Post-depression is REAL. Madeleine gets brutally honest about how it feels to go from being The Woman Who Did the Really Big Hike to the The Woman Filled With Debilitating Sadness.
Deb’s JMT hike takes a turn when she realizes she’s suffering from altitude sickness. Thanks to a friendly ranger, some good judgement, and a positive attitude, she manages to stay joyous rather than distressed.
“I was hooked. I was also healing. Hiking is healing. Many of you reading know this cleansing that takes place amongst the trees.” New writer Kellie shares how she went from unable to walk to the mailbox to planning an AT section.
Deb ends day 2 on the John Muir Trail with some aches and pains but is learning more each day!
“I have so much more to say about this time in the wilderness….My life was changed by this experience, has been changing for the past several years every time I’ve stepped foot on a trail.” Leah wraps up a month of section hiking the AT.
After a quickly abandoned backpacking trip earlier in the summer with her toddler, Momma in the Mountains is back for one last triumphant weekend hike.
Deb is feeling some of the effects of altitude but perseveres through creek crossing and steep climbs on the JMT.
Leah continues north in Vermont, leaving the Appalachian Trail and experiencing the challenge and culture of the Long Trail.
Trail magic is a wonderful, beautiful thing. Enjoy these stories of the best trail magic some of our members have experienced! Hint: it’s a lot of food.
Deb wraps up a successful Day 1 in the Sierra by… being too tired to eat dinner. But at least she slept soundly!
Leah is hitting some gorgeous fall weather (and a little rain, of course) as she continues her journey north in Vermont. In this update, she splits off from the AT and has officially entered the hard part of the Long Trail!
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Deb successfully completes the first day of her JMT journey!
“Next time you’re on a public trail, look down. Really. Look. Down. Look at that trail literally right in front of you. How did it get there?” Holly shares her experience helping to build a piece of the Ice Age Trail.
What goes through your mind when your section hike doesn’t go as planned? For Yvette, she’s already planning her next attempt.
Leah’s northbound AT section hike has taken her into Vermont – which means she’s on the Long Trail, now, too!
Whether you’re a poetry buff or just want to enjoy some inspiring hiking haikus, we think you’ll enjoy this compilation from a variety of writers.
Deb has arrived in the Sierra to start the JMT! Acclimatization is a big part of hikes in California – read about how Deb spent the last 2 days before her hike getting used to the altitude.
“This mama could not have done this without the support and team work of her son! I would not change any moment we had along this small section of the CDT! Until next year CDT…..we will be back.”
Leah is cruising through Massachusetts! In this update, she visits the famous Upper Goose Pond Shelter, passes through Dalton, and has Mt. Greylock in her sights.
On Day 4, Yvette gets a trail name – and also has to make a quick campsite decision while dealing with a pack of coyotes!
Dyana recently completed a thru-hike of the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail. This is her heartfelt goodbye from her last night before her finish.
“I am signing off as “Drop Sticks” and reentering the real world. Thank you for following my journey. My blog posts were long but they were the truth. The things I wanted to remember, the emotions I felt. Maybe you’ll see me in my white shirt doing trail magic in the VA/MD area. But first there’s cake.”
Yvette is having a tough time on the CDT! A break has her re-thinking her ability to finish her section, but her son is there for her when she needs him.
“Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.” Leah reflects on what it means to her to spend time in the woods, while taking a zero day in Massachusetts.
Yvette experiences some crazy weather on the CDT – but keeps her good humor and attitude.
Julia picked 4 adventures to do in the year leading up to her 40th birthday. The final one was a solo night spent watching the sunset on Blood Mountain. Join us in wishing Julia a happy birthday!
“There are no strangers out here. Hikers support each other and help each other out, give advice about water, aches and pains, best places to eat in towns, and who to call for a shuttle. This is home. We’re all at home.” Leah is loving her New England AT section!
Yvette and her adult son are off on the first day of the CDT section hike in New Mexico – and they’ve already managed 12 miles!
Leah is enjoying a beautiful section of the AT through Connecticut. The terrain is like a roller coaster but what’s really on her mind is, where are all the ladies?
In Part 1, Momma in the Mountains shared why she and her toddler bailed on their planned backpacking trip. Now in Part 2 she shares how she attempted to salvage the trip!
“For many of my companions, they can’t wait for the trail to end. They are ready. They want to get back to their prior life, where there is comfort, showers, and stability. But for me and others…we don’t want it to end.”
Leah is off again! This time it’s on a long section of the AT, starting in Pawling, NY and heading North.
Yvette’s start date for her CDT section hike is fast approaching! She’s planning 140 miles with her adult son, and despite being not an “emotional person”, she’s feeling a lot of feelings.
“Ladies, we need to support each other, to keep lifting one another up, and empowering each other to chase our dreams. Women truly need other women speaking positive messages into their lives, like fire lifting a hot air balloon off the ground, enabling it to fly.”
Patrice (and her inflatable unicorn) are flying through the Whites. Although she admits the climbs and descents are tough and slow, she’s making smart use of work-for-stay at the huts (and their snacks!).
The end of summer is always bittersweet, but especially for Katie. It’s back-to-school time for her, but she managed to complete 50 days of hiking and almost 700 miles of the AT.
Leah wraps up her weeklong hike on the West Highland Way in Scotland with more charming towns, unpredictable weather, and gorgeous mountain scenery.
In this update from the AT, Amy tackles the infamous White Mountains and heads into Maine. The terrain is brutal but she can hear Katahdin calling her name.
Patrice is loving New England trail life! In this update, she stays at the Yellow Deli hostel, encounters loads of trail magic and farms stands, and loves on Vermont and New Hampshire (so far).
Leah takes us on a journey through the Scottish highlands with her the second installment of her West Highland Way trail journal.
Katie has had an amazing summer of section-hiking the AT. With this latest chunk, she adds Vermont to the other states she’s completed.
AT southbounder Z has left the trail. Find out about the awful night that caused her to leave and what’s going on in her head. Bonus – it includes audio!
Despite some jet lag, Leah is off to a gorgeous and satisfying start on the West Highland Way in Scotland! Read the first three days of her trail journal here.
Julia took her 10-year-old daughter on a one-night camping trip in north Georgia. Despite a flat tire, they got in some quality mother-daughter forest bonding time.
This is a short and sweet cautionary tale about testing your footwear before you commit to a big hike!
AT thru-hiker Amy hikes in 5 states in only about 3 weeks in this trail update! The heat and rain are wearing her down, but she’s into the White Mountains and feels her Katahdin goal inching closer.
Ann AKA Greeter Two has been chipping away at AT miles for several years now. After completing this Vermont section, she’s over 900! Read up on her muddy, steep, social, and satisfying experience.
AT thru-hiker Patrice is now 3/4 of the way through her adventure. She’s entered Vermont, and while the weather is starting to cool off, she’s still loving trail life with her tramily.
Deb is prepping for her Northbound solo John Muir Trail thru-hike starting in a few short weeks! She’s conditioning, picking out her playlist, and working on facing her fears.
Laura has an amazing job leading YMCA youth trips into the wilderness. Her very first trip tested everything she learned in training – and taught her the meaning of “Type 2 fun”.
Yvette’s section hike of the New Mexico part of the CDT is coming up fast. The self-proclaimed “overkill, Type A personality” is prepping and planning – and dealing with some fears.
Patrice hikes through 3 states in this update. She’s dealing with bugs, bugs, and more bugs, plus heat and stomach issues, but she also experiences some glorious trail magic along the way.
Southbound LASHer Katie wraps up her 41-day section by crossing into Vermont, making new friends, and enjoying lots of trail magic.
Momma in the Mountains had epic plans for a 6-day hike with her toddler and dog. It didn’t quite work out – read on to find out what went wrong and how she’s dealing.
Katie has been on trail just over a month now hiking Southbound. In her latest update, she breezes through the rest of the Whites (with the help of some trail magic) and wraps up New Hampshire!
Jersey girl Patrice has hiked from Georgia to get home! While hiking through her home state was a little bittersweet, moving on to New York has renewed her love for the adventure of the trail.
Katie enters the notorious White Mountains of New Hampshire! She experiences it all – tough climbs, gorgeous views, and the “Dungeon” at Lake of the Clouds hut.
Amy is zooming up the mid-Atlantic! She starts this post climbing Lehigh Gap at Day 100 and finishes ten days later on a beach in New York. Check in with how she’s doing!
Laura landed a dream job for the summer leading youth backpacking trips for the YMCA. In this piece she shares the training she had to go through. As she reminds herself, “You will be challenged. You will be humbled. This will be worthwhile. You will make a difference in a young person’s life.”
Katie wraps up the last few days of Maine, including the famed Mahoosuc Notch, the “hardest / most fun mile of the AT.” Not it’s on the New Hampshire!
Most AT thru-hikers get to Pennsylvania and get frustrated. Not Patrice! Despite the bugs, the heat, and big mile days, she’s loving PA life.
Z has made it to Millinocket, Maine to start her SoBo hike, but she’s having some cultural struggles with life on the trail. She’s gotten stuck in a different kind of bubble, and she’s having trouble shaking it.
Leah shares a beautifully-written and thoughtful piece about why she keeps coming back to the AT, even after some hard sections. When people ask you Why You Hike, what’s your answer?
Katie continues south through some of the most beautiful parts of Maine. In this update, she gets to spend 2 days solo, and the experiences she has are worth all the aches in her feet.
SOBO AT hiker Katie shares some wisdom behind trying bigger miles, and why she doesn’t feel rested after a zero. No regrets!
AT thru-hiker Patrice has completed half the trail! In this update, she contemplates the simplicity of trail life and the fears (rational or otherwise) of hiking alone, and shares what her experience of visiting home felt like.
“I defy my aging by going into the world and let it teach me I can climb a mountain, that I can live without the comforts of home and still be happy, that I’m not defined by relationships of family and close friends, but that I will meet others who care when I step out into that world.” Dami shares her experience from a 30 day PCT desert section hike.
Thru-hiker Amy is covering a LOT of ground – literally! In this update, she takes us from Shenandoah, through Harper’s Ferry, and into Pennsylvania. There are ups, downs, trail magic, rain, and a lot of feelings.
Momma in the Mountains took a break from backpacking trip planning to support her husband in the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Race. Read about her experience and prepare to be inspired!
Katie takes a much-deserved Zero in Monson, Maine, after a week of hard SoBo hiking – and inspires some pancake envy.
Lynne always provides fabulous trip reports and gorgeous photos. This piece, about her trip to Georgia (the one in Europe) is no exception. Ready to be inspired? Check it out!
SoBo Katie completes the 100 Mile Wilderness! Find out how she handled rain, mosquitos, tough terrain, and river fords.
Dami successfully completed 52 hikes in 52 weeks. Here she shares some reflection on what she learned from the experience (and a video to go with it!)
Z is prepping for her rapidly approaching SoBo AT thru-hike start. The biggest thing to get settled: how to set up care for her beloved cat while she’s away.
And she’s off! Katie begins her SOBO section hike strong, with a Katahdin summit and a few big days into the Hundred Mile Wilderness.
AT thru-hiker Patrice is zooming up the East Coast! In this update, she finishes not one but three states, passes the unofficial halfway point, and talks ticks and town days.
Yvette shares how she went from unable to hike a quarter mile, to hiking a marathon, to planning a CDT section hike with her son. Come be inspired by her optimism and determination!
Melanie is prepping for a thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail – with her 14-pound rescue, JoJo. Find out what extra steps she’s taking to slow down, prepare for this hike, and keep J safe.
If you love food and gear layout photos, this piece from Momma in the Mountains is for you. It’s got it all – mom’s stuff, toddler’s stuff, AND dog’s stuff. Quite a Colorado adventure coming up!
This one from soon-to-be SOBO AT thru-hiker Z is is not just text, but audio! Her partner broke up with her right before they start separate thru-hikes. She’s using her words – and her voice – to share how that feels, and it’s honest and beautiful.
Katie is feeling the nerves on the night before her AT LASH. And she’s starting in one heck of a place… Mt. Katahdin! Take a peek at what the day before a SOBO start looks like.
Patrice has completed Shenandoah National Park! She visited as a young girl and always dreamed of being a thru-hiker through this section. Read all about her experiences!
“What is life! This gets to be my daily chore! I get to do this every night. What a simple task. How cool is it that my nightly routine is getting water?! How could I be so lucky!” Patrice is loving AT trail life in VA.
AT thru-hiker Amy is more than a third of the way through and has finished Shenandoah! She’s living out some wise words she heard: “It never gets easier, you just do more miles.” Check in to see how she’s dealing with rain, ticks, and big mile days.
2019 AT flip-flop thru-hiker Mary is one month and 300 miles in! Despite a strained ankle and bronchitis, she has an amazing attitude and has conquered “Rocksylvania”.
Meet our new AT thru-hiker blogger “Z”! She’ll be hiking SoBo, and has an interesting idea about the conversations she’ll have on the trail. Have you ever asked or answered her “Backpacker 4”?
Momma in the Mountains is getting closer to her 7-day backpacking trip with her toddler. In addition to her own needs, she has to think about her little guy – find out what she’s considering!
Patrice is 1/3 of the way through her AT thru-hike! Here she does a breakdown of her gear reviews so far, and some reflections on Tramily and challenges.
New guest writer Dami is not only an experienced hiker herself, but she also lives in a town along the PCT and has seen plenty of thru-hikers come through. Read her thoughtful insights about long-distance hiking in this new article.
Patrice is 700 miles in and loving Virginia. Here she shares great details about her hiking buddies, daily routine, the power of hiker hunger, and her nickname for day hikers.
Katie finishes her section hike of the Appalachian Trail in New York. She learns some valuable bear lessons – by way of what not to do.
This awesome recap from AT thru-hiker Amy covers 19 days of trail life – from Damascus all the way up to McAfee Knob. She covers lots of emotional ground as well, in the ups and downs of day-to-day trail life?
Patrice has left Damascus to continue hiking north. She’s contemplating trail life, enjoying the lack of mirrors in her life, and excited about what Virginia has to offer!
Momma in the Mountains is feeling some fear as she’s prepping for her summer trip with her infant son – weather, mountain lions, she’s prepping for it all!
Katie isn’t having the best time hiking the AT through New York. But that’s the reality of long-distance hiking, and she wants to share that experience. Can you relate?
Laurie has started her flip-flop AT hike heading north from Harper’s Ferry! Here she shares what she’s learned so far.
“My trip was successful. 77 miles done! Glasgow, Virginia to Waynesboro, Virginia. I had met many wonderful thru hikers, saw beautiful vistas, had now climbed higher elevations than ever before, and completed what I set out to do.” 62-year-old Ann wraps up Part 2 of her VA section hike.
AT thru-hiker Patrice hits Virginia – just in time for Trail Days in Damascus!
Katie has big section hiking plans this summer, including this 3-day trip to finish New York state. It just didn’t quite go exactly as she was expecting.