Janel Healy

I'm a Communications specialist and long distance hiker who hails from the California Bay Area. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail for five and a half months in 2016 and the experience brought me more strength and confidence than I knew were possible. Now, in 2018, I am walking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail to fundraise for girl empowerment nonprofits. Over the course of 2,560 miles, I will raise $10,000 for three amazing women-run organizations that are teaching girls self-respect, bravery and camaraderie in the outdoors. Learn more at janelhealy.com.

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Getting Through the Halfway Blues

Getting Through the Halfway Blues

As of yesterday, I'm halfway done with my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I know I should feel excited, but I'm actually a little overwhelmed. Over

Jul 9, 2018 : Janel Healy
Go into the Mountains with Utmost Respect

Go into the Mountains with Utmost Respect

“Go with the utmost respect,” a section hiker named Ingo Janas said the night before I was to hike into the Sierra. Ingo knew better than anyone

Jun 13, 2018 : Janel Healy
“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

“Bro Culture” and the Thru-Hiking Community

There’s been a lot of talk recently about "bro culture" on long trails and in the outdoor community in general. Last week, I experienced it firsthand

May 14, 2018 : Janel Healy
Thru-Hiking Is the Best Kind of Emotional Roller-Coaster

Thru-Hiking Is the Best Kind of Emotional Roller-Coaster

When you're on a long-distance hike, a fantastic day can come on the heels of an absolutely terrible day. And in contrast to that terrible day, the

Apr 11, 2018 : Janel Healy
My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

My PCT Journey Begins. Here’s Why I’m Hiking

Today I start my journey from Mexico to Canada on the PCT. I’ve been dreaming about this for almost two years — and it’s finally here. It’s surreal

Mar 25, 2018 : Janel Healy
How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

How Thru-Hiking Changes Your Relationship to Your Body

Shortly before I left for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2016, I kept fantasizing about how my body was going to become “better” as a result of

Mar 19, 2018 : Janel Healy
What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

What I’m Giving Up to Hike the PCT

I’m thru-hiking the PCT this year (going northbound starting March 25), and I'm still not entirely sure how to prepare my body and spirit for a

Feb 8, 2018 : Janel Healy
Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

Hike Like a Girl: Facing Fears, Empowering Women

When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2016, I stopped for a few hours to swim at a lake in New York. I overheard a gaggle of boys in canoes

Jan 24, 2018 : Janel Healy
How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

How to Prepare Your Feet for a Thru-Hike

Hey, Class of 2018! You're probably nervous as hell about your impending through-hike. I know I am, despite (or because of?) the fact that I've

Jan 4, 2018 : Janel Healy
How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

How Hiking is Like a Meditation Retreat (And How It’s Not)

I just got back from a profound and excruciating 10-day silent retreat hosted by the 2016 Appalachian Trail flip-flop through-hike was surprisingly

Oct 11, 2017 : Janel Healy