The Trek Bloggers

The following awesome people are the official bloggers of the The Trek.   In other words, they’re the renegade trail-folk who will be blogging their thru-hikes right here on  Their job is to be adventurous and share their experiences in vivid detail.  Our job is to live vicariously and envy their existence.

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Want to write for this site, but aren’t thru-hiking?  We’re always looking for more backpackers with a passion for writing. Find out more about the The Trek Writers.

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A Wild Jocelot

I am a thru-hiker who's been stuck in the body of a bar manager for 7 years. After getting fired from my job in December I realized I had the opportunity to go hike the Appalachian Trail 2021. As a Pole Dance teacher and student I hope to bring my love for Aerial Art to the trail. I call it "Tree-Pole". I love going into the woods on a hike and finding that perfect tree to dance with and use aerially for tricks! It's just fun and I like to have fun! Also, if you get anything stuck in a tree I'll gladly get it down! I am a cat lover, goldfish eatin', sucker for candy, orange juice drinkin', peanut butter lickin', old soul in the body of a 27 year old. Get to know me and follow my Adventures Of A Wild Jocelot!

Ann Marie White

I am a recent college graduate (go Tigers!) tackling the Appalachian Trail NOBO beginning in March 2021. I grew up backpacking throughout the Carolinas and climbing every rock I could get to. While I'm a little sad to be sacrificing my climbing arms for trail legs, it'll be worth it. Hopefully my friends won't make fun of me when I get back and can't climb a 5.6. If they do, I'll just kick them with my now super strong legs.


When I was three years old and prowling the local playground, growling at other children, my mother would have to apologize on my behalf to the other parents. “She’s not mean, she just thinks she is a dragon.” So yeah, you could say I have taken the unconventional path through life from the very start!

Becca Mickley

A quirky, West Texas native with wandering and writing in her blood, watch me juggle both as I hike the PCT beginning April 10th, 2021!

Ben Carpenter

Writer, hiker, cyclist, and cat dad kicking it in Kansas City with plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

Bryce Maki

Hey there! I'm Bryce, a dude trying to crack a few smiles and stay stoked on the little things. My preferred methods of wasting time revolve around surfing, hiking, climbing, reading, thrifting, and wandering. Thanks for following along as I stumble my way NOBO on the PCT! I hope you find it authentic and interesting. Cheers!

Caitlin Stevens

I am avid about the outdoors and spend as much time as possible exploring. I have been backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, kayaking etc for years. I hope to complete a long time goal of thru hiking the PCT this year.

Chicken & Dumplin

My name is Theresa and my son's name is Chance; we're also known as Chicken (Chance) and Dumplin (Theresa). You can find us on Instagram and Facebook. We've been hiking for about 3 years and have cut our trail teeth on the Pinhoti Trail here in Alabama. We have often discussed the desire to go north, dreaming and daring to believe that we could complete the AT. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, 2021 is our year!

Chris Armstrong

Hello!! My name is Chris and I plan on hiking the AT starting on March 14 2021....assuming the world doesn't end before then. I am currently wrapping up a 24 year career in the Coast Guard and will be using the AT to springboard me back into the real world. I currently live in Rhode Island (Go Rhody) and will be moving back to South Florida after the hike.

Darlene M

I am a nature-loving being who loves to relax and just be. I am working on my people skills, so doing a NoBo thru-hike is probably the best way to get started. I love ruins, coffee, and will risk my life rescuing turtles from the road. Sober since May 2006. Amazon Link! :)

David Howard

I plan on starting my thru-hike of the AT on April 17th. My company has granted me a 6 month sabbatical to complete the trail. I am an Environmental Engineer who loves backpacking. I have done portions of the Florida, Ice Age, Colorado, Appalachian, & Continental Divide trails. I have about 400 total miles of backpacking experience under my belt and hope to add 2200 after I finish the AT. If I finish the AT early enough, I may just complete the remaining portion of the Long trail for fun.

David Smith

My name is David AKA Wazo. I'm a planning 2021 PCT thru-hike starting in mid-April. Prior to the PTC, I plan to spend 4 to 5 weeks on the AT going NOBO from Roan Mountain, TN. My initial plan was a AT thru-hike. When the PTCA announced they were issuing permits for 2021, I could not resist. I live in Phoenix with my husband and our pet snail, Junior Ranger. I like to backpack, hike, road bike, read, and get up every morning to watch the sun come up from our perch 22 floors above Central Phoenix. I volunteer for a homeless program and, most recently, giving COVID injections at a mass immunization site. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Emma Rosenfield

I'm Wildlife, an Appalachian Trail SOBO thru hiker, Class of 2018. I'll be taking on the PCT this year (2020). My standard poodle, Lily, aka Muddy Boots, hiked 350+ miles with me on the AT. When I camp and backpack, I like to rate my poops on a scale. I like to get other people into rating their poops, too!

Emma Slaughter

I'm Thirteen! My hobbies include walking immeasurably long distances, binge watching classic horror films, and tabletop gaming. I hiked SOBO in 2019 on the Appalachian Trail and will be back at it in August because living a "normal" life and "post- trail readjustment" didn't work out so well for me the first time around. Also Blogging from the Benton MacKaye Trail this Spring!


Thru-hiking the AT has been my dream since joining a backpacking club when I was in my early teens. Plans to hike in 2020 were crushed by COVID. Currently planning 2021, but had to have a hip replacement in December, and training to get my miles back up. After surviving 2 nearly deadly accidents, I am lucky and grateful to have the opportunity and physical ability to attempt this adventure. I currently live in PA in a log cabin with my husband Tom, Border Collie Mika, and XXL cat Mikey.

Hannah Goodman

Hi, I'm Hannah (a.k.a. Spring). I enjoy going for long walks in the woods with my rubber duck and deciding whether my cheese is too sweaty to eat after it has sat in my pack multiple days. I graduated high school last year and am taking a gap year in order to spend as much time outdoors as possible before I go back to school. I'm thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO starting in February and can't wait to see how many pounds of swedish fish and gummy worms I consume while on the trail.

Heather OConnell

Hi, Hola and Aloha! As an adventurer, cultural enthusiast, educator, enlightenment seeker, hiker, runner, and soul searcher, the idea of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail tickles me with delight! I grew up in Long Island, New York, and after living in California, Hawaii and Spain, and backpacking six weeks on the A.T. as a LASHER (Long-Ass-Section-Hiker), I am thrilled to explore the entirety of the trail on foot. I first experienced backpacking not far from the beautiful Redwoods of Arcata, California and this developed into a passion on the tropical paradise island of the Big Island of Hawaii. An international Fulbright Scholarship brought me to Spain and I followed my dream to live in this foreign country and have loved exploring Galicia. I traversed from Spain over the Pyrenees and into France one step at a time last summer and am thrilled to take in the vast terrain and beauty of the Eastern U.S. on foot in the spring of this year. Teaching has financed and afforded me the time to partake in all of my adventures and when I am inspiring students to be stewards of the land through the lens of science and math, I feel as if I am pursuing a passion and it fulfills me greatly. Long-distance hiking includes another enthusiasm and I eagerly anticipate a future career in which those worlds can collide. I look forward to sharing my experience and inspiring others as I celebrate this new decade of life. Happy Trails!

J.D./ La Loon

Unfiltered hiker trash of a wizened age. Enjoys life on the backroads and long walks to the doughnut shop. Fearless until a headlamp and moths are involved. A firm believer in giving back and protecting public lands from unenlightened Cretans whilst inspiring new generations of tree-hugging hominins to respect LNT principles. Full-time RVer occasionally somewhere around Buffalo, Wyoming. - Life isn’t a box of chocolates my friends, it’s beautiful colored chaos with a “Use By” date. Be fearless. Scare yourself.


Lacie is backpacker from Littleton, NH. She thru hiked the AT in 2019 and will the attempting to thru hike the PCT starting March 29.

Lyla Harrod

I'm a 33 year old sober, queer and transgender woman (she/her) who will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO starting in late March/early April 2021. I'm a fiery Aries who runs on sour candy and caffeine. Follow my Trek!

Nadia Fenay

Hi there! My name is Nadia Fenay. I am a 29-year-old who finally decided to start living the life I've always wanted. After ten years of working myself to death in sales and management, I've chosen to change my life in every way possible. I'm currently a student at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in sustainable studies. The trail is my biggest step towards living with a new purpose. I will be NOBO thru-hiking the AT beginning early February and I am so ready for this adventure! Thanks for following along on my journey!

Paul Madigosky

Hi, I'm Paul. Some of my hobbies include bushcrafting, hiking, writing, and (when I have time) playing the banjo. I have loved the outdoors ever since I've been a child. Most of what I remember the clearest involves going on camping trips or nature walks with my father. These days, I go on long hikes almost every weekend. My general rule is, if I am not sleeping or working, I'm in the woods or at least outdoors. I have wanted to go on a sizable thru-hike ever since I saw the first Lord of the Rings movie in theaters, way back in 2001. The AT has been on my mind for a few years now and I finally decided to make 2021 the year I hike it, in entirety. I'll be updating you all of my comings and goings throughout the whole journey.


I am a photographer, walker, and sometime paddler, a theologically-educated geek living in Rochester, NY. Once upon a time I was an Army helicopter jockey in Alaska. He/him. Christian, cisgender male who strongly supports his gay/lesbian/trans/whatever friends, relatives and neighbors. I started with film, switched to digital, then went back to classic film cameras. With major back surgery in August 2019 and bunion repair in January 2020 now behind me, I am gearing up to start Appalachian Trail northbound in March, 2022 to celebrate my seventy-second birthday. Blogging for The Trek.

Sam Cermak

Hey there, I’m Sam! I’m a born and bred Midwesterner, aspiring AT thru-hiker, and future attorney. Catch me NOBO on the Trail in spring 2021!

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah here but you can call me Scooch! I am currently preparing to restart my Appalachian Trail Thru hike that was paused due to covid! I was going solo when I originally started but this time it will be myself and my Australian shepherd puppy named Tater Tot! We can't wait to share our adventures on the trail with you!


Sibley "Possibly" Brown. Itinerant teacher, thru-hiker, and presently, lumberjack. AT NOBO 2018. PCT NOBO 2021???

Sleepin Bear

I have always loved outdoor adventures and in the last 3 years I've been going after the "bucket list." I've enjoyed thru-hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Superior Hiking trails; solo kayaking the whole Mississippi, St. Croix, and Namekogan Rivers; bicycling across America from Pacific to Atlantic, around Lake Superior, and along the Mississippi river trail from Lake Itasca, MN to Venice, LA. and many other smaller adventures. I'm looking forward to through hiking the Continental Divide Trail this year.


Greetings from the Natural State (Arkansas)! 2020 AT thru-hiker turned 2021 AT NOBO thru-hiker! Starting April 10. Trail name yet to be determined.

Wandering Geo

My name is Casey and in 2021 I'm going to be doing something I never thought I'd get the chance to do. I'm going to attempt to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. The timing is perfect for me to do this because I don't own a home, have a relationship. I don't really have anything keeping me here in Michigan and will have no problems being away from home for six months. My goal with hiking this trail is to figure out exactly what I want to do in life and where I want to go. I need to figure out how I can make backpacking my life because it is the one thing that keeps me grounded and my one true passion. I feel very lost in life and I can't wait to discover myself on this journey.

Wes Laudeman

My name is Wes. I write and I hike. I also do other stuff but I'm not as good at those things. I'm going to be a teacher once I'm done with this crazy 2,200 mile walk thing. I also like dogs but then again who doesn't? Check out my personal website at

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    DSNN real hikers : Jun 26th

    the world has come full circle.
    A#holes are even apparently through hikers now. A#holes are everywhere bust surprised to seem the on the AT.
    We had a simple But big back pack into ethan pond this weekend. Big because we brought everything for an easy trip and can sort through what gear we haven’t used since last year, what is useless, what is usefull, etc for bigger hikes over the summer. A smart thing to do before an important backpack.
    One of the kids, (everyone carrying big packs including seasoned 13 year olds., and NOT beginners by any stretch) got sick, so we stopped at Zealand hut.
    We were laughed at by a group going through (supposedly) from Georgia and, oooh, new jersey).

    Don’t judge anyone by what they are wearing or carrying every time.
    Mass#holes are everywhere, and being new hapmshire natives, we are used to inexperienced tourists.

    But I expected better from Thru-hikers.
    I am guessing many claim to be but are not.

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