Ariel previously served as the associate managing editor and writer for an outdoor sports publication before making a switch to marketing. She still enjoys writing about the outdoors, as well as playing in it. And no, she hasn't yet hiked the AT, but it's on her bucket list. You can find more of her work at arielblack.wordpress.com and on Twitter, @ArielCBlack.
Why did you decide to hike? Thats the first question Ive asked the nearly 50 thru-hikers Ive had the opportunity to interview over the past
Trail Name: Neckbone (Im from Georgia) Home State: Georgia Occupation: Real estate Hike Timeline: March 31 - August 14, 2014 Before:
Trail Names: Hunter & The Fat Kids Occupation: Former U.S. Army captain (Clay), self-employed personal trainer and strength coach
Trail Name: Blood Cookie Home State: Connecticut Occupation: Former pharmacy technician Hike Timeline: March 29 - September 18, 2014 Before:
Trail Name: Moxie Home State: Virginia Occupation: Recent college graduate Hike Timeline: February 17 - July 31, 2014 Before: Kasie
Trail Name: Sprout Home State: Virginia Occupation: Outfitter Hike Timeline: April 1 - September 14, 2014 Before: Neha Khurana Why did you
Trail Name: Wired Home State: Oregon Occupation: Substitute teacher & nanny Hike Timeline: April 17 - August 5, 2014 Before: Erin
Trail Name: Gizmo Home State: North Carolina Occupation: Cabinet maker Hike Timeline: February 18 - July 16, 2014 Before: Jordan D.
Before and after: Zachary Zukas Trail Name: The Conductor Home State: Connecticut Occupation: Public computer assistant at Russell
Before: Steve Adams Trail Name: Mighty Blue Home State: Florida Occupation: Retired Hike Timeline: March 22 - September 29, 2014 Why did