Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues on the Appalachian Trail

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on February 1, 2019.  Appalachian Trail thru-hiker hopefuls, strap in. You’re headed for a wild, beautiful, life-altering, incredibly meaningful, and downright magical ride. I remember the beginning of the trail vividly. You’re nervous, you’re excited, you’re meeting people, so many people, every single day. At the welcome center atContinue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Virginia Blues on the Appalachian Trail”

How to Hike West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on November 21, 2018. I’ve been going through trail withdrawal hard since finishing my AT thru-hike in September. With winter quickly approaching and hiking season winding down, I decided to peel myself off my couch and do something about it. I finally checked off a bucket list item andContinue reading “How to Hike West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness”

The Comedown from Katahdin: Recovering From the Appalachian Trail and the Post-Trail Blues

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on October 12, 2018.  It’s been about a month since I finished my thru-hike. I’ve been wanting to write—wanting to put into words what it all meant to me, but I’ve struggled to pick up the pen (or, you know, keyboard). The Post-Trail Blues I’ve struggled with a lotContinue reading “The Comedown from Katahdin: Recovering From the Appalachian Trail and the Post-Trail Blues”

A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on August 10, 2018.  I have a lot of feelings about Vermont. Or rather, I had a lot of feelings in Vermont. Some were good, some were bad. Either way, I don’t think I could write honestly about my experience there without sharing them. So, I’ll start with theContinue reading “A Tale of a Muddy Trail, and Muddier Relationships”

Connecticut and Massachusetts: Gateways to the North on the Appalachian Trail

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on August 7, 2018.  Connecticut and Massachusetts were a bit of a blur, though both perfectly lovely states to hike through, and nice gateways to the north. Connecticut only boasts about 50 miles of trail and Massachusetts about 90, and we were feeling strong throughout, so they went byContinue reading “Connecticut and Massachusetts: Gateways to the North on the Appalachian Trail”

There’s Magic on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on July 9, 2018.  New Jersey has been such a pleasant surprise. After the trials of Pennsylvania, which included a heat wave (where I may or may not have gotten heat exhaustion), a storm that produced five inches of rain in one night (you better believe my tent flooded,Continue reading “There’s Magic on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey”

The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on May 24, 2018 The evening before we would enter Grayson Highlands State Park, we had to scramble to make it to a shelter as a big lightning storm rolled in. We had dillydallied at the bottom of a two or so-mile hill, sipping a trail magic PBR andContinue reading “The Grayson Highlands: Virginia’s Fairyland”

The Splendor of Hiking Through the Great Smoky Mountains

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 14, 2018.  There is a rumor mill on trail the likes of which I haven’t seen since high school. Seriously, word gets around the trail, and it gets around fast. Some of the trail rumors are true, some are partially true, and some are just plain fakeContinue reading “The Splendor of Hiking Through the Great Smoky Mountains”

Magic in the Daily Routine of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 8, 2018.  A few people have asked me to post about what a typical day on the Appalachian Trail is like. And so, your wish is my command. A typical day on the AT so far is grueling, exciting, exhausting, inspiring, monotonous, crowded, peaceful, and really notContinue reading “Magic in the Daily Routine of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker”

Six Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on April 1, 2018. As I crossed the Georgia border into North Carolina, I smiled and let out a little whoop of excitement. I’d done it – made it through my first state on the AT! One down, 13 more to go. Despite taking only about ten days ofContinue reading “Six Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia”