I've been ruined for normal existence ever since thru-hiking the AT in 2011. I find that I am never fully satisfied with life so I am always looking for a new challenge, adventure, or goal to work towards. Add my tendency for self-suffering and you've got the makes of a long distance hiker, cyclist, and rower. I've lived and worked all across the country, thru-hiked the Long Trail, Camino, and Annapurna Circuit, biked the Natchez Trace and sections of the Arizona Trail, and am currently rowing the Mississippi River from source to sea. Recently I was privileged to work as an AT ridge runner for the '16 season. My name is Tide Walker and I hope to see you out on the trail. To follow my adventures you can check out my website, www.whereintheworldissara.com
The physical toll of thru-hiking resulted in me being admitted to the hospital and getting a blood transfusion.
Food is a major motivator while hiking. The camino de Santiago has the best food.
The Camino de Santiago is the perfect beginner's long-distance trail. Just under 500 miles, the camino takes you through the heart of Spain walking through vineyards and history.
Check out these tips to minimize hikers' impact on the trail including reducing plastic use, conserving water, and eliminating packaging waste.
As a ridgerunner you get asked the same questions over and over. Here's a compilation of the most commonly asked questions from what do ridgerunners do to can you take my garbage.
My thru-bike attempt of the Arizona Trail did not go as smoothly as I would have hoped. Skipping sections and limited time coupled with a lack of people for my thesis research ended up proving to be a failure on the Arizona Trail.
Being an AT ridge runner is not about getting paid to hike. Education and cleaning privies are some of the main job duties of ridge runners. I discuss the misconceptions, confinement, and struggles ridge runners face on the trail.