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Hip Hip Hooray!

Dreams Dashed
So, COVID resulted in the cancellation of my hike the night before I planned to leave in 2020. I know I am not the only one who had that dream dashed. Anyone who has planned a thru hike knows it’s not like cancelling a week-long vacation and rescheduling it later. Nope. This is a huge hiccup in plans. There are financial considerations, not to mention employment status. Mentally, I was thrown for a loop. ...

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Shaking Down Gear and Shaking Out Nerves (Kind of…)

Hey guys!
In May of 2020 my boyfriend, Ryan, and I made a plan to quit our jobs and take a year-long sabbatical to travel around in our 2015 Ford Transit Van, hike the Appalachian Trail, and go on an extended adventure.  We had a lot of work ahead of us to make the van a viable living situation for the two of us and our dog, Parker. In November, we packed up our lives in San Diego, ...

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Backpacker Radio 93 | The Quirins on Thru-Hiking the AT with a Baby

n today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, we are joined by Bekah and Derrick Quirin.  In 2017, the Quirins thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail with their adorable baby, Ellie, alongside.  We learn how in the hell this is possible, including their diaper logistics, gear setup, nap schedule, and much more.  The very next year the Quirins cycled the 2,700 mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, again, with Ellie in tow.  We learn the of the unique challenges between thru-hiking and thru-biking, ...

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How A Thru Hike Resurrected Me (& Why I am Hiking the AT)

It All Started because I Thought I was Dead
When the news first started reporting on Covid19,  I convinced myself that I was dead.  Not just, like, dead and buried six feet under, but dead and in Hell.  Not that I had ever believed in Hell before 2020.  But the existence of a pandemic during my lifetime felt so much like a punch in the face, it was easier to accept that I had died.  So yeah, ...

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The 2020 AT Section Hiker Survey: Companions and Demographics

ong overlooked in our annual surveys, Appalachian Trail (AT) section hikers were the focus of this year’s survey. We surveyed 448 people, 43 of whom had completed the entire AT in sections, i.e. become “2000 milers” in over a year, and 405 who were in progress working towards this goal. This post focuses on the demographics including comparisons to thru-hikers. For the nuts and bolts, keep reading, or else skip to the TL;DR at the bottom. ...

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My favorite delusion!

Welcome to my AT blog
This is my first AT blog for TheTrek, or as I am calling it, ‘My favorite delusion’.  I say delusional because TBH undertaking this adventure is really a leap of faith into the unknown, facing new challenges, places, people, dangers, old fears, with no guarantee of success. I’ve been thinking about and planning a thru-hike for years. Am I deluding myself that at 64ish I’m still capable enough as a hiker to make it? ...

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Recognizing the Draw of Nature

“I went to the woods because I wished to live life deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
Nature Draws Aware People
Here comes a long-winded collection of thoughts as I wait for the start of my hike. I might be impatiently rambling as time slowly goes by, ...

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My Weight Strategy for 2021

​Happy New Year’s fellow hikers! Though, I never left the trail, after my 2019 AT thru hike, I’ve been doing smaller hikes(7-14 miles) and because of a minor knee injury turned my Long Trail hike into a section hike last summer, I still get out there. Since my AT completion I have considered many aspects of my pack setup. I was first and foremost happy with my gear and never made any changes or adjustments on trail. ...

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