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.

Want to be a Trek Blogger?  You can: apply here

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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Allison Olson

I'm Allison, I like long walks on the beach when it's raining, so I think I'll like a long walk in the woods while it's raining. Tree cover, am I right? I'm a New Englander, gone Virginian, currently calling the AT my home (try explaining that to strangers). I like to hike, climb, ski, read, do yoga and run marathons really slow to raise money for charity. When I'm not outdoors, you can find me snuggling my rescue pup and binge watching tv shows and documentaries (instant gratification is my worst enemy and leads to sleepless nights). Follow my journey SOBO on the AT.

Allison Perrine

My name is Allison and I'm always looking for the next big adventure. I am a traveling nurse who loves backpacking, cycling, fly fishing, weight lifting, and rock climbing. I love spending time with my partner Rachael and our fur-baby sprout. This is where you can follow along my thru-hike of the PCT in 2020.


From Hawai‘i to the Appalachian Trail, starting February 2020. It’s a journey that began when I traded climbing the corporate ladder for climbing mountains. My greatest a-ha’s come from uncovering my limiting beliefs and exploring the world. I’m interested in the infinite possibility of potential - alone, and as part of a couple, hiking together.

Andrea Vaughan

Starting my 2020 AT flip-flop hike in May. North Carolina native, still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Always asking, 'what comes next?' The AT is a great way to find out.


Living my best life with a dead mans child and a hole in my heart. I am Angela. I am a widowed mother of three, and a pediatric nurse. I am a novice hiker. I have found peace in the woods since my husbands death. It’s the only place in the world now where I feel like I belong. I’m beyond excited to venture out and thru-hike the AT. I am a survivor. I am lost. I’m hoping to heal and find myself again. I want to show the world that there’s power in grief, and even when life is painful there’s still so much beauty in the world.

Anna Kulinski

Dirtbag mountain girl from Maine headed to Georgia in March to walk home. I'm a recent college grad and outdoor instructor obsessed with rock climbing, alpine skiing, and of course, backpacking! There's a good chance I'll shower more on the trail than I do in real life.


I'm Becca, a former high school English teacher and cross country/track coach. I enjoy a lot of things, but my absolute favorites include running, reading, writing, and hiking. Don't even get me started on the definite existence of Sasquatch, the endless beauty of Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or how to judge donuts.

Becca Mickley

A quirky, West Texas native with wandering and writing in her blood, watch me juggle both as I hike the PCT beginning March 20th, 2020.


I just graduated high school in Kennebunk, Maine. I love anything outdoors including running, hiking climbing, and everything else! AT thru-hike starting on March 1st and maybe more trails to come!


I'm a square peg, a wanderer, a gypsy, and a hippie massage therapist. I've spent my life failing at fitting into what the world calls normal. I don't like to stay in the same place for too long, material possessions feel like weights dragging me down. I want to explore, see new places and meet new people. I believe in being kind to others. Treating others the way I want to be treated. "We aren't all going through the sane thing, but we are all going through something" I'm a novice hiker with most of my experience scrambling the deserts and canyons of the Las Vegas valley. I dream of a triple crown by my 50th birthday in 2025!

Bob Taylor

Older, wiser, cat-hoarding, tree-hugging, hippie vegetarian. Originally from Montana, currently trapped in the searing hell of central Texas. PCT- maybe next year. IG/YT: FunkyScribe

Boni Salmerón

A Baltimore-based Appalachian Trail 2020 thru-hiker, catch me bundled all the way up in March. Public Health researcher, washed up college athlete. Only here to fuel my summer sausage addiction.


Avid hiker and runner

Bryce Maki

Hey there! I'm Bryce, a dude just trying to crack a few smiles. I prefer to stay stoked on the little things and promote positivity. My preferred methods of wasting time revolve around surfing, hiking, reading, cooking, thrifting, and wandering. Follow along as I stumble my way NOBO on the PCT! I hope you find it to be authentic and interesting. As always, keep it groovy and grab a smoothie!

Caleb Bess

Caleb's the name, 2,193 mile jaunts in the woods is my game. Hopefully. Follow along if you want to see this Missouri boy attempt to walk from Georgia to Maine celebrating his quarter-life crisis.

Cari Pattison

a.k.a. "Sprout." I can't wait to return to the Appalachian Trail this summer in hopes of completing my 2019 northbound thru-hike. Before a trail-ending injury around the 1300-mile mark (thanks, Jersey!), I loved nearly every minute of the long journey north- even the 5-inch spider who camped out in my shoe in the Shenandoahs. I'm a minister by trade, and the intervening months have found me working at a monastery, outdoor outfitter, and yoga studio, as well as preaching in various churches. Making a new home in the Hudson Valley (NY) has been a dream come true, and finishing the AT will make it two. Thanks for following along!

Chad Lubinski

I'm a Wisconsin native living in the Pacific Northwest! After completing a 240 PCT section hike in 2019, I became completely obsessed with long distance hiking, which ultimately lead to a 2020 NOBO JMT Thru Hike!! I'm also bald. PCT 2021? Instagram: @chadahooche_ Website:

Dee - OneSpeed

Hi, I'm Dee (aka. OneSpeed). My husband and I are blissfully retired from California State Parks, where we spent the bulk of our careers at the beach. We have, for all practical purposes, traded in our swim fins and surfboards for backpacks and trekking poles. Since successfully completing the PCT in 2014, the draw for thru-hiking has not waned. And frankly, it's about damn time for another thru-hike. Bear in mind that Mother Nature and Mr. Murphy (of "Murphy's Law") tend to accompany us regularly, so we're accustomed to a bit of misadventure...from time to time. Join us as we travel along this adventure smorgasbord, that is the CDT, as we live our motto: "You can Wonder all your want, or you can Wander and find out."


Bruce "Dudley" Watts ... GOES CAMPING, take photos, laughs, get stinky, GOES HOME, scrubs off dirt, make videos, write stories ... REPEATS :) ... it's a good life! Dudley will be VLOGGING his 2020 AT adventure on THE TREK Youtube channel and is the creator of

Emily and Parkes

We have never been very good at listening to society. They told us we were too young to get married, but we did it anyways. We were told to get good paying jobs, buy a house, have kids, and work hard to get that promotion. So we got an education, we got that job, we bought that house, and realized there is so much more to life, and so much more to the definition of "success". So we are quitting our jobs, selling our house, and leaving it all to hike the PCT together, as husband and wife. We got tired of being inspired by others, it's time to be our own inspiration.

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!

Geri Rosenberg

I'm Geri. I bike, I make maps, and I prefer to spend my days embracing nature and eating popcorn. I like my sweets with a savory kick and my beer as sour as possible. I'm a transportation planner in DC, although rock scrambling is my true favorite form of transportation. I'm jumping into the new decade by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020 with my sister. I've got ultralight-lite dreams with expectations of comfort.

Hayden "LLC" Cox

This is Hayden, a.k.a. "LLC." I hiked from Amicalola through the Smokies on the AT in 2020 #coronavirus. Other than long walks through the woods, I enjoy books, pour-over coffee, and red ales. My special abilities include dancing to Selena Gomez, parallel parking, and having lots of opinions. This fall, I'll be attending law school at an undetermined location. You can reach me at

Jack and Elise

Wildlife rehabilitator and man's best hiking partner looking to walk over 2,000 miles. Jack (dog) and Elise headed NOBO on the AT late February 2020.

Jacob Myers

Apple+at+chin born and raised. I probably didn't hike the AT in 2020, but hopefully I didn't die from the 'Roner virus either

Jacob Payne

Hi guys, my name is Jacob and I'm a physiotherapist from Australia. I'll be trading the sun, surf and sand for 5 months on the Appalachian Training heading SOBO in 2020. I've been drawn to outdoors from a young age and have always toyed with the idea of pushing my limits on a Thru-hike. I've trekked around Australia and South America and I'm excited to tackle my next massive adventure on the AT. Make sure you say G'day if you see me out there!

Jeff Podmayer

Hey! I'm Jeff. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now I currently live in California and work for Outward Bound as a field Instructor. I am always looking for ways to grow and challenge myself whether inside or out. When I am not working or moving around outside I love to drink coffee, spend time with friends, and eat good food. I am attempting a thru hike of the Oregon Desert Trail and Continental Divide Trail this coming 2020 with my partner Carolyn. We both have completed other thru hikes such as the Sierra High Route, Southern Sierra High Route, Low 2 High Route, and the Te Araroa in New Zealand.

Kaitlin Musser

A former bunhead ballerina turned skoolie dwelling mountain woman. After eleven years being the mom to 34 children in foster care and at risk homes I have decided to trek the PCT solo. I am going to just take a walk and hopefully not die.

Kayla Bold

My name is Kayla, I am 25 years young and I’m thru-hiking the AT in 2020. I've suffered from depression since I was in middle school. Writing and the great outdoors have become the best ways for me to feel better and get some relief. I have 2 German Shepherd dogs, Willow and Kenai (Kenai is actually my parents but I call him mine sometimes). I work as a hostess and food runner at a restaurant. I love chocolate ice cream and thin mints (I keep a couple boxes in my freezer to snack on throughout the year, don't judge).

Kelly Hodgkins

Jambo!Jambo! I am an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker who is braving the 2,193 miles with my six kids in tow. Starting in Georgia in the lovely month of April (now 2021), we are walking back to our home state of Maine. When I am not hiking, you can find me skiing, running and exploring the mountains of NH and Maine.

Kelly McDonald

I’m Kelly, an IT consultant hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a youth, my fondest memories were of camping, hiking and backpacking in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Thirty years later (my god has it been that long), I still vividly recall the first time I climbed the head-wall into Three Isle Lake and boiling up hot dogs on the top of Heart Mountain. As a father of two, I try to get out into the wilderness as often as I can, passing a spirit of outdoor adventure onto my kids. Over the past few years I’ve had a blast exploring the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming, and Petain Basin in British Columbia. As a board member of the Outdoor Council of Canada, I strongly believe that everyone should have access to high quality outdoor experiences. For 2020 I’ve set my sights on a NOBO of the Great Divide Trail, 700 rugged miles traversing the Canadian Rockies from the Montana border to north of Jasper. Looking forward to sharing my adventure with everyone. I can also be found at

Kevin Neft

Out here living life to the fullest. Trying to see everything this beautiful world has to offer one step at a time. From Northern California, but currently in New Zealand training for my PCT NOBO 2020 journey.


I live in the Boulder, CO area where I enjoy hiking on our many Open Space trails. I live with my husband of 31 + years in a too empty nest, since our daughters have flown the coop. One is studying fashion design and living the good life in Southern California and the other is attending Medical school in Philadelphia. I work PRN as an Ultrasound Tech which leaves me plenty of time to pursue my passions of traveling and enjoying nature - especially wildlife sightings. I will be going NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in 2020. I hope to ‘celebrate’ my sixtieth birthday somewhere along the trail in late June. See you in the woods!

Kristopher McDill

Sup y’all!! My name is Kristopher McDill. I am a 36-year-old geography/history teacher. I, along with my wife Kaci, will be attempting a SOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2020. Experiencing the outdoors and helping to educate others are my passions. Follow me and get lost in my adventurous pursuit of life, laughter, and positive vibes.

Lance Goehring

Born and raised in the land of no hills, Iowa, I moved to Arizona and fell in love with the mountains. My name is Lance and I have had my own computer repair business for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, my every spare moment has been spent on trails and in the national parks of the west, soaking it all in and taking pictures. I figured age 50 is as good as time as any to call an audible and do the unexpected, hike the PCT NOBO in 2020. So, when you see a jolly dude with a white beard in Washington next year, it's not Christmas come early, but just me with a generous growth of trail whiskers.

Lily Matilda

I will be joining the Appalachian Trail class of 2020! I am an aspiring thru-hiker, as well as a minimalist and aspiring Skoolie dweller! I run a small arts related website with a few of my friends, because art and community are essentials in my life. I'm also a native Mainah (that's how it's really spelled), so anyone going NOBO can just follow me home!

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Luke Howard

I come from a big, mixed family, which has been pivotal in developing a sense of closeness with those around me. It also plays a role in my ever-changing definition of the word "family" and the individuals I include in it. Growing up, I wanted to become a Renaissance Man - to be well rounded in my interests of art, literature, sport and social interaction. I love reading (especially sci-fi and fantasy series), and I have a great respect for the written word and the power it can carry. I've been a runner, a wrestler, an editor, a tutor, and most importantly a listener. I find the best way to connect with a person is to simply listen to them. I've had three jobs since graduating with a college degree - none of which have related to that degree - and I think I'm well on my way to becoming that Renaissance Man I always envisioned. Now I'm taking time away from my career path to hike the Appalachian Trail as part of the 2020 NOBO class, and continue to develop my personal philosophy.

Mags on the Trail

Unintentionally in my 50's, soon to be intentionally on the AT. I'll be a NOBO flip-flopper, departing from Harper's Ferry in April 2020. I'm a lapsed backpacker, having done the Grand Canyon, RMNP, and Saguaro National Desert - a decade ago. Looking forward to leaving the flatlands of mid-America behind and rediscovering the trail. I have a supportive hubby who has agreed to get by without my wit and charm for several months. I'd say get by without my cooking and cleaning as well - but let's be honest, I wasn't doing that anyway.


I'm a sport and exercise science professor at Benedictine University outside of Chicago. My love of nature really began in high school and college as an avid cross-country runner training in Wild Life Refuges or State Parks. I fell in love with the Appalachians when I lived in Virginia, and romanticized the idea of Thru-Hiking the AT while running or hiking in SNP. I lived in Colorado during my doctoral work, and taught college courses including some on hiking and took students to RMNP for class. During grad school, I struggled with staying active and gained a lot of weight. I've set the goal of Thru-Hiking the AT in 2020 to motivate myself to take my life back from stress and inactivity. This blog shares my journey from training and preparation to my hopeful summitting of Mount Katahdin.

Meredith Mitchell

Hey you guys! Crunchy gardener from the Philadelphia area and aspiring hiker trash here. Embarking on an AT NOBO thru-hike in search of cool plants in pursuit of conservation. When not in the garden or botanizing on the trail, I can be found chugging coffee, dancing at a concert, practicing yoga, or eating tacos on a farm.


The Colorado Trail 2018 was the gateway drug. The Great Divide Trail 2019 changed my definition of "trail." Now I'm off creating my own long distance hiking adventure in the Alps and Dolomites for 2020. When I'm not hiking myself into homelessness, I live in Durango, Colorado with my two awesome dogos. We enjoy hiking, running, and skiing in the San Juans around work and school.

Reanna Leisure

Hi! My name's Reanna. I grew up in a small eastern Kentucky town, but currently live in St. Louis, MO. Flannel shirts, weird flavored Pop Tarts, and jamming to Coldplay songs are some of my favorite things on earth along with my dog Honey. I'll be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020 and can't wait to share my experience!

Richard Humphreys

Originally from the UK, I've lived in the USA for almost twenty years. Most of my hiking has been done in the western states of the US, but I've also hiked in Scotland, Canada and New Zealand. Fun-fact: I named my left quad "brute-force" and my right quad "ignorance".

Risa Fruchter

Hi! My names Risa. I'm an Israeli-American who always has her feet on one side of the globe and her heart on the other. I am an educator, a former combat soldier and a world traveler (trying to reach 30 countries by 30!). This May, I will be hiking over 2,000 miles on the AT with my dogs Kimbo and Sadie. My husband's still not sure when he agreed to this hike but promises to visit us on the trail with beer and dog treats! My first trail name was 'Dill'- think it will stick?

Sandra Visentin

My name is Sandra, I'm from Paris and I don't enjoy being a city girl anymore (did I ever?). After spending a lot of time sitting behind a computer screen, I traded my corporate job for a long walk far from home. My main concern is now to have enough french cheese for the next 6 months on the Appalachian Trail.

Sarah Lesiecki

Hi there! My name is Sarah but I'm better known as Lil Bear on the trail. I'm 29 years old and grew up an Illinois suburb kid, but have been residing in the city of Chicago for the past five years. I'm a flight attendant as my full time job, and I play in the Chicago Bears Drum Line on the side. I spent a chunk of time hiking the AT this past summer, as I completed about 680 miles of the trail while going back home every few weeks to keep up with my jobs. I'm gearing up for this summer, doing things a little differently this time around, and am excited to be able to share this crazy journey with you as I plan to spend another summer finishing the trail!


Graduating college with a BS in public health May 2020. Aspiring van lifer. I like trees better than people.


The mountains are calling me everyday and in 2020 I will return. I’ve been hiking all of my life and backpacking since I was 23. I have 2,000 miles of experience, mostly from a long distance AT hike last summer. I’m not a gear head and just prefer what works for me. I’d rather be penniless and on the trail then unhealthy off of it. See you on the trail, in the woods, and on top of a mountain next summer. I’ll be the one with the knee brace on my left knee!

Shannon Quadres

Hi! I'm Shannon! I'm a 35 year old former teacher from the lone star state, wife and most importantly, a mother to three dragon girls. I'm a plus-size, novice hiker attempting a NOBO thru-hike on the PCT 2020! When I'm not obsessing over this exciting opportunity, I can be located anywhere pizza can be found. Other facts: I have a white lab named Zeus, and I am addicted to office supplies. IG: @fireroamingwild

Shannon Ryker

I’m a Pacific Northwest Native recently transplanted to Nashville TN. I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the years a few of those are aerospace mechanic, travel agent, union activist, ballroom dancer and in April 2020 I will begin a new chapter as PCT long distance hiker (we will hopefully add the THRU part later). I grew up in the PNW camping and appreciating the outdoors. I have always felt connected to nature. Unfortunately, for many years I was disconnected from it and suffered physically and emotionally as a result. I discovered hiking again several years ago and started taking frequent day hikes in the Cascades near my home. Those hikes reignited my passion for nature and hiking. I am looking forward to sharing my experience with friends, family and the trail community!

Stef "Blaze" Bolivar

Hola! I'm Stef! I'm a Certified Surgical Technologist hailing from Portland, Maine. I enjoy anything that has to do with getting outside. I'm an avid 4-season hiker, yogi, trail-runner, climber, snowboarder, SUP-er and cat mom. I'm an aspiring thru-hiker, ultra marathoner, vanlifer and dog mom. Currently hiking the PCT NOBO!

Stephanie Grace

I'm Stephanie, a mid-career Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker. I grew up on the Appalachian Trail, equal parts fascinated and scared of the weird and smelly people who passed through my tiny western Maryland hometown every summer. Now, here I am, excited to be part of the weird and smelly PCT Class of 2020. Ten-year-old me would be, like, so totally grossed out.

Sunney Mahalak

On the Appalachian Trail (SOBO ’19) I was known as “Swan Dive.” I am about to take yet another Swan Dive and jump into the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand! As a small town Michigander I am excited for this opportunity to hike the entire length of NZ by myself! Bring on the sunshine, the sand, and all of the bushwhacking and river crossings you can imagine. NEW ZEALAND here I come!!


The Appalachian Trail may last forever, but I won't. The clock is ticking and this is the year for me to make the trip from England to try those five million steps from Georgia to Maine, because if I never try I'll never succeed. So it's now or never. Good luck to the Class of 2020. We'll need it.


I have always enjoyed the outdoors but hiking and backpacking is a relatively new to my 40 something years. I got my first taste of hiking doing a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children's Cancer and I was hooked. Luckily I have also infected my husband who is embarking on this journey with me. I hope you enjoy following along on as I prepare for and embark on the experience of a lifetime.

Will Harmon

My name is Will. I work as an outdoor educator during the school year and try to fill my summers with running and hiking adventures. In 2020, I plan to thru-hike the Colorado Trail as my first long trail. Between my runs and hikes, I like spending my time eating freshly baked goods, listening to good music, and writing.

Zach Terpstra

Just another young man attempting an extended walk. I've been captivated by nature since my early childhood, and this fascination has blossomed into interesting experiences over the years and various adventures. Fresh out of college, I'll be striving for a Calendar Year Triple Crown starting NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in early February!


Aidan Tierney

Coming to a Trail Town near your soon! My name is Aidan, I'm a 29 year old (30 during my thru-hike - Birthday Cakes will be graciously accepted), British guy from a town called Abingdon, who can't think of any better way to spend up to 6 months than sore, wet, tired, and taking in some incredible nature. Spanish enthusiast - 'Nos podía haber matado. O peor, expulsado.' Vegan - There're fruit trees on the trail, right? Free Spirit - I have a tattoo, and do yoga and stuff.


I am choosing to define myself by the adventures I take. For a long time I defined myself by my career and I was not at all balanced. I decided to take a step away and hike Appalachian Trail. I hiked it, returned to my career, quit again, and now am preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm not sure where life is headed at this point in time, so let's go for another walk?

Alexandria Cantrell

Hi! My name is Alexandria. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I now live in the grand adventure state of Utah! I love to snowboard and rockclimb, but my first and greatest love is long distance backpacking. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016, and the Colorado Trail in 2018. I will be setting out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in May of 2019. Happy trails!


Greetings! I'm Alexia and a flip-flop AT thru-hiker. Originally from in and around Philly, I am a travel surgical tech/endo tech, oenophile (I know wine stuff), and master of nothing but pretty good at lots. I'm situationally funny and terrible at telling jokes... well unless you like to hear the punchline first or not at all. Hoping to bring a unique perspective or at least entertain you for a moment. Catch you on the flippity flip.

Alicia Pacalo

Hiker, vanlifer, mountain girl, wanderer, minimalist, wife - Midwestern hospitality with a western mentality - I love carbs and cheeeeese

Allie Leonard

I'm Allie. Born and raised in NJ, but spent some time in CO for work and play. I'm a molecular biologist turned TV production manager. I traded in my pipettes for a walkie. Now, I'm trading in my walkie for trekking poles. AT bound, 2019 🏔 Always on the look out for shooting stars and pizza.

Amelia Downs

Hi! I'm Amelia, aka "Tofu". While hiking I like imitating pika noises, listening to Harry Potter (Jim Dale version only), and not showering for obscene amounts of time. I hiked the PCT NOBO in 2017 and attempted the JMT in 2018, but fires and giardia were against me. This summer I am going to attempt the Sierra High Route. Can't wait to share how lost I get and what I do when no other hikers are around. Instagram: there.tofu.goes


Hi! I am Angelica, I go by Munchie. I am from New Hampshire, and I am a travel bug! I have lived in ME, NY, CO, drove across the country three times and even got to Alaska for a few days after driving there from Oregon! I am an avid plant enthusiast, and anything to do with the outdoors. Comedy should be my middle name, as I am a super goof! I am social and love to dance randomly. I have a rat terrier/pitbull pup, Sugaree, she is 32 pounds of cuteness! We hope to entertain you and enlighten you while were on the trail.

Angelina Petrozza

My name is Angel. My boyfriend, J.J. and I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting March 2019! When we're not hiking/camping, we love to travel to new places and try out new foods! I am a fan of art and culture while J.J. is a musician and enjoys learning about History.

Austin Kindig

My name is Austin! I am a Thru-hiker hiking the PCT in 2019. I live in Tacoma, Washington. I spend my free time hiking, whitewater kayaking, and playing with my cat Simon. Thanks for following me on my adventure!

Benjamin Martin

Hi! My Name is Ben. I'm an artist in every sense of the word. I've got a nomadic soul and an insatiable wanderlust. I'm a dreamer and a lover and I believe that humans might still have a chance. Just barely though. I'm hiking the Pacific Crest Trail this year with the hopes of spreading Leave No Trace principles from the wilderness back to the Concrete Jungle. Lets help each other make a difference!

Blaine Hoppenrath

I left my job working on the railroad (all the live long day) to hit the PCT as part of the Class of 2019, because what better what to celebrate my dirty thirty? And then, I couldn't get enough of the hiker trash life, so it's the Arizona Trail or bust.

Brandon Riesenbeck

In 2017, I blew up all of my bridges and moved to Yellowstone National Park. Beautiful life-altering chaos ensued, and I quickly found the perspective I had been searching for. I hike to keep that perspective.

Brendan Clarke

New Zealander living in Austria. Have caught the hiking bug, and attempting the Nordalpenweg, a 600mile (approx) hike the length of Austria in July. And, further on, the PCT in 2020. Looking forward to seeing what this through hiking business is all about!

Bryan Walsh

My name is Bryan. For the past three years, I’ve been on a journey self discovery that has taken me to and through some wild places. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016 and the Appalachian Trail in 2017. In 2018 I hiked about 1000 miles of the CDT before deciding to discontinue that trail. Now I'm gearing up to take the CDT on again in 2019. The Trails have become such an integral part of my self where there is an off Trail self and an on Trail self that are distinct and my intention with this Trail and this blog is to consolidate those two selves. So thanks for checking out my journey! Hope the pictures will be pretty at least

Camilla Krag Jensen

Hi! I'm Camilla. I like ramen noodles, cute animal videos on YouTube, and taking really long walks. I'll be going NOBO on the AT in 2019. I'm a web developer living in Copenhagen, Denmark and I am not a viking.

Caroline "Earthcake"

I am Caroline aka "Earthcake". I received my trailname during my thruhike of the PCT in 2016. Ever since I have completed multiple shorter thruhikes including the TZT, JMT, CT, and R2R2R. I attempt to thruhike the CDT during the upcoming season in 2019. My favorite food on trail: Skittles! #skittlesforlife

Cassidy Camp

Cassidy "Borderline" Camp is a 23 year-old animal lover, outdoor enthusiast, and at-risk youth advocate who hiked the AT SOBO in 2019 to raise awareness of mental health. She has struggled with mental health issues since her early teens and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2017. She strives to help destigmatize mental illness and inspire those who struggle to get outside and follow their dreams.

Cecelia Taylor

I am thru-hiking the PCT! I am my truest self through art. I found many outlets that give me my breath, but the first one to touch my soul was dance. Dance influences every single thing I do. I speak through my movement. In college I discovered photography. Looking through the eye of a camera and framing your perspective creates a whole new world. Photography allows for further exploration. Even though both those platforms don't use words per se, I do enjoy writing. I have always been a writer, but never shared it with the world. It is time...

Chad Sanborn

HI! I am Chad and I make my living in the entertainment world. I perform onstage as a Magician, and I have also acted in a few movies and TV shows. For the last few years i have been working on a show called The Carbonaro Effect as a magic consultant. Working in entertainment allows me to take long breaks and this year... I am thru-hiking the AT!! Join me won't you?

Charlotte Huebner

Hi! I’m Charlotte, a Canadian who is attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2019. Seemingly I like to be in pain because I love long distance hiking and ultrarunning. I have thru-hiked the Long Trail and the East Coast Trail, and run up to 80miles in one go, but I still think the AT will be my hardest challenge yet. I’m a quirky avocado lover who loves to laugh.

Christina Platt

Hey! I'm Christina, trail name Plattypus. I just graduated from Penn State in May and am hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness for the opioid epidemic in memory of my friend Devon. Learn more at

Christopher Johnson

Hiker trash rescued by a rescue dog. I really like long walks with my dog, mayo on everything, and will be southbound thru hiking the AT this year.

Christy Fairlie

Hi Hi, I'm Christy, class of the 2019 NOBO hikers. Seattle is currently my home base but I’ll always be an east coast girl at heart, so hiking the AT is a little like going home - if home were a spot in the woods with no indoor plumbing, cooking on a single burner stove and playing in the dirt - yep, that sounds about right.

Dave Mizelle

Hi gang! I'm Dave, an aspiring AT thru-hiker in '19. I am a huge fan of cats (no, I am not taking mine on the trail with me, although a cat in a shelter could be hilarious), photography, punk rock, craft beer, the woods, and long walks (into said woods). I hope you enjoy following along as I make my way North!


Hi everyone! I'm David and this April I am setting off on a NOBO thru hike of the AT. I am from beautiful Charlottesville Virginia, right in the backyard of Shenandoah National Park. When I am not outside seeking some adventure, I can be found working the friendly sky's as flight paramedic on a medical helicopter. Fun fact about me; my pancreas doesn't make insulin and we have a love/ hate relationship, however I have a great insulin pump and glucose monitor that pick up the slack. I am looking forward to sharing my thru hike adventure with y'all (hows that for a southern transplant). So come follow along as I walk through the woods and write about life on the trail, thru hiking with diabetes and occasionally reassuring my mother that I am alive and well.


Hola! My name’s Heather (Trail name ‘Daya’) and I’m a sweet and sassy blend of global traveling yoga teacher meets Hiker Trash. I’ve hiked mucho miles in Nepal, India, Morocco, SE Asia, Central/ South America, and Europe. I’ve also probably eaten just as much ice cream as I’ve walked miles. I thru-hiked the AT in 2016 and I’m stoked to be hiking the PCT this year! Read more about me and my writing at:


Hiker. Trail runner. Rock climber. Cyclist. SCUBA too. Anything to keep me outdoors. Most of my life I have lived within a short drive of the AT in Virginia while the other part was in Utah skiing and going to school. A thru-hike of the AT has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember. After a near fatal accident on my bicycle this past summer, I realized if I wait any longer I might not ever get on the trail. My love for adventure has led me on many journeys to the top of mountains and places far below. Now its time to take a walk and see where this trail leads me.


Hi, my name is Deserrae and I will be attempting to thru hike the Appalachian Trail NOBO in 2019. I will be graduating this spring from The Ohio State University and hitting the trail as soon as I possibly can. Until then you can find me reading, preparing for the journey, and enjoying my last few months in Columbus. I hope you enjoy following along my journey here.

Devin Everett

Hi there! I’m Devin “Jukebox” Everett and I am stoked to share bits of my journey with you here. In September 2017, I left my corporate job of three and a half years to follow my dreams of exploring the world. I spent the first three months in SE Asia and the following three in Colorado, hanging out with four of my siblings, rock climbing and hiking. In April 2018, I flew down to Georgia with two friends and we started north along the Appalachian Trail. On August 31st, I completed my first thru-hike and it is safe to say that I have absolutely caught the bug. Which brings me to my 2019 plans of hiking the PCT alongside some of my favorite humans that I met on the AT and then traveling to New Zealand for an extended stay. In the meantime, I am living in Pennsylvania walking everyone’s dogs, working at a health food store and teaching yoga all to save up for the adventures ahead.

Diana Corzine

My name is Diana and I’m a SOBO thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. My approach to the trail is pretty much my approach to life: I don’t know what I’m doing, so I might as well embrace the adventure.

Dosu 💀 Kinuta

I am that person people ask for reassurance from when their friends and family tell them not to. I will preach on about how we are humans, not bees or ants, so we shouldn't spend our lives collecting money for the monarchy. If you feel unfulfilled by the things that society has conditioned mankind to believe will make them happy then you are of my tribe. I will encourage you to quit your job and to die with memories not dreams. I will demonstrate that it's possible if you want it enough, and show you what your life can be if you have the desire. . I want to hear from you so DM me rather than comment as it's not easy to find and approve comments so I might never see it. :(

Easily Forgotten

My wife, Bunny Tracks, and I quit our jobs, sold everything including the house and cars and started hiking—that was 2 years ago when we got married. Stated another way, we are mid 50s, unemployed, and homeless. You can follow a daily account of our hikes at

Elena Alves

Hi friends! My Name is Elena and I am attempting a NOBO thru hike of the Appalachian Trail come April 2019. While I have only spent a whopping total of 2 nights out in the woods before, I look forward to taking every step between Georgia and Maine. I hope you will come along for the ride!

Elysha Dyer

Hey! My name is Elysha aka Yard Sale. I come from the great state of Maine. I have thru hiked the AT (2015) and the PCT (2017). Winter is my favorite season, I like to make latte art, I love the ocean, and I think hiking is alright.

Emily S.

Hi I'm Emily! I'm a very novice backpacker, attempting to tackle the AT, NOBO, starting in March 2019. Until then, I work as a lawyer at a big firm in NYC. I landed in the city-that-never-sleeps-outside almost 7 years ago after college in VA, and before that I did my growing up in NC. I enjoy food, wine, friends, car camping, yoga, and debating the Big Questions. Wish me luck!


Emma is an army veteran, a mechatronic engineer by trade, and an adventurer at heart. She grew up in the Swedish mountains, and somewhere in between chasing reindeer for photographs and her parents bribing her with chocolate to ski another mile, mountain life became a part of her. She played every sport she could fit into her schedule, and eventually came to compete in cross-country skiing and adventure racing. All grown up (questionable), she still chases endorphins every chance she gets, and also takes an interest in self-development, group dynamics and leadership. In 2019, she'll attempt a NOBO thru-hike of the CDT.

Hungry Cat

My name is Kevin, but you can call me by my trail name, Hungry Cat. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018 and, like Britney, oops I'm doing it again with the CDT this year. Amongst other things, I keep a blog at because I like writing and making videos about travel and hiking. I consider myself well versed in getting lost, eating food buried in dirt on the trail, and in playing out mid-life-crises across multiple countries. In addition to hiking, I like to travel off the beaten path and just recently returned from trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, and New Zealand. Life is for adventuring!

Isaac Nesbitt

Attempting a NOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2019. Born and raised in South Carolina. Three years after graduating with an engineering degree, it is time to put the career on hold and chase a dream. I promise to be honest, attempt to be funny, bring up fishing more than once, and hopefully pet some dogs along the way.

Jack Paulk

Some call me Judge. I'm a 2019 Appalachian Trail thru-hike hopeful headed northbound. Coincidentally I currently work for a small outfitter known as REI. Follow me on Youtube here:

Jacob Woods

My name is Jacob Woods and I once had a marmot hug my leg on the top of a mountain. I'm a 21 year old graphic design student who will be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019 NOBO.

Jesse Koklas

Late 20-something attempting to thru-hike the PCT going Northbound. Union organizer, rugby player, sourdough bread lover. Looking for adventure and peace in the wilderness.

Jessica Luty

My name is Jess. I hail from Florida. I'm a chronic nose picker. I don’t like using soap. 3 cats call me mom. Sometimes I read books. I like all things peanut butter. I have a shy exterior and I think I might suffer from resting bitch face. I have a knack for being too honest and sharing more information than is necessary. I’m also a bit random at times. The main reason I am hiking the Appalachian Trail is because it’s a good excuse to not have to shave my legs for 6 months. Okay, maybe that part is not true but it’s certainly a perk! I caught the hiking bug back in 2015 and shortly thereafter began section hiking the AT. Every time I leave the trail it calls me back again. It recently occurred to me that I spent the better part of my 20s in a cubical and that I have not lived the way my soul yearns to. This year I turned 30 and I decided to give myself the gift of the ultimate adventure. It all starts with my flip-flop thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join me as I wonder into the woods.

John Mecklin

My name is John and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. I love travel and meeting new people. I got kicked out of my 8th grade spelling bee during the practice round for misspelling the word "dangerous". I broke my ankle after falling off of a bunk bed. I have tinnitus and my ears turn red when I get nervous, these are unrelated. If you're thinking to yourself, "John is getting a little too personal for the biographical portion of a wordpress account.", you should see me on job interviews and tinder dates.

Jonathan Culp

video game developer, reluctant transcendentalist, and all around walking contradiction.

Julia Sheehan

My name is Julia. I an outdoorsy girl who loves animals, photography and sleeping. Why does this feel oddly like a dating profile?

Julie Velasquez

Hi! I'm Julie :-). I fell in love with hiking at a very young age and have been wanting to thru-hike for what seems like forever. Well, I've finally decided 2019 is my year! I'm quitting my Physical Therapy job in February and will be venturing off into the Appalachian Mountains shortly thereafter! Woo-hoo!

Justin Sprecher

This summer I’m hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail! While I’ve done countless backpacking trips this will be my first thru hike. I’ve done a lot of random stuff on my spins around the sun: Worked in the mountains of New Zealand, the construction yards of Australia, made & screened films at 20+ festivals in 7 countries, lived in a van, been an organic farmer, roller derby announcer, the list goes on. My main profession is videography & photography, which I’m happy to report (much to the surprise of my parents) I’ve been gainfully employed in for the last 15 years.

Kadi Hirth

I'm Kadi! Headed to Harper's Ferry this April for a NOBO Flip Flop thru-hike of the AT. I used to dream of living in a studio apartment in the city. Now I'm getting ready to head out for a long walk as a way to get a break from the rat race before diving head first into the building of a homestead with my husband (and maybe raising Alpacas in the future, too).

Kali Cecil

Washington State University- Senior graduating May 2019, NOBO Thru PCT- 2019. Just a girl who loves to get lost in adventures. Grew up being outdoors and loved it ever since. Fully embracing my journey one step a time.

Karl Halvorson

Hi, I’m Karl. This April I’m going to start my approximately 2200 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I’ve been dreaming of and planning this journey for a while now and I’m finally going to make it happen. I invite you to follow along.

Kate Hill

Hi, my name is Kate. I'm 22 and currently living in Colorado. I just finished my degree and became a licensed teacher, but don’t plan on teaching for another year. I’d rather take some time off to go back to my hiker trash roots. I grew up in the Eastern Sierras and ended up hiking the JMT in 2017. I got hooked on thru-hiking and since then have been working towards a 2019, solo, NOBO attempt of the PCT.

Kate Richard

Hey! On the AT I was known as Lost & Found, but I'd like to keep better track of my things on the PCT and am hoping for a new trail name. After a demanding 5 years in college I am graduating with my degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida this May! Right after, I fly out to San Diego to start the PCT NOBO. I took a semester off of school to hike the AT in 2017 and have had my sights set on the PCT for 2019 ever since. I'm hoping to learn a lot about myself and what I want in life before I kick start my career when I get back. Will I be one of the few to stop at completing 2/3 of the triple crown trails? Only time will tell.

Katharine “Manhattan” Rudzitis

I am 26 year old born and bred Manhattanite who enjoys exploring and the outdoors. My family used to split our time among the city sites, our grandparents in the Pennsylvania forests, and our grandparents on a Minnesota farm. I grew up wandering around and adventuring, but I found myself spending less and less time outdoors as I grew older, replacing the wild with (equally wonderful) trips to other cities. The Appalachian Trail has been a lifelong goal, and I decided that 2019 would be the year to give it a try. Off the trail, you will find me at great local coffee shops digging deep into a new novel: in 2018, I decided to read 365 books (and start building up my perseverance for the AT). Here's to the friends, adventures, and blisters to come.

Katherine Boy

Hi! I love the outdoors, hiking, skiing, scuba diving - you name it. I just completed my time in the Marine Corps and will begin a new challenge: SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with my pup Arry.

Katherine Brosius

Hi, I'm Katherine! I'm a 30 year old dreamer who got stuck in a career/life rut for a little too long! But never fear, in February of 2019, I'm dropping everything and heading to Georgia in pursuit of my AT thru-hike dream! I rarely know where I'm going but for now, to Maine is all the direction I need! I love to read, write, spend time with my awesome husband, and be outside! Follow my adventure as I take it one step at a time...for like five million steps!

Katy Amphlett

Hi, friends! I’m Katy, a 28-year-old Wisconsinite. I’m a teacher, gear junkie, travel enthusiast,and general adventure seeker. I love spending time outside, playing board games, and eating excessive amount of cheese. In April 2019, I’m setting out to attempt a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Kayla Pedersen

Hey! I'm Kayla, a Bostonian AKA a "Masshole" born and raised. I’m an inpatient bedside nurse while I'm off trail and still a nurse on trail because well, once a nurse you really can't shake it. Backpacking huh? What's that you ask...? Lets find out together.

Kelly Graner

Hey there! My name is Kelly and I love backpacking. From the Camino de Santiago in Spain, to the AT to the New England Trail and so much more, my goal in life is to see as much of the world as possible via walking. Come along with me for the journey!!

Kelsey & Cody

Hey ya’ll! We’re Kelsey and Cody and we are stoked to be hiking the PCT this year.


“Well, come on feet” - Sarah from the 80’s movie The Labyrinth. This is a line that I’m pretty sure I am going to be saying to my feet everyday for the next year as I attempt to hike New Zealands Te Araroa 18/19 and the PCT in 2019. Enjoy the highlights on the Trek or follow me at

Kimberly Ronin Huber

Hi, My name is Kimberly, but I go by Ronin on the trail. I am a 54 yr old female with gypsy heart and incurable case of wanderlust. I am a 2015 PCT Thru-hiker, and 2018 AT section hiker, but currently reside in an A Frame at the base of the White Mountains of NH. Hiking and traveling abroad has taught me to live by two mottos, "Hike your own hike" and "Eadem Mutata Resurgo", or "Although changed, I shall arise the same". I believe humor is an important part of life, and as a Boston native, my second languages are wit and sarcasm. Please enjoy, but as with life, take everything with a light heart. Cheers

Kira Foxfeet Cotter

Yo yo yiggity yo! While in most circles I go by Kira, on trail and in the woods I’m known as Foxfeet. A PA native with a desire to explore and uproot, 2015 saw me attempting a NOBO thru-hike of the AT....That thru-hike turned flip-flop turned long-ass section hike was my first experience with solo camping/backpacking, and though I left the trail, it never left me. Since moving to Maine in fall of 2015, I’ve remained close to the AT, living and working in trail towns (Rangeley/Stratton) and at Sugarloaf. Having found an avid backpacker, gear junkie, and lover of the outdoors in my boyfriend, Garrett, we’ve decided that 2019 is the year for us to attempt a thru-hike together. As we also share an obsessive love of mac n’ cheese, I’m sure we’ll be fine. Follow us on our non-traditional SOBO-NOBO flip-flop of the AT, coming to readers like you mid-April 2019!

Koty Sapp

Koty Sapp is a creative, adventurer, and self-taught photographer. After hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017-2018, Koty set his sights on completing the triple crown of hiking and visiting every National Park in North America.

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!


Korean-Adoptee-American. Student of Geology. Rock Climber. Amateur Mountaineer. Full of Irrational Fears. Also Too Rational. In short, I grew up in Oregon, graduated with a degree in geosciences, and planning to solo thru-hike the PCT, NOBO, in March. I really, really like rocks and there seems to be a lot of them out on the trail.

Lauren Brewer

My name is Lauren, and I am a Georgia native currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky awaiting my future dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound beginning July 6th! I will be accompanied by my best bud and husband, Brian. We both love backpacking and spend as much time as we can outdoors. Besides hiking, we enjoy long runs, great beer, awesome bourbon (thanks Kentucky), and epic adventures. We spent our twenties doing the "grown up" thing. You know, getting careers, buying a house, and paying bills... We're ready to go play in the woods for a while.

Leah King

Hey, I'm Leah! I'm planning on a PCT '19 NOBO thru-hike, but in the meantime I'm enjoying nature's artistry offered by Southern Utah. I'll spend the next few months in the planning stages for my long walk, while exploring the Southwest and trying to create some light within myself. I'm lucky enough to be in the thick of the #savegrandstaircase movement, and I'd love for you to follow along. Dark chocolate is important to me, and if you are what you eat, I am a walking fruit basket.

Lexie Fetzner

My name is Lexie and I'm thru-hiking the AT in 2019. I'm 23 and a recent graduate from the University of West Florida. I love the smell of the outdoors and I like peeing outside so this should be fun.

Lisa Howatt

Hi! Along with my husband/adventure partner, I thru-hiked the PCT in the notoriously challenging 2017 season. Those 5 months of "fire and ice" experience forever molded us and have us always seeking our next adventure. We're now looking towards the Great Divide Trail for 2019, 1130 kilometres of pure Canadian alpine glory. Follow along on our ever continuing journey.

Liz Archibald

Hi I'm Liz. I'm a chemical engineer turned hiker trash, peak bagging addict, and taco snob. I'm from PA but the White Mountains of NH have my heart.

Logan Roark

Hey friends. My imagination is too big for most things I’ve run into so far. I like all things nerdy and dirty. ENTP. Enneagram type 7. I’ll beat you at Harry Potter trivia. I love my cat.

Lucy (Hermione)

Hi, I'm Lucy and I'll be heading NOBO on the AT starting in late March 2019. I've just finished a Masters degree in Chemistry and have decided to go for a little walk before starting my grad job. Coming from England I'd never heard of the AT until I stumbled across it online whilst planning my gap year. From that moment on I knew I had to give it a try! As a backpacking novice the learning curve is going to be steep but I am super excited to get out into the mountains and see what it's all about!

Madeleine Shell

I am 24 and live in Maryville, Tennessee. I have a bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I am also a certified TEFL facilitator via International TEFL Academy. I love to read, everything from Little Women to the Lord of the Rings, and I am well versed in 80s music and film. I also fill my time with painting, writing, photography, singing, and hiking. I am the proud mother of two cats, a leopard gecko, and a schefflera.

Marte Conradi

Hi! I’m Marte. I spend most of my free time lurking around in the Norwegian forests and mountains, and when I’m not outdoors I work as a conservation biologist. I like making lists, I’m a keen photographer, and I’m far too lazy to cook on the trail. I attempted the PNT in 2019. In 2020 I will hike the Arctic Circle Trail (Greenland), and Kungsleden (Sweden), and spend the rest of summer hikertrashing around in the Norwegian mountains.

Matt Robbins

Hi, I'm Matt aka Salty. I've Thru-Hiked the Appalachian Trail NOBO in 2016 and the Pacific Crest Trail SOBO in 2018. I'm a former Infantry Marine who has found sanctity and camaraderie within the hiking community. This year I'll be hiking several smaller trails leading up to the Continental Divide Trail.


Hey! I'm Matt. 2019 is my year. In a celebration of life, I'm leaving a job and a life I love and attempting my first thru-hike on the PCT. I love meeting people, hearing stories, and a good laugh. Sober, gay, and accident prone. If nothing else, this journey is sure to be entertaining for y'all.


Teacher, playwright, and apparently now a PCT thru-hiker.

Megan Wilmarth

I respond to the name Megan and once I step foot on the Appalachian Trail I will become a 2019 section hiker....until I reach Katahdin. Then I will be a thru hiker! I could live off mangos and I enjoy a sending climbs inside and outside

Michael Beierle

Hey-hey, how ya doin? So my name is Michael, I'm 39 years old, and I'll be thru-hiking the AT, SOBO, in 2019...shortly after I turn 40 in May!!! I have been calling Roanoke, VA home for the past decade or so, but I was born and raised in Washington state with a chainsaw in one hand and a NES controller in another hand, and then in my other hand there was a book, and in the other one there was a chef knife, and in the last hand there was a comic book...all that stuff. Yes that's five hands. Lets move on, shall we.

Mike Joyce

My name is Mike Joyce. I am taking on a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting July 2019. Residing in Florida, I'm no stranger to mountains as I've lived all over the US. Over the last 2 years I took on obesity and turned from couch potato to trail runner. By following a ketogenic diet, I've lost enough weight that a fully loaded pack feels surprisingly light. As a bonus, this diet has helped with managing Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes. I intend to maintain the diet during my thru-hike. Join me on my adventure where I hope to share my experience building my meal plan, resupplying medication and food predominately by mail drops, and shining a light on the SOBO AT experience.

Mike Page

Hi! I’m Mike Page, but most of my friends call me Mike. I’m doing a Northbound (NOBO) trek of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring (early March 2019), and it will be my first long distance hike. If all goes well, and to plan (Ha Ha Ha!) on the A.T., I am planning on also doing more thru-hikes soon. I grew up in Kentucky and left shortly after High school for the Army. That career was cut short by a blast injury in Iraq, and after a ridiculous amount of recovery, I’m ready to challenge myself in new and exciting ways. I’ll be blogging about my gear (especially the mistakes I’m sure I’m making in my choices), my journey, and what I’m sure will be a LOT of “What doesn’t kill you” moments.

Mitch Baertlein

Hey there! I'm Mitch, and come May 2019 I'll be heading NOBO on the PCT. This will be my first thru-hike attempt, but I've been doing short sections of the trail in Oregon with my mom for a couple of years. I've been in the solar industry since I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering, so I figured it's time to soak up a little sun myself in the great outdoors.

Parker Semin

Hey guys! I grew up in Colorado and did my 4 years away at college before getting back to CO as quickly as possible. I grew up doing your average family outdoor activities (camping, hiking, etc) and slowly got more into mountaineering towards the end of high school. My freshman year at Williams College I went on a 4 night backpacking trip for the first time as part of freshman orientation...I never would have guessed during that trip that backpacking would become my life for the next 12-18 months! I've been working as an accountant for the past 4 years and this past September I finally decided to take a leap of faith to quit my job and go for the first-ever Continuous Triple Crown! I will be hopping on the PCT going NOBO in April 2019 and following it up with a SOBO hike of the CDT and ending with a NOBO hike of the AT; all while connecting the 3 trails bike-packing! I can't wait to get this hike started and hopefully sharing as much as possible with all of you guys!


Hi, y'all! My name is Melanie but on trail I go by Peanut. Elephants are my favorite. Coffee is both a necessity and a passion. I like concerts, craft beer, and hockey. Franklin, TN. is my hometown, but the mountains of NC have my heart. Boo Radley is my cattle dog-beagle-hyena mix, who joined me for half of my AT thru hike. In 2016, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail solo. I thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 with my significant other. When I'm not playing outside in Nashville and surrounding areas, I work at Cumberland Transit, middle Tennessee's oldest outfitter. I'm excited to be at the Trek sharing my journey with ya'll!

Phoebe "Unicorn" Anderson

Hey y'all, I'm Pheebs. I'm a Tennessee gal who loves cold beer, plant memes, unicorns, and long walks in the woods. This year my boyfriend Isaac and I are doing a flip flop thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, so stay tuned for our adventures!

Pilar Schmidt

My trail name is SnM, or Spaghetti & Meatballs for long. I caught the backpacking bug four years ago, and soon enough the occasional week or weekend exploring California's wilderness and open space left me wanting more. I hiked the PCT in 2017. Because I love potato chips, Sour Patch Kids, walking a lot, and sitting in the dirt under pine trees or firs, I'll be heading out on the CDT in 2019.

Poppy Pai

Hi, I'm Poppy! 2019 PCT hiker. I was born and raised in California, near Yosemite, and this is my first time stepping foot on the PCT! I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and now teach High School. Hiking is my favorite!

Rob Jr.

I'm in my mid-thirties, coming off of 15 years as a professional do-gooder with various non-profit organizations. I just landed back in the US from Kenya a month before my thru-hike, and I'm really looking forward to acquainting myself with the states by foot. Here goes!

Sam Cooper

Hello! My name is Sam, but on trail, they call me Prom King. I hiked 600 miles of the PCT in 2019 before getting injured and coming off trail. After healing, I went and thru-hiked the Colorado Trail later that summer. I love the outdoors, feel indifferent about walking, and hate the rain (when on trail). That being said, I'll probably get talked into hiking the AT...

Sara Kruglinski

Hi there I am Socks or Sockstomistic, I thru-hiked the PCT NOBO in 2018 and I am planning to SOBO the PCT in 2019. My dog Ace hiked a few hundred miles with me in 2018 and he is excited to join me for even more miles this summer. In my spare time I enjoy knitting hats for me and my friends.

Sara Rollins

Im Sara, and I’m doing a 2019 AT Flip-Flop attempt. I’m a 26 year old woman from West Virginia fiercely dedicated to my personal, spiritual, emotional and physical growth. I generally view life with a good sense of humor, and I take not-taking-life-too-seriously pretty seriously. I have a background in music, yoga, and education and I’m searching for a career path that doesn’t feel like it’s stomping the spirit out of me. I enjoy sharing my life with people in the hopes that it brings a little more honesty, light, and good humor into the world.

Sarah Thomsen

Just a Boston girl with a love for the mountains. I've been working in childcare since I was 17 and I feel the need for a career change. Since The Appalachian Trail has been on my 'bucket list' for years, I knew I needed to take advantage of this transition time in my life and hike, or it just wouldn't happen. I'm looking forward to seeing the mountains in the south-east as my only backpacking experience lies in the White Mountains of NH. I know this will be hard, but I'm so ready for the challenge. My plan is a solo NOBO thru-hike in mid-to-late March, and I'm so excited to see where this adventure takes me.

Sarahmarie Specht-Bird

Hi there! I'm Sarahmarie ("Passport"), and I'm an English teacher, a writer, a crocheter, a traveler, an AT thru-hiker in 2019, and a person who is very bad at concise intros. I grew up in Kentucky but I've also lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Flagstaff, Arizona, with assorted adventures traipsing abroad. I've hiked the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, and Camino Primitivo in Spain, as well as the John Muir Trail in California. I've been working towards a thru-hike of the AT for many years, and I am so excited to be out here this year. I love a lot of things, including, but not limited to: languages, bagels and cream cheese, books, bookstores, stickers, dogs, and obsessively watching my favorite shows over and over. I am loving life out here on this glorious, sweaty trail and I look forward to learning more from my fellow hikers as I move north!

Savannah Fredericks

Savannah here! I am 17 years old and pretty psyched about spending the summer and first semester after graduation hiking solo from Maine to Georgia. I love spending weekends and summers in New York's Adirondack State Park and rewatching Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Lots of people are nervous about my hiking solo because I am so young... this blog is mostly for them ;)

Scot Hunter

I’ve tried and enjoyed a lot in my life. This includes many years in Alaska, exploring, hiking, mountaineering, skiing and boarding, and ice climbing, two years in Greenland, several years living and sailing solo on a wooden sailboat in the PNW, motorcycling around the country and Europe, most recently a month riding down Baja, and now thru-hiking. My first ‘thru-hiking adventure, however, was when I snuck away from home at 19 and solo hiked the JMT, long before permits, gps, water filters, and other hikers. Ohhh what a trip!

Scott Benerofe

Hey! My name is Scott. On the trail, I go by Aquaman - Long Trail NOBO 2016. I am going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2019 starting from Springer Mountian, GA. Hiking, rock climbing, and trail running have taken over my life in the best way over the last few years. I recently graduated and have been dreaming of the AT for a few years. I don't know where my degree will take me, but what I do know is that I am flying to Georgia in March to start walking!

Sean Speckin

After nearly 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, I figured I keep the bucket list ball rolling; I'll be hiking NOBO starting April 4th! I've been known to spin a yarn or two, so follow me as I adjust to life on the trail and readjust to life in the USA!

Steph D

Hello friends! My name is Steph D and I'm an avid hiker from the flat prairie lands of central Illinois. No longer content to live vicariously through the trail blogs of other hikers, I'm hitting the trail solo in April 2019 at Springer Mountain, Georgia and heading north towards Katahdin, Maine. I'm somewhat overpacked, a bit under-practiced, and more than a little afraid of being attacked by shelter mice. Exciting times lay ahead and I'll be keeping it real - so follow along on my AT journey!

Stephanie Messina

Hey, there. Did you know that there is no pressure like the pressure you feel when trying to write a concise paragraph about yourself? I'm an explorer-human who gets bored easily? A TanTanMen-loving Supernatural fan? A car-free, curly-haired, biochemist? I was very much enjoying my career as a brewer until I tore my ACL in August of 2018. (My orthopedic surgeon gently used the word "shredded." Don't worry--still won the flag-football game.) I underwent reconstructive surgery in late October, and am looking forward to showing all explorer-humans that it's possible to do "BIG THINGS" and accomplish great physical feats even if you have knee problems. I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail starting May 1st of 2019. I'm also looking forward to connecting with other people who seek adventure and aren't afraid to spend some time wandering and wondering with their head in the clouds.

Stephen Heron

I'm Stephen! On April 8th, 2019, I'll start my NOBO AT thru-hike. I'm a Houston native that accidentally fell in love with mountains during graduate school in Colorado. I left my job as a geologist in the oil industry back in Houston to get closer to mountains (and my girlfriend) in Utah. While finding life's next step, I'm going to take a couple million towards Maine.


A sober explorer and hiker from Chicago. I completed a Flip-Flop of the AT in 2019. I love to be outside and had an amazing adventure out on the East Coast. Who knows what's next?

swami bittergoat

my name amiththan—yes, with a double th. i write, collect stories, and sometimes go for very long walks. on these walks tend to read and eat. a lot. i also test gear, ideas and, of course, myself

Sweet Monkey

My name is Trevor but more importantly, my trail name is Sweet Monkey! I am a US Navy Veteran and Licensed Massage Therapist, and I currently work as the principal massage therapist for the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. I completed a Southbound Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2017 and will be attempting a southbound end-to-end of the Vermont Long Trail from July-August of 2019 and looking toward PCT and CDT in 2020!

Take a Hike Photography

Hi! We are Matt and Alison, two Chicago-based school teachers with an insatiable passion for hiking and photography. We spend our summers hiking all over the world and the school year planning our next big adventure! For the past dozen years, we have been on a mission to hike/trek/backpack the classic hikes of the world, documenting our journeys with countless photos of the gorgeous scenery and fascinating cultures we encounter along the way. We have written two books related to hiking, Plan & Go: The Wonderland Trail and Hiking Photography (Sandiburg Press).

Tasia (StinkyCheez)

I thru-hiked the Long Trail northbound in 2016, and caught a really debilitating bug for long distance hiking. I completed the AT in 2017 and a PCT LASH in 2019. While I am pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Sciences for the foreseeable future and having to postpone my Triple Crown plans, I do plan on tackling some of the shorter long trails across the U.S.

The Hartleys

Hey there! We're Zach and Syd, and we are a couple of twenty-somethings that are thru-hiking NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in 2019! Backpacking has been a huge passion for us, and we can't wait to take on the trail together. We work full time as nurses, and are hoping to show all couples our strategy for backpacking as a couple, and how rewarding it can be hiking with a partner. We hope you'll follow along our journey!

Thomas Diggs

Hi, my name is Thomas. Grew up just outside of Nashville, TN, graduated university, bought a house, got married, and started on a career. Always had a spirit for adventure, but never enough confidence and courage to go for something big. Not long after university, life had a funny way of turning things upside down with a silver lining; I had the opportunity to try something other than the American Dream and chase my own dreams. The marriage ended, sold the house, decided to quit my job, and started setting myself up for the next big thing. I was able to travel all around Tennessee and to the mountains out west several times. When I get back from a trip I immediately start thinking about the next one. This time it will be an adventure on the Appalachian Trail starting the beginning of March 2019. Personal Website: Instagram: thomas.diggs

Tilghman Moyer

NOBO 2019 Appalachian Trail. I currently am a junior at Temple University studying Environmental Science. Philadelphian just trying to see nature.


Welcome! I started my love for the outdoors back in Scouts and later joined the Marines where I got to travel and explore some new places after that I went to college. I thought college was going to be my thing, turns out, it wasn't. Aside from going to school I also started working as an EMT. Between the two I was tired. So, I decided to put on some shoes and wander the desert. Follow along as I bring you through the middle of Arizona by way of the Arizona Trail starting in February.

Tim Curtis

Hey, my name is Tim! I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, an area known for its dramatic mountains and great hiking. Together with my wife Jess we are attempting a 2019 NOBO thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, starting early April. Woot! Hopefully we won't die or be too distracted by soft beds and beer in trail towns. Join us on our epic saga and hopefully I'll have something interesting to talk about!

Tom DeMello

From Boston MA to East Tennessee. Looking to go NOBO on the A.T. in 2019!

Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling

Wuddup, wuddup!! It's ya boy, Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling. Hikertrash. Survived the Year of Fire & Ice [PCT 2017] and 2018, and am back for more. This year entails a Calendar Year Triple Crown- That's right all 3 major national scenic trails! Stay tuned as I chug along and mingle with the different hiker communities, while keeping in touch with the other 2019 CYTC hikers (wait, what...?) YouTube: Trail Pope SANTi I AKA Yuengling

Vanessa Dodd

April 2020 I will start my PCT NOBO thru-hike at the age of 50! I am from Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia. I am a wife and a mother to a 10 year old daughter. I served 20 years in the Royal Australian Navy. Lived as an expat in 4 countries. Solo cycled countries and my longest e2e hike is the Overland Track. With my families support, I will travel to the other side of the world and embark on the greatest adventure of my life, thru hiking the PCT. Join me on YouTube VanessaDoddoutandwithness. Happy Trails...

Will Krakow

After earning my degree in Applied Math from the University of North Carolina I futzed around a bit in the medical research industry before deciding to take a break to hike the AT. I’m a writer by hobby, a runner by nature, and I enjoy long runs on the beach and candlelit dinners - or dinners of any sort, for that matter.


(Champ) Dan Coy

My name is Dan Coy, from Atlanta, Georgia, occupation: jazz guitarist, a former competitive cyclist with State and National titles, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and dog-lover. I enjoy photography, cooking, drawing, running, camping, hiking, and lots of other wacky stuff.

Adam Smith

Hey everyone, my name is Adam. I'm a student at Bowling Green State University studying creative writing and sociology. Aside from school, I'm an avid seeker of adventure and experience. My list of hobbies (more like obsessions), include competitive bass fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, road-tripping, hiking, texas-holdem, and when I'm stuck in school...reading. Over the past three years, I've spent most of my time road-tripping around the United States—focused on visiting National Parks/Forests. Favorite National Park & Sea-Shore: Glacier Lake National Park and Padre Island National Sea-Shore. Favorite Book(s): Odyssey by Homer, Ecotopia by Callenbach, and Into The Wild by Krakauer. I'm planning on starting my 2018 thru-hike on March 15th.


Wassup! My name is Anna (or AJ). I am spoiled and get to live in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I am a pediatric nurse, wife, twin, aunt, planner, encourager and lover of all things outdoors! (Except mosquitos... mainly because of their affinity for me.) Looking forward to a flip flop hike with my hubby this May! (2018)

Alex Edney

My name is Alex and I dig mountains. I grew up in southern New Hampshire taking summer car-camping trips with my family to the Whites, gazing out the back window at their massive stature and dreaming of sitting at the top of them. When I'm not out in the back country or stuck at my day job, I build and repair guitars and other fretted instruments. Next spring I'm attempting a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join me for some general trip preparation, training hikes, highfalutin' philosophical musings, bear stories, and more.

Alexa Tubbs

What's up from Brooklyn! City-dweller turned backpacker. Normally, you would find me biking around NYC and hanging out in Greenpoint, but I'm leaving the city for a Southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I love living in the city AND leaving it. Finding the perfect balance is what I'm all about.

Alice Zhang

17. Vancouver, BC.

Allie Bull

Hi! My name is Allie Bull. I am a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University where I studied Environmental Studies & International Studies. I grew up in Vermont, hiking and snowboarding in the Green Mountains. I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail and the Long Trail, but I can't wait to embark on this Appalachian Trail journey. Follow me from Georgia to Maine!

Allison DiVerde

Taking my AT SOBO trip one step at a time! Excited to be exercising my adventure muscles and practicing photosynthesis while following white blazes. Springer, I'm coming for ya!!!!


I like to hike long trails but I am not very good at it. Hiking Florida Trail in 2018. Granite Gear Groundskeeper for the trail this year, as well... leave it better!!!

Amanda Johnson

A photo-taking, video-shooting, trail-running, rock-climbing, book-reading, podcast-listening, quarter-of-a-century-year-old that loves the vast and immeasureable things in life. I also love breakfast and pizza (sometimes these two are one and the same), my family, and seeing the world around me in new ways. I'll be hiking north on the AT this summer – want to follow along?

Amy Taylor

Have you ever tried spreading cold butter on toast? I'm like the human version of that. I'm a quirky and complex mess with an unrequited love for anything dairy. Shiny hair is my life's ambition and I'm ashamed of what I've done for a Klondike bar. More importantly than that, I am an aspiring 2018 Appalachian trail thru hiker on a mission to use that time to raise awareness and money for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. If you want to get to know me better, I encourage you to visit my website-


Doctor. Aspiring writer. Seeker of adventures. Lover of the mountains, dogs, physiology, and old books; happiest when outside. Embarking on a Southbound pilgrimage of the PCT in 2018 in memory of a dear friend lost. Also looking forward to eating lots of cheese.

Anna Smiley

Howdy fellow trekkers! My name is Anna (trail name Spooky) and my favorite activities are sleeping and eating waffles! I hiked the first 1,200 miles of the PCT in the summer of 2018 and will be finishing the trail as soon as I can!

Anna Thiele

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I'm Anna and I'm a wanna-be AT thru-hiker. I've only been hiking for about 9 months, but if that's enough time to make an entire person, it's definitely enough time to become hiker trash. Some points to follow along for: 1. I'm going stoveless! 2. A hammock will be my resting place. 3. Sober hiker Follow along on my journey from Springer to Katahdin, beginning in mid-March.

Annette 'The Rainbow'

Hi! I hiked 250 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017 and 800 miles in 2018. My favourite place to be is outside, either in the mountains or in the ocean. I am a scientist, writer, actor, traveller and sea turtle whisperer. I am also a student of the universe trying to find an answer to the ultimate question "Who am I...really?"

April and Jake

My name is April and I’m going to be hiking the PCT in 2018 with my best friend and lover, Jake. Since thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014 we haven’t been able to settle down. We got a taste of the adventure, freedom, and simplicity and we want that back. The past 4 years we have continued traveling in the USA, testing out different states. Currently we are rocking it in Tucson, AZ testing out our desert tolerance before the PCT. My personal website is: if youd like to follow all our adventures.

Arthur Hamilton

Hello. My friends know me as Bux and my tenitive trail name is Boomer, as in baby boomer, from my blog I will be a Flip-Flopping hiker starting NOBO from HF then SOBO from HF starting in late April. I am a life long hippie and first time backpacker. Peace.

Ashley Manning

Hello everybody! My name is Ashley, trail name is Yardsale! I have made it to around mile 950 on the Appalachian Trail and plan on finishing it within the next year and a half. I am attending another expedition down the Grand Canyon in November 2019. I also have plans to hike the John Muir trail in the next couple of years! Currently, I am raft guiding on the Chattooga River. I grew up hiking around the North Georgia mountains with my Father and my Uncle, so the love for the outdoors runs deep for me. I pride myself on breaking stereotypes and showing the world that people of all sizes can be outdoorsy!

Ashley Samuel

Hey! I’m Ashley (better known on the AT as Seven), and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Hiking the trail changed my life! Follow along in 2020 on my Florida Trail thru-hike!

Ashton Rollings

I'm Ashton, and I'll be starting my northbound thru hike of the AT in March 2018. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, and this past year, I've been everything from sailing instructor, to biology TA, to barista. I usually spend my summers in a boat or on a bike, but this year I'm excited to tackle some mountains instead.

Barb Abney

Hi - I'm Barb, older than I look :-), and have had Type 1 diabetes since I was 25. I have dealt with that primarily by running, swimming and hiking as often as possible in hot Orlando. As I recently celebrated 20 years of working in communications and marketing at a large research university I began to wonder what it would feel like to write less about science and more about day-to-day life. Kind of like what journalists used to do. So contingent on approval from various docs, I plan to begin a thru-hike of the AT at the end of March while my husband Dennis tends to our two greyhounds and keeps track of me via GPS. I hope to meet some if not all of you along with way and hear your stories as well.


I'm an 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker starting March 29th-ish. Mechanical Engineering major graduated from UNH in December 2017, I'm an eagle scout and have a dog named Bella who will be hiking by my side. I am an avid rugby player but also sing in an a cappella group, over all just a giant teddy bear with a little teddy bear by my side.

Brittney Heath

My name is Brittney and I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. This will be my 1st thru-hike. I was born and raised in Texas but since then have moved a lot for my old job as a Park Ranger. During my five years as a ranger I traveled and worked in many different National Parks in California, Utah, and Alaska. While I no longer am a ranger I still am passionate about protecting theses beautiful wild places and promoting stewardship and Leave No Trace values. Hiking the PCT has been something I've wanted to do for years. After losing my job this last summer I decided that this is my opportunity to do it. So this May, as I turn 30, I will be beginning the journey of a life time. Feel free to also check out my Youtube Channel, Wandering Brittney. Thanks

Brittney Woodrum

Hey there! I'm Britney, and I'm attempting a SOBO thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. I completed the northern bit of the Camino earlier this year and realized I really like walking! I mean -- I don't like to brag -- but I've been walking now for about 24 years (give or take a few months) and am really stoked to hit the hills I grew up in. Thanks for checking out my page!

Bryce Ingmire

Hello, internet neighbor! You may know me personally and have arrived at this blog hoping to keep up to date on my thru-hike or you happened upon my blog randomly because you 1) have an interest in the Appalachian Trail or 2) mistyped a google query and wound up clicking my link out of curiosity. Regardless, welcome! My wife, Lauren, and I are two relatively young (30’s) outdoor enthusiasts who, two years ago, decided to take on the Appalachian Trail. Since then, we’ve done everything within our means to make it a reality. Today, we’re doing it and you - you lucky dog - can follow along! So, thanks for stopping by to read and share in this experience with us. Whether you came knowing what you’d find or arrived at the site by accident, we’re excited to expose you to the wonders of the A.T.!

Caitlin Doak

Hi! I'm Caitlin. In 2016 I hiked the Appalachian Trail SOBO and went by Philosopher. I ran into some forest fires at the end of my hike then, and it seems like I might do the same this summer on the Colorado Trail. Soon to be Law Student. Hiker of trails, runner of roads, climber of rocks, lifter of weights, destroyer of patriarchy.


Cat mom, plant mom, dog mom. Library lady by profession, student of Anthropology. Tejana, Xicana, feminist, reader. 2017 CT thruhiker, and aspiring 2018 PCT thruhiker.

Carol Copeland

Hey y'all! I'm Carol, from South Carolina, but known on the AT as "Overload" because I tend to carry an "overloaded" pack. I got into mountaineering in 2017 and have a few technical climbs under my belt and I would like to "climb every mountain" technical and non-technical.

Cheryl and Ray Galli

Hey everyone, my name is Ray “OneFoot” Galli, I’m 50 years old and just finished a 20 year career in the CT Department of Corrections. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been on my mind for many years. Cheryl, my wife of nearly 30 years, and I have spent years talking about and planning for my walk for 2018. Now, it seems, my time has finally come! The kids are grown (though not fully independent quite yet), the house is sold and the career that supported my family well but never fulfilled me is soon to be in the past. I’ve always had a passion for hiking and backpacking and have done about 500 miles in sections on the AT. I grew up in Vermont and enjoyed a lot of time hunting, fishing, hiking and playing in the woods as a kid and teen. Time to start walking and see where this journey leads me. Cheryl and I will be blogging together; me from the trail, she from home in Connecticut…Oh, and my trail name comes from my frequent reminders to myself & others to just put one foot in front of the other – & see where the journey takes you. Cheryl's trail (angel) name is Should Be Good...for her response to nearly every adventure I suggest.

Christopher Keys

Hey, I like sports. Typical 20 something year old trying to figure this life thing out. Looking to go for a long walk.

Cieria Bassett

Hey, my name is Cieria (pronounced Sierra), but everyone calls me Rera (Rare-ah) because my baby sister couldn't say my name correctly. I'm a native Floridian, but moved to Georgia a few years ago and am currently attending university for a double major of Spanish and Criminal Justice. My fiance and I graduate college in December and we're planning on thru hiking the Appalachian Trail starting in March 2018 with our two dogs, a Siberian Husky named Zara, and a terrier mix named Leo. Follow us on our thru hike with two wild hoodlum pups to see what craziness we encounter.

Cindy Stewart

How do I describe who I am? There are so many ways to describe myself, but not one that encompasses the many layers of my life. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter. I am a dog lover, beekeeper, gardener, photographer, painter, writer. I am a Criminologist, researcher, and PhD. Much of my life, I have spent accumulating material things, like a big house, the nice furniture, the cool car, the awesome job. I drank the social kool-aid and bought into the idea that my worth was tied to money. I am currently in my mid-life, maybe a mid-life crisis, maybe a mid-life rebirth. In this mid-life chapter, I am reevaluating what's important and who I am. What words will I use to describe me for the second half of my life? I begin this chapter re-imagining self; I begin with transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle and detoxing from the social kool-aid. As part of my detox therapy, my ambition is to describe myself as thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail in 2018.

Clara Hatcher

My name is Clara, trail name “Pulitzer,” and I am flip-flop hiking the Appalachian Trail starting May 2018. I am from Duluth, Minnesota, but grew up in Canandaigua, New York, and went to school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This trail runs deep in my family so I am excited to be able to link together the small sections I have hiked already. From Harpers Ferry, I am flip-flop hiking first NOBO, then SOBO.

Cori Keatts

Hi y'all I'm Cori and this February I am beginning my NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A little background on me-- I grew up in Staunton, Virginia and I recently graduated from college at James Madison University. Coffee, good tunes, and furry animals are a few things that never fail to put a pep in my step. Being outside and along the AT feels like home for me, and I'm so grateful that I have this platform to share this journey with you all... cheers!!

Curtis Murley

I am a 23 year old from Ontario, Canada and a 2018 PCT thru-hike hopeful. In 2016 I hiked the Camino de Santiago, 500miles across France & Spain and haven't taken my eyes off of the PCT since.

Danny Percefull

Hi! I'm Danny. I play the piano and make music on Broadway (mostly), but usually prefer to be outside in the woods somewhere. I attempted a 2018 thru-hike of the AT, but didn't finish. So I'm finishing in my own time and continuing to write about it here. I hope we'll meet up out there. I'll be the guy with the rose quartz hanging off his pack who also happens to be singing show tunes.

Danny Strayer

Danny “Crazy Horse” Strayer: I grew up in Michigan before working as a civil engineer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After five years of the office life, I’d had enough, quit my job, and began a life of travel. From road trips across America to hiking South African mountains or the Bavarian Alps, I’m always down for adventure. I blog about my travels at and am currently hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Dayze Gaulin

Hi there! My name is Dayze and I am a 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker with my dog Flynn! We will be walking our way from Georgia all the way back home to Maine starting March 1st! After that we will hopefully be continuing on to veterinary school. Flynn and I like long naps on the couch, any and all breakfast foods, old worn sneakers, cows, peanut butter, and of course mountain views!

Deux Pas Vers L Autre

6,850 miles, 550+ days, 17 countries, more than 120 natural parks, 4 seasons and hundreds of encounters,... Deux Pas Vers L’Autre, means -Two Steps Towards others- Embark with us in this unique European Thru-hike! Marie: Before starting this adventure I was a human resources manager in a huge French company and I am also a Sociology graduate. Understanding and knowing people has always animated me, which is why I chose to make a career of it. Travel and hiking addict since teenage, 2PVA remains a challenge for me Nil: My area of expertise is the visual world, telling stories with pictures. For nearly ten years, I have been working as a photographer and a video director @nil_hope . After a number of autonomous Thru-hikes and adventures, I felt the need to mix my work with my passion in something bigger, a project towards others.

Drama Mama

My name is Marcia, trail name Drama Mama. I’m a 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru hiker, NoBo. My son is hiking with me. We have a target start day of Feb 18, hopefully before the mad rush. I’m a wife, mom and daughter. I love my family, my dog and the outdoors. My dad gave me the advise of “retire early and live life” so after over 30 years in public service I’m doing exactly that. I mountain bike, kayak and trail run. However, when my son asked me to hike the AT with him what else could I say but YES! Now life as I know it will be put on hold and the adventure begins.....

Eden Ryan

Hello beautiful people! I just graduated from college and I'm ready for more adventures. I have two degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Philosophy. I can sometimes rant about things i'm passionate about but I'm always open to other people's POV. I love being outside and doing yoga poses with killer backgrounds. The last book I read was Pride and Prejudice and the book i'm currently reading is The Book on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts. I'm literally just looking around my room and writing about the things I see lol. I started learning the guitar two months ago. Dachshunds are my favorite dog breed. Those short little legs just get to me! Also, I love to be outdoors! If I could wake up and go hiking everyday that would be heaven! I guess it's a good thing I'm leaving to thru hike the Appalachian trail next month!! I'm so stoked about it! Besides blogging here, I also have my own blog,, where I drone on randomly like this. My AT hike will primarily be documented here but some randomness from the trail will end up over there.

Eiryn Reynolds

Hey! My name is Eiryn (pronounced Erin- translated 'Ireland'...strange, I know) and I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and in December, will graduate college with a degree in Photojournalism. Other than hiking, I'm a huge fan of photography, traveling abroad, running, and coffee. I'm stoked about this trip and hope you all enjoy following along!

Elaine Osmun

I am a Texan who moved to Montana in 2004 and I'm living here happily ever after. I compete with my dogs in agility competitions and other dog sports. I also enjoy hiking and backpacking.

Elise Wallace

I'm a NOBO '18 AT Thru-hiker. I completed 700 miles of the trail after college (Wake Forest University) in 2012. I've been aching to get back and finish ever since so here I am. The six years since hiking last I've developed myself as a writer, barista, non-profit arts advocate and dog-mom. My pup, Sadie, is hiking along with me. Follow my hike more on Instagram, or at my website [] for my A.T. story-collecting project.


Well hey there, world. My name is Eliza and I'm an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Fun fact: I still have one baby tooth that I will never lose (it's a genetic thing). Also I like foggy mornings, old books, and the mountains.

Emily Rhodes

Hi! I'm Emily, but I go by Fine Line when hiking. A few years ago, I hiked through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont on the Appalachian Trail. In 2018 I'll be thru-hiking the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT), which leads from Key West, Florida to Cap Gaspé, Quebec. In the process of completing the ECT, I'll also hike the Florida Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

Erin Foxworthy

Hi there! My name is Erin, and if all goes as planned I will be turning 25 on the Appalachian Trail in 2018! I am from Maryland, I am body positive, and I believe in ghosts. I can't wait to be outside every day and to meet all the people hiking this year.

Esther Burghouwt

Yep, it is really happening! This 31 year old Dutch woman (girl?) from one of the flattest countries in the world is going to try and conquer the ancient mountains of the USA on the Appalachian Trail, starting in March of 2018. I still go by my real-life name of Esther, momentarily enjoying the sedentary life of a financial administration job, happily living in the big city of Amsterdam. Having studied Cultural Anthropology, I have an innate interest in other cultures and a craving for adventure, that I somehow also need to balance with my more introvert and careful character. But I love a challenge!

Evan Johnson

Evan is a writer and photographer based in Vermont.

Fernando Rios

Hi, my name is Fernando. I'm an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. I'm into punk, comics, and beer. I spent years struggling with my mental health until the trail brought me peace. That's where I want to stay.

Gabe Foster

I'm an avid hiker, a gram weenie, a budding climber, a reformed Chaco hater and current devotee, a former cat socializer and DI “Athlete” (fencing el oh el). I find I'm most happy when I'm outside. ”“I’m Gabe Foster – I speak for the trees” - Grant Pieples” - Wayne Gretzky” - Michael Scott

Gail Barrett

Hi, everyone! I’m a 63-year old romance novelist whose thru-hike was derailed by injuries last year. Now I'm back, inching my way along the remainder of the trail because, apparently, I'm too stubborn (or foolhardy) to give up. I hope you’ll join me on my trek.

Giovanna La Terza

I’m a 24 year old professional/daughter/sister/cat mom living in Toronto. I’ve quit my job, ended my lease, and am departing for the adventure of a lifetime: thru-hiking the Scenic Pacific Crest Trail. Afterwards, I’ll be moving to Italy.

Greg Simpson

Hey everyone. I'm Greg "Pegleg" Simpson. My itch for backpacking started on a trip to Peru with my mom to hike the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It was on that trip that I began playing around with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Fast forward four year 2012 and I'm standing on top of Katahdin about to start my SOBO thru hike of the AT and not knowing what the hell I had just gotten myself into. Upon finishing in Georgia, the idea was to begin planning for the PCT that next year. As many of us know, adulting took precedent and so here I am six years later about to embark on my second thru hike. My hope is that I can provide some sort of insight to those interested in the thru hiking culture or even inspiration those dreaming of a thru hike themselves.

Hanna Espie

Hey there! I'm Hanna from Michigan, an AT NOBO starting March 14th. Other than hiking, I enjoy travelling to new places, learning about people, and reading new ideas and stories. I'm excited to share my AT thru hike with you and hope it sparks your own adventure.

Heather Pearson

Aspiring thru-hiker, current LASHer, social worker in the in between. 1000 miles of the PCT in 2018, all of AZT in 2019 (work in progress). Heading out into the desert with my pack, one floppy hat, and my good friend Dump Truck. Follow along to see if we learn how to do this desert thing, and if a diet of 85% PBFit meets necessary nutrient requirements.

Hiker Historian (“Double H”)

Hiker, Historian, and Writer. Looking forward to my 2018 Flip Flop Hike of the Appalachian Trail!

James Thomson

Hey everyone my name is James Thomson, aka Grumpy Gramps. I'm from Maine and currently live in north Florida. I will be flip/flop hiking the AT starting in mid-April from Springer to Harpers Ferry and then from Katahdin back to Harpers Ferry. I retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2014 after a 27 year career, and it's now time to start on my bucket list. If you are interested in some no nonsense, funny (at times), and "stay off my lawn you young punks" grumpy blog posts, I would be happy to take you along on this adventure.

Jamie Trapp

A glacier gallivanting gal from the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Home is found in the fjords of Alaska and Iceland, and in the unknown. BA from UW-Madison in Environmental Studies and Film. My goal is to bring positive change wherever I go and live a good and simple life outside through adventure and film. 2018 PCT thru hiker!!

Janel Gazelle

In 2016, my solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail brought me more strength and confidence than I knew were possible. So in 2018, I wanted to empower more young women to embark on their own personal transformation journeys. That’s why I hiked 2,300 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to fundraise for three women-run organizations that teach girls self-respect, bravery and camaraderie in the outdoors. Learn more about the project at


Hey, we're the Robinson's. We currently live in Steamboat Springs, CO by way of Exeter, New Hampshire. We enjoy tacos, slaying pow, dancing, backcountry adventures, desert trips, fresh beats, taking a good joke too far, a warm cup of tea, and occasionally some peace and fucking quiet. Join us for our Southbound stroll of the AT starting June 17.

Jenna Petersen

Hey I’m Jenna, MA native and hiking northbound- heading home starting in April 2018. Mt. Washington NH was my first ever hike- and foreshadowed my fondness of the outdoors since I was 12. Since then I’ve discovered a yearning of working outdoors along with living off what I’ve got on my back. Once I got over halfway through hiking the New Hampshire 4000 footers in one summer I decided I may as well walk 2200 miles across mountains while I’m attaining my bucket list goals. Excited to do some yoga, read as many books as I can handle, and consume even more pizza than that. Follow my trek through my blog here & on instagram @jennnerrr !

Jenni Thompson

Girl 25, (Spirit) backpacker - 28 countries, usually broke, retired basketball player, pretty lost. SOBO attempt July 1st. Hiking the trail is probably easier than the decision to get a job. Be part of my Maine to Georgia struggles and triumphs!

Jesi Owens

Hi! I'm Jesi O. I grew up in the Appalachian coalfields and can't remember my first hike or hymn. Still, adventure and music have been the core passions of my life. I enjoyed 15 years beach-living on the Virginia coast, and have spent the last few years globetrotting all over the world while working remotely for a travel brand. I've been a freelance writer for almost 20 years and am excited to blog a little about my upcoming adventures on the AT in 2018!

John Bishop Flynn

Investor, Writer, and doting husband to Ms.Coco and our puppy Norman G Bates. We also try to spend lots of time in the outdoors between al the reading and writing we do.

Jon + Holly

Hi!! We are Jonathan & Holly Mueth and we are hiking the Colorado Trail in 2018. Born, raised, and living in the cornfields of Southern Illinois but our hearts belong to the mountains. We're excited to be living life above 10,000 ft this summer and looking forward to bagging some peaks in addition to our 486 mile journey on the CT!

Jon Goff

Hello all! My name is Jon (trail name: Groot). I'm a free thinker/explorer of life extraordinaire. Born and raised in the lovely hills and country roads of West Virginia. Life has taken me from there to Indiana, then California, and back to Mountaineer Country. I'll be starting my next adventure of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in March 2018. I'm so stoked to share this with all of you! Keep checking in for the good, the bad, and the ugly of that trek. You won't be disappointed, it's the journey of a lifetime.

Julie Wilson-Freeman

I am a grandmother of 2 sweet little girls and one handsome baby boy. I have a son and daughter. They are both married to wonderful spouses and my husband has 2 sons (that I consider my own), one is married to an amazing woman and the other single. My husband and I no longer have children at home and we enjoy biking and camping in our 30 foot travel trailer--my husband's idea of roughing it. I love hiking/backpacking and when I'm not teaching Freshman Composition at a community college, I spend my summers backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. This summer I will be hiking the whole trail; doing a flip/flop starting at Harpers Ferry, WV.


Hi! I’m Kreg. In 2018, I thru-hiked the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail southbound from Maine to Georgia. My backpacking career started as an undergrad at Harvard where I led orientation trips for freshmen (woohoo, FOP!). After spending 7 years as a high school teacher and dean in Brooklyn, I decided that it was time to get back on the trail. Now that I'm finished with my hike, we'll see what adventure comes next. :)

Kat Jackson

Hi! My name is Kat and I'm 25 years old. I am originally from Minnesota, but currently reside in Florida. I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my dog, and peanut butter. I like long walks in the woods and hot black coffee in the morning. Catch me Nobo Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting the end of February, 2018, or just keep up with me here from the familiar comfort of your home or office.

Kate Emmons

Hey all! I'm Kate, an East Coast native who will be setting out to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail in April 2018 bound for Canada. Thru hiking has always been a dream for me, so what better time than the present? I look forward to meeting amazing people, witnessing breathtaking views, and documenting my journey along the way. When I'm not planning for this hike, you'll find me hiking in the White Mountains, rock climbing, traveling, or seeking out craft beer and delicious food in the great city of Boston. Join me as I experience this grand adventure, here on The Trek and on my personal blog,!

Kate Mueller

Hi everyone, I'm Sassafras. I grew up in the rural Midwest, spent some time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and have hopped around the Mid-Atlantic and New England the last few years before settling in Maine. I'm a hiker, writer, and triathlete in my mid-thirties, and I do a lot of whooping at races and on the trail. I'll be taking a break from software product management to hike the AT NOBO starting in March 2018 and doing my best to make #hikerswithsass a compliment.

Kathleen Krause

Hi, I'm No Worries and I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast, outdoor industry employee and dog lover. I enjoy craft beer, cheese curds and chocolate!

Katie Doane

Raider is a hiking addict, and grad of the AT class of 2017.

Katie Elder

Hi, I'm Spirit, and I'm NOBO on the PCT in 2018! I'm from Texas originally, but have also spent time in Portland, NYC, Montana, & New Jersey. This is my first thru-hike.

Katie Friedman

What's good my friends? I'm Katie a hopeful Nobo Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Know for being one up for adventures and saying yes to most things that probably won't get me killed. I'm a photographer and I've got a soft spot for people and their stories so I've always got an ear that's ready to listen. I enjoy walking and so I thought a long walk the woods would be nice. Excited to see what the trail has in-store for me and all the unknown adventures I will have.

KD Klos

Hey y'all! My name is KD. I am a super tall, super outgoing, super goofy AT Thru Hiker! I've been wanting to Thru Hike since I was 16 years old, and after 3 years, 2 majors, and 4 eighteen credit semesters I finally am getting my chance. I had a really cool job in college where I got to take students on Adventure Trips. I am an LNT Trainer, lifeguard, and WFR, but a real achievement of mine is being able to eat an entire bucket of movie theater popcorn. Things that I've done that make my mom worry: Dirt-bagged around the Pacific North West, hung out with bears, hitched hiked around New Zealand, smelling really bad, befriend hobos, and Thru Hiking the AT!


I'm just a girl, standing in front of a mountain, asking if I can hike it.

Kelsy Filler

Hey folks! I'm Kelsy (AKA Beamer) and I hiked the Appalachian Trail NOBO with my partner Nugget by my side. Welcome to all of the blood, mud, sweat, smiles, tears, beers,that we experienced here, in the form of a blog.

Laura Moore

Hey there! I'm Laura, a southern lady living in the beautiful PNW. I'm a lover of sunrises, medicinal herbs, poetry, gummy worms, and lofty run-on sentences. After being tossed around by life for a little bit, I've decided to take a reboot by hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018. If you come along on this journey with me, you will be privy to my insights into the characters found on the trail, the constancy of my cold, cold feet, and a widow's sense of humor. As I like to say, feel free to hang out with me as I explore life after it all falls apart.

Lee Welton

After years of dreaming my wife Sarah and I are starting our PCT thru hike in March 2018. Together, we will combine our super powers and tackle all the PCT has to offer. With the help of an occasional oatmeal cream pie, of course. Follow along as we aim to offer an honest and transparent look at what hiking the PCT is like!

Lexi Candela

Hi, Friends! I'm Lexi, a 23-year-old recent college graduate and I will be embarking on my NOBO thru-hike of the A.T. starting in February 2018. I'm a craft beer enthusiast, a crazy dog mom, an avid Mountaineer football fan and a book nerd. Oh and donuts. I love donuts! Follow me on my great adventure!

Lindsey Gordon

Hey there! I'm Lindsey - also known by my trail name, Flash Gordon. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013 with no plans to do another long-distance hike. 5 years I am planning my 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike along with my fiancé and hiking partner, Miles To Go!

Liz Kidder

I seem to have a Type A mind and a Type B soul. Sobriety was boring at first until it eventually forced me into doing activities. I like jumping out of planes and long handstand walks on the beach. I have literally never backpacked before so if nothing else, you can expect to learn from my mistakes. AT '18 NOBO.

Liz Syster

I'm Liz and attempting my 2018 AT thru-hike. This has been a dream of mine for over 10 years, and I can't wait for this experience and all the trail has to teach me. I've never attempted a backpacking trip like this, so I'm sure to have plenty of learning curves, but we're all in this together... right?

Lizzie Heine

I’m Lizzie, a 26 year old from Kansas City, Missouri and I love to be outside! When I’m not attempting a thru-hike, I like to stay active with a local Irish Dance group called ‘Ceili at the Crossroads.’ I started Irish dance when I was 5 and it continues to bring me joy. Other than dance, I play recreational Ultimate Frisbee with the Kansas City Utimate League. I also love to read, geocache, do yoga, spoil my 12 year old mini poodle, and attempt new recipes! I successfully completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail last year as ‘Sunshine’ with my ex-boyfriend. Now that I’m single, I’m trying for a new hike and a new trail name. Hike on!


Hey, my name is Mackenzie but I will be going by Wilt on the trail. I am attempting (and God-willing completing) my NOBO AT thru-hike in 2018. I am thru-hiking the AT because I am thankful to be alive. My mantra for the trail is: accept the unexpected.

Madi Landrum

Have you ever had a skunk try to cuddle with you at three a.m. or had a mountain goat try to eat your backpack while out camping? That's how my backpacking trips always seem to go, and that's why I'm a plant person. I'm Madi, and weird stuff tends to happen to me. My partner and I just finished hiking the AT NoBo and decided, what the heck, why not go do the PCT SoBo? So here I am, an environmental biologist and writer, meeting mountain goats and marmots, and loving every minute of it.


Since my first Pct adventure in 2016, I have shed my perceived exterior a multitude of times. I consider myself an onion, gradually peeling back one layer at a time, on the ultimate quest to discover myself and embrace the authentic being residing in my inner core. The loss of some of those layers makes me cry, some cause me to scream, some to laugh. All are pre-conceived notions placed on me by society, other people projecting onto me, or false identities I have adopted. The process is brutal, but one I am committed to. Who am I? I am a warrior. I am a survivor. I am stubborn as hell. I am a high school dropout. I am sometimes a mess. I am weird. I am gay. I am an advocate for all those hikers that don’t fit between the lines. I am proud of the person I am finally letting myself be. I am Matador. I am a thru-hiker.


I'm a raisin in a bowl of grapes. This July I will start my first thru-hike by hitting the path of Vermont's Long Trail. I'm an overly anxious high school teacher in my mid-thirties from the south suburbs of Chicago. Eagle Scout returning to my roots in to the great outdoors after years of urban adventures. This will be a process of gear selection, physical training, and mental preparation, proving you don't need to quit your job, be in shape, or be completely mentally stable to be a thru-hiker. Also, jokes. There will be some jokes.

Maximilian Armstrong

Maximilian "Bloodhound" Armstrong has a penchant for adventure. He's backpacked Canada, hitchhiked America, motorbiked Vietnam, and spent a winter in the Alaskan Arctic. In 2018 he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. One Wing in the Fire, his 2019 Trail Angel documentary, is free to watch on

Meredith Johnson

Hey there! I'm Meredith and I'm solo NoBo thru-hiking the AT starting mid-March. I was born and raised in Florida, but got hooked on mountains when spending summers in North Carolina and college in Virginia. I'm in DC now and spend weekends away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy some good ol' quality time with nature. If you're interested in "spur of the moment regardless of the plan" stories, follow along on this adventure!

Mick Beckers

G'day, I’m Mick (aka Hotshot) and an aspiring 2018 PCT thru-hiker. I have a love for all things outdoors particularly the mountains. In 2014-15 I completed a thru-hike of Te Araroa in New Zealand which now has me addicted to long distance hiking. Day to day I'm a forest firefighter in Australia and have had the opportunity work internationally. Be sure to check out my webpage

Miranda Bailey-Russomano

Hi, I'm Miranda! I'm a (very) recent college graduate hiking the Long Trail before I start my "real" job. I'm not the most outdoorsy person I know, but I know I have the skills to make it to the end.

Nick Cornell

I was born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia. I attended Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia and received a degree in Environmental Studies. I am now exploring the west, and I've have worked seasonal jobs in Alaska, Utah, and Montana. Currently I am living in Mammoth Lakes, California and exploring the Eastern Sierra. I do lots of skiing in the winter and then backpacking and trail running in the summer. I completed the AT in 2014 and PCT in 2016, this summer my brother and I are taking to the CDT to finish my triple crown. On trail I go by Top Nach.

Noel Nason

Hello my Name is Noel, and I am a New Hampshire Native, but have lived in many other parts of the country as well. I am new to both extended hiking and blogging (old guy). I do enjoy being outside, cooking BBQ on my big green egg, and driving my jeep with the top down and doors off any chance I get. I own a successful Home Inspection Business, and I am also a Realtor. I have a wife of over 20 years and we have two children that are both currently serving in the US Air Force. I myself am a US Marine Corps veteran.


Getting ready to hike the AT! Very excited for this adventure😁

Nolan and Michelle

Hello! My name is Nolan, I'm a traveling ICU RN from the midwest who's taking the summer off to hike the PCT! Exactly three months prior to my start date I met my girlfriend and now thru-hiking partner Michelle. Our goal is to share both the male and female perspectives as well as a look into what it's like to thru-hike as a couple. Follow along as we put our young relationship to the test while we walk from Mexico to Canada, while sharing all the ups and downs along the way!

Old Goat

Recovering infantryman. Appalachian Trail. Life is patches, not upgrades. Metalhead. Lazy mathematician. Political atheist. Nearly normal. Living at the intersection of necessity and free will. Getting run over...


Hi my name is Olympia, but people just call me Opa. I'm a conqueror of the useless, or perhaps i've been conquered by the 'useless'.. In 2017 I was a horse/mule wrangler in the Teton Wilderness of Wyoming, which is where I realized the trail/wilderness is my 'happy place'. In 2018 i'm going to pursue that love further on the Pacific Crest Trail, on foot. The trail is my best reality.

Paige Bellamy

Knows a thing or two about sea cucumbers. Loves cheese and craft beer. Writes about science, hiking, and intersectional feminism. Thru-hiking the AT in 2018 to catch up on all of her favorite podcasts. Would love to have you read about her crazy journey here.

Paul Monsen

Free spirited, fun loving prankster going for a long walk. I’ve been dreaming about this for longer than I can remember, and I am completely stoked! I’m looking forward to burning up 5,000 calories per day including all the snickers I can eat. I’ve always wanted to sleep under a bridge, and I look forward to being homeless for a few months.

Pete Bromen

My name is Pete and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Like many this journey marks a time of transition. I'm from Duluth, Minnesota where the outdoor life is not so much a choice but simply the natural order. After college I spent 28 years as an Air Force pilot, moved many times, and saw a lot of the world under good and not-so-good conditions. Along the way I married, raised two boys to adulthood, and mostly lived the life I had planned, Until the day the plan went terribly wrong. In 2011 cancer struck my wife and in the summer of 2017 she lost her battle after a long and brave fight. Devastated but determined to keep living I've returned to Duluth and am set to start the AT in March. With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald I believe there are second acts in American lives and this hike is the opening of mine. Thank you for visiting and I invite you to follow along with me.

Preston 'Llama' Elliott

Hey there! My name is Preston Elliott, and I'm a travel, outdoor, and landscape photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently hiking NOBO on the Appalachian Trail and love meeting new people, telling stories from my experiences, and backpacking up and down mountains all day!

Rachael Upchurch

Hey There! I'm Rachael, a 28 year old married old lady heading north solo on the AT in 2018. I love audiobooks, campfires, and apparently, very long walks. I grew up on a ranch in the mostly flat state of Illinois and am very excited to meet a mountain for the first time this year.

Rachel Meltzer

I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Now, I'm a podcast host, freelance writer, part-time van lifer, and blogger. Find my podcast, trail journals, and personal blog at!

Rachel Poole

I'm a writer, massage therapist, hospitality ninja, and adventure seeking warrior. I've made my home everywhere from Georgia to Maui to Colorado and most recently Alaska, yet I keep landing where my roots sprouted. For the last 3yrs I have been dedicated to personal growth and transformation in order to live a more fulfilling life free from the clutch of past trauma and societal standards I willingly adopted as my own.

Rachel Welch

Hi, folks! So my name is Rachel. I just graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Geology, and I'm just getting into this solo hiking thing. I whine a lot, and I'm also both extremely sappy and sassy. I've wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail since elementary school, so I'm excited to be finally making that happen in 2018!

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns here! Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but I’ve been bouncing around on the West Coast for the last few years. I was raised by hippies and was taught to appreciate the great outdoors. My outdoor lifestyle was put on hold to be a competitive coxswain. 10 years later, I’m thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Rob 'Starbucks' Small

I’m a 59-year-old recent retiree attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I live in Naperville, which is a suburb about 25 miles west of Chicago. After spending 35 years as an IT cubicle dweller, I felt the need to do something epic. A thru-hike of the AT seemed to be the ticket. I love the outdoors and physical activities. I’ve done several backpacking trips to locations including Glacier National Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the Ozarks and the Porcupine Mountains. I have an amazingly supportive wife, adult children, and grandsons. You can also follow my journey on Instagram (@robonthetrek).

Robin Sorenson

The birds are calling you! Oh, wait, it's just me, Robin! I don't have a trail name yet, but rest-assured as soon as I do, you will know about it! In college I fell in love with my major, Wildlife Sciences, and now I spend my outdoor time identifying birds, trees, plants, and well... pretty much everything else. Starting on April 20th, I will be starting a PCT NOBO attempt! Join me here as I come to terms with this crazy endeavor, experiment with making my own vegan trail meals, and prepare mentally and physically for the Pacific Crest Trail; not to mention my thoughts and experiences while I'm out there! I hope that reading my blog will show you that if I can do this, you can too! When in doubt, just listen to the little bird on your shoulder (me!). Happy hiking!

Rochelle Sorenson

Rochelle here! Trail name to be determined.... I'm a nurse working in the operating room. Three years ago, I got divorced and moved to Boise, Idaho. I began discovering myself, making new friends, seeking new adventures, and striving to be a better person. To ensure my 40th birthday is one of epic proportions, I'm taking "over-the-hill" as literally as possible. Enter: Appalachian Trail. My SOBO trek begins in Maine on June 29, 2018, and my boyfriend, Marcus, will be my partner in crime. Let the countdown begin....

Ryne Tobar

My name is Ryne, which is pronounced like the Rhine river... or like an orange peel. On trail they call me ‘Steamboat’. I grew up in Arizona, came of age in Chicago, learned the most about life in Florida and developed my passions in Washington State. In 2017, I hiked the northern half of the Pacific Crest Trail. On The Trek you can read about my experience on the AT in 2018.

Sara Dhooma

Sara Dhooma is an adventurer! She has backpacked through 70+ countries and explored remote areas of the world. Some highlights include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, wrestling an anaconda in Venezuela, and day-hiking in North Korea. She loves long-distance trekking including Everest Base Camp (2013), Appalachian Trail (2014) and the Annapurna Circuit (2017). Sara is a 'Camino de Santiago' addict and has walked thousands of miles on different routes across France and Spain including the Via Podiensis and Via de la Plata. Follow Sara's video blogs at

Sarah Legg

Hey my name is Sarah Legg! I am 24 years old and live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am currently a 349th year student at UNCC. I'm a biology major and have no idea what I'm doing with that. I have a huge passion for life, my motto is to always be happy no matter what, if you're not happy... change something. I love all things outdoors. I also love avocados, wine, my dog Ziggy... And I guess I have a thing for hiking too... So NOBO 2018 it is.

Sarah Southard

Hello! My name is Sarah, trail name “Froggy” and I will be attempting a Flip Flop thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in April 2018. I have wanted to hike the AT for a few years now, and fate intervened and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I have lots of experience as a day hiker but have recently fallen in love with backpacking and camping. I currently live in Virginia with my wonderful husband and two elderly Chihuahuas, but I can’t wait to live in the woods next year. I will also be turning 40 in 2018, so it could be a ploy to hide in the woods for months to avoid the black balloons and Grim Reaper birthday cake. I’d love to have you follow along on my epic adventure!

Sean Berry

I have owned and operated Double Crown Records, a Bellingham, WA based surf and instrumental rock n' roll label, since the mid-90's, but have always been a hiking enthusiast. Over the last few years I have worked towards doing just about every hike within 20-30 miles of Mt. Baker, and have also made it a goal to do every trail on Chuckanut and Blanchard mountains near Bellingham, WA. In October 2018 I did a solo thru-hike of the Chinook Trail in Washington and Oregon along the Columbia River.

Shay Hunter

I am an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker class of 2016. My passion is the outdoors and I am doing all I can to spend more time adventure. I am headed out to backpack and travel Europe for 4 months starting July 2018. In 2017, I spent 9 months apprenticing on a farm. I don't exactly know where I will end up, but I know I am Moving forward.

Sheila Jackson-Taylor

At age 46, I am still that child whose mother rolls her eyes and asks “What crazy idea will she come up with next?” My husband, on the other hand, just smiles, nods his head, holds his breath and waits to see if my cuckoo schemes will play out. Really though, I think that if he was honest, he would say that it is my adventuresome spirit that he likes the most. It has, after all, led us to some fascinating places. Thru-hiking the AT in 2018 is precisely the kind of extraordinary adventure that I am not at all surprised to find myself in pursuit of. (My mother probably isn’t surprised either.) This time, hubby is sitting out of the adventure, but I am bringing my handsome and courageous thirteen year old son Cole. Together we will have five months to tackle whatever the AT throws our way as we aim for Katahdin.

Sian and Dave

Hello! We're Sian and Dave/Dave and Sian and writing this is made infinitely more difficult with Hendricks the cat sat on my hands! We'll be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting March 2018 and we can't wait. We'll probably write some of our blog posts together and some separately, but either way our hope is to give a first-hand view of all the ups and downs of our adventure. Fingers crossed for ups!

Sierra Tibbetts

Hey there, I am currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I am from Maine and have no experience with rattle snakes, waterless stretches, or injuries. Luckily I have experienced all these things in my first weeks on trail.

Siobhan Sheridan

I’m Siobhan. But feel free to call me by my trail name, Drop Bear. I’ve been feeding a severe hiking addiction since my 2015 AT thru hike. Since then I’ve hiked America’s Centennial, Northville Placid, Arizona and Long Trails and Australia’s Bibbulmun Track, Great South West Walk and Great Ocean Walk. In 2017, I got a taste of hiking failure after 700 or so miles on the PCT. With all that cacti and cowboy camping it was the most fun I’ve ever had not achieving something. There’s not enough time left in my life to hike all the trails on my list. But I’m going to try.


Ed has hiked the the 2652+ mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, across Scotland on the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest journey was a thruhike of the 3 week thruhike of Vermont's Long Traill. Reports on his other travels, mostly in New England, are at

Sydnee Tigert

My name is Sydnee. I was once voted "Most Likely to Survive the Apocalypse". I am a PCT 2018 hopeful.


Hello there! I'm Taylor. I've been a zookeeper, a dolphin trainer, an English teacher. Sometimes I'm a writer, a poet, an adventurer, a hiker. I like to push limits and face my fears. I love doing things people tell me I can't. I love to take my dog, Dobby, along with me. We have just successfully completed thru-hiking the Long Trail and are trying to remember to shower every day.

Taylor Key

Hey there! I’m Taylor, a gal raised in Appalachia who’s searching for my next adventure. You can find me on the trail singing at the top of my lungs, leading a dance party, or trying to find a way to make a backcountry meal gourmet. Follow my adventures to find out how I transform from weekend warrior into a 2018 PCT thru-hiker!

Taylor Sienkiewicz

Hello friends, welcome to my blog! I'm hiking a section of the PCT starting at Mount Whitney, ending who knows where. I grew up in Northern California, but just graduated from the University of Denver. The PCT was something I knew I wanted to do before I start my career – especially since my dream is to be an outdoor journalist. I like running in 90 degree weather, can eat a whole loaf of bread in one serving and eat chocolate signifying the end of each meal. Please say hi to me if you see me so this trail doesn't make me even more uncomfortable in social situations. I make no promises about shaving my legs or washing my hair, but I do promise to update this blog as frequently as possible, so keep me accountable fellas.

Taylor Weixl

I'm Taylor (known as 'Canadian Treasure' on the trail) and I thru-hiked the PCT in 2018. Aside from hiking, I'm into riding my bike, skiing, yoga, and learning new things - especially from other people or books. I'm from British Columbia, Canada.


I find my fear of the next day fading as my curiosity grows, secure in the knowledge that I have overcome obstacles in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I am landline free since 1995, desktop PC free since 2006, and now only use a laptop for larger projects. My socially responsible factory production job experienced a marketplace contraction which combined with a cultural shift in the workforce. After two rounds of therapy for anxiety and depression, despite glowing performance reviews at work, I quit the job, dumped possessions and left. I am making a trial of being a full-time nomad, using art and trail therapy to recover and exploring where the cameras take me. 2018 will be my first thru-hike, AT NOBO. On completion, I plan to convert a vehicle to use as a mobile studio and adventure base. The flat land of oranges and hurricanes is currently home. I am sizing up the possibility of a yoyo, just walking back after Katahdin and getting picked up from the Florida Trail. If that happens, I'll figure out a passport and plan to complete the ECT.

The Swords

We're the Swords and we are starting our northbound thru-hike of the AT on March 19! We're in our late 20’s and since we met in high school we've been doing life by the books-graduating high school, going to college, getting a job, getting married. We've really been very fortunate so far, but the problem is that we love the outdoors and traveling, and our current jobs have really limited our ability to enjoy those things. We’re planning on making big changes in our lives, and we’re using this hike to kick start a new lifestyle. Hopefully, it will lead us to great things!

Tiffany Chou

Hey there, I'm Tiffany -- also known as Archive on the trail! I still don't know how I did it, but I pulled off a southbound thru-hike of the PCT in 2019. These days, you can find me daydreaming about the trail, failing to re-assimilate back into society, and obsessively researching the next adventure.

Victor Hipcat Perrotti

Hello all, I currently live and work in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I'm married with three children and have recently retired from a career of teaching special education. Film photography is one of my obsessions. Recently, my time has been spent studying graphic design and training. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is something I have thought about for decades. I had all but given up on the idea when the cartilage in my hip joints prematurely wore out due to dysplasia. After replacement surgery in 2015, I was determined to get my life back to as “normal” as possible. Currently, I am on track to begin thru-hiking the beginning of March 2018. “Normal” will have to be redefined.


A.J. Matthews (Blue Steel)

Hi everyone! My name's A.J. and I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail this year. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, my parents took me and my siblings on a roadtrip through the Smoky Mountains. I remember walking up Clingman's Dome and my dad telling me about thru-hikers for the first time. I remember my 10 year old self thinking how crazy people must be for wanting to walk all the way from Georgia to Maine. Fast forward to now and after completing college, military service, and working a mediocre job, I've found there's nothing else I'd rather be doing this year. Join me for the ride as I share the stupid things I do and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Abby King

Abby is an accomplished thru-hiker, wilderness guide, and environmental advocate. She hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2011, the John Muir Trail in 2012, the Wonderland Trail in 2013, and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. She lives, works, and explores in the Mountains of New Hampshire and the coast of Maine. She works as an environmental policy consultant as well as a backcountry ski guide, sea kayak guide, and hiking guide. Abby blogged for the Trek during her 158 day thru-hike of the PCT in 2017.

Abby Rachwalski

Hi, I’m Abby! I was born and bred in the suburbs of Chicago, near the cornfields of central Illinois, and next to the greatest of the Great Lakes. But, at 24 years old, I remain conflicted by a love for higher elevations, sequoia giants, and dramatic vistas. So obviously the logical solution is to venture out on a 2,650 mile long jaunt along the height of the Western United States to embrace that love, right? In April I’ll be taking a hiatus from my job as a nurse to the tiny humans of this world, making my parents officially empty nesters (you’re welcome, Mom & Dad), and pursuing another dream of mine: a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail with my best friend, Annie. AND I CAN’T WAIT!


Howdy, everyone! My name is Adeline, 22, and a photojournalist by trade and writer by heart. I will be stepping off from Maine in July of 2017 for a southbound thru hike. Should be interesting ^_^

Alex Pellerin

Hey everyone! I'm Alex and I'll be heading down to Georgia in May. I'll be skipping my college graduation to start my NOBO thru-hike with my mom! I'm a 22 year old, college senior, from NH- the Whites are my home. I love hiking, doing cool things, eating snacks, and long walks in the woods...(so I guess that's how I got here, huh?)

Alli Huggins

Hey I'm Alli! A native Marylander residing in New Haven, CT with my boyfriend and our rescue cat, Penelope. I am a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School and an alum of the University of Pittsburgh. I am hiking the AT NOBO with two other gals, Sydney and Shelby! I love a full glass of cheap champagne, binge watching HGTV, and sauntering in the woods. Hike on!

Amber Kostka

I'm Amber. I'm a born and raised beach bum relocating to the mountains for stint on the Appalachian Trail. I'll be thru-hiking NOBOish beginning April 2017. Yes, I've read Wild. No, I'm not bringing a gun. I am, however, hoping to raise as much as I can for Alzheimer's Research on behalf of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.


Hi all, I'm Pup, a nature-loving nomad-at-heart and Druid-in-training from England, hiking the AT NOBO in 2017 with my amazing partner. I can't wait to get my paws on the trail in April! I enjoy talking nonsense, making connections with new people and spending time around trees and I have high hopes that the AT will provide all three in abundance... I also blog at Happy Trails!


I'm known as Amy off the trail, and Tuff Broad on the trail. I hiked the PCT in 2016, and the AT in 2017. Hiking helps me take myself a little less seriously, makes me grateful for these legs of mine, and reminds me how much I like Cheetos. I could eat macaroni and cheese every day. If you'd like to read about what other foods I like, and the trails that I've hiked, you can read more at my personal blog

Anette LOrsa

Hi there all you wonderful people! I am Happycamel, in heart and soul passionate hiker, adventurer and restless nomad. In my daily life yoga instructor, birth Doula, mom of three and Permaculture farmer living on a farm on a small island called Tjome in Norway. I will travel across the ocean and hike the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon and Washington; from Ashland to Stehekin, solo this summer, starting July 1st. Looking forward to hit the trail, meet all of you badass hikers and share all of it with you excellent readers here on The Trek and on

Anna Zimmerman

My name is Anna. I am a 2017 Appalachian Trail and a 2019 Tahoe Rim Trail thru-hiker. I'm not a writer but am a photographer and I'm trying to live this one life to the fullest.

Anne Baker

Hi! I'm Anne, a North Carolina native now living in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. In 2017, I put my career on hold to attempt a flip-flop thru-hike from Harpers Ferry with my dad. We hiked more than 1,300 miles before I found out I had cholecystitis, which resulted in the removal of my gallbladder. It was a really weird diagnosis for an otherwise healthy 29-year-old, and for awhile, I was pretty upset about the setback. But now, I'm just grateful I still have 800 miles of the Trail to look forward to. The Universe has taught me that journeys are sometimes better when they are longer -- and that we can't argue with timing.

Ashley and Zach George

Hi! We're Ashley and Zach George from Cincinnati, Ohio. We're 26 & 28, have been together since high school, and were married in October of 2015. We have been working in the professional world for about 5 years now and have quickly realized that working 9a-5p, five days a week until we're 60 just isn't the life for us. We're heading out NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in March of 2017 looking for an adventure and hoping to figure out what the heck comes next.

Ashley Hill

I have suffered with depression on and off for years but recently came out of this severe low point with a brand new attitude to tackle hardships and live life to the fullest. This led me to attempting a flip flop thru-hike of the AT in 2017, making it approximately 700 miles before having to leave due to knee issues. I am hoping to continue LASHing the trail until completion. I grew up deep in the middle of nowhere in Virginia and have loved exploring more of my beloved Appalachian Mountains.

Barbara Richey

Hello My name is Barbara. I live in the Midwest but, spend time in Southwest Florida because of the trails. I retired the end of 2016 and now plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I taught school for a number of years and retired from the military after serving 23 years. I am a vegan and I'll make an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the trail. My other passions include photography, gardening and herbalism.

Barry Hudson

I'm a Nature addict hiker/backpacker who is doing a 2017 flip flop AT thru hike starting NOBO at Harper's Ferry 4/23. At age 55, hiking has changed my life and I know that this thru hike will be truly magical... even the miserable times.


Hey! My name's Becca and my adventures have taken me from the Amazon River to the Andes Mountains. Next up on my adventure list is an AT thru hike! Jesus, rescue dogs, essential oils & hiking are the delights of my soul!

Bethany Varner

Howdy! I'm Bethany from Houston, Texas. Ever since learning about the AT a little over a year ago I've been planning my hike, but i'm still having trouble trying to figure out how to keep a pint of blue bell ice cream in my pack without it melting! Just kidding (sort of). It's slightly crazy that people voluntarily hike ~2,190 miles, but hey my mom always says that I'm a nut, so I guess it's the perfect adventure for me!

Big Jim

Howdy!!! I'm Big Jim and I am a thru-hiker for the class of 2017. But, I am a little different. I am actually starting from Panama City, Florida and hiking all the way to the Canadian border and weather permitting continuing hiking the International AT into Canada, Newfoundland and to the trails end at Belle Island. I am walking with a purpose. As a recovering addict alcoholic for over 34 years, and this being my first time ever sober in my adult life, I am taking on this journey impressed by God to walk. This is a spiritual journey of self discovery that I pray will bring a message to all affected by addiction in any way that there is HOPE! There is LIFE after addiction! There is a new life after recovery.

Brook and Kona

Brook and Kona here. Just a girl and her dog on a mission to see the world. We will be hiking the PCT in April 2017, and couldn't be more excited! Born and raised in south Florida, I recently moved to San Diego and fell in love with California. My goal: to see everything the west coast has to offer.


I'm a mid-lifer who has hiked The Whites and parts of Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Ireland. I love the outdoors, especially winter in New England (although I haven't given winter in the West a try...yet). My "mid-life-crisis" is requiring that I quit my job and hike the Appalachian Trail this year and I think I'm going to listen to THAT voice since the timid-safe voice hasn't done much for me thus far. I've been reading so much - especially the blogs on The Trek and I can't wait to meet some of this year's thru-hikers!! I'm a little undecided right now about where to start but I'm leaning on flip-flopping, starting at Harper's Ferry. Anyone else?

Caleb Bonner

Hey I'm Caleb! I'm Thru Hiking NOBO starting February 25th, 2017! I'm a backpacker, kayaker, climber, and fisherman who loves all things outdoors. I enjoy good burritos and craft beer. I hope to keep up with my journey, people I've met, and my gear through this blog! If you would like to help me out any way with my hike feel free to get in contact with me! "Adventure is not outside man, it's within"

Carolyn Burman

Howda! My name is Carolyn Burman and I am an AT Nobo thru-hiker hopeful beginning my sojourn on April 15, 2017. My dream to hike the Appalachian Trail began two years ago when I became utterly and over-the-top obsessed with the idea of hiking from Georgia to Maine. For whatever reason, walking from Georgia to my home of New England was exactly the kind of insanity I had been yearning for. In the beginning of my planning, I researched what it would take to rescue a Chihuahua puppy to raise as my hiking companion on the trail, strapping it to the front of my pack like a newborn baby. Unfortunately, after several hours of research on the importance of keeping your pack light, the dream of the Chihuahua faded, but my dream of hiking the AT remained! Anyways, I look forward to sleeping on the earth every night and feeling no guilt about the junk food I will be consuming along the way. Onward and Upward!

Casie Frederick

My name is Casie, also known as "River," and I am currently North Bound on the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy long walks on the beach, as well as through the woods.


Hi everyone, Cassie here! I'm a 21 year old girl from central PA who was born to travel. Every place I've been to is stuck in my heart forever- from the giant Redwoods of California to the mountains of the Adirondacks and the rocks of Utah. I'll be skipping out on my graduation for my BSN and setting out on my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail March of 2018. Follow my journey!

Chelsea Bates

I love good wine and the great outdoors. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia. When I grow up, I want to be a gypsy.

Christina Rose

Hi there – I’m Christina! I’m a wife, health coach, marathon runner and soon-to-be thru hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m prone to wander – seriously, I can’t sit still. I was born and raised in Olympia, WA, graduated from Montana State University – Bozeman, and for the past 3 years, my husband and I have been living an adventurous life in the beautiful state of Wyoming. My motivation for this blog comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 – which calls each and every one of us to be bold. Whether that’s facing your fear, taking a leap of faith, or responding to the call of adventure. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a dream I’ve had ever since I met my husband. After four years of saying NO, this year, we’re saying YES. Together, backpacking and being outdoors has become an important part of our lives, our faith and will forever remain a priority in our marriage. I hope as you continue to follow me in my wanderings that you will be inspired to go after your dreams. They beckon for a reason. ✌ Christina Pacific Crest Trail Start Date 5.4.17

Colin Baker

From Austin, TX. Decided to hike the AT a year ago for a new adventure in life. I look forward to the experience and challenges ahead of me. I see it as another growing moment in life. I'm certainly excited to meet new people and friends from all over. Can't wait to get out there.

Danielle OFarrell

Four years ago, I woke up in an Appalachian Trail Shelter on the last day of a 5-day backpacking trip I was leading with Tufts Wilderness Orientation. I squirmed to a sitting position in my sleeping bag and looked out of the open side of the shelter. Of course, I sighed, the birds were chirping and the sky was blue and I just was not ready to go back yet. But back we must go because the incoming freshmen we were leading were due for their welcoming orientation. I rolled over to face my co-leader and one of us voiced what we were thinking, What if we just didn’t go back? What if we just did this? And that was the beginning of my thru-hiking dreams. I kept playing with the day dream and then this year I realized, wait a minute… I could totally do this. So here I am, I am 24 and about to attempt a thru-hike to the Pacific Crest Trail! This trail goes from Mexico to Canada, entering six different North American ecozones and passing through the whole length of my home state of California. I graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Child Development and a Dance minor. The following year I worked in New England as an environmental educator and outdoor educator with Christodora and this year in San Francisco I work as an education specialist for Save Nature teaching conservation science and as a sales specialist at REI. And now I am heading off, to immerse myself in the world of nature and biology, a world I have loved since childhood and a world fear is too often forgotten. I am heading off to do a very simple thing–I am off heading off to walk.

David Stasiak

I'm 22 years young from a small town in the great state of Alabama, home of my momma, the greatest college football program ever (Roll Tide), and some of the dankest BBQ you'll ever have the privelege of gnawing on. My community is unlike any place I've been in America. We express a genuine interest in the wellbeing of our neighbors, and as cliche as it might sound, we'd give the shirts off our backs to ANYONE in need. I should feel right at home in the AT community. "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss — good, not evil. Success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it." -- Paul W. "Bear" Bryant

Deane "Roo" Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me Roo, shirt for Ruby Throat. I live in the Western North Carolina mountains and I’m planning a flip flop hike (because I never do anything in the “right” order). I’ll start with a new moon on April 26, NOBO from Grayson Highlands State Park (because….ponies!) I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger and a natural born nomad. If you see someone smelling wild roses and marveling at flamboyant fungi along the way, that will be me. Oh, yeah... my knees are totally looking forward to hiking the White Mountains. Please visit me at, too.


I'm Joe "EarthTone" Harold. I have always had an interest in the outdoors and backpacking. That interest has morphed into an obsession with the A.T. and my wife (LoGear) and I will be feeding that obsession starting in April of 2017. I'm a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and have just finished up as the Manager at the A.T. Museum in Gardners, PA. You can also follow my life adventures at my personal blog: See you out on the trail.

Elizabeth Connolly

Hey guys- my names Liz. I once gave a snack bag to an Irish man, who was hiking the Appalachian Trail. It changed my life. I'm settled cozy in Southern Maine, and engaged to my best friend! Yoga, reiki, rivers and mountains soothe my soul, but cider and icecream also help with that. I have dreams of hiking the trail and living in the woods.

Emily Ben

I thru hiked the PCT in 2017. I'm a hiker, boulderer and aspiring filmmaker currently working in digital. I live in London, UK so my journey to the trailhead was a long one and planning for my hike was been a complicated affair at times. I'll be writing about my experiences as an international hiker and as a solo female hiker.

Emily Elizabeth

I’m Emily! On a normal day you can find me either in a tree, field, or forest, most likely being a total goofball and making horrible puns. This June I’ll be EMbarking upon a SOBO hike after I wrap up my final year of nursing school. Although I have zero experience with backcountry cooking, I'll be constructing all my own meals and food drops due to food allergies. Looking forward to the quiet of the woods, the simplicity of living out of a backpack, my legs as my vehicle, and doing more with less.

Emily McCambridge

Hello! I'm Emily, and I'll be doing a flip flop AT thru-hike in April 2017 with my boyfriend Dan and our 1-year-old lab pup Oliver. I grew up a couple miles off the AT in northern NJ, went to college in Washington, DC, and for the past three years have been in the Chicago area, and I'm very excited to leave cities & suburbia behind to live in the woods for half a year! We'll be heading south from Delaware Water Gap April 3rd, so if you're a NOBO hiker in 2017 we'll likely cross paths.

emily sue

my name is emily and i am a future AT thru-hiker. i like the grateful dead, board games, and sandwiches. if all goes as planned, i will be hiking the AT NOBO in 2020. check here for posts about my inevitable changes in gear, shakedown and mini section hikes, and other miscellaneous ramblings of a beginner backpacker.

Eric Guldberg

Hello! My name is Eric Guldberg and I'm from the Great Lake State. Ann Arbor, MI to be exact. I will be NOBO thru hiking the A.T starting March 1st, 2017. I am hiking to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society in honor of my father who has brain cancer. Before I do that I am finishing up a business degree from Hope College. I hope you all follow me on my journey from A2 --> GA --> ME.

Erica Notini

2017 AT Thru Hiker and outdoor enthusiast, I have been hiking in and around the White Mountains of NH since I was 6 with my mom and brothers. After finishing the AT, I pursued my goal of spending my life outside by becoming a guide for a wilderness therapy program. Despite living in the woods for a living, the lure of thru hiking has persisted. Stay tuned for more adventures to come!

Erick Gaudreau

Whats good!! Im Erick but you can just call me Styles. I live in a small 45 min outside of Boston, MA. My love for hiking and just being outside all started when i was young after climbing Mt. Washington NH. Most of my hiking is in NH and Vermont mountains, and hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2015. This year I'm going to attempt a PCT-CDT calendar year hike. follow along for this crazy adventure!!


I first heard the trail call my name shortly after graduating high school, and after just a few weekend hikes, I could no longer keep myself from a thru-hike. Between medical waivers and appeals for the Navy, being called in for 14 hour shifts at a gas station, and all the other stresses of the daily grind, a 2,600 mile hike sounds like a great break.

Forrest Radarian

I'm Forrest and I'll be traveling SOBO on the AT in 2017. I'm currently an AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology high school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. My wife and I are into long distance cycling and trail running. I've done a self-supported bike tour from Canada to Mexico, I've thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helen's, and Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon in Northern AZ/Southern UT. Wilderness conservation and environmental justice are my passion. Building an environmental ethos in my students, as well as getting them out into the wild, gives me meaning. Hiking the AT has literally been a goal of mine since I was in elementary school. This thru-hike will be an opportunity to share the wild with my students back in AZ, push myself physically, do an adventure with my wife, and be in the wilderness in the way it always transforms me.

Funky Stuff

I am a 23 year old kid born and raised in South Bend, IN. Graduated college in 2016 and survived 2 months in an accounting internship. Since then I haven't spent more than 5 weeks in the same state. I am addicted to road trips and have been to 49 states in my 93 Buick (help me get her to Hawaii). I make money when I am home by substitute teaching and scalping tickets at every Notre Dame football game. I love having fun, playing games, helping others and listening to good stories. My best friend rose from the grave one time (true story). I am hiking the Appalachian Trail NoBo starting March 26th and taking a couple weeks off the trail in May to go on a mission trip to Guatemala to help some children there (currently accepting financial support).

Gary Stell

I'm a 67 year old retiree from a long career in the Oil and Natural Gas industry. I am a native Oklahoman, I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. I have always been more comfortable in the woods than any other place. I love God and all kinds of outdoor activities, I hunt, fish, kayak, play golf, hike, camp and enjoy God's creation.

Gas Monkey

Greetings everyone! My name is Ian 'Gas Monkey' Matta, and I'll be hiking NOBO come March of 2017. I'm currently finishing up my degree in Visual Effects at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with my graduation set for March 14th. (perfect timing.) I first caught the thru hiking bug back in 2010 during a 10 day section hike through the Saddlebacks and Bigelows. Since then I have had the opportunity to hike the 100 mile wilderness, portions of the White Mountains, the whole of Georgia, and countless other mountains on both the east and west coast. I return to the trail because of the serenity and non-aggression. I am a happy guy by nature and the AT provides an escape from all things stress, politics, and judgement. I'm ready to leave my worries at the doorstep, and live life out on the loose for a bit.

Hannah Bosel

Hey! I'm Hannah. I'm a 2017 AT solo NOBO from The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Ohio. I love trees, Harry Potter, summer camp, donuts, airports, dogs, lists, and just about ten-million other things. I'm taking a semester off from college to thru-hike and figure out where I'm supposed to go next.

Heather P

Hey howdy! My husband and I will be starting our NOBO thru attempt in March of 2017. At present, I live in Washington state and I work as an occupational therapist. I am a lover of documentaries, peppermint everything, my sweet dog, and early bedtimes. Louise (our dog) is such a joy, but she won't be coming along with us. My wanderlust is the product of being raised in the military; I don't think I will ever see enough places or meet enough people. My husband had the hare-brained idea to hike the Appalachian Trail...I took that idea and ran with it. Follow along with our adventure! Happy hiking!

Heather Q

Hey there, nice to see you here. My name's Heather and I'm a travel junkie. I love anything and everything new, all the time. My husband loves everything the same, all the time. I know for him, once we do something for the first time, it is already our routine. We love each other infinitely and are looking forward to do the same thing repeatedly every day in new places by hiking the AT in 2017. My husband, Joel, is the social media guru so my social media links take to you his accounts of tracking our adventure! If you want to check out my artwork or keep updated on our adventures and writing beyond the AT our website is If you want to watch our hike, my husband's YouTube channel is 'Joel Wanders'. If you want to read the love story of what brought the two of us together in our thirties you can buy our love story on just look up Heather Q! Happy Reading!


My name is Teri (Hoozurmama) and I'm attempting a NOBO thru hike. My hometown is St. Louis (Go Cardinals!) but I've call Texas home for the last 20 years. After my hike I'm headed to North Carolina. I've spent 32 years in the corporate world but my most important job is being a mom. I'll keep that job but my new "day" job is slaying mountains between GA and ME. I love God, my family, Diet Coke, birds singing (not crackles screaming), the smell of fresh cut grass, baseball, soccer (well basically all sports), Blue Bell ice cream, The Waltons, and the color purple.

Jackie Bannon

I'm Jackie. I'm attempting to thru-hike the PCT this summer. I just graduated from UW-Madison, and I hope I can find as much cheese and love on trail as I did in good ole Wisconsin.

James Shepherd

My name is James. Along with my wife, Rebekah, we hope to spend 2017 rendering the word 'aspiring' no longer necessary when describing us as thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Jeff Santos

Hi. I´m Jeff Santos. I´m from Brazil. When I was a kid I had to walk a league to visit my grandma. A league is around 3.5 miles. I was 7 years old. She lived in a village called Boavista. It´s nice view in Portuguese. That´s what I expected during my thru-hike: nice views. If you don´t speak Portuguese you can use Google Translator to read more at . If you prefer pictures and videos, follow me on Instagram or YouTube. Cheers.

Jennifer Giddens

Recent Auburn Grad headed off for a NOBO hike in March. Hiking to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Research. - Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light - Yogi Bhajan

Jeremy Gottschalk

Jeremy G is a military veteran and enthusiastic hiker. Starting in Hawaii, Jeremy began the Barefoot Hikers, a social group aimed at trail restoration, history and conservation while building friendships. With some 300 hike events over nine years, the group reached 17,000 Barefoot Hikers without injury or fatalities (very rare in Hawaii). In 2016, Jeremy transitioned into the civilian world with hopes of continuing his hobby as more of a lifestyle. He set out to cover two of the National Scenic Trails, AT and the FNST. Follow along with the OG Hawaii 'Barefoot Hiker' as he attempts the AT!

Jim McNelis (Moonshine)

Greetings fellow hikers! In brief, my name is Jim, I'm 39, and I am originally from Manassas, Virginia. I moved to San Francisco in my early 30s and now live in Truckee, California, which is just north of Lake Tahoe. I consider myself experienced at hiking and camping, but not an expert. I'll be attempting my thru hike with an ultralight setup, and in that category, I am a beginner. Join me as I figure out the nuances of thru hiking with as little as possible along this 2190.3 mile walk.

Jody Chancey

My name is Jody (no trail name yet). I will be hiking from the beaches of Destin, Florida all the way to Canada. I will be traveling most of that distance via the Appalachian Trail. I currently work as a Database Administrator/Web Developer for CACI, Inc.

Kai Meka

Hi there! I'm Kai, I am an adventurer, and an aspiring travel blogger/photographer who currently resides in Southern Maine. I am going to attempt an ultralite SOBO thru-hike of the AT, starting about a month after my 20th birthday in July 2017, with my dog, Cheyenne, joining me for as much of the trail as possible. The ultimate goal is to hike over 2000 miles, and to have as much fun, and as many new experiences as possible in the process!

KatBird & Trail

Newlyweds in recovery, hiking the AT SOBO. Starting over again, sharing our experience, strength, and HOPE! Grateful for the opportunity to take on this adventure; a little anxious but overall EXCITED! God is Good! #ATrecovery2017

Kate Bradley

Hi! My name is Kate. I thru hiked the PCT in 2017, and took on a Mt. Rainier summit attempt as part of the journey. My trail name is Vaya, which means 'Go' in Spanish. Vaya bien!

Kate Gewehr

Hello, my name is Kate! I'm 41 years old and currently live in Madison, Wisconsin. I hiked 567 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and can't wait to make plans to hike more of it. Before I set out, I decided to give myself my own trail name: Pét-Nat (after a natural sparkling style of wine beloved by wine geeks like me). It turns out that no one on the trail had ever heard of Pét-Nat.

Kate Stillwell

Hi! I’m Kate aka "Ribs". June 8th, Alexa aka "Tink", new grad from “The U”, and I will start our 2,190.3 mile E.P.I.C. SOBO thru-hike and blog up, down and around the trail. We are stoked! As if the AT isn’t hard enough, Alexa’s vegan so our 22 resupply food boxes have been a ginormous challenge! We’ve lined up amazing Trail Angels (Sara VT, Deb NY, Linda & Ed PA, Joyce MD and Nancy NC) who want to bless us with TLC as we wend, stumble, slip, slide and fumble (with style & grace) our way from Maine to Georgia. Alexa is passionate about nonprofits and so created: “Hiking for Nonprofits” where FOR profit companies sponsor our hike with 100% of the $$$$ going directly to nonprofits organizations. Annapolis Subaru stepped up immediately and pledged funds for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as did Belair Produce who are sponsoring on behalf of Heroes of Tomorrow (HoT) and Maryland Federation of Art (MFA). Please visit their websites and support them all. When all is said and done we will see if we are “Stillwell”. Wanna read more stuff? Check out my blog: Instagram: @Just_Skedaddle and @hikingfornonprofits WEBSITE: SPONSORS & SPONSOREES:, for ,, for, and

Katie Eckman

I will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail in April 2017. I will start in Georgia and hike northward. Hoping to share some of that experience with you through this blog!

Katie Sandage

Hey, I'm Katie and I'm thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017. I enjoy long walks through the mud and eating dessert first. In my spare time I like to nerd out on nature and occasionally shoot things.

Keckeley Habel

Hey all! My name is Keckeley and I'm a (very) recent graduate of St. Lawrence University! I'm hiking the AT SOBO starting early June and can't wait to get going. I've been dreaming of doing this hike since I was young after hearing my mom's stories of the same journey. Originally from Kalispell, MT, the Rockies are my home, so I'm excited to explore other mountains, rivers and people! Hike on!

Kelly Ann Baird

Hey ya'll! I'm Kelly Ann and my goofy pup here is Riley. We started backpacking early in 2016 and ever since have been gearing up for some pretty strenuous thru-hikes; the first of which will be our sobo AT thru-hike beginning October, 2017. Prior to backpacking, I was a two sport varsity athlete, captain, and Conference/National Champion for Ohio State. I was also a member of the USA swim team for a couple years. My competitive background has fueled my long distance backpacking adventures to be more on the irregular side. By pushing boundaries and sharing my experiences with others, I hope to inspire more individuals to get outside and explore the world around them, whether that be by taking a stroll around a neighborhood park or walking for months on end across the country. No step is too small because all great adventures begin with the courage to take that initial step.

Kerstin A. La Cross

Hi, my name is Kerstin, aka Weasel! I'm an adventure cartoonist based in the Pacific Northwest who makes silly comics and doodles about trail backpacking. I also occasionally do diary and retail comics.

Keturamarie Lennick

Hey everyone! I'm Ketura a.k.a Littlefoot. I'm a 22 year old from the beautiful state of Arizona. I start hiking mid April from Amicalola Falls, and I hope to see all of you guys out there! Thanks for taking interest in my hike, and I hope you follow along!


Trail name: Krispies. Hiker, traveler, swim instructor and author of Hold for Hiker Trash, a novel about Trail Angels on the PCT. I call Buffalo, NY my home base, where I’m currently planning an eastbound hike of the Finger Lakes Trail and a southbound hike of the Long Trail.

Kirsten Fraude

Hey! I'm Shutterbug! I'm 25, a photographer, upstate newyorker, lover of nature, and am hoping to become a wilderness therapist one day. In 2017 I hiked about 1500 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I plan on reattempting a thru hike of it someday.


My name is Kristin but you can also call me ‘Half Moon’ or ‘Half Moon Lou’ a trail name I was given last year on the trail. I was attempting a NOBO halfway section hike to Harpers Ferry, WV in 2017 when ten days in I found out I had to get my Gall Bladder removed and pulled off the trail. But I’m happy to be reattempting my hike this year, departing from where I left off at mile 69.3. My ten days on the AT were more than incredible and I can’t wait to get back out there and once again live on the trail.

KT Saunders

I answer to Katie, or KT, or Penny (when the whisky kicks in). I’m leaving Texas to hike NOBO in 2017. I have 2 gay cats, I like awkward situations, I speak in sarcasm, and if you see someone talking to a squirrel trying to convince it to be their friend, it’s probably me. Please stop and say hi!

Kylie Torrence

Hey everyone! I'm Kylie. 22 years old from Georgia. I'm an AT NOBO starting on March 27th. You'll probably find me with a camera in hand. I had more written here but it sounded like a dating profile so instead I'm keeping it short and sweet! Happy hiking! :D

Lauren Hafley

my trail name is woodchuck and will remain woodchuck because it was tattooed on the bicep of a man in Damascus. I hiked the AT sobo in 2016 and flipped around on the PCT in 2017. I'm currently living in Brooklyn and working toward becoming a certified trail guide. Come hike with me.


Hiking 2,189 for Girl Power! As a solo female trekker with little backpacking experience, I am setting out to show women that they (and I) can do anything. I always imagined a thru hike with a partner, but since none showed up I am going solo and stoked about it. Because conquering mountains leads to conquering mountains. Let's go

Leila Pike

Hi. I'm Leila. I'll be tracking my musings and progress here for my 2017 thru-hike of the PCT. I'm from Maine! (Which deserves an exclamation mark). I'm a general outdoor enthusiast, but this will be my first time spending five to six months outdoors. Luckily, I'll have my ever-knowledgeable and experienced friend, Abby, with me (a fellow trek blogger - check her out). Follow me here!

Lil Wayne

This is Lil Wayne the LASHer, having hiked 1,189.8 miles of the AT in 2017! I also run a lit magazine called The Slag Review, am a ceaseless pun generator, and a cheap wine enthusiast. This is the time to live, let's all shout from a mountain top. The Trail Provides and the Dude Abides.


Salutations! My name is Lily, and I hiked the AT from July 1st to December 19th of 2017. I'm currently back in my home state of New York, freezing to death and plotting future expeditions!

Linda Vance

Hey everyone! I'm Linda, a 65-year old research ecologist who had a plan to retire and trade field work for hiking. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans.... So instead, I'll be starting a flip flop the first week in April, and then will take a little time off after Maine to collect baseline data on fire-affected wetlands in Montana. I know, it's a tough life. I'm looking forward to the Trail, but sometimes I wonder exactly why I need to spend so much of my life sleeping on the ground.

Linnea Delucchi

My name is Linnea and I am one of the many love child's of our great God Zeus. I kinda wish my mom was Hera, but my mortal mom is pretty tight. In reality, I grew up in the swanky suburban town of Fair Oaks, along the American River. I spent my summers floating down the river, backpacking, day hiking, and swimming back and forth too many times in a 25 yard pool. In the winters, we skied North Lake Tahoe every weekend we could make it up. I still like all of those things and got the bug to hike the PCT in 2017. Somehow, I managed to complete it and am now addicted. Stoked to see what hike I choose next! Until then, writing, skiing, and traveling await.

Lion Heart

Hi! I'm Lion Heart and I love all things hiking. I'll be thru-hiking NoBo on the PCT in 2017. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006, I launched a more active lifestyle with a refreshed perspective on Life. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009 and 2013. In 2015, I hiked 700 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. When I'm not thru-hiking, I work as a science teacher, perform as a percussionist, and rally for bicycle advocacy. No matter where my footprints fall or my bicycle tires roll, I believe in treading lightly on this planet and honoring my connection to all things.

Mackenzie Findeisen

Hi, my name is Mackenzie, but most refer to me as Mack Daddy. Hawaii native, living in Boulder, Colorado (shocker). I am a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder pursuing a BS in Journalism and a BA in Communication. Meanwhile, I spend my time climbing rocks, riding down snowy hills, chasing waterfalls and snuggling with my cat. I fell in love with backpacking when I was 16 and hiked a small portion of the #AT. Since then, I've been busying myself with school and short backpacking trips around Colorado (still haven't found a favorite, suggestions?).

Major League

Hi, I'm Major League (aka Suzanne). I am a 2017 SOBO Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker. I'll begin my journey on June 5th.

Maricruz Mosqueda

Hola amigos! My name is Maricruz Mosqueda. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico but grew up in Colorado. This year I'm going to through-hike the Pacific Crest Trail! I'm hoping that my journey can inspire the Latinx community to participate in the outdoors more. I’ m mostly going to wing it, so I hope you enjoy my story.

Mary Meixner

I hail from Ohio, the state with no mountains, so this mountain-seeking girl is heading for the Appalachian Trail in 2017! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and have been working in the animal care field ever since, taking care of everything from horses to snakes to tigers to bears to eagles. At present, I am the Curator of Birds at a sanctuary for birds in Ohio. I am not sure where in life I want to go from here, so I am hoping that spending four months in the woods will help me discover some direction. Happy Trails! “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”

Matthew Morelli

I have spent the last 2 decades (my whole life) exploring and extensively photographing the Southern Appalachians with my dad and friends. I am a sophomore at Kennesaw State University studying to be a high school history teacher. For work I coach a rowing team out of Roswell, Georgia. Thanksgiving 2015 I made a day trip to the top of Springer Mountain and stumbled across a group finishing their SOBO thru-hike. One of them was an 11 year old girl. It was in that moment that I realized the trail was my destiny and this semester is finally my time to do it!

Megan Landstine

Pacific Northwesterner. Amateur Coddiwompler. Cool Wife. Nature Enthusiast. Dog Mom. SOBO2017 "Pickles"

Megan McGowan

My trail name is Sourstraws, but most people who know me on trail just call me Straws. My husband Piñata and I hiked the Triple Crown together between 2016-2018. Although we are back in the real world for now, we're hiker trash at heart and are always looking forward to the next adventure. We'll be on the Tahoe Rim Trail September 2019. Read more at

Michael Sweet

I'm an English teacher who turned into a superintendent and principal for a small school in rural Michigan. It's been 26 years since I stretched my legs on a long haul hike. The timing is right to hit it again, so I'm heading southbound during the summer and fall of 2017 on the CDT.

Mikaela Kostrubiak

I climb things. I drink things. I smile at things. Starting my NOBO thru hike in March 2017 thanks to the love and support from Levante Brewing Company. Sit back with your favorite beverage and elevate your craft!

Nadine Symons

I am a 54 year old trying to reconnect with myself. Quit my job and started thru hiking March 10th with my dog Yankee last year. Made it to mile 586 then fell down a ravine and broke my ankle. Starting again this year from where I stopped and hopefully will make it to Katahdin. I would rather try and fail then never try at all.

Nick Cellini

Hey, I'm Mismatch, I enjoy long scenic hikes through the woods and a chilled bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade. AT '15 ME-GA, and setting off for a PCT thru hike attempt in May. I'm currently a personal trainer based out of the cornfields in central Illinois. I have my sights set on hiking the Triple Crown and I'm excited to share all the ups and downs of this journey with you all.

Nick Parsons

Hi guys! In the adult world I am known as Nick, but on the trail I'm called, TreeHouse! I love carrying my life on my back for months at a time, I'm a fan of living simply and simply living. I love music, fresh air, cold frosts on mountain tops and brisk breezes atop of balds! I'm about to go out for a LONG walk starting on February 15, 2017. My feet will carry me 2,190.3 miles from the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia to the Northern terminus, MOUNT KATAHDIN IN MAINE!! Follow along with me as I embark on the journey of a lifetime!!

Olivia Plumb

I'm a recent high school grad who has decided to put off college and other adult-ish things for a year so I can hide out in the woods. If you want to find me on the trail, I'm the one carrying way too many books.

Patrick Donahue

My Name is Patrick "Dragonfly" Donahue and in the summer of 2016 my girlfriend, better known as "Butterfly", attempted a SOBO AT thru-hike. We made it all the way to Duncanon, PA where she was diagnosed with stress fractions in both feet, and my entire pack was stolen. We decided this was a calling to get off the trail and attempt it at a later date. Since then we have moved to central Oregon where we now live. We don't currently have the time for a 6 month hiatus from life so we plan on attacking some shorter trails such as the Lost Coast Trail and sections of the Oregon Desert Trail. -Happy Trails.


I'm A British Guy, living in Finland and hiking long trails in America! I've been travelling all over the world in the last few years. I had an adventure Thru-Hiking the AT in 2015 and will hopefully be having some more in 2017 on the Continental Divide Trail. I'll be blogging all about my preparations for the CDT in the build up to the hike and will be blogging from the trail in June. Checkout more of my writing at and follow me on Instagram @pieonthetrail

Rhys Hora

Howdy All, I'm Rhys, thanks for stoppin' by. If you've made it this far it means you just read all the gibberish I've written above, and for that I'm sorry. I owe you a beer. I'm hiking the the Appalachian Trail because, short answer, I think there's more livin' to be squeezed out of life. Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or want to nerd out about gear, hiking, or shenanigans (I love shenanigans!) feel free to reach out via email or facebook. See you on the trail!


Hi! I’m Henry, aka Righteous. After years of summer backpacking trips and a few seasons working in the backcountry for a trail organization along the AT, I completed a SOBO thru hike of the AT in 2013. In 2017, I hit the trail again and hiked the PCT and AZT (both SOBO) back to back. I’m always plotting more adventures, including long-distance bikepacking routes.

Rob Catalanotto

Hi. I'm Rob and I'm a North-bound A.T. thru-hiker. My interests include fly-fishing, hiking and carrying too much food. Follow me as I amble up the Appalachian Trail. Thanks for reading!

Ronn Raszetnik

I'm "Wayfinder," a 34 year old adventurer, spiritual seeker, craft beer geek, and aspiring writer who is taking the path less traveled on the Benton MacKaye Trail in 2017. Born and raised in Florida, I have scaled as many swamps as I have mountains, but hiking in the southern Appalachians always renews my spirit.

Ruth Morley

After living overseas 18 years, I continue to enjoy exploring the world, especially via my own two feet. Doing the 1500 mile GR5 trail from the North Sea to the Mediterranean made me fall in love with long distance hiking. Now that we're back in Ohio, the Appalachian Trail keeps calling me. So in 2017, I answered. After tons of prep work at home dehydrating all my gluten- and dairy-free food, I got 500 miles in before tendonitis and the dreaded plantar fasciitis sent me home. After healing over the winter, I finished up the southern half on Nov.10, 2018. But the northern 1100 miles await, so I must go. Join me this spring/summer as I explore and complete this section hopefully in one go.

Sam Getchell

You'll find me wandering the woods, clearing trails, and walking long distances. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and will be walking north once again on the PCT in 2017! Hailing from New Hampshire, the mountains have always been my home.

Sara Chico

Hey, everyone! I'm getting an early start on my NOBO and I'll be hitting up Springer Mountain in February (the cold never bothered me anyway, right Elsa?) I'm 24 and I grew up in North Carolina, but I live in Colorado right now, where I'm spoiled rotten playing in the Rockies every chance I get. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology in 2015, and I'm thru hiking the last bit of my gap year before I hopefully start med school in August. I'm a simple gal who loves the usual things in life: big dogs, flannels, and free chips and salsa. Get ready for some serious shenanigans. Happy hiking!

Scott Edwards

I am a class of 2017 Appalachian Trail thru hiker. My background in camping, hiking and backpacking is through scouts. As a youth I spent five summers backpacking in the mountains of New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch, two of which were spent teaching others how to do so as a Ranger. As an adult I have continued my love of the outdoors, and have been back to Philmont four times as an adult leader and have led two groups for week long adventures to Isle Royale. It will be amazing to see some of the changes that take place in others on the trail, but I am especially interested to see what I can learn from the trail. The longest I have ever been out at one time is three weeks, and that was over 30 years ago. Hopefully I can convince my wife, Leslie, to write a couple of blog posts about what it is like for those that are left behind as we pursue our dreams of a thru hike. Happy trails......

Scott Farley

An avid hiker that loves to escape the world and run into nature. I do not have a trail name YET so be gentle. Besides hiking I love to ride my Harley Davidson any chance I get. I also do Stand Up Comedy and you can see one of my shows by going to my you-tube channel. I am also an 8 year Marine Veteran and a Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I am really looking forward to this upcoming 2,189 mile journey on the Appalachian Trail. If you see me out there say hello and carry my gear. Ha

Scuba Steve

Salutations fellow wanderers and followers, fans, friends, and families of wanderers! Our's not to reason why, Ours but to hike and die, Up the Appalachian Trail, hiked the 2017 thru hikers. (With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson). My ambitious plan is to start a NOBO the first week of May, take one week off in mid June, and finish by the first week of September. I will either succeed greatly, or fail spectacularly, either way, it should be quite entertaining and exciting. I am 47, retired military, working on my MBA, a book, and of course a hike! RLTW

Sean Kearns

39 years around the sun. Father of two. I'm also heavily bearded. I'm an avid outdoorsman and I have an unnatural obsession with craft beer. I am currently living in an RV near Asheville, NC, hiking my face off almost every day and loving every minute of it. I started hiking the AT NOBO in 2017.

Shaina Dudek

Hey world, I'm Shaina. Southeast Michigan native. I showed up to my first adventure in the mountains with a suitcase and had no idea that people climbed rocks for fun until 2014. Since then I have gallivanted around the deserts of Utah as a wilderness therapy guide, trekked 2200km of Te Araroa in New Zealand, and have spent more nights under the stars than under a roof. I dabble in paints, poetry, live music, and portable instruments. Follow me and my love and our new harmonica on the trail this May. NOBO PCT 2017.

Shelby Cook

Hey everyone! My name is Shelby, and I'm from Newaygo, Michigan! I studied writing at Wheaton College ('14) in the suburbs of Chicago, and have been floating between the high peaks of Denali, Alaska and the warm beaches of St. John, US Virgin Islands since then. I love coffee, used book stores, front porch sittin’, drinking beer, traveling, playing outside, all things Alaska, Taco Bell, and you. :)

Sierra Knotts

I have been craving a new adventure ever since returning from a year spent abroad in Thailand. And I think I've found one with the vast challenge and mighty experience of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'll be spending the 5.5 months flip-flopping from Harper's Ferry to Mt. Katahdin and then Harper's Ferry to Springer Mtn. You can find me on the trail strumming my ukelele, reading a good book, snapping pictures of the sunset, or writing about the day in my journal. Things I won't ever be able to get enough of: Snickers Bars, dogs, and naps. Happy trails, everyone!


Hello! My trail name is Snap and I completed my NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017. My hike lasted February 26th to August 3rd.


Nature-lover, spreadsheet warrior, amateur yogi and thru-hiker also known as "snap." I like books, giggle fits, and fried potatoes in any form. AT '17. PCT TBD?

Steve and Ivetta Severance

Hello! My name is Steve, I'm a 51 year old retired firefighter/paramedic. My wife Ivetta and I will finally be realizing our dream of thru-hiking the AT in 2017. We've been looking forward to this opportunity since we were married 32 years ago! Our trail names are Engine and Caboose...given to us on the AT years ago while hiking in a long line with our four children. In addition to hiking, we enjoy running, cycling, good food and craft beer. We'll be leaving Springer on March 8th and we can't wait to get the journey started. Hope to see you out there!

Stewart Moore

Stewart developed a passion for writing and the outdoors as early as high school. Living in the Southeast's premier climbing city, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stewart was drawn to the natural beauty of the area and spent a great deal of time climbing and running, experiences that crept into his college applications. As a French Language and Literature major at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Stewart grew his passion for languages while continuing to spend ample time trail running. His study of the French language took him to Nantes, Corsica, Geneva, and Guadeloupe, while his dedication to running allowed him to complete over ten marathons and ultra-marathons. Moving to Colorado in 2014, Stewart began a Masters program at Colorado State University focusing in creative non-fiction writing. Combining his outdoor experiences hiking over 1,000 solo miles on long-distance trails with thoughts on familial and personal relationships, Stewart finished his Masters thesis in August of 2016. Stewart currently lives in Frisco, Colorado, teaching yoga at Summit Hot Yoga, skiing and snowboarding at Copper Mountain, and writing a weekly gear roundup for Shoulders of Giants. He is continually active outside and has written freelance work for Elephant Journal and The Flyfish Journal. He is currently planning a Northbound thru-hike of Appalachian Trail starting in mid-April 2017.


Hey y’all! Stubbs here! I will be making my second thru-hike attempt with my husband and best friend, after a pelvic fracture forced me off trail in 2016. I made it over halfway to Boiling Springs, PA and have every intention of conquering the trail in its entirety this time if the odds are in my favor! It’s go time!

Tiffany Taylor Korrigan

I was a prospective 2016 AT NoBo thru-hiker, but leaning more toward a SoBo or flip-flop now. Also I'm a retired Army Sergeant First Class that lives in Kentucky with my three teenagers. I'm newly back into hiking and backpacking after some time away from it while serving in the military. I bring into these new adventures a completely different outlook than I had 20+ years ago when I originally wanted to do this hike.

Tom Abel

My name is Tom, but I am going by the trail name Red Beard. I am 66 years old, and as you can tell from my picture, my beard is no longer red. Red Beard reflects how I see myself when I am not looking in the mirror. I refuse to grow old gracefully. I am a geologist, now retired. I have always enjoyed working in the field and disdained working in the office. I have wanted to thru-hike the AT since 1975 and am finally going in 2017. In the mean time, I will be training physically and mentally (thank you Appalachian Trials) and getting my gear the way I like it. I will occasionally write about my progress. Happy Hiking!

Tom Rainer

Hi. My name is Tom and I'm planning on completing a North Bound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 along with one of my sons. I'm recently retired from my job as a technical manager. This adventure offers an opportunity of a lifetime, as I seek to discover the focus for my encore career. I'm happily married to my wife of 38 years and we have three grown children, and four young grand children. I love all kinds of music, singing, playing guitar, country line dancing, and square dancing.

Tom Willard

Haunted by a failed thru hike attempt in 2016, I am back in 2017. My head is clear, the flame is reignited, and I am hungry for the trail.

Tommy Corey

Hey! Twerk here - and yes, I got that trail name exactly how you would think. I hiked about 750 miles of the PCT last year and am returning this year to complete a full thru hike. I'm a photographer in Portland, Oregon and recently turned the dirty 30. I'm a brand ambassador for Hyperlite Mountain Gear and will be posting constantly for my upcoming thru-hike so stay tuned!


My name is Tortugamama (Tortuga was taken), and Grey Hare and I are recently retired and are very excited to be starting our adventure on the AT. We will be flip flopping beginning in Virginia on April 10. We are life-long outdoor enthusiasts and look forward to hearing from our family and friends, old and new, along the way. Any words of advice will be greatly appreciated!


My name is Travis. I will be through hiking the PCT in 2017. I worked on cars for the last 13 years as a BMW master technician and shop foreman. Aside from loving to hike, I also love to build and off road Jeeps, and everything that comes with that, such as fabrication and welding. I have recently decided that I did not like my job and situation. My wife and I sold almost everything that we owned to downsize our life pay off most of our debt and are beginning a new chapter in our life starting with an epic adventure across the western United States to the PCT.

Trey Cate

I am a current Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker. I'm actually supposed to be out back fixing the fence, but I figured no one would notice if I snuck away for five months. Shhh. Oh! I keep up with my Instagram pretty regularly so if you have any questions just drop me a line. Hugs, kisses, and well-wishes.

Tyler Burnette

I am currently 22, but will be spending my 23rd birthday on the Appalachian Trail this summer! Recently graduated from Tennessee Tech, and excited to go Walkabout. Hoping this trek will allow me to develop into the person I aspire to be. Will try to post weekly on topics regarding the body, mind, and soul. Also, will be posting a series regarding physical fitness while on trail. I hope that my experience can help fellow and future thru-hikers make the most of the journey of a lifetime!


Hello Everybody! My name is Jordan and I am 29 years old. I am currently planning my first (full length) Thru-hike, and will begin sometime in March 2017! This is just the beginning. I intend to complete the triple crown and then move toward advanced mountaineering. My current goals are to summit Everest and own an adventure related business by the time I am 40! I am the definition of "free spirit". I have lived in almost every state on the eastern seaboard! I was born in StateCollege, PA and raised in Londonderry, VT. I'll admit, I was a spoiled ski resort brat. Anyway, now I have developed this strange urge to walk up mountains? I Don't know... sounds kind of silly when I actually think about it. This is not my first appearance on the AT. Some of you may have seen me and my Siberian Husky back in 2015 as we hiked from Damascus, VA - Roanoke, VA (Hiking under the trail names "Vermont and Mukluk"). I have also completed all of PA and All of VT! "I don't expect anybody to care about my dreams, I just want to be the one who inspires you to follow you own" - Vermont


Hi, I'm Waterfall, a retired elementary school teacher. I've been section hiking the AT for seventeen years and have finished one fourth of it in all that time. I know, I hear all of the thru hikers out there saying, "What?!". This year is the first time I'm going to be on the trail for two months straight, hoping to do another fourth of the trail. Next year I'll do the other half. I needed a blog space and The Trek was gracious enough to allow me to share space on their site with the Bloggers of 2017 thru hikers. Trust me, I'm honored. I'm not doing the AT hike your way, thru hikers, I'm doing it my way, a little at a time. But, I have the same thoughts in my mind as all of you, that I will get it done. I'm excited, nervous, and anxious and can't wait to get out there, again.


Aaron Ibey

Hey guys! My name is Aaron I'm 20 years old from Indianapolis, Indiana. I'm setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail in early March, I can't wait! I recently graduated High School last spring and decided to take a gap year before I head into the "adult world" (whatever that means...). I'm a photographer, skateboarder, and adventure enthusiast. Along the way on my hike I will be photographing my trip along the AT, in hopes of creating a photo book of the A.T. as well as the people that help the A.T. both on and off trail. I'm very excited to blog for Appalachian Trials! Happy hiking!

Alan Goodwin

Just a 29 year old guy from New Hampshire who will be attempting to hike the AT starting in late March 2016. Everyone has their own reasons as to why they are hiking the trail. I suppose mine are similar to others – need an adventure, need a change, have big dreams, want to live life to the fullest etc. etc. My goals of this blog are to hopefully provide everyone a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of inspiration, and most importantly to let my parents know that I’m still alive. Working 8-5 for the next 35 years (with a few vacations mixed in) scares the shit out of me. People live their lives in a magnitude of different ways. Find something that you love and do it because you want to, not because society told you to. (this whole paragraph is such a cliché) I’ve had people ask me if I am hiking for a charity or for a cause. My answer is no, I suppose that is selfish, but you shouldn’t donate to a cause because someone is hiking the AT, you should donate because you want to. If you feel strongly about one specific issue you should contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is cancer, ALS, or the heroin epidemic is a huge bitch right now. If anyone wants to send me anything along the way (another selfish statement) snickers and whiskey are encouraged items.

Alex Frank

Hey! My name is Alex (at least for the time being). I graduated college about three years ago and have been working since then. After a long career in the corporate world, I decided that it was time to retire and start a new adventure. This trek has been a dream of mine for years now and I can't wait for the experiences to come. For me, the spiritual journey is just as important as the physical one. I will be attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail NOBO, starting mid April!

Alex Mohrman

Alex is currently studying Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As soon as she graduates this May she will be trading the beach for the mountains and embarking on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail!

Amy Bee

I love backpacking, but it is not something that comes easily to me, which is why I am so enamored. As a person that struggles with a mental illness, it is common to live in my head and be at the whim of my emotional impulses. Backpacking demands I get out there in the physical world; it helps me to be present, to work, to overcome obstacles, and find success on top of mountains. It pushes me to be tenacious and accept emotional transience. Besides, the best places in the world are the ones you have to walk to! I will be thru hiking the PCT in 2016- you can follow along here, and read about past PCT adventures at gottahike dot com.

Andria Schmitz

Well hey! I'm Andi, a traveler currently pit stopping in the Midwest. I'm a jogger, tea enthusiast, banjo listener, and in December, a recent college grad! My post-college plans are slightly deviated from the norm, as the AT is first on my list. Follow my wanderings and we'll most likely learn a few things together as I journey north to Katahdin.

Ashley Schellhase

Appalachian Trail Southbound 2016 | Pacific Crest Trail Southbound 2017 | GA hiker trash

Aundrea J

Hey Hey Hey! Aundrea here, I am an aspiring 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker. Mother of a plus size feline. Lover of life, laughs, and leftovers. Wanderer, adventurer, and beverage enthusiast. I dream of mermaids and motorcycles and meeting a man who can dance.


Growing up in the south as a displaced northerner, I've never been able to fit in perfectly anywhere. After subsisting on little more than dirt and pennies as an AmeriCorps and SCA intern at Bear Mountain State Park, I rekindled my love for all things green, dirty, and 100% natural. Follow my adventures as I head northward on the Appalachian Trail on February 27. I promise I'm sort of funny.

Ben Moster

Hey folks Ben here! I recently graduated from Kent State University in December with a Bachelor's of Science in Aeronautics. In my last semester I spent more time studying the AT than I did studying for classes. I've got some time to kill before I start a new job and I can't think of a better way to spend this time than on an epic adventure.

Beth Harper

Hi! I'm Beth. I like singing disney songs in the shower, coconut flavored anything, and really terrible puns. You can usually find me rereading one of my favorite books, searching for treasures in thrift stores, or lying in the sun and pretending that I can tan. My husband Jordan and I fell in love with hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO starting in March.

Brenda Whaley

Hi, my name is Brenda Whaley. I'm a 60 year old mother, grandmother, retired teacher, dog lover, bike rider and thru-hiker wannabe! Happily retired and living an active life, Larry my husband of 43 years, and I were looking for a little more action than breaking in the porch rockers. What could be more in tune with that idea than hiking 2,189.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail? We moved to Piedmont, Alabama next to the Chief Ladiga Bike Trail where we ride our bikes on an average of 100 miles a week. We found that The Pinhoti Hiking Trail connects with the bike trail. Having hiked the AT approach trail to Springer Mountain in Georgia our interest was peaked, so to speak. We will begin our flip/flop thru-hike adventure April 2016.


In no particular order, part time: brewer, hiker, kayaker, driver, traveler, photographer, and cook. Someday I'd like change that to full time for one or more of those. I've known about the A.T. for as long as I can remember. My grand parents lived in Harrisburg and hiked sections of it. I'm not sure when I got the notion to do a thru-hike. I'm fairly certain it wasn't in my head upon graduation of H.S. or after getting out of the Navy as those would have been perfect times to do such a thing. Guess I was too worried about getting on with life and doing the "responsible" thing. I want to change that. And I'm hoping 2016 is a good year for a NOBO.


Hi guys! I'm Cat! I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia and now I am out adventuring through Colorado while in grad school for military counseling. I love school, Colorado and my job at REI but I am choosing to leave it all for 6 months to walk through the woods with a true friend who was crazy enough to join me. From Colorado to Georgia to KATAHDIN! I am excited about joining this community! Please feel free to reach out to me -- I would love to hear from you!

Charles Edwards

Recently retired 63 year old husband, father of two and grandfather of 1. A 40 year career in adult and juvenile corrections now behind me, I look forward to a bucket list adventure of a thru hike of the AT. Now with the time, health and resources I can actually attempt this adventure. Please, keep me in your prayers!!!

Claudia and Andrew Carberry

AT Class of 2016! We loved life on the trail and didn't stop there. New Zealand called and we spent 3 months volunteering on local farms and hiked many trails on both islands. We've settled back in Arkansas where we have section hiked the Ozark Highlands Trail, Buffalo River Trail, and plan to section hike the 200+ mile Ouachita Trail in 2020. We also provide nutrition consults for hikers with our site Charge the Trail: Nutrition for Long-Distance Hikers.

Cole Farnum

I'm Cole and I'll be starting my NOBO thru-hike on New Year's Day, January 1st @ Springer Mt. My passions include learning, teaching, physical challenge, the combination of the three being the biggest of them all.

Colleen Goldhorn

Hi! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as Spot. I am a PA native who now calls the mountains of Colorado her home. My days are spent as a graphic designer and photographer, but I spend every available minute of my free time outside. A few years back, I discovered the AT and since then it has been the #1 thing on my mind. Since 2016 I have hiked over 1,000 miles of the trail, with plans to some day stand on top of Katahdin with all 2,200 miles under my belt. You can usually find me somewhere in the mountains either hiking, skiing, or rock climbing. Happy trails!

Corinne DuBois

My name is Corinne, but you can call me Cori. I am a 25 year old piano technician and bagpiper finally realizing a childhood dream of thru-hiking the AT. I love music, literature, hot chocolate and laughing. I hope to emerge from this journey of a lifetime (at least) alive, wiser, stronger and with tons of great stories to tell.

Crystal Gail Welcome

I will embark upon my journey in April 2016.  As a former teacher, I know the importance of leading by example, and I want others to know that all things are possible.


Hi, I'm Jon! I'm an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker NoBo Class of 2016! My journey officially begins on March 7th, but I feel like I've been on it for about six months now. I'm a beard fanatic and a lover of all things outdoors. I have tattoos, piercings & a kind nature. During this journey I want to grow as a person and experience the outdoors from a different perspective. I want to become more emotionally aware and connected and always see the world through curious eyes. I'll be thru-hiking with my friend Josh so get used to seeing him on here! Hakuna Matata and Good Vibes.

Dave Michel

Trailname - Pitchit. Newly retired, went for a walk in the woods on the AT March 21, 2017 on a Supported Thru Hike with my wife, Tidbit. I'd sectioned about 60% of the AT; found out I'd done the easy parts! In 2009 I broke my ankle between Lafayette and Madison in the Whites; but the rest of NH and south Maine were harder! I made it 2070 miles when a stress fracture on my right, 3rd metatarsal sidelined me. Close. Will go back to finish the unfinished part in Maine in 2017.

Dawn Webster

Dawn plans to end a 5 year "optimistically quarter-life crisis" with a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. This journey has already included becoming a physician of acupuncture, herbs, and traditional Chinese medicine and traveling throughout 40-ish countries, often with trumpet in tow. Why not reintroduce myself to American culture with a walk in the woods?

Deb Beck

I'm a 50 year old photographer, writer, wife, mom and grandmother. I attempted a 2014 thru-hike but due to injury I sadly came off the trail 225 miles in. I am currently planning my return to the trail in February 2016 with the love of my life. We will start over at Springer and hopefully this year we won't have a foot of snow underfoot. In 2014 I wrote "On the eve of setting out to explore the life of a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail I’m ready to embrace that sense of freedom and adventure. I love the outdoors, sleeping in a tent, yet I despise wearing shoes and hate the cold. So beginning our hike in mid-February will be a testament to my determination to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail." Those thoughts have never been more true. There isn't a thing I would change going back out in 2016. A perfect day for for me is hiking, where I can let my mind wander and photograph the beauty surrounding me and finishing out the day chilling with fellow hikers, sharing our experiences.


Hi there! I am Debi. While toiling away in the corporate realm, I read an in flight magazine article about the Appalachian Trail and thought "someday". Many years, career and lifestyle changes later, I have decided that "someday" is now. Cooking has always been my passion and now it is my profession. Some would say I live a nomad life. I say I live a blessed life with the support of a great family and framily. Planning my 2016 thru hike has been a borderline obsession for over a year now- let's do this!


I quit my job in 2013 to thruhike full time. So far, so good! This year I'll be on the Pacific Crest Trail. "Thruhiking is sweet misery."

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer started backpacking in 2011. Since then she's completed over 6,000 miles on America's hiking trails such as the PCT, CDT, and Colorado Trail. A glutton for punishment, Dora is now planning her biggest trek yet; 5,000 miles in one season. Details on which route she will be hiking will be announced soon :)


Hi! My name is Jamie. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapist, following my dream and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail! I have been an avid hiker since I was 7 years old! I also play ice hockey and soccer and am just generally pretty active. I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades with a background in art and education and I love being inspired by the outdoors! I look forward to meeting everyone this year on the trail. Happy hiking everyone!

Duke Conrad

I'm a former teacher and administratort and recent graduate from work . I'm also a husband, father of two and friend to many. I live in Suffolk, Virginia and I had a rather strange experience about 5 years ago that I can only describe as an "epiphany" of sorts. It was about doing a thru-hike on the AT. Short story made long, the plan is to flip flop starting March 13, 2016. Stay tuned.......and follow my brother, "Shrek" , newcomer to our adventure, niece "Scout"and I (Chopper/Bandanaman) as we start our great adventure!

Dylan Siebenhaar

I have modest credentials and probably even less credibility. I have a high school diploma and several years of drudgery behind me as a member of the workforce. I recently quit my job to walk the Appalachian Trail for reasons still obscure to even myself. I have ideas that I hope to express to you as lucidly and honestly as possible.

Dylan Tonkin

I have spent my lifetime chasing big rapids, mayfly hatches and whistling wings. I was the kid who grew up in the outdoors away from video games and TV. As a youth I spent time hiking the trails of PA including the AT. I was the kind of kid with the full length map of the AT on my wall growing up. I finally took control of my life and thru hiked the AT in 2016. It opened up my eyes to so many new and exciting things and helped me to develop a better understanding of the world, and more importantly, myself.

Eliane Coates

Hi my name is Eliane, you can also call me Elle. I am from Frederick, Maryland and recently graduated college from the University of North Carolina Asheville. In Summer 2015, I served as the Visitor Service intern at ATC Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV. Here, my dream began to thru hike the trail and I will head NOBO in March 2016.

Emily Holzhauer

My name is Emily and I’m from the middle of nowhere Illinois. In December 2015 I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southern Illinois University. Much to my mother’s dismay, I will be setting out to thru- hike NOBO March 2016.

Eric St Jean

Eric was the name given to me at birth. Originally from the Great White North and raised in the Land of The Free you may hear me say "y'all" and "eh" in the same sentence. After spending years in New Hampshire's Whites and catching the essence of AT thru hikers I am happy to finally say that it is my year. Happy Trails! #AT2016

Erin Briggeman

Hello, I'm Erin! I'm taking a shot at thru-hiking the AT starting late April 2016. I make illustrations, I make cookies, I make puns, and I'm pretty stoic about getting rained on, so as far as I'm concerned, that's the whole checklist of AT pre-requirements completed. Let's go do this thing.

Ethan Deshields

Greetings! My name is Ethan, I am 23 years old from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'll be meandering NOBO in March of 2016! If you wanna see all things from great humor/puns to plain griping, to my love of enchiladas and Jesus, then you've come to the greatest thing since free WiFi! This is the journey of me.

Eva Briggs

I'm a family doctor in upstate new York and have always enjoyed the outdoors. My undergraduate education is in forestry. I'm a search and rescue volunteer and my border collie Boomer will be hiking with me. I've wanted to hike the AT for 40+ years and decided that 2016 is the year to go for it!

Fast Eddie

I'm a 63 year old medically retired (limbic encephalitis) airline pilot. I've been married 35 years to a wonderful woman. We have two independent and thriving children. My hobbies have included reading, music, motorcycle touring, and competitive aerobatics in my small bi-plane. I don't compete anymore because of the LE. I got into long distance hiking on the Northern Route of the El Camino de Santiago, about 700 miles including side trips. Looking forward to the challenge of the AT and the characters I'll meet along the way. If you see a black hatted, white bearded old guy just staring into space, please aim him at the next white slash a give a little shove. Thanks. I am doing this as a pledged hike. If anyone is interested in contributing they can go to and sign up as a sponsor. The organizations I'm targeting are the Mayfield Education and Research Foundation and the Red Rock Community College(Tyler Hagaman Scholarship for Physicians Assistant students. Mayfield funds Neuroscientists who have promising ideas to help understand a wide variety of neurological disorders including limbic encephalitis. The Tyler Hagaman Scholarship is aimed at Physicians Assistant students to help them finish this great program. Tyler died during his last year in the program. It didn't take long to recognize in Tyler many of the characteristics that he shared with his peers and friends; a love of the outdoors and outdoor adventure, a playfulness that he was never shy to express, and a big and willing heart which, I think, is a generational continuation and gift from his parents. This scholarship is a fitting way to remember Tyler.

Gabe Burkhardt

Howdy! I’m Gabe. I am a… Househusband? Digital Nomad? Professional bucket-lister? I guess so, maybe. I’m currently in Bucharest, Romania and not having any luck with my part-time quest to hunt down the elusive herds of vampires that supposedly originated here (I’m convinced HBO has hired them all and moved them to Louisiana to handle the stunt scenes for True Blood). Time for a more realistic goal. This will be the third time I’ve hiked along the Appalachian Trail, but I’m determined to keep hiking until I figure out who I am and what I want to be when I grow up (or I get to Katahdin). I firmly believe that the pen is mightier than the trekking pole. Armed with an ApplePencil (affectionately known as Slim) and a trusty iPad Pro (Gertrude), I will force those 1000ft summits into submission (I’ve received written assurance from a very reputable source that there won’t be any ascents greater than this), and tame the ferocious tribes of bearded backpackers that inhabit the brown strip of paradise known as the AT. If you’re still hungry, you can find additional digital sketches and pebbles of wisdom at

George Turner (Old Growth)

I’m a retired teacher. I hiked over 2000 mile of the Appalachian Trail. While I only have 105 miles left, after tearing my rotator cuff scrambling over some slippery rocks in New Hampshire, I felt my once loving relationship with the AT had turned abusive. Still I’m hiker trash for life and plan to walk at least a month a year until it’s a joke. The Colorado Trail is my latest playground.

Greg Ward

Born and raised in Montana, a deep curiosity for the outdoors seemed to just come along with my DNA. My second lifelong passion started in the kitchen watching my mom cook three meals a day. Cooking is a love of mine, mostly because it involves eating the end-product!! My life progression has been an amazing adventure, leading to my position as a Backcountry Chef. This has allowed me to experience the deep trails of the Western United States and Alaska. The scenery has been stunning, the relationships lasting, and the wildlife mesmerizing. As I cross the half-century threshold into my 50th birthday, my next step is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. My family supports my lifelong desire to travel 2,189 miles by foot: to slow down, to reflect, to be fully thankful. I invite you to join me and follow along on my Big "5-0"Adventure. Always follow your heart. Cheers!


HaHa attempted a thru-hike in 2015 and made it 1300 miles before breaking her wrist. !Que lastima! She's returning to the trail this summer to complete the NY --> ME portion with her beagle buddy Roan. (Yes, Roan like the Mountain!)


I was born in PA in 1991 and raised in the town of Blacksburg Virginia just a bit away from the AT. After completing a degree in Environmental science I moved to New Jersey for a few years and realized I really wasn't into the desk job thing. I decided that now was a really good time to hike the AT so after being reassured by my mother I decided it was a swell time to give it a try. I like home brewing, cooking, nature, and laughing.

Hollywood Coquito

Howdy, my name is Victoria, just call me V! I like solitude, hiking, training dogs and spending time with Andi, my partner in crime. Andi (You can see her in the photo with me) and I are AT Thru Hikers In Training


Trail name: Rucker! Completed a NOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2016. Attempting a SOBO thru-hike of the PCT in 2017. Born and raised on a farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Currently residing in Charlottesville, VA. Favorite Mountain- Mary's Rock, Shenandoah National Park. Favorite trail food-Maple, brown sugar oatmeal with a packed out mushy banana and instant coffee. Favorite piece of gear- a plastic spoon I got for .99 at Mountain Crossing, GA. Most quoted book- The Alchemist

Jacqui Reed

Hello there, I'm Jacqui. I'm 29 and the first epic journey of my new year will be this thing they call a thru-hike. There are so many wonderful things about life I couldn't possibly list them all, but my favorites are: hiking, writing, reading, football, OCR, animals, photography, and Daryl Dixon. I feel more at home in the woods with my dogs than I do in a crowded room or a party. You'll see me (or read about me) NOBO March 2016 on the Appalachian Trail with my long-time best friend Kimmy and my dog Panda. You can't miss me, I'll be the one just winging it.

James Scott

I was a 34 year old tech support analyst, but in 2016 I quit my job and moved out of my apartment to go hike the Appalachian Trail! It took me six months to get from Springer to Harper's Ferry, so in 2017 I'm back to try to knock out the northern half, starting at Katahdin. I'm no hiking expert, in fact I've generally been fairly ignorant, but you can laugh along at my mistakes and mishaps, while hopefully I learn a thing or two about this hiking thing.

Jamison McLean

Out of shape, 40 year old gamer, trying to have a little adventure. Starting in May of 2016, I'll be doing a flip-flop hike of the AT, to raise money for Extra Life, the children's charity. I'm a big fan of the following: Pizza, beer, sitting on my ass and binge-watching TV shows, and riding my Harley. I don't sound much like a good candidate for a thru-hike, do I? To support my quest for Extra Life, go to

Jennifer Meadows

Hello! I am a future 2016 AT NOBO thru hiker. My journey has started with making preparations for an 11 April 2016 start date from Springer Mountain, Georgia. This hike is dedicated to my Mom and the Green Berets I was fortunate enough to live and work with in Afghanistan.

Jeremy Morris

"A truly remarkable 23 year old Paramedic from Western Massachusetts" -USA Today "Jeremy has been totally successful in everything he's ever done, ever." -People Magazine "You're hiking the AT in one shot? Southbound? You're so neat!" -James Franco "I don't know who you are. Leave me alone. Take your latte and leave before I call the police." -Cashier at Starbucks Add me on Snapchat! Jeremy.Morris

Jolly Green Giant

Howdy eventual blog fans! My name is Morgan Mons but you can call me the Jolly Green Giant for short. Anyways, I cane up with the psychotic idea to live outside for 5 or 6 months on the AT when I was spending time up in New Hampshire with mi Familia and I noticed a couple white blazes on top of Mt.Washington and I truly thought that someone decided to graffiti a perfectly rectangular white blaze because they were polite but unruly ruffians but with further questioning I was enlightened to the wonders of the AT and all that it has to offer so here we go!

Josh Lichti

Hey Folks! My name is Josh Lichti. You can find me on the trail as "Clawhammer". I am a 30 year old Ontario born tree planter who currently lives in Vancouver. I have a weird, rare condition where I can't stop playing my banjo! In early June of 2016 I will begin the SOBO jou