Joellyn Sargent

I grew up in Florida with sand and sea in my soul, sailing, camping, and exploring this beautiful world. After raising a family in Georgia, my spirit of adventure demanded to be set free. I’m excited to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Follow my journey on The Trek, at JoyfulRambler.com and watch my videos on YouTube.

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Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

Unencumbered: The Lure of a Life Without Limits

Somewhere between the mountain of dirty laundry, scooping the stinky cat litter, and tackling yet another sink full of dirty dishes, it hit me: In

Mar 13, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

Beyond Gear: A 36-Point Planning Checklist for Health, Home, and Finances

It’s easy to think that getting the right gear is the key to a successful thru-hike. Building the ideal kit for your hiking style certainly does make

Feb 6, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Hunting Down Backpacking Gear On A Budget

Hunting Down Backpacking Gear On A Budget

Thru-hiking is expensive. With the exception of veteran backpackers who acquire carefully curated gear collections over the years, most aspiring

Jan 13, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

Happy Hiking New Year: 2018 is finally here!

This is THE YEAR I’m awake before dawn on this first day of the new year, filled with anticipation and a slight sense of panic. This is the year I

Jan 1, 2018 : Joellyn Sargent
No Longer Nameless: My Trail Name Found Me

No Longer Nameless: My Trail Name Found Me

Code words. Secret handshakes. Silly hats. Every group has signs of belonging that signal to others whether you’re in or you’re not. Long distance

Dec 20, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
What is a Thru-Hike?

What is a Thru-Hike?

A few months ago saying, “I’m going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail,” sounded like a pretty straightforward statement. Now it’s suddenly gotten a

Dec 10, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
Sometimes “Plan M” Looks Pretty Good

Sometimes “Plan M” Looks Pretty Good

I knew it was going to be straight up before I got there. I knew because when my friends and I came out at Unicoi Gap a few weeks ago we climbed

Nov 29, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
My Hiker Gratitude List

My Hiker Gratitude List

I’ve always been a very independent person. If I didn’t know better, I’d guess that my first words were “I can do it myself!” So when I decided to

Nov 22, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
My Endless Quest for the Ideal Gear List

My Endless Quest for the Ideal Gear List

Searching for the Perfect Gear When I started planning my thru-hike, I assumed the “once and done” approach would apply to my gear selections. I had

Nov 9, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent
The Hardest Question for this Aspiring Thru-Hiker to Answer: Why?

The Hardest Question for this Aspiring Thru-Hiker to Answer: Why?

When I announce that I’m planning to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail next year, I get all kinds of questions. The most common ones are easy to

Nov 5, 2017 : Joellyn Sargent