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 theTrek.co. Their job is to be adventurous and share their experiences in vivid detail. Our job is to live vicariously and envy their existence.
Want to be a Trek Blogger? You can: apply here.
Want to write for this site, but aren’t thru-hiking? We’re always looking for more backpackers with a passion for writing. Find out more about the The Trek Writers.
I'm Allison, I like long walks on the beach when it's raining, so I think I'll like a long walk in the woods while it's raining. Tree cover, am I right? I'm a New Englander, gone Virginian, currently calling the AT my home (try explaining that to strangers). I like to hike, climb, ski, read, do yoga and run marathons really slow to raise money for charity. When I'm not outdoors, you can find me snuggling my rescue pup and binge watching tv shows and documentaries (instant gratification is my worst enemy and leads to sleepless nights). Follow my journey SOBO on the AT.
My name is Allison and I'm always looking for the next big adventure. I am a traveling nurse who loves backpacking, cycling, fly fishing, weight lifting, and rock climbing. I love spending time with my partner Rachael and our fur-baby sprout. This is where you can follow along my thru-hike of the PCT in 2020.
From Hawai‘i to the Appalachian Trail, starting February 2020. It’s a journey that began when I traded climbing the corporate ladder for climbing mountains. My greatest a-ha’s come from uncovering my limiting beliefs and exploring the world. I’m interested in the infinite possibility of potential - alone, and as part of a couple, hiking together.
Starting my 2020 AT flip-flop hike in May. North Carolina native, still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Always asking, 'what comes next?' The AT is a great way to find out.
Living my best life with a dead mans child and a hole in my heart. I am Angela. I am a widowed mother of three, and a pediatric nurse. I am a novice hiker. I have found peace in the woods since my husbands death. It’s the only place in the world now where I feel like I belong. I’m beyond excited to venture out and thru-hike the AT. I am a survivor. I am lost. I’m hoping to heal and find myself again. I want to show the world that there’s power in grief, and even when life is painful there’s still so much beauty in the world.
Dirtbag mountain girl from Maine headed to Georgia in March to walk home. I'm a recent college grad and outdoor instructor obsessed with rock climbing, alpine skiing, and of course, backpacking! There's a good chance I'll shower more on the trail than I do in real life.
I'm Becca, a former high school English teacher and cross country/track coach. I enjoy a lot of things, but my absolute favorites include running, reading, writing, and hiking. Don't even get me started on the definite existence of Sasquatch, the endless beauty of Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or how to judge donuts.
A quirky, West Texas native with wandering and writing in her blood, watch me juggle both as I hike the PCT beginning March 20th, 2020.
I just graduated high school in Kennebunk, Maine. I love anything outdoors including running, hiking climbing, and everything else! AT thru-hike starting on March 1st and maybe more trails to come!
I'm a square peg, a wanderer, a gypsy, and a hippie massage therapist. I've spent my life failing at fitting into what the world calls normal. I don't like to stay in the same place for too long, material possessions feel like weights dragging me down. I want to explore, see new places and meet new people. I believe in being kind to others. Treating others the way I want to be treated. "We aren't all going through the sane thing, but we are all going through something" I'm a novice hiker with most of my experience scrambling the deserts and canyons of the Las Vegas valley. I dream of a triple crown by my 50th birthday in 2025!
Older, wiser, cat-hoarding, tree-hugging, hippie vegetarian. Originally from Montana, currently trapped in the searing hell of central Texas. PCT- maybe next year. IG/YT: FunkyScribe
A Baltimore-based Appalachian Trail 2020 thru-hiker, catch me bundled all the way up in March. Public Health researcher, washed up college athlete. Only here to fuel my summer sausage addiction.
Avid hiker and runner
Hey there! I'm Bryce, a dude just trying to crack a few smiles. I prefer to stay stoked on the little things and promote positivity. My preferred methods of wasting time revolve around surfing, hiking, reading, cooking, thrifting, and wandering. Follow along as I stumble my way NOBO on the PCT! I hope you find it to be authentic and interesting. As always, keep it groovy and grab a smoothie!
Caleb's the name, 2,193 mile jaunts in the woods is my game. Hopefully. Follow along if you want to see this Missouri boy attempt to walk from Georgia to Maine celebrating his quarter-life crisis.
a.k.a. "Sprout." I can't wait to return to the Appalachian Trail this summer in hopes of completing my 2019 northbound thru-hike. Before a trail-ending injury around the 1300-mile mark (thanks, Jersey!), I loved nearly every minute of the long journey north- even the 5-inch spider who camped out in my shoe in the Shenandoahs. I'm a minister by trade, and the intervening months have found me working at a monastery, outdoor outfitter, and yoga studio, as well as preaching in various churches. Making a new home in the Hudson Valley (NY) has been a dream come true, and finishing the AT will make it two. Thanks for following along!
I'm a Wisconsin native living in the Pacific Northwest! After completing a 240 mile PCT section hike in 2019, I became completely obsessed with long distance hiking, which ultimately lead to a 2020 NOBO JMT Thru Hike!! I'm also bald. PCT 2021? Instagram: @chadahooche_ Website: www.hikertrashnation.com
I am a writer, activist, and Black outdoor leader. I am also an experiential educator who specializes in restorative adventures & narrative storytelling as a form of healing.
Hi, I'm Dee (aka. OneSpeed). My husband and I are blissfully retired from California State Parks, where we spent the bulk of our careers at the beach. We have, for all practical purposes, traded in our swim fins and surfboards for backpacks and trekking poles. Since successfully completing the PCT in 2014, the draw for thru-hiking has not waned. And frankly, it's about damn time for another thru-hike. Bear in mind that Mother Nature and Mr. Murphy (of "Murphy's Law") tend to accompany us regularly, so we're accustomed to a bit of misadventure...from time to time. Join us as we travel along this adventure smorgasbord, that is the CDT, as we live our motto: "You can Wonder all your want, or you can Wander and find out."
Bruce "Dudley" Watts ... GOES CAMPING, take photos, laughs, get stinky, GOES HOME, scrubs off dirt, make videos, write stories ... REPEATS :) ... it's a good life! Dudley WAS going to VLOG his NOBO AT 2020 adventure (now NOGO AT 2020) on THE TREK Youtube channel and is the creator of CAMPOLOGY.ca
We have never been very good at listening to society. They told us we were too young to get married, but we did it anyways. We were told to get good paying jobs, buy a house, have kids, and work hard to get that promotion. So we got an education, we got that job, we bought that house, and realized there is so much more to life, and so much more to the definition of "success". So we are quitting our jobs, selling our house, and leaving it all to hike the PCT together, as husband and wife. We got tired of being inspired by others, it's time to be our own inspiration.
I'm Wildlife, an Appalachian Trail SOBO thru hiker, Class of 2018. I'll be taking on the PCT this year (2020). My standard poodle, Lily, aka Muddy Boots, hiked 350+ miles with me on the AT. When I camp and backpack, I like to rate my poops on a scale. I like to get other people into rating their poops, too!
I'm Geri. I bike, I make maps, and I prefer to spend my days embracing nature and eating popcorn. I like my sweets with a savory kick and my beer as sour as possible. I'm a transportation planner in DC, although rock scrambling is my true favorite form of transportation. I'm jumping into the new decade by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020 with my sister. I've got ultralight-lite dreams with expectations of comfort.
Thru-hiking the AT has been my dream since joining a backpacking club when I was in my early teens. I hope to make it a reality in 2020 as I celebrate turning 50. I come from a small town in PA where I live with my husband Thomas, Border Collie Mika, and 2 cats, Red and Mikey. After surviving 2 nearly deadly accidents, I am lucky and grateful to have the opportunity and physical ability to attempt this adventure.
This is Hayden, a.k.a. "LLC." I hiked from Amicalola through the Smokies on the AT in 2020 #coronavirus. Other than long walks through the woods, I enjoy books, pour-over coffee, and red ales. My special abilities include dancing to Selena Gomez, parallel parking, and having lots of opinions. This fall, I'll be attending law school at an undetermined location. You can reach me at [email protected]
Wildlife rehabilitator and man's best hiking partner looking to walk over 2,000 miles. Jack (dog) and Elise headed NOBO on the AT late February 2020.
Apple+at+chin born and raised. I probably didn't hike the AT in 2020, but hopefully I didn't die from the 'Roner virus either
Hi guys, my name is Jacob and I'm a physiotherapist from Australia. I'll be trading the sun, surf and sand for 5 months on the Appalachian Training heading SOBO in 2020. I've been drawn to outdoors from a young age and have always toyed with the idea of pushing my limits on a Thru-hike. I've trekked around Australia and South America and I'm excited to tackle my next massive adventure on the AT. Make sure you say G'day if you see me out there!
Hey! I'm Jeff. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now I currently live in California and work for Outward Bound as a field Instructor. I am always looking for ways to grow and challenge myself whether inside or out. When I am not working or moving around outside I love to drink coffee, spend time with friends, and eat good food. I am attempting a thru hike of the Oregon Desert Trail and Continental Divide Trail this coming 2020 with my partner Carolyn. We both have completed other thru hikes such as the Sierra High Route, Southern Sierra High Route, Low 2 High Route, and the Te Araroa in New Zealand.
Originally from the great state of Oregon, but after college became a California Girl. I currently work in the Construction industry and spend all my free time hiking, baking, sewing, and dreaming of the day in 2020 I'll finally step on trail for my NOBO PCT Thru Hike!
A former bunhead ballerina turned skoolie dwelling mountain woman. After eleven years being the mom to 34 children in foster care and at risk homes I have decided to trek the PCT solo. I am going to just take a walk and hopefully not die.
My name is Kayla, I am 25 years young and I’m thru-hiking the AT in 2020. I've suffered from depression since I was in middle school. Writing and the great outdoors have become the best ways for me to feel better and get some relief. I have 2 German Shepherd dogs, Willow and Kenai (Kenai is actually my parents but I call him mine sometimes). I work as a hostess and food runner at a restaurant. I love chocolate ice cream and thin mints (I keep a couple boxes in my freezer to snack on throughout the year, don't judge).
Jambo!Jambo! I am an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who is braving the 2,193 miles with my six kids in tow. Starting in Georgia in the lovely month of April (now 2021), we are walking back to our home state of Maine. When I am not hiking, you can find me skiing, running and exploring the mountains of NH and Maine.
I’m Kelly, an IT consultant hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a youth, my fondest memories were of camping, hiking and backpacking in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Thirty years later (my god has it been that long), I still vividly recall the first time I climbed the head-wall into Three Isle Lake and boiling up hot dogs on the top of Heart Mountain. As a father of two, I try to get out into the wilderness as often as I can, passing a spirit of outdoor adventure onto my kids. Over the past few years I’ve had a blast exploring the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming, and Petain Basin in British Columbia. As a board member of the Outdoor Council of Canada, I strongly believe that everyone should have access to high quality outdoor experiences. For 2020 I’ve set my sights on a NOBO of the Great Divide Trail, 700 rugged miles traversing the Canadian Rockies from the Montana border to north of Jasper. Looking forward to sharing my adventure with everyone. I can also be found at www.twoguysinthewoods.com
Out here living life to the fullest. Trying to see everything this beautiful world has to offer one step at a time. From Northern California, but currently in New Zealand training for my PCT NOBO 2020 journey.
I live in the Boulder, CO area where I enjoy hiking on our many Open Space trails. I live with my husband of 31 + years in a too empty nest, since our daughters have flown the coop. One is studying fashion design and living the good life in Southern California and the other is attending Medical school in Philadelphia. I work PRN as an Ultrasound Tech which leaves me plenty of time to pursue my passions of traveling and enjoying nature - especially wildlife sightings. I will be going NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in 2020. I hope to ‘celebrate’ my sixtieth birthday somewhere along the trail in late June. See you in the woods!
Sup y’all!! My name is Kristopher McDill. I am a 36-year-old geography/history teacher. I, along with my wife Kaci, will be attempting a SOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2020. Experiencing the outdoors and helping to educate others are my passions. Follow me and get lost in my adventurous pursuit of life, laughter, and positive vibes.
Born and raised in the land of no hills, Iowa, I moved to Arizona and fell in love with the mountains. My name is Lance and I have had my own computer repair business for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, my every spare moment has been spent on trails and in the national parks of the west, soaking it all in and taking pictures. I figured age 50 is as good as time as any to call an audible and do the unexpected, hike the PCT NOBO in 2020. So, when you see a jolly dude with a white beard in Washington next year, it's not Christmas come early, but just me with a generous growth of trail whiskers.
I will be joining the Appalachian Trail class of 2020! I am an aspiring thru-hiker, as well as a minimalist and aspiring Skoolie dweller! I run a small arts related website with a few of my friends, because art and community are essentials in my life. I'm also a native Mainah (that's how it's really spelled), so anyone going NOBO can just follow me home!
I come from a big, mixed family, which has been pivotal in developing a sense of closeness with those around me. It also plays a role in my ever-changing definition of the word "family" and the individuals I include in it. Growing up, I wanted to become a Renaissance Man - to be well rounded in my interests of art, literature, sport and social interaction. I love reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy series), and I have a great respect for the written word and the power it can carry. I've been a runner, a wrestler, an editor, a tutor, and most importantly a listener. I find the best way to connect with a person is to simply listen to them. I've had three jobs since graduating with a college degree - none of which have related to that degree - and I think I'm well on my way to becoming that Renaissance Man I always envisioned. Now I'm taking time away from my career path to hike the Appalachian Trail as part of the 2020 NOBO class, and continue to develop my personal philosophy.
Unintentionally in my 50's, soon to be intentionally on the AT. I'll be a NOBO flip-flopper, departing from Harper's Ferry in April 2020. I'm a lapsed backpacker, having done the Grand Canyon, RMNP, and Saguaro National Desert - a decade ago. Looking forward to leaving the flatlands of mid-America behind and rediscovering the trail. I have a supportive hubby who has agreed to get by without my wit and charm for several months. I'd say get by without my cooking and cleaning as well - but let's be honest, I wasn't doing that anyway.
Hi, my name is Marijn. I am 21 years old and living in Amsterdam. I’m an intersectional feminist, vegetarian, climbing-enthusiast, not forget to mention queer, more importantly I am me. I just finished my degree and now I’m a certified nurse. Instead of doing things “normal” and start working, I am taking some time off to do what I love most: hiking. I am going on a 2650-miles adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be my first thru-hike attempt, starting April 2020 going northbound.
I'm a sport and exercise science professor at Benedictine University outside of Chicago. My love of nature really began in high school and college as an avid cross-country runner training in Wild Life Refuges or State Parks. I fell in love with the Appalachians when I lived in Virginia, and romanticized the idea of Thru-Hiking the AT while running or hiking in SNP. I lived in Colorado during my doctoral work, and taught college courses including some on hiking and took students to RMNP for class. During grad school, I struggled with staying active and gained a lot of weight. I've set the goal of Thru-Hiking the AT in 2020 to motivate myself to take my life back from stress and inactivity. This blog shares my journey from training and preparation to my hopeful summitting of Mount Katahdin.
Hey you guys! Crunchy gardener from the Philadelphia area and aspiring hiker trash here. Embarking on an AT NOBO thru-hike in search of cool plants in pursuit of conservation. When not in the garden or botanizing on the trail, I can be found chugging coffee, dancing at a concert, practicing yoga, or eating tacos on a farm.
The Bennetts = Adam, Mindi, Sierra, Kaia, Tristan, Ruby & Muir (PCT trail names: Kidnapper, Wildflower, Amazon, Honey Badger, Gancho, Ladybug & Muir (he's a trail dog and refuses a trail name)). In 2019, the Bennetts spent 7 months on the PCT and in 2020 they will attempt a SOBO thru-hike on the AT (and if all goes well, an attempt on the CDT in 2021). They hope to inspire more families to do long-distance trails together, create a new level of family unity, deepen their love of the outdoors, meet life-long friends on the trail, and eat less top ramen.
The Colorado Trail 2018 was the gateway drug. The Great Divide Trail 2019 changed my definition of "trail." Now I'm off creating my own long distance hiking adventure in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico for 2020. When I'm not hiking myself into homelessness, I live in Durango, Colorado with my two awesome dogos. We enjoy hiking, running, and skiing in the San Juans around work and school.
Hi! My name's Reanna. I grew up in a small eastern Kentucky town, but currently live in St. Louis, MO. Flannel shirts, weird flavored Pop Tarts, and jamming to Coldplay songs are some of my favorite things on earth along with my dog Honey. I'll be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020 and can't wait to share my experience!
Originally from the UK, I've lived in the USA for almost twenty years. Most of my hiking has been done in the western states of the US, but I've also hiked in Scotland, Canada and New Zealand. Fun-fact: I named my left quad "brute-force" and my right quad "ignorance".
Hi! My names Risa. I'm an Israeli-American who always has her feet on one side of the globe and her heart on the other. I am an educator, a former combat soldier and a world traveler (trying to reach 30 countries by 30!). This May, I will be hiking over 2,000 miles on the AT with my dogs Kimbo and Sadie. My husband's still not sure when he agreed to this hike but promises to visit us on the trail with beer and dog treats! My first trail name was 'Dill'- think it will stick?
My name is Sandra, I'm from Paris and I don't enjoy being a city girl anymore (did I ever?). After spending a lot of time sitting behind a computer screen, I traded my corporate job for a long walk far from home. My main concern is now to have enough french cheese for the next 6 months on the Appalachian Trail.
Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I'm 29 years old and grew up an Illinois suburb kid, but have been residing in the city of Chicago for the past five years. I'm a flight attendant as my full time job, and I play in the Chicago Bears Drum Line on the side. I spent a chunk of time hiking the AT this past summer, as I completed about 680 miles of the trail while going back home every few weeks to keep up with my jobs. I'm gearing up for this summer, doing things a little differently this time around, and am excited to be able to share this crazy journey with you as I plan to spend another summer finishing the trail! Update: If you're interested in past hiking posts or what I'm up to during the stay-at-home order, feel free to visit me at sarahs-travels.com!
Graduating college with a BS in public health May 2020. Aspiring van lifer. I like trees better than people.
The mountains are calling me everyday and in 2020 I will return. I’ve been hiking all of my life and backpacking since I was 23. I have 2,000 miles of experience, mostly from a long distance AT hike last summer. I’m not a gear head and just prefer what works for me. I’d rather be penniless and on the trail then unhealthy off of it. See you on the trail, in the woods, and on top of a mountain next summer. I’ll be the one with the knee brace on my left knee!
Hi! I'm Shannon! I'm a 35 year old former teacher from the lone star state, wife and most importantly, a mother to three dragon girls. I'm a plus-size, novice hiker attempting a NOBO thru-hike on the PCT 2020! When I'm not obsessing over this exciting opportunity, I can be located anywhere pizza can be found. Other facts: I have a white lab named Zeus, and I am addicted to office supplies. IG: @fireroamingwild
I’m a Pacific Northwest Native recently transplanted to Nashville TN. I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the years a few of those are aerospace mechanic, travel agent, union activist, ballroom dancer and in April 2020 I will begin a new chapter as PCT long distance hiker (we will hopefully add the THRU part later). I grew up in the PNW camping and appreciating the outdoors. I have always felt connected to nature. Unfortunately, for many years I was disconnected from it and suffered physically and emotionally as a result. I discovered hiking again several years ago and started taking frequent day hikes in the Cascades near my home. Those hikes reignited my passion for nature and hiking. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with friends, family and the trail community!
Hola! I'm Stef! I'm a Certified Surgical Technologist hailing from Portland, Maine. I enjoy anything that has to do with getting outside. I'm an avid 4-season hiker, yogi, trail-runner, climber, snowboarder, SUP-er and cat mom. I'm an aspiring thru-hiker, ultra marathoner, vanlifer and dog mom. Currently hiking the PCT NOBO!
I'm Stephanie, a mid-career Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker. I grew up on the Appalachian Trail, equal parts fascinated and scared of the weird and smelly people who passed through my tiny western Maryland hometown every summer. Now, here I am, excited to be part of the weird and smelly PCT Class of 2020. Ten-year-old me would be, like, so totally grossed out.
On the Appalachian Trail (SOBO ’19) I was known as “Swan Dive.” I am about to take yet another Swan Dive and jump into the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand! As a small town Michigander I am excited for this opportunity to hike the entire length of NZ by myself! Bring on the sunshine, the sand, and all of the bushwhacking and river crossings you can imagine. NEW ZEALAND here I come!!
The Appalachian Trail may last forever, but I won't. The clock is ticking and this is the year for me to make the trip from England to try those five million steps from Georgia to Maine, because if I never try I'll never succeed. So it's now or never. Good luck to the Class of 2020. We'll need it.
My name is Tracy (aka Scrappy | IG: @Adventures.of.Tracy). I am a lifetime outdoor adventure seeker and a lover of all furred and feathered animals. I'm a legal professional by trade, a mom, and a yogi/yoga teacher by passion. I am most content when outdoors in nature, without cell reception. Indian food, iced coffee, sour beers, and whiskey campfire cocktails make me immensely happy.
I have always enjoyed the outdoors but hiking and backpacking is a relatively new to my 40 something years. I got my first taste of hiking doing a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children's Cancer and I was hooked. Luckily I have also infected my husband who is embarking on this journey with me. I hope you enjoy following along on as I prepare for and embark on the experience of a lifetime.
My name is Will and I use he/him/his pronouns. I work as an outdoor educator during the school year and try to fill my summers with running and hiking adventures. In 2020, I plan to thru-hike the Colorado Trail as my first long trail. Between my runs and hikes, I like spending my time eating freshly baked goods, listening to good music, and writing.
Just another young man attempting an extended walk. I've been captivated by nature since my early childhood, and this fascination has blossomed into interesting experiences over the years and various adventures. Fresh out of college, I'll be striving for a Calendar Year Triple Crown starting NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in early February!