About the Author: Debra Ballard (Chilly Bin) was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She fell in love with tramping (hiking) when she was in her late teens, and with thru hiking in her late 20’s. She currently works as an Environmental Engineer and when she’s not working she heads into the New Zealand outdoors as often as possible. After walking the Te Araroa Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in recent years she is once again quitting her job and heading up to the northern hemisphere summer to embark on another thru hiking attempt – this time the Appalachian Trail. You can find her on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
Umukarikari Track in Kaimanawa Forest Park
Left: Queen Charlotte Track, Te Araroa 2017; Right: Ocean Beach, Te Araroa 2018
Now I look only to the next thing on my to do list. And that is the Appalachian Trail.
Bring it on…