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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Finding Your People on a Thru-Hike

Finding Your People on a Thru-Hike

A month ago I saw this sign in a trail town café: When I started this trail, I half expected to never make it out of the land of biscuits and gravy

Jul 11, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Ready to quit the Appalachian Trail? Read this first.

Ready to quit the Appalachian Trail? Read this first.

How I almost quit, and the key that kept me going.

Jul 5, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Power to Petites: Thru-Hiking Tips for Small Women

Acing a long hike on short legs Me with Camel and Big Red- two of the greats among the Tall folk Where have all the short girls gone? Not to the

Jun 24, 2019 : Cari Pattison
7 Things to Ask While Thru-hiking

7 Things to Ask While Thru-hiking

Seven questions for the 700-mile mark Though the writings of Thoreau, Emerson, and Mary Oliver inspired my thru-hike, my first thoughts of the

Jun 5, 2019 : Cari Pattison
Five Things Thru-Hiking Teaches You

Five Things Thru-Hiking Teaches You

(Or what it's teaching me.) 1. Life is short and fragile I'm starting with this. Most of you already know about the recent tragedy on the

May 26, 2019 : Cari Pattison
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