Kristen Fiedler

Hey all! I'm Kris, a half Midwesterner, half New Englander who used to think that backpacking and thru-hiking was crazy! But curiosity turned into interest and somewhere along the lines turned into full blown obsession. After years of daydreaming and months of planning I hit the Appalachian Trail NOBO in March!

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Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Kristen’s Before-and-After Appalachian Trail Gear

Backpacking gear can be overwhelming. There seem to be countless options for everything from your major items to smaller necessities. I guess I'm an

Aug 27, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
From AT to Aliens – How I’m Coping Being off Trail

From AT to Aliens – How I’m Coping Being off Trail

One of the thru-hiking side effects is that you fall behind on current events. Apparently we're storming Area 51. Here my friends are all worried

Aug 11, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Tackling the Whites… Solo!

Tackling the Whites… Solo!

As I wrote about in my last post, I'd injured myself and have been required to take some recovery time, but I made it most of the way through the

Jul 30, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Time Out Zack Morris

Time Out Zack Morris

The Lowdown I'm temporarily off trail. Huge emphasis on the temporarily part. Even so, I can't believe that I'm typing those words. Not me. I've

Jul 23, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Connecticut! I Walked Home!

Connecticut! I Walked Home!

I think I started smiling the second I hit the Connecticut border and not sure I stopped all the way through. I hit the green Gateway to New England

Jul 6, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
A Struggled Stretch

A Struggled Stretch

I've been struggling a bit lately. This last stretch had a lot of challenges and, unfortunately, a small injury that I'm working on bouncing back

Jul 3, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
An Ode to Pennsylvania (That’s Not an Ode at All)

An Ode to Pennsylvania (That’s Not an Ode at All)

Oh Pennsylvania. You were no fun and from you I now shall run to New Jersey. All the hikers you seemed to mock, "try and get through

Jun 25, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
How to Beat the Virginia Blues

How to Beat the Virginia Blues

Virginia has 556.2 miles in it. Being over a quarter of the trail, it has the potential to feel endless. This yearning to get out of endless Virginia

Jun 15, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Shenandoah! I Love You!

Shenandoah! I Love You!

Shenandoah National Park was nothing less than spectacular. After getting back from Trail Days I did just as I promised myself I would do after

Jun 10, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
It’s OK to be Cliche

It’s OK to be Cliche

There are a million cliches out there: actions speak louder than words, you can't judge a book by its cover, the grass is always greener, etc. But

Jun 2, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler