Katina (Arachne) Daanen

In 2011, I thru-paddled the 740-mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I was a 2016 A.T. flip-flopper, but my thru-hike attempt ended after 1300 miles. I started in Shenandoah National Park and four months later I summited Mt. Katahdin on August 23. Turns out, I did miss being on water instead of worrying about finding and carrying it. When I returned home after Katahdin, I headed up to Ely, Minnesota unwinding with a little 150-mile, two-week solo canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During the winter, I decided I should finish what I started and headed back to the A.T. on May 2, 2017 departing from Springer Mountain. I arrived at Rockfish Gap on June 30, amidst families taking photos by the park entrance and wondering why anyone would be tearing up so much by a roadside sign.

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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Trail Less Traveled

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail: A Trail Less Traveled

I’m first and foremost a paddler. When I initially announced that I was planning a 2016 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a Northern Forest Canoe

Feb 11, 2018 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
And Just Like That, It Was Done.

And Just Like That, It Was Done.

It’s 5:00 a.m. and I’m sitting on an Amish-crafted wooden glider on the front porch of our log cabin. A few late summer mosquitoes pester me;

Aug 21, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
One Last Milestone Before The Finish

One Last Milestone Before The Finish

For northbound thru-hikers (NoBos) starting in Georgia, the 2000-mile milestone marker materializes within a relatively flat forested section of the

Jul 7, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
The Zen of Hostels, Hotels, and Homes and the Power of Protein Bars

The Zen of Hostels, Hotels, and Homes and the Power of Protein Bars

Some of you may recall the 1974 book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, by Robert M. Pirsig. If not, the play on my

Jun 25, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

Above and Below The Mason-Dixon Line

7 Differences Between Starting with the Herd Halfway Vs Starting in Georgia Okay, technically I started my hike last spring a couple hundred miles

Jun 16, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Bugs Bunny Isn’t The Only One Who Needs A Carrot

Let's get two things straight from the start. First, I’m old(er) and realize this analogy might be completely lost on a large number of readers.

Jun 3, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Living A Sheltered Life

Living A Sheltered Life

Even though my featured photo is cropping to look like "600," thus far I have now hiked 1600 miles of the Appalachian Trail. However, this post has

Jun 1, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Becoming Part of An Annual Migration

Becoming Part of An Annual Migration

2017 LASH: GA to SNP Geese migrate north in summer, salmon return to ancestral spawning grounds in fall and each year thousands of people begin an

May 24, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
Back At It: Lashing Out My 2016 Thru-hike

Back At It: Lashing Out My 2016 Thru-hike

Okay. So I really haven't done 1400 miles of the Appalachian Trail this year. But continuing the theme I established last year—and as it turns

May 10, 2017 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen
It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life

Or “We Are. The Class. Of. 2016!” The Hiker Yearbook. It’s that time of year again—decorations are hung, cookies are baking and I’ve watched the

Dec 22, 2016 : Katina (Arachne) Daanen