Cari Pattison

I'm a Northbound AT thru-hiker for 2019, having just left my jobs as a church minister and fitness instructor in New York. In high school my trail name became "Scout" when I mistakenly took an unopened scout-sized sleeping bag on a youth group camping trip to Yellowstone. Every night was a cold experiment of socks pulled up over my arms and coats over my head. Years later, embarking on a thru-hike of the AT is a dream come true! I even have a grown-up sleeping bag.

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Top 10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Thru-Hiking

Top 10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Thru-Hiking

My First Six Weeks - What's Surprised Me MostI expected the AT to be beautiful---and it is. Cascade Falls around mile 400 (TN). I expected to be

May 3, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Holy Week on the AT

Holy Week on the AT

I Can't Wait to Soak My FeetAfter 13 miles of hiking, I stop to take off my trail runners. I'm somewhere in North Carolina (or is it Tennessee?), and

Apr 21, 2019 : Cari Pattison
I Would Never Have Hiked the Appalachian Trail if It Weren’t for This

I Would Never Have Hiked the Appalachian Trail if It Weren’t for This

I am here, I am here / I've already seen the bottom so there's nothing to fear ... / I don't have the answers but the question is clear - Pink One

Apr 14, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Thru-Hiker Hunger Games

Thru-Hiker Hunger Games

Or how I tried not to starve I watch one of the passengers on the bus in front of me, a smiling, 50-something woman. She leans over and kisses the

Apr 4, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Our Trail Family Comes Together

Our Trail Family Comes Together

"We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.” -

Mar 29, 2019 : Cari Pattison
I Didn’t Cry On the Trail Until This

I Didn’t Cry On the Trail Until This

I am in church during one of our town stops, and these men are Anglican priests. I am not Anglican, but I need to be here. Especially today. So

Mar 25, 2019 : Cari Pattison
My Five Favorite Thru-Hiker Items

My Five Favorite Thru-Hiker Items

It's still early, but one week in, here's my "For the win!" list: Feathered Friends 10-Degree Women’s Sleeping Bag Norwegian. Fun. Warm. And

Mar 22, 2019 : Cari Pattison
“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

“He Gone!” Stuff I Threw Out* My First Week

*By "threw out," I mean, gave to my AT mentor to send to my parents, or the ATC ridge runner truck to give to a hiker box. "He Gone!"This is what my

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

Top Ten Funniest Things People Said as I Prepared to Hike the AT

From the Practical10. "Your pack's too back-heavy. Maybe you should carry some stuff on your front with one of our Baby Björns?" - Brother

Mar 20, 2019 : Cari Pattison
5 Things No One Tells You About Packing for a Thru-hike

5 Things No One Tells You About Packing for a Thru-hike

"The soul does not grow by addition but by subtraction," wrote the fourteenth-century mystic Meister Eckhart. How much more can I subtract? I

Mar 15, 2019 : Cari Pattison