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Our articles come from the All Women All Trails Writers. These are women who have amazing experiences – day-hikes, trip guiding, short trips, section hikes – and will be sharing their stories and wisdom all year round. Check out our amazing writers to get inspired and learn something new!

Get Up and Hike

Get Up and Hike

“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.

30 Days and 30 Nights: Traveling and Transformation in the Desert

30 Days and 30 Nights: Traveling and Transformation in the Desert

“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.

Why Backpack?

Why Backpack?

“Go for fun or go for self-reflection, or set out with one intention and return having achieved a different goal altogether. It’s your trip, your hobby, your story.” Sable explores that classic question: Why do you backpack?

Hiking Haikus, Volume 1

Hiking Haikus, Volume 1

Whether you’re a poetry buff or just want to enjoy some inspiring haikus, we think you’ll enjoy this compilation from a variety of writers.

How Hiking Transformed my Body Image Issues

How Hiking Transformed my Body Image Issues

“I’m turning 40 this year and I’m having more fun than I did in my 20’s. I’m happier, more fulfilled. I have wrinkles, I’m not teeny tiny anymore, and I have pains I didn’t have before, but I gratefully accept those things because they came from a life well lived.”

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

I love a good origin story. Sarah shares how she went from being dragged to national parks as a kid, to riding 150 miles on horseback across the Mojave, to her first soggy backpacking trip.

The Call of Nature

The Call of Nature

In the depths of seasonal depression, Laura applied for a long-shot dream job leading teens in the outdoors. Spoiler alert: she got the job, and now has a whole new set of challenges.

How to Hike Your Own Hike

How to Hike Your Own Hike

“I would like to empower anyone reading this to not allow yourself to feel bullied and not to bully others for their choices.” Katrina does a great job of explaining what “Hike Your Own Hike” means – and what it doesn’t.

Grand Canyon Explorations

Grand Canyon Explorations

Author: Amy Neil I’d like to introduce myself. I am the fortunate hiker that lives inside Grand Canyon National Park. After growing up in Australia I moved to the Grand Canyon and have been living and working here for the past 17 years. It’s a wonderful small...

Why I Climb

Why I Climb

About the Author: Patty Alcivar is a professional boxer, runner and overall athlete that fell in love with the mountains. Patricia works as a Spanish interpreter, EMT & running coach. She loves hiking and her goal is to climb the "7 Summits" of the world....

Hiking With a Pack Animal

Hiking With a Pack Animal

About the Author: Julia Everheart is a native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina now living near the mountains of north Georgia. She is a hiker and an equestrian, and she combines her two passions by hiking with a donkey named Rusty. She loves encouraging people...

Ramblings

Ramblings

About the Author: Ann Wolf, known on the trail as Greeter Two, for her friendly greetings and suggestions, is a semi-retired, very busy and active senior. Greeter Two is a breast cancer survivor, class of 2016, who refuses to settle down, opting instead to pursue...

The Awakening

The Awakening

About the Author: Nina Irene is a mother (of a daughter and two four-legged hiking buddies), wife, professional, volunteer and Jeep girl. She is new to the more expansive hiking trails, but determined to explore, learn and conquer. “Do or not do. There is no...

Never…

Never…

About the Author: Kayleigh Coupe, age 27, is a two-time cancer survivor, happy hiker, sister, daughter, and friend. She is currently working as a Registered Nurse in Utica, NY while continuing her schooling to become a Family Nurse Practitioner by 2020. Find her...

How Horses Turned Me Into a Hiker

How Horses Turned Me Into a Hiker

About the Author: Julia Everheart is a native of Hatteras Island, North Carolina now living near the mountains of north Georgia. She is a hiker and an equestrian, and she combines her two passions by hiking with a donkey named Rusty. She loves encouraging people...

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