin

After nearly 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, I figured I keep the bucket list ball rolling; I'll be hiking NOBO starting April 4th! I've been known to spin a yarn or two, so follow me as I adjust to life on the trail and readjust to life in the USA!

Steph D

Hello friends! My name is Steph D and I'm an avid hiker from the flat prairie lands of central Illinois. No longer content to live vicariously through the trail blogs of other hikers, I'm hitting the trail solo in April 2019 at Springer Mountain, Georgia and heading north towards Katahdin, Maine. I'm somewhat overpacked, a bit under-practiced, and more than a little afraid of being attacked by shelter mice. Exciting times lay ahead and I'll be keeping it real - so follow along on my AT journey!

Stephanie Messina

Hey, there. Did you know that there is no pressure like the pressure you feel when trying to write a concise paragraph about yourself?I'm an explorer-human who gets bored easily? A TanTanMen-loving Supernatural fan? A car-free, curly-haired, biochemist? I was very much enjoying my career as a brewer until I tore my ACL in August of 2018. (My orthopedic surgeon gently used the word "shredded." Don't worry--still won the flag-football game.) I underwent reconstructive surgery in late October, and am looking forward to showing all explorer-humans that it's possible to do "BIG THINGS" and accomplish great physical feats even if you have knee problems. I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail starting May 1st of 2019.I'm also looking forward to connecting with other people who seek adventure and aren't afraid to spend some time wandering and wondering with their head in the clouds.

Stephen Heron

I'm Stephen! On April 8th, 2019, I'll start my NOBO AT thru-hike.I'm a Houston native that accidentally fell in love with mountains during graduate school in Colorado. I left my job as a geologist in the oil industry back in Houston to get closer to mountains (and my girlfriend) in Utah. While finding life's next step, I'm going to take a couple million towards Maine.


A sober explorer and hiker from Chicago. I completed a Flip-Flop of the AT in 2019. I love to be outside and had an amazing adventure out on the East Coast. Who knows what's next?

swami bittergoat

my name amiththan—yes, with a double th. i write, collect stories, and sometimes go for very long walks. on these walks tend to read and eat. a lot. i also test gear, ideas and, of course, myself

Sweet Monkey

My name is Trevor but more importantly, my trail name is Sweet Monkey!I am a US Navy Veteran and Licensed Massage Therapist, and I currently work as the principal massage therapist for the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.I completed a Southbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2017 and will be attempting a southbound end-to-end of the Vermont Long Trail from July-August of 2019 and looking toward PCT and CDT in 2020!

Take a Hike Photography

Hi! We are Matt and Alison, two Chicago-based school teachers with an insatiable passion for hiking and photography. We spend our summers hiking all over the world and the school year planning our next big adventure! For the past dozen years, we have been on a mission to hike/trek/backpack the classic hikes of the world, documenting our journeys with countless photos of the gorgeous scenery and fascinating cultures we encounter along the way. We have written two books related to hiking, Plan & Go: The Wonderland Trail and Hiking Photography (Sandiburg Press).

Tasia (StinkyCheez)

I thru-hiked the Long Trail northbound in 2016, and caught a really debilitating bug for long distance hiking. I completed the AT in 2017 and a PCT LASH in 2019. While I am pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Sciences for the foreseeable future and having to postpone my Triple Crown plans, I do plan on tackling some of the shorter long trails across the U.S.

The Hartleys

Hey there!We're Zach and Syd, and we are a couple of twenty-somethings that are thru-hiking NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in 2019! Backpacking has been a huge passion for us, and we can't wait to take on the trail together. We work full time as nurses, and are hoping to show all couples our strategy for backpacking as a couple, and how rewarding it can be hiking with a partner. We hope you'll follow along our journey!

Tilghman Moyer

NOBO 2019 Appalachian Trail. I currently am a junior at Temple University studying Environmental Science. Philadelphian just trying to see nature.


Welcome! I started my love for the outdoors back in Scouts and later joined the Marines where I got to travel and explore some new places after that I went to college. I thought college was going to be my thing, turns out, it wasn't. Aside from going to school I also started working as an EMT. Between the two I was tired. So, I decided to put on some shoes and wander the desert. Follow along as I bring you through the middle of Arizona by way of the Arizona Trail starting in February.

Tim Curtis

Hey, my name is Tim! I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, an area known for its dramatic mountains and great hiking. Together with my wife Jess we are attempting a 2019 NOBO thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, starting early April. Woot! Hopefully we won't die or be too distracted by soft beds and beer in trail towns. Join us on our epic saga and hopefully I'll have something interesting to talk about!

Tom DeMello

From Boston MA to East Tennessee. Looking to go NOBO on the A.T. in 2019!

Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling

Wuddup, wuddup!! It's ya boy, Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling. Hikertrash. Survived the Year of Fire & Ice [PCT 2017] and 2018, and am back for more. This year entails a Calendar Year Triple Crown- That's right all 3 major national scenic trails! Stay tuned as I chug along and mingle with the different hiker communities, while keeping in touch with the other 2019 CYTC hikers (wait, what...?)YouTube: Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling

Vanessa Dodd

April 2020 I will start my PCT NOBO thru-hike at the age of 50! I am from Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia. I am a wife and a mother to a 10 year old daughter. I served 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy. Lived as an expat in 4 countries. Solo cycled countries and my longest e2e hike is the Overland Track. With my families support, I will travel to the other side of the world and embark on the greatest adventure of my life, thru hiking the PCT. Join me on YouTube VanessaDoddoutandwithness. Happy Trails...

Will Krakow

After earning my degree in Applied Math from the University of North Carolina I futzed around a bit in the medical research industry before deciding to take a break to hike the AT. I’m a writer by hobby, a runner by nature, and I enjoy long runs on the beach and candlelit dinners - or dinners of any sort, for that matter.

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