The Trek Bloggers

The following awesome people are the official bloggers of the The Trek.   In other words, they’re the renegade trail-folk who will be blogging their thru-hikes right here on  Their job is to be adventurous and share their experiences in vivid detail.  Our job is to live vicariously and envy their existence.

Want to be a Trek Blogger?  You can: apply here

Want to write for this site, but aren’t thru-hiking?  We’re always looking for more backpackers with a passion for writing. Find out more about the The Trek Writers.

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Alex Wnorowski

I’m Alex and am definitely a person of extremes. By trade, I’m a cook. For a long time that was the only thing I defined myself as. I was not balanced. I decided to step away from the kitchen and hike the Appalachian Trail. I did, returned to a five star kitchen, quit again, and now am preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I love to cook badass food and to do crazy things like take walks across the country. I’m not sure where life is headed but for now, North will do.


I'm Phoebe, or Pheebs, whatever floats your boat. I am best described as a flying squirrel. I'm a born & bred Tennessean, hiking the AT (flip floppin'!) in 2019 with my boyfriend Isaac. I graduated from the University of Tennessee *GO VOLS* in 2017 with a BS in environmental & soil sciences and a minor in plant science. I love to be outside and Isaac & I get really really excited about plants.

Tasia (StinkyCheez)

I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail northbound in 2017, and caught a really debilitating bug for long distance hiking. Pacific Crest Trail attempt starts March, 2019.


(Champ) Dan Coy

My name is Dan Coy, from Atlanta, Georgia, occupation: jazz guitarist, a former competitive cyclist with State and National titles, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and dog-lover. I enjoy photography, cooking, drawing, running, camping, hiking, and lots of other wacky stuff.

Adam Smith

Hey everyone, my name is Adam. I'm a student at Bowling Green State University studying creative writing and sociology. Aside from school, I'm an avid seeker of adventure and experience. My list of hobbies (more like obsessions), include competitive bass fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting, road-tripping, hiking, texas-holdem, and when I'm stuck in school...reading. Over the past three years, I've spent most of my time road-tripping around the United States—focused on visiting National Parks/Forests. Favorite National Park & Sea-Shore: Glacier Lake National Park and Padre Island National Sea-Shore. Favorite Book(s): Odyssey by Homer, Ecotopia by Callenbach, and Into The Wild by Krakauer. I'm planning on starting my 2018 thru-hike on March 15th.


Wassup! My name is Anna (or AJ). I am spoiled and get to live in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I am a pediatric nurse, wife, twin, aunt, planner, encourager and lover of all things outdoors! (Except mosquitos... mainly because of their affinity for me.) Looking forward to a flip flop hike with my hubby this May! (2018)

Alex Edney

My name is Alex and I dig mountains. I grew up in southern New Hampshire taking summer car-camping trips with my family to the Whites, gazing out the back window at their massive stature and dreaming of sitting at the top of them. When I'm not out in the back country or stuck at my day job, I build and repair guitars and other fretted instruments. Next spring I'm attempting a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join me for some general trip preparation, training hikes, highfalutin' philosophical musings, bear stories, and more.

Alexa Tubbs

What's up from Brooklyn! City-dweller turned backpacker. Normally, you would find me biking around NYC and hanging out in Greenpoint, but I'm leaving the city for a Southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I love living in the city AND leaving it. Finding the perfect balance is what I'm all about.

Alice Zhang

17. Vancouver, BC.

Allie Bull

Hi! My name is Allie Bull. I am a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University where I studied Environmental Studies & International Studies. I grew up in Vermont, hiking and snowboarding in the Green Mountains. I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail and the Long Trail, but I can't wait to embark on this Appalachian Trail journey. Follow me from Georgia to Maine!

Allison DiVerde

Taking my AT SOBO trip one step at a time! Excited to be exercising my adventure muscles and practicing photosynthesis while following white blazes. Springer, I'm coming for ya!!!!


I like to hike long trails but I am not very good at it. Hiking Florida Trail in 2018. Granite Gear Groundskeeper for the trail this year, as well... leave it better!!!

Amanda Johnson

A photo-taking, video-shooting, trail-running, rock-climbing, book-reading, podcast-listening, quarter-of-a-century-year-old that loves the vast and immeasureable things in life. I also love breakfast and pizza (sometimes these two are one and the same), my family, and seeing the world around me in new ways. I'll be hiking north on the AT this summer – want to follow along?

Amie Spring

Hey guys, what's up? My name's Amie. I'll be thru-hiking the AT July 9th. SOBO style! Board game geek. I play scrabble in pubs and get too competitive in Risk -I'll defend Great Britain against my American buddies with my dying breath. Can you tell I'm British? Coke and Kinder addict. Biscuits and Gravy lover.

Amy Taylor

Have you ever tried spreading cold butter on toast? I'm like the human version of that. I'm a quirky and complex mess with an unrequited love for anything dairy. Shiny hair is my life's ambition and I'm ashamed of what I've done for a Klondike bar. More importantly than that, I am an aspiring 2018 Appalachian trail thru hiker on a mission to use that time to raise awareness and money for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. If you want to get to know me better, I encourage you to visit my website-


Doctor. Aspiring writer. Seeker of adventures. Lover of the mountains, dogs, physiology, and old books; happiest when outside. Embarking on a Southbound pilgrimage of the PCT in 2018 in memory of a dear friend lost. Also looking forward to eating lots of cheese.

Anna Thiele

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I'm Anna and I'm a wanna-be AT thru-hiker. I've only been hiking for about 9 months, but if that's enough time to make an entire person, it's definitely enough time to become hiker trash. Some points to follow along for: 1. I'm going stoveless! 2. A hammock will be my resting place. 3. Sober hiker Follow along on my journey from Springer to Katahdin, beginning in mid-March.

Annette 'The Rainbow'

Hi! I hiked a 200 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. I am currently making my second thru-hike attempt. My favourite place to be is outside, either in the mountains or in the ocean. I am a scientist, writer, actor, traveller and sea turtle whisperer. I am also a student of the universe trying to find an answer to the ultimate question "Who am I...really?"

April and Jake

My name is April and I’m going to be hiking the PCT in 2018 with my best friend and lover, Jake. Since thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2014 we haven’t been able to settle down. We got a taste of the adventure, freedom, and simplicity and we want that back. The past 4 years we have continued traveling in the USA, testing out different states. Currently we are rocking it in Tucson, AZ testing out our desert tolerance before the PCT. My personal website is: if youd like to follow all our adventures.

Arthur Hamilton

Hello. My friends know me as Bux and my tenitive trail name is Boomer, as in baby boomer, from my blog I will be a Flip-Flopping hiker starting NOBO from HF then SOBO from HF starting in late April. I am a life long hippie and first time backpacker. Peace.

Ashley Manning

Hello everybody! My name is Ashley, trail name is Yardsale! I have made it to around mile 950 on the Appalachian Trail and plan on finishing it within the next year and a half. I'm leading an expedition down the Grand Canyon in December 2018. I also have plans to hike the John Muir trail in the next couple of years! Currently, I am raft guiding on the Chattooga River. I grew up hiking around the North Georgia mountains with my Father and my Uncle, so the love for the outdoors runs deep for me. I pride myself on breaking stereotypes and showing the world that people of all sizes can be outdoorsy!

Ashley Samuel

Currently thru hiking the Appalachian Trail northbound 2018. Follow the positive growth thru hiking has brought to my life!

Ashton Rollings

I'm Ashton, and I'll be starting my northbound thru hike of the AT in March 2018. I live in Madison, Wisconsin, and this past year, I've been everything from sailing instructor, to biology TA, to barista. I usually spend my summers in a boat or on a bike, but this year I'm excited to tackle some mountains instead.

Audrey Payne

Hi, everyone! Glowstick here, a 2018 Appalachian Trail (NoBo) thru-hiker. You could call it the "seven year itch" - after almost seven years working a desk job in our nation's capital, I decided to leave my (great) job and head out into the wilds to reconnect with nature and have a great adventure. When I'm not hiking (or working, of course), I can usually be found at the climbing gym, a music festival, daydreaming about my next big trip, or wandering about with a large cup of coffee (caffeine addict right here). Future ambitions include hiking the PCT, learning to mountaineer, and maybe adopting dog. :)

Barb Abney

Hi - I'm Barb, older than I look :-), and have had Type 1 diabetes since I was 25. I have dealt with that primarily by running, swimming and hiking as often as possible in hot Orlando. As I recently celebrated 20 years of working in communications and marketing at a large research university I began to wonder what it would feel like to write less about science and more about day-to-day life. Kind of like what journalists used to do. So contingent on approval from various docs, I plan to begin a thru-hike of the AT at the end of March while my husband Dennis tends to our two greyhounds and keeps track of me via GPS. I hope to meet some if not all of you along with way and hear your stories as well.


I'm an 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker starting March 29th-ish. Mechanical Engineering major graduated from UNH in December 2017, I'm an eagle scout and have a dog named Bella who will be hiking by my side. I am an avid rugby player but also sing in an a cappella group, over all just a giant teddy bear with a little teddy bear by my side.

Brian Cornell

Greetings everybody! My name is Brian and I am addicted to mountains. On the trail I go by “Knots” and come April 30th, I will be starting my thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail alongside my brother, Nick (Top Nach). Originally from Front Royal, VA but I have been residing in Mammoth Lakes, CA for the past few years. Will do anything outside, including but not limited to, hiking, running, skiing, biking, writing, reading and sitting. Favorite writers include Abbey, Thoreau, Kerouac and Hoff. Hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014, excited to get back on the path!

Brittney Heath

My name is Brittney and I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. This will be my 1st thru-hike. I was born and raised in Texas but since then have moved a lot for my old job as a Park Ranger. During my five years as a ranger I traveled and worked in many different National Parks in California, Utah, and Alaska. While I no longer am a ranger I still am passionate about protecting theses beautiful wild places and promoting stewardship and Leave No Trace values. Hiking the PCT has been something I've wanted to do for years. After losing my job this last summer I decided that this is my opportunity to do it. So this May, as I turn 30, I will be beginning the journey of a life time. Feel free to also check out my Youtube Channel, Wandering Brittney. Thanks

Bryce Ingmire

Hello, internet neighbor! You may know me personally and have arrived at this blog hoping to keep up to date on my thru-hike or you happened upon my blog randomly because you 1) have an interest in the Appalachian Trail or 2) mistyped a google query and wound up clicking my link out of curiosity. Regardless, welcome! My wife, Lauren, and I are two relatively young (30’s) outdoor enthusiasts who, two years ago, decided to take on the Appalachian Trail. Since then, we’ve done everything within our means to make it a reality. Today, we’re doing it and you - you lucky dog - can follow along! So, thanks for stopping by to read and share in this experience with us. Whether you came knowing what you’d find or arrived at the site by accident, we’re excited to expose you to the wonders of the A.T.!

Caitlin Doak

Hi! I'm Caitlin. In 2016 I hiked the Appalachian Trail SOBO and went by Philosopher. I ran into some forest fires at the end of my hike then, and it seems like I might do the same this summer on the Colorado Trail. Soon to be Law Student. Hiker of trails, runner of roads, climber of rocks, lifter of weights, destroyer of patriarchy.


Cat mom, plant mom, dog mom. Library lady by profession, student of Anthropology. Tejana, Xicana, feminist, reader. 2017 CT thruhiker, and aspiring 2018 PCT thruhiker.

Carl Stanfield

Hello world! I’m Carl Stanfield, an open-book adventurer looking for my place in life. I spent my childhood in East Tennessee before moving just over the state line to Brevard College in Western North Carolina where I double majored in Music and Wilderness Leadership & Experiential Education. From there, I set out across the country to attempt life in Leavenworth Washington where I worked at a camp and retreat center for 2 and a half years. In December of 2017, the stars aligned to tell me that that was no longer my path. Granted the most freedom I’d ever experienced, I decided to take advantage of it and throw all of my efforts into putting together a 2018 thru hike of the AT! I have no idea what lies ahead of me at the end of the trail, and I like it that way. I love banjo music, highly complicated strategy games, college sports, open-mindedness, beer, and avocados.

Carol Copeland

Hey y'all! I'm Carol, from South Carolina, but known on the AT as "Overload" because I tend to carry an "overloaded" pack. I got into mountaineering in 2017 and have a few technical climbs under my belt and I would like to "climb every mountain" technical and non-technical.

Cheryl and Ray Galli

Hey everyone, my name is Ray “OneFoot” Galli, I’m 50 years old and just finished a 20 year career in the CT Department of Corrections. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been on my mind for many years. Cheryl, my wife of nearly 30 years, and I have spent years talking about and planning for my walk for 2018. Now, it seems, my time has finally come! The kids are grown (though not fully independent quite yet), the house is sold and the career that supported my family well but never fulfilled me is soon to be in the past. I’ve always had a passion for hiking and backpacking and have done about 500 miles in sections on the AT. I grew up in Vermont and enjoyed a lot of time hunting, fishing, hiking and playing in the woods as a kid and teen. Time to start walking and see where this journey leads me. Cheryl and I will be blogging together; me from the trail, she from home in Connecticut…Oh, and my trail name comes from my frequent reminders to myself & others to just put one foot in front of the other – & see where the journey takes you. Cheryl's trail (angel) name is Should Be Good...for her response to nearly every adventure I suggest.

Chris Guynn

Chris G.(Two Speed) is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. He hiked the AT in 2017 and PCT in 2018 in a hammock. He is an engineer, thru hiker, hammock enthusiast, and avid gear DIYer.

Christopher Keys

Hey, I like sports. Typical 20 something year old trying to figure this life thing out. Looking to go for a long walk.

Cieria Bassett

Hey, my name is Cieria (pronounced Sierra), but everyone calls me Rera (Rare-ah) because my baby sister couldn't say my name correctly. I'm a native Floridian, but moved to Georgia a few years ago and am currently attending university for a double major of Spanish and Criminal Justice. My fiance and I graduate college in December and we're planning on thru hiking the Appalachian Trail starting in March 2018 with our two dogs, a Siberian Husky named Zara, and a terrier mix named Leo. Follow us on our thru hike with two wild hoodlum pups to see what craziness we encounter.

Cindy Stewart

How do I describe who I am? There are so many ways to describe myself, but not one that encompasses the many layers of my life. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter. I am a dog lover, beekeeper, gardener, photographer, painter, writer. I am a Criminologist, researcher, and PhD. Much of my life, I have spent accumulating material things, like a big house, the nice furniture, the cool car, the awesome job. I drank the social kool-aid and bought into the idea that my worth was tied to money. I am currently in my mid-life, maybe a mid-life crisis, maybe a mid-life rebirth. In this mid-life chapter, I am reevaluating what's important and who I am. What words will I use to describe me for the second half of my life? I begin this chapter re-imagining self; I begin with transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle and detoxing from the social kool-aid. As part of my detox therapy, my ambition is to describe myself as thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail in 2018.

Clara Hatcher

My name is Clara, trail name “Pulitzer,” and I am flip-flop hiking the Appalachian Trail starting May 2018. I am from Duluth, Minnesota, but grew up in Canandaigua, New York, and went to school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This trail runs deep in my family so I am excited to be able to link together the small sections I have hiked already. From Harpers Ferry, I am flip-flop hiking first NOBO, then SOBO.

Cori Keatts

Hi y'all I'm Cori and this February I am beginning my NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. A little background on me-- I grew up in Staunton, Virginia and I recently graduated from college at James Madison University. Coffee, good tunes, and furry animals are a few things that never fail to put a pep in my step. Being outside and along the AT feels like home for me, and I'm so grateful that I have this platform to share this journey with you all... cheers!!

Curtis Murley

I am a 23 year old from Ontario, Canada and a 2018 PCT thru-hike hopeful. In 2016 I hiked the Camino de Santiago, 500miles across France & Spain and haven't taken my eyes off of the PCT since.

Danny Percefull

Hi! I'm Danny. I play the piano and make music on Broadway (mostly), but I'm giving that a few months off while I attempt a northbound thru-hike of the AT starting in March 2018. New York City is crazy and exhausting, and it's cute to think that living in the woods for a few months won't also be crazy and exhausting. I'll be the guy with the rose quartz hanging off his pack who also happens to be singing show tunes.

Danny Strayer

Danny “Crazy Horse” Strayer: I grew up in Michigan before working as a civil engineer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After five years of the office life, I’d had enough, quit my job, and began a life of travel. From road trips across America to hiking South African mountains or the Bavarian Alps, I’m always down for adventure. I blog about my travels at and am currently hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Dayze Gaulin

Hi there! My name is Dayze and I am a 2018 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker with my dog Flynn! We will be walking our way from Georgia all the way back home to Maine starting March 1st! After that we will hopefully be continuing on to veterinary school. Flynn and I like long naps on the couch, any and all breakfast foods, old worn sneakers, cows, peanut butter, and of course mountain views!

Deux Pas Vers L Autre

6,850 miles, 550+ days, 17 countries, more than 120 natural parks, 4 seasons and hundreds of encounters,... Deux Pas Vers L’Autre, means -Two Steps Towards others- Embark with us in this unique European Thru-hike! Marie: Before starting this adventure I was a human resources manager in a huge French company and I am also a Sociology graduate. Understanding and knowing people has always animated me, which is why I chose to make a career of it. Travel and hiking addict since teenage, 2PVA remains a challenge for me Nil: My area of expertise is the visual world, telling stories with pictures. For nearly ten years, I have been working as a photographer and a video director @nil_hope . After a number of autonomous Thru-hikes and adventures, I felt the need to mix my work with my passion in something bigger, a project towards others.

Drama Mama

My name is Marcia, trail name Drama Mama. I’m a 2018 Appalachian Trail Thru hiker, NoBo. My son is hiking with me. We have a target start day of Feb 18, hopefully before the mad rush. I’m a wife, mom and daughter. I love my family, my dog and the outdoors. My dad gave me the advise of “retire early and live life” so after over 30 years in public service I’m doing exactly that. I mountain bike, kayak and trail run. However, when my son asked me to hike the AT with him what else could I say but YES! Now life as I know it will be put on hold and the adventure begins.....

Eden Ryan

Hello beautiful people! I just graduated from college and I'm ready for more adventures. I have two degrees, one in Anthropology and the other in Philosophy. I can sometimes rant about things i'm passionate about but I'm always open to other people's POV. I love being outside and doing yoga poses with killer backgrounds. The last book I read was Pride and Prejudice and the book i'm currently reading is The Book on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts. I'm literally just looking around my room and writing about the things I see lol. I started learning the guitar two months ago. Dachshunds are my favorite dog breed. Those short little legs just get to me! Also, I love to be outdoors! If I could wake up and go hiking everyday that would be heaven! I guess it's a good thing I'm leaving to thru hike the Appalachian trail next month!! I'm so stoked about it! Besides blogging here, I also have my own blog,, where I drone on randomly like this. My AT hike will primarily be documented here but some randomness from the trail will end up over there.

Eiryn Reynolds

Hey! My name is Eiryn (pronounced Erin- translated 'Ireland'...strange, I know) and I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and in December, will graduate college with a degree in Photojournalism. Other than hiking, I'm a huge fan of photography, traveling abroad, running, and coffee. I'm stoked about this trip and hope you all enjoy following along!

Elaine Osmun

I am a Texan who moved to Montana in 2004 and I'm living here happily ever after. I compete with my dogs in agility competitions and other dog sports. I also enjoy hiking and backpacking.

Elise Wallace

I'm a NOBO '18 AT Thru-hiker. I completed 700 miles of the trail after college (Wake Forest University) in 2012. I've been aching to get back and finish ever since so here I am. The six years since hiking last I've developed myself as a writer, barista, non-profit arts advocate and dog-mom. My pup, Sadie, is hiking along with me. Follow my hike more on Instagram, or at my website [] for my A.T. story-collecting project.


Well hey there, world. My name is Eliza and I'm an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Fun fact: I still have one baby tooth that I will never lose (it's a genetic thing). Also I like foggy mornings, old books, and the mountains.

Emily Rhodes

Hi! I'm Emily, but I go by Fine Line when hiking. A few years ago, I hiked through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont on the Appalachian Trail. In 2018 I'll be thru-hiking the Eastern Continental Trail (ECT), which leads from Key West, Florida to Cap Gaspé, Quebec. In the process of completing the ECT, I'll also hike the Florida Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

Emma Rosenfield

My name is Emma. I'm going to be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail this summer-fall 2018. I have a standard poodle named Lillian. I'm hoping to go to veterinary school. When I camp and backpack, I like to rate my poops on a scale. I like to get other people into rating their poops, too!


Hi there! My name is Erin, and if all goes as planned I will be turning 25 on the Appalachian Trail in 2018! I am from Maryland, I am body positive, and I believe in ghosts. I can't wait to be outside every day and to meet all the people hiking this year.

Esther Burghouwt

Yep, it is really happening! This 31 year old Dutch woman (girl?) from one of the flattest countries in the world is going to try and conquer the ancient mountains of the USA on the Appalachian Trail, starting in March of 2018. I still go by my real-life name of Esther, momentarily enjoying the sedentary life of a financial administration job, happily living in the big city of Amsterdam. Having studied Cultural Anthropology, I have an innate interest in other cultures and a craving for adventure, that I somehow also need to balance with my more introvert and careful character. But I love a challenge!

Evan Johnson

Evan is a writer and photographer based in Vermont.

Fernando Rios

Hi, my name is Fernando. I'm an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. I'm into punk, comics, and beer. I spent years struggling with my mental health until the trail brought me peace. That's where I want to stay.

Gabe Foster

I'm an avid hiker, a gram weenie, a budding climber, a reformed Chaco hater and current devotee, a former cat socializer and DI “Athlete” (fencing el oh el). I find I'm most happy when I'm outside. ”“I’m Gabe Foster – I speak for the trees” - Grant Pieples” - Wayne Gretzky” - Michael Scott

Gail Barrett

Hi, everyone! I’m a 63-year old romance novelist whose thru-hike was derailed by injuries last year. Now I'm back, inching my way along the remainder of the trail because, apparently, I'm too stubborn (or foolhardy) to give up. I hope you’ll join me on my trek.

Giovanna La Terza

I’m a 24 year old professional/daughter/sister/cat mom living in Toronto. I’ve quit my job, ended my lease, and am departing for the adventure of a lifetime: thru-hiking the Scenic Pacific Crest Trail. Afterwards, I’ll be moving to Italy.

Greg Simpson

Hey everyone. I'm Greg "Pegleg" Simpson. My itch for backpacking started on a trip to Peru with my mom to hike the Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It was on that trip that I began playing around with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Fast forward four year 2012 and I'm standing on top of Katahdin about to start my SOBO thru hike of the AT and not knowing what the hell I had just gotten myself into. Upon finishing in Georgia, the idea was to begin planning for the PCT that next year. As many of us know, adulting took precedent and so here I am six years later about to embark on my second thru hike. My hope is that I can provide some sort of insight to those interested in the thru hiking culture or even inspiration those dreaming of a thru hike themselves.

Hanna Espie

Hey there! I'm Hanna from Michigan, an AT NOBO starting March 14th. Other than hiking, I enjoy travelling to new places, learning about people, and reading new ideas and stories. I'm excited to share my AT thru hike with you and hope it sparks your own adventure.

Heather Pearson

I’m Heather: here to share soft words and big emotions and a critical-yet-loving lens on outdoor culture. Section hiking 1000 miles of the PCT from the Oregon/California border up to Canada. Mental health, empowerment, justice, healing. Recent college grad, possible future social worker, currently figuring it out.

Hiker Historian (Trailname: “Double H”)

Hiker, Historian, and Writer. Looking forward to my 2018 Flip Flop Hike of the Appalachian Trail!

James Thomson

Hey everyone my name is James Thomson, aka Grumpy Gramps. I'm from Maine and currently live in north Florida. I will be flip/flop hiking the AT starting in mid-April from Springer to Harpers Ferry and then from Katahdin back to Harpers Ferry. I retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2014 after a 27 year career, and it's now time to start on my bucket list. If you are interested in some no nonsense, funny (at times), and "stay off my lawn you young punks" grumpy blog posts, I would be happy to take you along on this adventure.

Jamie Trapp

A glacier gallivanting gal from the lakes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Home is found in the fjords of Alaska and Iceland, and in the unknown. BA from UW-Madison in Environmental Studies and Film. My goal is to bring positive change wherever I go and live a good and simple life outside through adventure and film. 2018 PCT thru hiker!!

Janel Gazelle

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


Hey, we're the Robinson's. We currently live in Steamboat Springs, CO by way of Exeter, New Hampshire. We enjoy tacos, slaying pow, dancing, backcountry adventures, desert trips, fresh beats, taking a good joke too far, a warm cup of tea, and occasionally some peace and fucking quiet. Join us for our Southbound stroll of the AT starting June 17.

Jenna Petersen

Hey I’m Jenna, MA native and hiking northbound- heading home starting in April 2018. Mt. Washington NH was my first ever hike- and foreshadowed my fondness of the outdoors since I was 12. Since then I’ve discovered a yearning of working outdoors along with living off what I’ve got on my back. Once I got over halfway through hiking the New Hampshire 4000 footers in one summer I decided I may as well walk 2200 miles across mountains while I’m attaining my bucket list goals. Excited to do some yoga, read as many books as I can handle, and consume even more pizza than that. Follow my trek through my blog here & on instagram @jennnerrr !

Jenni Thompson

Girl 25, (Spirit) backpacker - 28 countries, usually broke, retired basketball player, pretty lost. SOBO attempt July 1st. Hiking the trail is probably easier than the decision to get a job. Be part of my Maine to Georgia struggles and triumphs!

Jesi Owens

Hi! I'm Jesi O. I grew up in the Appalachian coalfields and can't remember my first hike or hymn. Still, adventure and music have been the core passions of my life. I enjoyed 15 years beach-living on the Virginia coast, and have spent the last few years globetrotting all over the world while working remotely for a travel brand. I've been a freelance writer for almost 20 years and am excited to blog a little about my upcoming adventures on the AT in 2018!

Joellyn Sargent

I’m “Moon Pie” on the trail. I grew up in Florida with sand and sea in my soul, sailing, camping, and exploring this beautiful world. After raising a family in Georgia, my spirit of adventure demanded to be set free. I’m excited to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2018. Follow my journey on The Trek and watch my videos @JoyfulRambler on YouTube.

John Bishop Flynn

Investor, Writer, and doting husband to Ms.Coco and our puppy Norman G Bates. We also try to spend lots of time in the outdoors between al the reading and writing we do.

Jon + Holly

Hi!! We are Jonathan & Holly Mueth and we are hiking the Colorado Trail in 2018. Born, raised, and living in the cornfields of Southern Illinois but our hearts belong to the mountains. We're excited to be living life above 10,000 ft this summer and looking forward to bagging some peaks in addition to our 486 mile journey on the CT!

Jon Goff

Hello all! My name is Jon (trail name: Groot). I'm a free thinker/explorer of life extraordinaire. Born and raised in the lovely hills and country roads of West Virginia. Life has taken me from there to Indiana, then California, and back to Mountaineer Country. I'll be starting my next adventure of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in March 2018. I'm so stoked to share this with all of you! Keep checking in for the good, the bad, and the ugly of that trek. You won't be disappointed, it's the journey of a lifetime.

Josh Johnson

A Florida resident, Josh has backpacked in Florida and Alabama prior to committing to the Appalachian Trail. As a graphic designer and former competitive gamer (Major League Gaming), the outdoor trails are a reprieve from all things digital and a sanctuary to recharge creative energy. Rather than make this just a personal experience, his desire is to make each step across the countryside benefit a worthy cause touching the lives of other people in a positive way. To that end, Josh founded the #HikeWithHeart movement while preparing to hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian trail in 2017, backpacking the first 80+ charity miles for Hike With Heart. Instagram: @HikeWithHeart

Julie Wilson-Freeman

I am a grandmother of 2 sweet little girls and one handsome baby boy. I have a son and daughter. They are both married to wonderful spouses and my husband has 2 sons (that I consider my own), one is married to an amazing woman and the other single. My husband and I no longer have children at home and we enjoy biking and camping in our 30 foot travel trailer--my husband's idea of roughing it. I love hiking/backpacking and when I'm not teaching Freshman Composition at a community college, I spend my summers backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. This summer I will be hiking the whole trail; doing a flip/flop starting at Harpers Ferry, WV.

Kat Jackson

Hi! My name is Kat and I'm 25 years old. I am originally from Minnesota, but currently reside in Florida. I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, my dog, and peanut butter. I like long walks in the woods and hot black coffee in the morning. Catch me Nobo Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting the end of February, 2018, or just keep up with me here from the familiar comfort of your home or office.

Kate Emmons

Hey all! I'm Kate, an East Coast native who will be setting out to thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail in April 2018 bound for Canada. Thru hiking has always been a dream for me, so what better time than the present? I look forward to meeting amazing people, witnessing breathtaking views, and documenting my journey along the way. When I'm not planning for this hike, you'll find me hiking in the White Mountains, rock climbing, traveling, or seeking out craft beer and delicious food in the great city of Boston. Join me as I experience this grand adventure, here on The Trek and on my personal blog,!

Kate Mueller

Hi everyone, I'm Sassafras. I grew up in the rural Midwest, spent some time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and have hopped around the Mid-Atlantic and New England the last few years before settling in Maine. I'm a hiker, writer, and triathlete in my mid-thirties, and I do a lot of whooping at races and on the trail. I'll be taking a break from software product management to hike the AT NOBO starting in March 2018 and doing my best to make #hikerswithsass a compliment.

Kathleen Krause

Hi, I'm No Worries and I'll be hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018! I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast, outdoor industry employee and dog lover. I enjoy craft beer, cheese curds and chocolate!

Katie Doane

Raider is a hiking & music addict, and recent grad of the SOBO AT class of 2017. This wannabe writer is hailed by co-people as “Inventive…Passionate…an OK hiker.” You may see her, her Golden Retriever Indiana, along the AT this summer, come say hi at Rattle River Hostel! She is also entirely made out of high-fives. She also definitely didn’t use a bio generator for any of this.

Katie Elder

Hi, I'm Spirit, and I'm NOBO on the PCT in 2018! I'm from Texas originally, but have also spent time in Portland, NYC, Montana, & New Jersey. This is my first thru-hike.

Katie Friedman

What's good my friends? I'm Katie a hopeful Nobo Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Know for being one up for adventures and saying yes to most things that probably won't get me killed. I'm a photographer and I've got a soft spot for people and their stories so I've always got an ear that's ready to listen. I enjoy walking and so I thought a long walk the woods would be nice. Excited to see what the trail has in-store for me and all the unknown adventures I will have.

KD Klos

Hey y'all! My name is KD. I am a super tall, super outgoing, super goofy AT Thru Hiker! I've been wanting to Thru Hike since I was 16 years old, and after 3 years, 2 majors, and 4 eighteen credit semesters I finally am getting my chance. I had a really cool job in college where I got to take students on Adventure Trips. I am an LNT Trainer, lifeguard, and WFR, but a real achievement of mine is being able to eat an entire bucket of movie theater popcorn. Things that I've done that make my mom worry: Dirt-bagged around the Pacific North West, hung out with bears, hitched hiked around New Zealand, smelling really bad, befriend hobos, and Thru Hiking the AT!


I'm just a girl, standing in front of a mountain, asking if I can hike it.

Kelsy Filler

Hey folks! I'm a twenty-something photographer who's looking to give my visuals a voice while walking every mile of the worlds oldest mountain range alongside my partner, Conner. With every step, we hope to help those in need of clean water through Charity: Water. There will be blood, mud, sweat, smiles, tears, beers, all embodied here, in the form of a blog.

Kimberly "Ronin" Huber

Hi, My name is Kimberly, but I go by Ronin on the trail. I am a 53 yr old female with gypsy heart and incurable case of wanderlust. I am a 2015 PCT Thru-hiker, but currently reside in an A Frame at the base of the White Mountains of NH. Hiking and traveling abroad has taught me to live by two mottos, "Hike your own hike" and "Eadem Mutata Resurgo", or "Although changed, I shall arise the same". I believe humor is an important part of life, and as a Boston native, my second languages are wit and sarcasm. Please enjoy, but as with life, take everything with a light heart. Cheers

Kreg Moccia

Hi! I’m Kreg. My backpacking career started as an undergrad at Harvard where I led orientation trips for freshmen (woohoo, FOP!). After spending the last 7 years as a high school teacher and dean in Brooklyn, I decided that it was time to get back on the trail. I’m halfway done with my southbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and loving (almost) every minute of it!

Lance Ness

Howdy. I’m Backwards Hat aka Lance Ness. I invite everyone to experience the Appalachian Trail through my journey. I will sharing the struggles, reflections, meditations surrounding my trek. Follow my AT thru hike from Georgia to Maine starting March 19, 2018.

Laura Moore

Hey there! I'm Laura, a southern lady living in the beautiful PNW. I'm a lover of sunrises, medicinal herbs, poetry, gummy worms, and lofty run-on sentences. After being tossed around by life for a little bit, I've decided to take a reboot by hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2018. If you come along on this journey with me, you will be privy to my insights into the characters found on the trail, the constancy of my cold, cold feet, and a widow's sense of humor. As I like to say, feel free to hang out with me as I explore life after it all falls apart.

Lee Welton

After years of dreaming my wife Sarah and I are starting our PCT thru hike in March 2018. Together, we will combine our super powers and tackle all the PCT has to offer. With the help of an occasional oatmeal cream pie, of course. Follow along as we aim to offer an honest and transparent look at what hiking the PCT is like!

Lexi Candela

Hi, Friends! I'm Lexi, a 23-year-old recent college graduate and I will be embarking on my NOBO thru-hike of the A.T. starting in February 2018. I'm a craft beer enthusiast, a crazy dog mom, an avid Mountaineer football fan and a book nerd. Oh and donuts. I love donuts! Follow me on my great adventure!

Lindsey Gordon

Hey there! I'm Lindsey - also known by my trail name, Flash Gordon. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013 with no plans to do another long-distance hike. 5 years I am planning my 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike along with my fiancé and hiking partner, Miles To Go!

Liz Kidder

I seem to have a Type A mind and a Type B soul. Sobriety was boring at first until it eventually forced me into doing activities. I like jumping out of planes and long handstand walks on the beach. I have literally never backpacked before so if nothing else, you can expect to learn from my mistakes. AT '18 NOBO.

Liz Syster

I'm Liz and attempting my 2018 AT thru-hike. This has been a dream of mine for over 10 years, and I can't wait for this experience and all the trail has to teach me. I've never attempted a backpacking trip like this, so I'm sure to have plenty of learning curves, but we're all in this together... right?

Lizzie Heine

I’m Lizzie, a 26 year old from Kansas City, Missouri and I love to be outside! When I’m not attempting a thru-hike, I like to stay active with a local Irish Dance group called ‘Ceili at the Crossroads.’ I started Irish dance when I was 5 and it continues to bring me joy. Other than dance, I play recreational Ultimate Frisbee with the Kansas City Utimate League. I also love to read, geocache, do yoga, spoil my 12 year old mini poodle, and attempt new recipes! I successfully completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail last year as ‘Sunshine’ with my ex-boyfriend. Now that I’m single, I’m trying for a new hike and a new trail name. Hike on!


Hey, my name is Mackenzie but I will be going by Wilt on the trail. I am attempting (and God-willing completing) my NOBO AT thru-hike in 2018. I am thru-hiking the AT because I am thankful to be alive. My mantra for the trail is: accept the unexpected.

Madi Landrum

Have you ever had a skunk try to cuddle with you at three a.m. or had a mountain goat try to eat your backpack while out camping? That's how my backpacking trips always seem to go, and that's why I'm a plant person. I'm Madi, and weird stuff tends to happen to me. My partner and I just finished hiking the AT NoBo and decided, what the heck, why not go do the PCT SoBo? So here I am, an environmental biologist and writer, meeting mountain goats and marmots, and loving every minute of it.


Since my first Pct adventure in 2016, I have shed my perceived exterior a multitude of times. I consider myself an onion, gradually peeling back one layer at a time, on the ultimate quest to discover myself and embrace the authentic being residing in my inner core. The loss of some of those layers makes me cry, some cause me to scream, some to laugh. All are pre-conceived notions placed on me by society, other people projecting onto me, or false identities I have adopted. The process is brutal, but one I am committed to. Who am I? I am a warrior. I am a survivor. I am stubborn as hell. I am a high school dropout. I am sometimes a mess. I am weird. I am gay. I am an advocate for all those hikers that don’t fit between the lines. I am proud of the person I am finally letting myself be. I am Matador. I am a thru-hiker.


I'm a raisin in a bowl of grapes. This July I will start my first thru-hike by hitting the path of Vermont's Long Trail. I'm an overly anxious high school teacher in my mid-thirties from the south suburbs of Chicago. Eagle Scout returning to my roots in to the great outdoors after years of urban adventures. This will be a process of gear selection, physical training, and mental preparation, proving you don't need to quit your job, be in shape, or be completely mentally stable to be a thru-hiker. Also, jokes. There will be some jokes.

Maximilian Armstrong

Maximilian "Bloodhound" Armstrong has a penchant for adventure. He's backpacked Canada, hitchhiked America, motorbiked Vietnam, and spent a winter in the Alaskan Arctic. His current expedition is thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. GRRR!

Meredith Johnson

Hey there! I'm Meredith and I'm solo NoBo thru-hiking the AT starting mid-March. I was born and raised in Florida, but got hooked on mountains when spending summers in North Carolina and college in Virginia. I'm in DC now and spend weekends away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy some good ol' quality time with nature. If you're interested in "spur of the moment regardless of the plan" stories, follow along on this adventure!

Mick Beckers

G'day, I’m Mick (aka Hotshot) and an aspiring 2018 PCT thru-hiker. I have a love for all things outdoors particularly the mountains. In 2014-15 I completed a thru-hike of Te Araroa in New Zealand which now has me addicted to long distance hiking. Day to day I'm a forest firefighter in Australia and have had the opportunity work internationally. Be sure to check out my webpage

Miranda Bailey-Russomano

Hi, I'm Miranda! I'm a (very) recent college graduate hiking the Long Trail before I start my "real" job. I'm not the most outdoorsy person I know, but I know I have the skills to make it to the end.

Nick Cornell

I was born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia. I attended Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia and received a degree in Environmental Studies. I am now exploring the west, and I've have worked seasonal jobs in Alaska, Utah, and Montana. Currently I am living in Mammoth Lakes, California and exploring the Eastern Sierra. I do lots of skiing in the winter and then backpacking and trail running in the summer. I completed the AT in 2014 and PCT in 2016, this summer my brother and I are taking to the CDT to finish my triple crown. On trail I go by Top Nach.

Noel Nason

Hello my Name is Noel, and I am a New Hampshire Native, but have lived in many other parts of the country as well. I am new to both extended hiking and blogging (old guy). I do enjoy being outside, cooking BBQ on my big green egg, and driving my jeep with the top down and doors off any chance I get. I own a successful Home Inspection Business, and I am also a Realtor. I have a wife of over 20 years and we have two children that are both currently serving in the US Air Force. I myself am a US Marine Corps veteran.


Getting ready to hike the AT! Very excited for this adventure?

Nolan and Michelle

Hello! My name is Nolan, I'm a traveling ICU RN from the midwest who's taking the summer off to hike the PCT! Exactly three months prior to my start date I met my girlfriend and now thru-hiking partner Michelle. Our goal is to share both the male and female perspectives as well as a look into what it's like to thru-hike as a couple. Follow along as we put our young relationship to the test while we walk from Mexico to Canada, while sharing all the ups and downs along the way!

Old Goat

Recovering infantryman. Appalachian Trail. Life is patches, not upgrades. Metalhead. Lazy mathematician. Political atheist. Nearly normal. Living at the intersection of necessity and free will. Getting run over...


Hi my name is Olympia, but people just call me Opa. I'm a conqueror of the useless, or perhaps i've been conquered by the 'useless'.. In 2017 I was a horse/mule wrangler in the Teton Wilderness of Wyoming, which is where I realized the trail/wilderness is my 'happy place'. In 2018 i'm going to pursue that love further on the Pacific Crest Trail, on foot. The trail is my best reality.

Paige Bellamy

Knows a thing or two about sea cucumbers. Loves cheese and craft beer. Writes about science, hiking, and intersectional feminism. Thru-hiking the AT in 2018 to catch up on all of her favorite podcasts. Would love to have you read about her crazy journey here.

Paul Monsen

Free spirited, fun loving prankster going for a long walk. I’ve been dreaming about this for longer than I can remember, and I am completely stoked! I’m looking forward to burning up 5,000 calories per day including all the snickers I can eat. I’ve always wanted to sleep under a bridge, and I look forward to being homeless for a few months.


Hi, ya'll! My name is Melanie but on trail I go by Peanut. Elephants are my favorite. Coffee is both a necessity and a passion. I like concerts and craft beer. Franklin, TN. is my hometown, but the mountains of NC have my heart. Boo Radley is my cattle dog-beagle-hyena mix, who has hiked one thousand miles of the Appalachian Trail. In 2016, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail solo. On April 15th 2018, I will be attempting my thru of the Pacific Crest Trail with my significant other. I'm excited to be back at the Trek sharing my journey with ya'll!

Pete Bromen

My name is Pete and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. Like many this journey marks a time of transition. I'm from Duluth, Minnesota where the outdoor life is not so much a choice but simply the natural order. After college I spent 28 years as an Air Force pilot, moved many times, and saw a lot of the world under good and not-so-good conditions. Along the way I married, raised two boys to adulthood, and mostly lived the life I had planned, Until the day the plan went terribly wrong. In 2011 cancer struck my wife and in the summer of 2017 she lost her battle after a long and brave fight. Devastated but determined to keep living I've returned to Duluth and am set to start the AT in March. With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald I believe there are second acts in American lives and this hike is the opening of mine. Thank you for visiting and I invite you to follow along with me.

Preston 'Llama' Elliott

Hey there! My name is Preston Elliott, and I'm a travel, outdoor, and landscape photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. I am currently hiking NOBO on the Appalachian Trail and love meeting new people, telling stories from my experiences, and backpacking up and down mountains all day!

Rachael Upchurch

Hey There! I'm Rachael, a 28 year old married old lady heading north solo on the AT in 2018. I love audiobooks, campfires, and apparently, very long walks. I grew up on a ranch in the mostly flat state of Illinois and am very excited to meet a mountain for the first time this year.

Rachel Poole

I'm a writer, massage therapist, hospitality ninja, and adventure seeking warrior. I've made my home everywhere from Georgia to Maui to Colorado and most recently Alaska, yet I keep landing where my roots sprouted. For the last 3yrs I have been dedicated to personal growth and transformation in order to live a more fulfilling life free from the clutch of past trauma and societal standards I willingly adopted as my own.

Rachel Welch

Hi, folks! So my name is Rachel. I just graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Geology, and I'm just getting into this solo hiking thing. I whine a lot, and I'm also both extremely sappy and sassy. I've wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail since elementary school, so I'm excited to be finally making that happen in 2018!

Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns here! Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but I’ve been bouncing around on the West Coast for the last few years. I was raised by hippies and was taught to appreciate the great outdoors. My outdoor lifestyle was put on hold to be a competitive coxswain. 10 years later, I’m thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.


Hey there! I'm Britney, and I'm attempting a SOBO thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. I completed the northern bit of the Camino earlier this year and realized I really like walking! I mean -- I don't like to brag -- but I've been walking now for about 24 years (give or take a few months) and am really stoked to hit the hills I grew up in. Thanks for checking out my page!

Rob 'Starbucks' Small

I’m a 59-year-old recent retiree attempting a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I live in Naperville, which is a suburb about 25 miles west of Chicago. After spending 35 years as an IT cubicle dweller, I felt the need to do something epic. A thru-hike of the AT seemed to be the ticket. I love the outdoors and physical activities. I’ve done several backpacking trips to locations including Glacier National Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the Ozarks and the Porcupine Mountains. I have an amazingly supportive wife, adult children, and grandsons. You can also follow my journey on Instagram (@robonthetrek).

Robin Sorenson

The birds are calling you! Oh, wait, it's just me, Robin! I don't have a trail name yet, but rest-assured as soon as I do, you will know about it! In college I fell in love with my major, Wildlife Sciences, and now I spend my outdoor time identifying birds, trees, plants, and well... pretty much everything else. Starting on April 20th, I will be starting a PCT NOBO attempt! Join me here as I come to terms with this crazy endeavor, experiment with making my own vegan trail meals, and prepare mentally and physically for the Pacific Crest Trail; not to mention my thoughts and experiences while I'm out there! I hope that reading my blog will show you that if I can do this, you can too! When in doubt, just listen to the little bird on your shoulder (me!). Happy hiking!

Rochelle Sorenson

Rochelle here! Trail name to be determined.... I'm a nurse working in the operating room. Three years ago, I got divorced and moved to Boise, Idaho. I began discovering myself, making new friends, seeking new adventures, and striving to be a better person. To ensure my 40th birthday is one of epic proportions, I'm taking "over-the-hill" as literally as possible. Enter: Appalachian Trail. My SOBO trek begins in Maine on June 29, 2018, and my boyfriend, Marcus, will be my partner in crime. Let the countdown begin....

Ryne Tobar

My name is Ryne, which is pronounced like the Rhine river... or like an orange peel. On trail they call me ‘Steamboat’. I grew up in Arizona, came of age in Chicago, learned the most about life in Florida and developed my passions in Washington State. In 2017, I hiked the northern half of the Pacific Crest Trail. On The Trek you can read about my experience on the AT in 2018.

Sara Dhooma

Sara Dhooma is an adventurer! She has backpacked through 70+ countries and explored remote areas of the world. Some highlights include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, wrestling an anaconda in Venezuela, and day-hiking in North Korea. She loves long-distance trekking including Everest Base Camp (2013), Appalachian Trail (2014) and the Annapurna Circuit (2017). Sara is a 'Camino de Santiago' addict and has walked thousands of miles on different routes across France and Spain including the Via Podiensis and Via de la Plata. Follow Sara's video blogs at

Sarah Legg

Hey my name is Sarah Legg! I am 24 years old and live in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am currently a 349th year student at UNCC. I'm a biology major and have no idea what I'm doing with that. I have a huge passion for life, my motto is to always be happy no matter what, if you're not happy... change something. I love all things outdoors. I also love avocados, wine, my dog Ziggy... And I guess I have a thing for hiking too... So NOBO 2018 it is.

Sarah Southard

Hello! My name is Sarah, trail name “Froggy” and I will be attempting a Flip Flop thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in April 2018. I have wanted to hike the AT for a few years now, and fate intervened and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I have lots of experience as a day hiker but have recently fallen in love with backpacking and camping. I currently live in Virginia with my wonderful husband and two elderly Chihuahuas, but I can’t wait to live in the woods next year. I will also be turning 40 in 2018, so it could be a ploy to hide in the woods for months to avoid the black balloons and Grim Reaper birthday cake. I’d love to have you follow along on my epic adventure!

Sean Berry

I have owned and operated Double Crown Records, a Bellingham, WA based surf and instrumental rock n' roll label, since the mid-90's, but have always been a hiking enthusiast. Over the last few years I have worked towards doing just about every hike within 20-30 miles of Mt. Baker, and have also made it a goal to do every trail on Chuckanut and Blanchard mountains near Bellingham, WA. In October 2018 I will be doing a solo thru-hike of the Chinook Trail in Washington and Oregon along the Columbia River.

Shay Hunter

I am an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker class of 2016. My passion is the outdoors and I am doing all I can to spend more time adventure. I am headed out to backpack and travel Europe for 4 months starting July 2018. In 2017, I spent 9 months apprenticing on a farm. I don't exactly know where I will end up, but I know I am Moving forward.

Sheila Jackson-Taylor

At age 46, I am still that child whose mother rolls her eyes and asks “What crazy idea will she come up with next?” My husband, on the other hand, just smiles, nods his head, holds his breath and waits to see if my cuckoo schemes will play out. Really though, I think that if he was honest, he would say that it is my adventuresome spirit that he likes the most. It has, after all, led us to some fascinating places. Thru-hiking the AT in 2018 is precisely the kind of extraordinary adventure that I am not at all surprised to find myself in pursuit of. (My mother probably isn’t surprised either.) This time, hubby is sitting out of the adventure, but I am bringing my handsome and courageous thirteen year old son Cole. Together we will have five months to tackle whatever the AT throws our way as we aim for Katahdin.

Sian and Dave

Hello! We're Sian and Dave/Dave and Sian and writing this is made infinitely more difficult with Hendricks the cat sat on my hands! We'll be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail starting March 2018 and we can't wait. We'll probably write some of our blog posts together and some separately, but either way our hope is to give a first-hand view of all the ups and downs of our adventure. Fingers crossed for ups!

Sierra Tibbetts

Hey there, I am currently hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I am from Maine and have no experience with rattle snakes, waterless stretches, or injuries. Luckily I have experienced all these things in my first weeks on trail.

Siobhan Sheridan

I’m Siobhan. But feel free to call me by my trail name, Drop Bear. I’ve been feeding a severe hiking addiction since my 2015 AT thru hike. Since then I’ve hiked America’s Centennial, Northville Placid, Arizona and Long Trails and Australia’s Bibbulmun Track and Great Ocean Walk. In 2017, I got a taste of hiking failure after 700 or so miles on the PCT. With all that cacti and cowboy camping it was the most fun I’ve ever had not achieving something. There’s not enough time left in my life to hike all the trails on my list. But I’m going to try.


Ed has hiked the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, across Scotland on the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest journey was a thruhike of the 2652+ mile long Pacific Crest Trail. Reports on his other travels, mostly in New England, are at


Howdy fellow trekkers! My name is Anna (trail name Spooky) and my favorite activity is sleeping. I hiked the first 1,200 miles of the PCT in the summer of 2018 and will be finishing the trail summer 2019.

Sydnee Tigert

My name is Sydnee. I was once voted "Most Likely to Survive the Apocalypse". I am a PCT 2018 hopeful.

Taylor Key

Hey there! I’m Taylor, a gal raised in Appalachia who’s searching for my next adventure. You can find me on the trail singing at the top of my lungs, leading a dance party, or trying to find a way to make a backcountry meal gourmet. Follow my adventures to find out how I transform from weekend warrior into a 2018 PCT thru-hiker!

Taylor Sienkiewicz

Hello friends, welcome to my blog! I'm hiking a section of the PCT starting at Mount Whitney, ending who knows where. I grew up in Northern California, but just graduated from the University of Denver. The PCT was something I knew I wanted to do before I start my career – especially since my dream is to be an outdoor journalist. I like running in 90 degree weather, can eat a whole loaf of bread in one serving and eat chocolate signifying the end of each meal. Please say hi to me if you see me so this trail doesn't make me even more uncomfortable in social situations. I make no promises about shaving my legs or washing my hair, but I do promise to update this blog as frequently as possible, so keep me accountable fellas.

Taylor Weixl

I'm Taylor (known as 'Canadian Treasure' on the trail) and I thru-hiked the PCT in 2018. Aside from hiking, I'm into riding my bike, skiing, yoga, and learning new things - especially from other people or books. I'm from British Columbia, Canada.


I find my fear of the next day fading as my curiosity grows, secure in the knowledge that I have overcome obstacles in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I am landline free since 1995, desktop PC free since 2006, and now only use a laptop for larger projects. My socially responsible factory production job experienced a marketplace contraction which combined with a cultural shift in the workforce. After two rounds of therapy for anxiety and depression, despite glowing performance reviews at work, I quit the job, dumped possessions and left. I am making a trial of being a full-time nomad, using art and trail therapy to recover and exploring where the cameras take me. 2018 will be my first thru-hike, AT NOBO. On completion, I plan to convert a vehicle to use as a mobile studio and adventure base. The flat land of oranges and hurricanes is currently home. I am sizing up the possibility of a yoyo, just walking back after Katahdin and getting picked up from the Florida Trail. If that happens, I'll figure out a passport and plan to complete the ECT.

The Swords

We're the Swords and we are starting our northbound thru-hike of the AT on March 19! We're in our late 20’s and since we met in high school we've been doing life by the books-graduating high school, going to college, getting a job, getting married. We've really been very fortunate so far, but the problem is that we love the outdoors and traveling, and our current jobs have really limited our ability to enjoy those things. We’re planning on making big changes in our lives, and we’re using this hike to kick start a new lifestyle. Hopefully, it will lead us to great things!

Victor Perrotti

Hello all, I currently live and work in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I'm married with three children and have recently retired from a career of teaching special education. Film photography is one of my obsessions. Recently, my time has been spent studying graphic design and training. Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is something I have thought about for decades. I had all but given up on the idea when the cartilage in my hip joints prematurely wore out due to dysplasia. After replacement surgery in 2015, I was determined to get my life back to as “normal” as possible. Currently, I am on track to begin thru-hiking the beginning of March 2018. “Normal” will have to be redefined.


A.J. Matthews (Blue Steel)

Hi everyone! My name's A.J. and I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail this year. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, my parents took me and my siblings on a roadtrip through the Smoky Mountains. I remember walking up Clingman's Dome and my dad telling me about thru-hikers for the first time. I remember my 10 year old self thinking how crazy people must be for wanting to walk all the way from Georgia to Maine. Fast forward to now and after completing college, military service, and working a mediocre job, I've found there's nothing else I'd rather be doing this year. Join me for the ride as I share the stupid things I do and enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

Aaron "Sling" Owens

Hello hikertrash foodies! Clinical dietitian by profession but spend my days dreaming of the outdoors. My blog focuses on experimentation with trail friendly ultralight foods, meal preparation, menu planning and resupply strategies. Hope you enjoy following my culinary experiments while thru hiking the Appalachian Trail starting 5/23/17.

Abby King

Hey readers! Thanks for tuning in. I'll be writing here about my upcoming PCT hike. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2011, the John Muir Trail in 2012, and the Wonderland Trail in 2013. I worked, hiked, skied, and played in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine for a while but now I'm living in Tahoe City, CA where I work as a backcountry ski guide and environmental policy advocate. I am SO excited to hike from Mexico to Canada along the Sierras this Spring.

Abby Rachwalski

Hi, I’m Abby! I was born and bred in the suburbs of Chicago, near the cornfields of central Illinois, and next to the greatest of the Great Lakes. But, at 24 years old, I remain conflicted by a love for higher elevations, sequoia giants, and dramatic vistas. So obviously the logical solution is to venture out on a 2,650 mile long jaunt along the height of the Western United States to embrace that love, right? In April I’ll be taking a hiatus from my job as a nurse to the tiny humans of this world, making my parents officially empty nesters (you’re welcome, Mom & Dad), and pursuing another dream of mine: a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail with my best friend, Annie. AND I CAN’T WAIT!

Adam Ryan

Hi. I'm Griz. I have bilateral optic neuritis and have less than 5% of my visual field remaining. My passion is hiking. Over the course of 2015-16' I completed hiking the Appalachian trail. In 2017, I completed 650 miles of the PCT. This year, I'm hiking the Appalachian trail again!


Howdy, everyone! My name is Adeline, 22, and a photojournalist by trade and writer by heart. I will be stepping off from Maine in July of 2017 for a southbound thru hike. Should be interesting ^_^

Alex Pellerin

Hey everyone! I'm Alex and I'll be heading down to Georgia in May. I'll be skipping my college graduation to start my NOBO thru-hike with my mom! I'm a 22 year old, college senior, from NH- the Whites are my home. I love hiking, doing cool things, eating snacks, and long walks in the woods...(so I guess that's how I got here, huh?)

Alli Huggins

Hey I'm Alli! A native Marylander residing in New Haven, CT with my boyfriend and our rescue cat, Penelope. I am a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School and an alum of the University of Pittsburgh. I am hiking the AT NOBO with two other gals, Sydney and Shelby! I love a full glass of cheap champagne, binge watching HGTV, and sauntering in the woods. Hike on!

Amber Kostka

I'm Amber. I'm a born and raised beach bum relocating to the mountains for stint on the Appalachian Trail. I'll be thru-hiking NOBOish beginning April 2017. Yes, I've read Wild. No, I'm not bringing a gun. I am, however, hoping to raise as much as I can for Alzheimer's Research on behalf of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.


Hi all, I'm Pup, a nature-loving nomad-at-heart and Druid-in-training from England, hiking the AT NOBO in 2017 with my amazing partner. I can't wait to get my paws on the trail in April! I enjoy talking nonsense, making connections with new people and spending time around trees and I have high hopes that the AT will provide all three in abundance... I also blog at Happy Trails!


I'm known as Amy off the trail, and Tuff Broad on the trail. I hiked the PCT in 2016, and the AT in 2017. Hiking helps me take myself a little less seriously, makes me grateful for these legs of mine, and reminds me how much I like Cheetos. I could eat macaroni and cheese every day. If you'd like to read about what other foods I like, and the trails that I've hiked, you can read more at my personal blog

Anette LOrsa

Hi there all you wonderful people! I am Happycamel, in heart and soul passionate hiker, adventurer and restless nomad. In my daily life yoga instructor, birth Doula, mom of three and Permaculture farmer living on a farm on a small island called Tjome in Norway. I will travel across the ocean and hike the Pacific Crest Trail through Oregon and Washington; from Ashland to Stehekin, solo this summer, starting July 1st. Looking forward to hit the trail, meet all of you badass hikers and share all of it with you excellent readers here on The Trek and on

Anna Zimmerman

My name is Anna. I am an 2017 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. I'm not a writer but am a photographer and I'm trying to live this one life to the fullest.

Anne Baker

Hi! I'm Anne, a North Carolina native now living in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. In 2017, I put my career on hold to attempt a flip-flop thru-hike from Harpers Ferry with my dad. We hiked more than 1,300 miles before I found out I had cholecystitis, which resulted in the removal of my gallbladder. It was a really weird diagnosis for an otherwise healthy 29-year-old, and for awhile, I was pretty upset about the setback. But now, I'm just grateful I still have 800 miles of the Trail to look forward to. The Universe has taught me that journeys are sometimes better when they are longer -- and that we can't argue with timing.

Ashley and Zach George

Hi! We're Ashley and Zach George from Cincinnati, Ohio. We're 26 & 28, have been together since high school, and were married in October of 2015. We have been working in the professional world for about 5 years now and have quickly realized that working 9a-5p, five days a week until we're 60 just isn't the life for us. We're heading out NOBO on the Appalachian Trail in March of 2017 looking for an adventure and hoping to figure out what the heck comes next.

Ashley Hill

I have suffered with depression on and off for years but recently came out of this severe low point with a brand new attitude to tackle hardships and live life to the fullest. This led me to attempting a flip flop thru-hike of the AT in 2017, making it approximately 700 miles before having to leave due to knee issues. I am hoping to continue LASHing the trail until completion. I grew up deep in the middle of nowhere in Virginia and have loved exploring more of my beloved Appalachian Mountains.

Barbara Richey

Hello My name is Barbara. I live in the Midwest but, spend time in Southwest Florida because of the trails. I retired the end of 2016 and now plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I taught school for a number of years and retired from the military after serving 23 years. I am a vegan and I'll make an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the trail. My other passions include photography, gardening and herbalism.

Barry Hudson

I'm a Nature addict hiker/backpacker who is doing a 2017 flip flop AT thru hike starting NOBO at Harper's Ferry 4/23. At age 55, hiking has changed my life and I know that this thru hike will be truly magical... even the miserable times.


Hey! My name's Becca and my adventures have taken me from the Amazon River to the Andes Mountains. Next up on my adventure list is an AT thru hike! Jesus, rescue dogs, essential oils & hiking are the delights of my soul!

Bethany Varner

Howdy! I'm Bethany from Houston, Texas. Ever since learning about the AT a little over a year ago I've been planning my hike, but i'm still having trouble trying to figure out how to keep a pint of blue bell ice cream in my pack without it melting! Just kidding (sort of). It's slightly crazy that people voluntarily hike ~2,190 miles, but hey my mom always says that I'm a nut, so I guess it's the perfect adventure for me!

Big Jim

Howdy!!! I'm Big Jim and I am a thru-hiker for the class of 2017. But, I am a little different. I am actually starting from Panama City, Florida and hiking all the way to the Canadian border and weather permitting continuing hiking the International AT into Canada, Newfoundland and to the trails end at Belle Island. I am walking with a purpose. As a recovering addict alcoholic for over 34 years, and this being my first time ever sober in my adult life, I am taking on this journey impressed by God to walk. This is a spiritual journey of self discovery that I pray will bring a message to all affected by addiction in any way that there is HOPE! There is LIFE after addiction! There is a new life after recovery.

Brook and Kona

Brook and Kona here. Just a girl and her dog on a mission to see the world. We will be hiking the PCT in April 2017, and couldn't be more excited! Born and raised in south Florida, I recently moved to San Diego and fell in love with California. My goal: to see everything the west coast has to offer.


I'm a mid-lifer who has hiked The Whites and parts of Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Ireland. I love the outdoors, especially winter in New England (although I haven't given winter in the West a try...yet). My "mid-life-crisis" is requiring that I quit my job and hike the Appalachian Trail this year and I think I'm going to listen to THAT voice since the timid-safe voice hasn't done much for me thus far. I've been reading so much - especially the blogs on The Trek and I can't wait to meet some of this year's thru-hikers!! I'm a little undecided right now about where to start but I'm leaning on flip-flopping, starting at Harper's Ferry. Anyone else?

Caleb Bonner

Hey I'm Caleb! I'm Thru Hiking NOBO starting February 25th, 2017! I'm a backpacker, kayaker, climber, and fisherman who loves all things outdoors. I enjoy good burritos and craft beer. I hope to keep up with my journey, people I've met, and my gear through this blog! If you would like to help me out any way with my hike feel free to get in contact with me! "Adventure is not outside man, it's within"

Carolyn Burman

Howda! My name is Carolyn Burman and I am an AT Nobo thru-hiker hopeful beginning my sojourn on April 15, 2017. My dream to hike the Appalachian Trail began two years ago when I became utterly and over-the-top obsessed with the idea of hiking from Georgia to Maine. For whatever reason, walking from Georgia to my home of New England was exactly the kind of insanity I had been yearning for. In the beginning of my planning, I researched what it would take to rescue a Chihuahua puppy to raise as my hiking companion on the trail, strapping it to the front of my pack like a newborn baby. Unfortunately, after several hours of research on the importance of keeping your pack light, the dream of the Chihuahua faded, but my dream of hiking the AT remained! Anyways, I look forward to sleeping on the earth every night and feeling no guilt about the junk food I will be consuming along the way. Onward and Upward!

Casie Frederick

My name is Casie, also known as "River," and I am currently North Bound on the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy long walks on the beach, as well as through the woods.


Hi everyone, Cassie here! I'm a 21 year old girl from central PA who was born to travel. Every place I've been to is stuck in my heart forever- from the giant Redwoods of California to the mountains of the Adirondacks and the rocks of Utah. I'll be skipping out on my graduation for my BSN and setting out on my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail March of 2018. Follow my journey!

Chelsea Bates

I love good wine and the great outdoors. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia. When I grow up, I want to be a gypsy.

Christina Rose

Hi there – I’m Christina! I’m a wife, health coach, marathon runner and soon-to-be thru hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m prone to wander – seriously, I can’t sit still. I was born and raised in Olympia, WA, graduated from Montana State University – Bozeman, and for the past 3 years, my husband and I have been living an adventurous life in the beautiful state of Wyoming. My motivation for this blog comes from 2 Timothy 1:7 – which calls each and every one of us to be bold. Whether that’s facing your fear, taking a leap of faith, or responding to the call of adventure. Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is a dream I’ve had ever since I met my husband. After four years of saying NO, this year, we’re saying YES. Together, backpacking and being outdoors has become an important part of our lives, our faith and will forever remain a priority in our marriage. I hope as you continue to follow me in my wanderings that you will be inspired to go after your dreams. They beckon for a reason. ? Christina Pacific Crest Trail Start Date 5.4.17

Colin Baker

From Austin, TX. Decided to hike the AT a year ago for a new adventure in life. I look forward to the experience and challenges ahead of me. I see it as another growing moment in life. I'm certainly excited to meet new people and friends from all over. Can't wait to get out there.

Danielle OFarrell

Four years ago, I woke up in an Appalachian Trail Shelter on the last day of a 5-day backpacking trip I was leading with Tufts Wilderness Orientation. I squirmed to a sitting position in my sleeping bag and looked out of the open side of the shelter. Of course, I sighed, the birds were chirping and the sky was blue and I just was not ready to go back yet. But back we must go because the incoming freshmen we were leading were due for their welcoming orientation. I rolled over to face my co-leader and one of us voiced what we were thinking, What if we just didn’t go back? What if we just did this? And that was the beginning of my thru-hiking dreams. I kept playing with the day dream and then this year I realized, wait a minute… I could totally do this. So here I am, I am 24 and about to attempt a thru-hike to the Pacific Crest Trail! This trail goes from Mexico to Canada, entering six different North American ecozones and passing through the whole length of my home state of California. I graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Child Development and a Dance minor. The following year I worked in New England as an environmental educator and outdoor educator with Christodora and this year in San Francisco I work as an education specialist for Save Nature teaching conservation science and as a sales specialist at REI. And now I am heading off, to immerse myself in the world of nature and biology, a world I have loved since childhood and a world fear is too often forgotten. I am heading off to do a very simple thing–I am off heading off to walk.

David Stasiak

I'm 22 years young from a small town in the great state of Alabama, home of my momma, the greatest college football program ever (Roll Tide), and some of the dankest BBQ you'll ever have the privelege of gnawing on. My community is unlike any place I've been in America. We express a genuine interest in the wellbeing of our neighbors, and as cliche as it might sound, we'd give the shirts off our backs to ANYONE in need. I should feel right at home in the AT community. "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss — good, not evil. Success, not failure in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it." -- Paul W. "Bear" Bryant

Deane "Roo" Giordano

Hey, y’all. You can call me Roo, shirt for Ruby Throat. I live in the Western North Carolina mountains and I’m planning a flip flop hike (because I never do anything in the “right” order). I’ll start with a new moon on April 26, NOBO from Grayson Highlands State Park (because….ponies!) I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger and a natural born nomad. If you see someone smelling wild roses and marveling at flamboyant fungi along the way, that will be me. Oh, yeah... my knees are totally looking forward to hiking the White Mountains. Please visit me at, too.


I'm Joe "EarthTone" Harold. I have always had an interest in the outdoors and backpacking. That interest has morphed into an obsession with the A.T. and my wife (LoGear) and I will be feeding that obsession starting in April of 2017. I'm a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and have just finished up as the Manager at the A.T. Museum in Gardners, PA. You can also follow my life adventures at my personal blog: See you out on the trail.

Elizabeth Connolly

Hey guys- my names Liz. I once gave a snack bag to an Irish man, who was hiking the Appalachian Trail. It changed my life. I'm settled cozy in Southern Maine, and engaged to my best friend! Yoga, reiki, rivers and mountains soothe my soul, but cider and icecream also help with that. I have dreams of hiking the trail and living in the woods.

Emily Ben

I thru hiked the PCT in 2017. I'm a hiker, boulderer and aspiring filmmaker currently working in digital. I live in London, UK so my journey to the trailhead was a long one and planning for my hike was been a complicated affair at times. I'll be writing about my experiences as an international hiker and as a solo female hiker.

Emily Elizabeth

I’m Emily! On a normal day you can find me either in a tree, field, or forest, most likely being a total goofball and making horrible puns. This June I’ll be EMbarking upon a SOBO hike after I wrap up my final year of nursing school. Although I have zero experience with backcountry cooking, I'll be constructing all my own meals and food drops due to food allergies. Looking forward to the quiet of the woods, the simplicity of living out of a backpack, my legs as my vehicle, and doing more with less.

Emily McCambridge

Hello! I'm Emily, and I'll be doing a flip flop AT thru-hike in April 2017 with my boyfriend Dan and our 1-year-old lab pup Oliver. I grew up a couple miles off the AT in northern NJ, went to college in Washington, DC, and for the past three years have been in the Chicago area, and I'm very excited to leave cities & suburbia behind to live in the woods for half a year! We'll be heading south from Delaware Water Gap April 3rd, so if you're a NOBO hiker in 2017 we'll likely cross paths.

emily sue

my name is emily and i am a future AT thru-hiker. i like the grateful dead, board games, and sandwiches. if all goes as planned, i will be hiking the AT NOBO in 2020. check here for posts about my inevitable changes in gear, shakedown and mini section hikes, and other miscellaneous ramblings of a beginner backpacker.

Eric Guldberg

Hello! My name is Eric Guldberg and I'm from the Great Lake State. Ann Arbor, MI to be exact. I will be NOBO thru hiking the A.T starting March 1st, 2017. I am hiking to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society in honor of my father who has brain cancer. Before I do that I am finishing up a business degree from Hope College. I hope you all follow me on my journey from A2 --> GA --> ME.

Erica Notini

2017 AT Thru Hiker and outdoor enthusiast, I have been hiking in and around the White Mountains of NH since I was 6 with my mom and brothers. After finishing the AT, I pursued my goal of spending my life outside by becoming a guide for a wilderness therapy program. Despite living in the woods for a living, the lure of thru hiking has persisted. Stay tuned for more adventures to come!

Erick Gaudreau

Whats good!! Im Erick but you can just call me Styles. I live in a small 45 min outside of Boston, MA. My love for hiking and just being outside all started when i was young after climbing Mt. Washington NH. Most of my hiking is in NH and Vermont mountains, and hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2015. This year I'm going to attempt a PCT-CDT calendar year hike. follow along for this crazy adventure!!


I first heard the trail call my name shortly after graduating high school, and after just a few weekend hikes, I could no longer keep myself from a thru-hike. Between medical waivers and appeals for the Navy, being called in for 14 hour shifts at a gas station, and all the other stresses of the daily grind, a 2,600 mile hike sounds like a great break.

Forrest Radarian

I'm Forrest and I'll be traveling SOBO on the AT in 2017. I'm currently an AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology high school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. My wife and I are into long distance cycling and trail running. I've done a self-supported bike tour from Canada to Mexico, I've thru-hiked the John Muir Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helen's, and Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon in Northern AZ/Southern UT. Wilderness conservation and environmental justice are my passion. Building an environmental ethos in my students, as well as getting them out into the wild, gives me meaning. Hiking the AT has literally been a goal of mine since I was in elementary school. This thru-hike will be an opportunity to share the wild with my students back in AZ, push myself physically, do an adventure with my wife, and be in the wilderness in the way it always transforms me.

Funky Stuff

I am a 23 year old kid born and raised in South Bend, IN. Graduated college in 2016 and survived 2 months in an accounting internship. Since then I haven't spent more than 5 weeks in the same state. I am addicted to road trips and have been to 49 states in my 93 Buick (help me get her to Hawaii). I make money when I am home by substitute teaching and scalping tickets at every Notre Dame football game. I love having fun, playing games, helping others and listening to good stories. My best friend rose from the grave one time (true story). I am hiking the Appalachian Trail NoBo starting March 26th and taking a couple weeks off the trail in May to go on a mission trip to Guatemala to help some children there (currently accepting financial support).

Gary Stell

I'm a 67 year old retiree from a long career in the Oil and Natural Gas industry. I am a native Oklahoman, I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. I have always been more comfortable in the woods than any other place. I love God and all kinds of outdoor activities, I hunt, fish, kayak, play golf, hike, camp and enjoy God's creation.

Gas Monkey

Greetings everyone! My name is Ian 'Gas Monkey' Matta, and I'll be hiking NOBO come March of 2017. I'm currently finishing up my degree in Visual Effects at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with my graduation set for March 14th. (perfect timing.) I first caught the thru hiking bug back in 2010 during a 10 day section hike through the Saddlebacks and Bigelows. Since then I have had the opportunity to hike the 100 mile wilderness, portions of the White Mountains, the whole of Georgia, and countless other mountains on both the east and west coast. I return to the trail because of the serenity and non-aggression. I am a happy guy by nature and the AT provides an escape from all things stress, politics, and judgement. I'm ready to leave my worries at the doorstep, and live life out on the loose for a bit.

Hannah Bosel

Hey! I'm Hannah. I'm a 2017 AT solo NOBO from The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Ohio. I love trees, Harry Potter, summer camp, donuts, airports, dogs, lists, and just about ten-million other things. I'm taking a semester off from college to thru-hike and figure out where I'm supposed to go next.

Heather P

Hey howdy! My husband and I will be starting our NOBO thru attempt in March of 2017. At present, I live in Washington state and I work as an occupational therapist. I am a lover of documentaries, peppermint everything, my sweet dog, and early bedtimes. Louise (our dog) is such a joy, but she won't be coming along with us. My wanderlust is the product of being raised in the military; I don't think I will ever see enough places or meet enough people. My husband had the hare-brained idea to hike the Appalachian Trail...I took that idea and ran with it. Follow along with our adventure! Happy hiking!

Heather Q

Hey there, nice to see you here. My name's Heather and I'm a travel junkie. I love anything and everything new, all the time. My husband loves everything the same, all the time. I know for him, once we do something for the first time, it is already our routine. We love each other infinitely and are looking forward to do the same thing repeatedly every day in new places by hiking the AT in 2017. My husband, Joel, is the social media guru so my social media links take to you his accounts of tracking our adventure! If you want to check out my artwork or keep updated on our adventures and writing beyond the AT our website is If you want to watch our hike, my husband's YouTube channel is 'Joel Wanders'. If you want to read the love story of what brought the two of us together in our thirties you can buy our love story on just look up Heather Q! Happy Reading!


My name is Teri (Hoozurmama) and I'm attempting a NOBO thru hike. My hometown is St. Louis (Go Cardinals!) but I've call Texas home for the last 20 years. After my hike I'm headed to North Carolina. I've spent 32 years in the corporate world but my most important job is being a mom. I'll keep that job but my new "day" job is slaying mountains between GA and ME. I love God, my family, Diet Coke, birds singing (not crackles screaming), the smell of fresh cut grass, baseball, soccer (well basically all sports), Blue Bell ice cream, The Waltons, and the color purple.

Jackie Bannon

I'm Jackie. I'm attempting to thru-hike the PCT this summer. I just graduated from UW-Madison, and I hope I can find as much cheese and love on trail as I did in good ole Wisconsin.

James Shepherd

My name is James. Along with my wife, Rebekah, we hope to spend 2017 rendering the word 'aspiring' no longer necessary when describing us as thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

Jeff Santos

Hi. I´m Jeff Santos. I´m from Brazil. When I was a kid I had to walk a league to visit my grandma. A league is around 3.5 miles. I was 7 years old. She lived in a village called Boavista. It´s nice view in Portuguese. That´s what I expected during my thru-hike: nice views. If you don´t speak Portuguese you can use Google Translator to read more at . If you prefer pictures and videos, follow me on Instagram or YouTube. Cheers.

Jennifer Giddens

Recent Auburn Grad headed off for a NOBO hike in March. Hiking to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Research. - Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light - Yogi Bhajan

Jeremy Gottschalk

Jeremy G is a military veteran and enthusiastic hiker. Starting in Hawaii, Jeremy began the Barefoot Hikers, a social group aimed at trail restoration, history and conservation while building friendships. With some 300 hike events over nine years, the group reached 17,000 Barefoot Hikers without injury or fatalities (very rare in Hawaii). In 2016, Jeremy transitioned into the civilian world with hopes of continuing his hobby as more of a lifestyle. He set out to cover two of the National Scenic Trails, AT and the FNST. Follow along with the OG Hawaii 'Barefoot Hiker' as he attempts the AT!

Jim McNelis (Moonshine)

Greetings fellow hikers! In brief, my name is Jim, I'm 39, and I am originally from Manassas, Virginia. I moved to San Francisco in my early 30s and now live in Truckee, California, which is just north of Lake Tahoe. I consider myself experienced at hiking and camping, but not an expert. I'll be attempting my thru hike with an ultralight setup, and in that category, I am a beginner. Join me as I figure out the nuances of thru hiking with as little as possible along this 2190.3 mile walk.

Jody Chancey

My name is Jody (no trail name yet). I will be hiking from the beaches of Destin, Florida all the way to Canada. I will be traveling most of that distance via the Appalachian Trail. I currently work as a Database Administrator/Web Developer for CACI, Inc.

Juliana Chauncey

Hi I'm Juliana, I'm 25 and from New York, and getting ready to hike the PCT starting on April 3rd, 2017. I've road tripped across the country 12 times, and am excited to switch it up and go border-to-border on foot!

Justin and Wella Jay

Wella and Justin are two former US Army officers that have been living in Alaska for the past four years. We have been afforded the incredible opportunity to thru hike as part of the Warrior Expeditions team in 2017! We look forward to sharing our journey with friends and family as we make our way North!

Kai Meka

Hi there! I'm Kai, I am an adventurer, and an aspiring travel blogger/photographer who currently resides in Southern Maine. I am going to attempt an ultralite SOBO thru-hike of the AT, starting about a month after my 20th birthday in July 2017, with my dog, Cheyenne, joining me for as much of the trail as possible. The ultimate goal is to hike over 2000 miles, and to have as much fun, and as many new experiences as possible in the process!

KatBird & Trail

Newlyweds in recovery, hiking the AT SOBO. Starting over again, sharing our experience, strength, and HOPE! Grateful for the opportunity to take on this adventure; a little anxious but overall EXCITED! God is Good! #ATrecovery2017

Kate Bradley

Hi! My name is Kate. I thru hiked the PCT in 2017, and took on a Mt. Rainier summit attempt as part of the journey. My trail name is Vaya, which means 'Go' in Spanish. Vaya bien!

Kate Gewehr

Hello, my name is Kate! I'm 41 years old and currently live in Madison, Wisconsin. I hiked 567 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and can't wait to make plans to hike more of it. Before I set out, I decided to give myself my own trail name: Pét-Nat (after a natural sparkling style of wine beloved by wine geeks like me). It turns out that no one on the trail had ever heard of Pét-Nat.

Kate Stillwell

Hi! I’m Kate aka "Ribs". June 8th, Alexa aka "Tink", new grad from “The U”, and I will start our 2,190.3 mile E.P.I.C. SOBO thru-hike and blog up, down and around the trail. We are stoked! As if the AT isn’t hard enough, Alexa’s vegan so our 22 resupply food boxes have been a ginormous challenge! We’ve lined up amazing Trail Angels (Sara VT, Deb NY, Linda & Ed PA, Joyce MD and Nancy NC) who want to bless us with TLC as we wend, stumble, slip, slide and fumble (with style & grace) our way from Maine to Georgia. Alexa is passionate about nonprofits and so created: “Hiking for Nonprofits” where FOR profit companies sponsor our hike with 100% of the $$$$ going directly to nonprofits organizations. Annapolis Subaru stepped up immediately and pledged funds for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as did Belair Produce who are sponsoring on behalf of Heroes of Tomorrow (HoT) and Maryland Federation of Art (MFA). Please visit their websites and support them all. When all is said and done we will see if we are “Stillwell”. Wanna read more stuff? Check out my blog: Instagram: @Just_Skedaddle and @hikingfornonprofits WEBSITE: SPONSORS & SPONSOREES:, for ,, for, and

Katie Eckman

I will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail in April 2017. I will start in Georgia and hike northward. Hoping to share some of that experience with you through this blog!

Katie Sandage

Hey, I'm Katie and I'm thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017. I enjoy long walks through the mud and eating dessert first. In my spare time I like to nerd out on nature and occasionally shoot things.

Keckeley Habel

Hey all! My name is Keckeley and I'm a (very) recent graduate of St. Lawrence University! I'm hiking the AT SOBO starting early June and can't wait to get going. I've been dreaming of doing this hike since I was young after hearing my mom's stories of the same journey. Originally from Kalispell, MT, the Rockies are my home, so I'm excited to explore other mountains, rivers and people! Hike on!

Kelly Ann Baird

Hey ya'll! I'm Kelly Ann and my goofy pup here is Riley. We started backpacking early in 2016 and ever since have been gearing up for some pretty strenuous thru-hikes; the first of which will be our sobo AT thru-hike beginning October, 2017. Prior to backpacking, I was a two sport varsity athlete, captain, and Conference/National Champion for Ohio State. I was also a member of the USA swim team for a couple years. My competitive background has fueled my long distance backpacking adventures to be more on the irregular side. By pushing boundaries and sharing my experiences with others, I hope to inspire more individuals to get outside and explore the world around them, whether that be by taking a stroll around a neighborhood park or walking for months on end across the country. No step is too small because all great adventures begin with the courage to take that initial step.

Kerstin A. La Cross

Hi, my name is Kerstin, aka Weasel! I'm an adventure cartoonist based in the Pacific Northwest who makes silly comics and doodles about trail backpacking. I also occasionally do diary and retail comics.

Keturamarie Lennick

Hey everyone! I'm Ketura a.k.a Littlefoot. I'm a 22 year old from the beautiful state of Arizona. I start hiking mid April from Amicalola Falls, and I hope to see all of you guys out there! Thanks for taking interest in my hike, and I hope you follow along!


Trail name: Krispies. Hiker, traveler, swim instructor and author of Hold for Hiker Trash, a novel about Trail Angels on the PCT. I call Buffalo, NY my home base, where I’m currently planning an eastbound hike of the Finger Lakes Trail and a southbound hike of the Long Trail.

Kirsten Fraude

Hey! I'm Shutterbug! I'm 25, a photographer, upstate newyorker, lover of nature, and am hoping to become a wilderness therapist one day. In 2017 I hiked about 1500 miles of the Appalachian Trail. I plan on reattempting a thru hike of it someday.

Koty Sapp

A landscape, travel, and lifestyle freelance photographer with a desire to hike across America.


My name is Kristin but you can also call me ‘Half Moon’ or ‘Half Moon Lou’ a trail name I was given last year on the trail. I was attempting a NOBO halfway section hike to Harpers Ferry, WV in 2017 when ten days in I found out I had to get my Gall Bladder removed and pulled off the trail. But I’m happy to be reattempting my hike this year, departing from where I left off at mile 69.3. My ten days on the AT were more than incredible and I can’t wait to get back out there and once again live on the trail.

KT Saunders

I answer to Katie, or KT, or Penny (when the whisky kicks in). I’m leaving Texas to hike NOBO in 2017. I have 2 gay cats, I like awkward situations, I speak in sarcasm, and if you see someone talking to a squirrel trying to convince it to be their friend, it’s probably me. Please stop and say hi!

Kylie Torrence

Hey everyone! I'm Kylie. 22 years old from Georgia. I'm an AT NOBO starting on March 27th. You'll probably find me with a camera in hand. I had more written here but it sounded like a dating profile so instead I'm keeping it short and sweet! Happy hiking! :D

Lauren Hafley

my trail name is woodchuck and will remain woodchuck because it was tattooed on the bicep of a man in Damascus. I hiked the AT sobo in 2016 and flipped around on the PCT in 2017. I'm currently living in Brooklyn and working toward becoming a certified trail guide. Come hike with me.


Hiking 2,189 for Girl Power! As a solo female trekker with little backpacking experience, I am setting out to show women that they (and I) can do anything. I always imagined a thru hike with a partner, but since none showed up I am going solo and stoked about it. Because conquering mountains leads to conquering mountains. Let's go

Leila Pike

Hi. I'm Leila. I'll be tracking my musings and progress here for my 2017 thru-hike of the PCT. I'm from Maine! (Which deserves an exclamation mark). I'm a general outdoor enthusiast, but this will be my first time spending five to six months outdoors. Luckily, I'll have my ever-knowledgeable and experienced friend, Abby, with me (a fellow trek blogger - check her out). Follow me here!

Lil Wayne

This is Lil Wayne the LASHer, having hiked 1,189.8 miles of the AT in 2017! I also run a lit magazine called The Slag Review, am a ceaseless pun generator, and a cheap wine enthusiast. This is the time to live, let's all shout from a mountain top. The Trail Provides and the Dude Abides.


Salutations! My name is Lily, and I hiked the AT from July 1st to December 19th of 2017. I'm currently back in my home state of New York, freezing to death and plotting future expeditions!

Linda Vance

Hey everyone! I'm Linda, a 65-year old research ecologist who had a plan to retire and trade field work for hiking. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans.... So instead, I'll be starting a flip flop the first week in April, and then will take a little time off after Maine to collect baseline data on fire-affected wetlands in Montana. I know, it's a tough life. I'm looking forward to the Trail, but sometimes I wonder exactly why I need to spend so much of my life sleeping on the ground.

Linnea Delucchi

My name is Linnea and I am one of the many love child's of our great God Zeus. I kinda wish my mom was Hera, but my mortal mom is pretty tight. In reality, I grew up in the swanky suburban town of Fair Oaks, along the American River. I spent my summers floating down the river, backpacking, day hiking, and swimming back and forth too many times in a 25 yard pool. In the winters, we skied North Lake Tahoe every weekend we could make it up. I still like all of those things and got the bug to hike the PCT in 2017. Somehow, I managed to complete it and am now addicted. Stoked to see what hike I choose next! Until then, writing, skiing, and traveling await.

Lion Heart

Hi! I'm Lion Heart and I love all things hiking. I'll be thru-hiking NoBo on the PCT in 2017. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006, I launched a more active lifestyle with a refreshed perspective on Life. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009 and 2013. In 2015, I hiked 700 miles of the Continental Divide Trail. When I'm not thru-hiking, I work as a science teacher, perform as a percussionist, and rally for bicycle advocacy. No matter where my footprints fall or my bicycle tires roll, I believe in treading lightly on this planet and honoring my connection to all things.

Lisa Howatt

Hi! I'm Lisa, a 2017 NOBO PCT thru-hiker (I'm hoping that if I say those words out loud enough I'll come to believe them; I'm not sure I'm there yet) based out of Edmonton, Canada. Although I've been an avid hiker/backpacker for many years this is my first attempt at a thru-hike. I'm a notoriously type A person (I suspect others in my life could chime in here with entertaining stories demonstrating this) so I expect that this experience is going force me to balance those tendencies with the acceptance that nature cannot be always forced into a spreadsheet or to do list. Let's see how this goes... Hiking along with me will be my husband, Dan. We will also be celebrating our 10 year anniversary along the way, likely somewhere in SoCal.

Mackenzie Findeisen

Hi, my name is Mackenzie, but most refer to me as Mack Daddy. Hawaii native, living in Boulder, Colorado (shocker). I am a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder pursuing a BS in Journalism and a BA in Communication. Meanwhile, I spend my time climbing rocks, riding down snowy hills, chasing waterfalls and snuggling with my cat. I fell in love with backpacking when I was 16 and hiked a small portion of the #AT. Since then, I've been busying myself with school and short backpacking trips around Colorado (still haven't found a favorite, suggestions?).

Major League

Hi, I'm Major League (aka Suzanne). I am a 2017 SOBO Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker. I'll begin my journey on June 5th.

Maricruz Mosqueda

Hola amigos! My name is Maricruz Mosqueda. I was born in Zacatecas, Mexico but grew up in Colorado. This year I'm going to through-hike the Pacific Crest Trail! I'm hoping that my journey can inspire the Latinx community to participate in the outdoors more. I’ m mostly going to wing it, so I hope you enjoy my story.

Mary Meixner

I hail from Ohio, the state with no mountains, so this mountain-seeking girl is heading for the Appalachian Trail in 2017! I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2013 and have been working in the animal care field ever since, taking care of everything from horses to snakes to tigers to bears to eagles. At present, I am the Curator of Birds at a sanctuary for birds in Ohio. I am not sure where in life I want to go from here, so I am hoping that spending four months in the woods will help me discover some direction. Happy Trails! “Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”

Matthew Morelli

I have spent the last 2 decades (my whole life) exploring and extensively photographing the Southern Appalachians with my dad and friends. I am a sophomore at Kennesaw State University studying to be a high school history teacher. For work I coach a rowing team out of Roswell, Georgia. Thanksgiving 2015 I made a day trip to the top of Springer Mountain and stumbled across a group finishing their SOBO thru-hike. One of them was an 11 year old girl. It was in that moment that I realized the trail was my destiny and this semester is finally my time to do it!

Megan Landstine

Pacific Northwesterner. Amateur Coddiwompler. Cool Wife. Nature Enthusiast. Dog Mom. SOBO2017 "Pickles"

Megan McGowan

On trail I'm known as Sourstraws, or just Straws for short. My husband Paul (aka Piñata) and I quit our careers in 2016 to hike the Appalachian Trail, and we've never looked back. We completed the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017, and are currently making plans for the Continental Divide Trail in 2018! Read more at

Michael Sweet

I'm an English teacher who turned into a superintendent and principal for a small school in rural Michigan. It's been 26 years since I stretched my legs on a long haul hike. The timing is right to hit it again, so I'm heading southbound during the summer and fall of 2017 on the CDT.

Mikaela Kostrubiak

I climb things. I drink things. I smile at things. Starting my NOBO thru hike in March 2017 thanks to the love and support from Levante Brewing Company. Sit back with your favorite beverage and elevate your craft!

Nadine Symons

I am a 54 year old trying to reconnect with myself. Quit my job and started thru hiking March 10th with my dog Yankee last year. Made it to mile 586 then fell down a ravine and broke my ankle. Starting again this year from where I stopped and hopefully will make it to Katahdin. I would rather try and fail then never try at all.

Nick Cellini

Hey, I'm Mismatch, I enjoy long scenic hikes through the woods and a chilled bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade. AT '15 ME-GA, and setting off for a PCT thru hike attempt in May. I'm currently a personal trainer based out of the cornfields in central Illinois. I have my sights set on hiking the Triple Crown and I'm excited to share all the ups and downs of this journey with you all.

Nick Parsons

Hi guys! In the adult world I am known as Nick, but on the trail I'm called, TreeHouse! I love carrying my life on my back for months at a time, I'm a fan of living simply and simply living. I love music, fresh air, cold frosts on mountain tops and brisk breezes atop of balds! I'm about to go out for a LONG walk starting on February 15, 2017. My feet will carry me 2,190.3 miles from the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia to the Northern terminus, MOUNT KATAHDIN IN MAINE!! Follow along with me as I embark on the journey of a lifetime!!

Olivia Plumb

I'm a recent high school grad who has decided to put off college and other adult-ish things for a year so I can hide out in the woods. If you want to find me on the trail, I'm the one carrying way too many books.

Patrick Donahue

My Name is Patrick "Dragonfly" Donahue and in the summer of 2016 my girlfriend, better known as "Butterfly", attempted a SOBO AT thru-hike. We made it all the way to Duncanon, PA where she was diagnosed with stress fractions in both feet, and my entire pack was stolen. We decided this was a calling to get off the trail and attempt it at a later date. Since then we have moved to central Oregon where we now live. We don't currently have the time for a 6 month hiatus from life so we plan on attacking some shorter trails such as the Lost Coast Trail and sections of the Oregon Desert Trail. -Happy Trails.


I'm A British Guy, living in Finland and hiking long trails in America! I've been travelling all over the world in the last few years. I had an adventure Thru-Hiking the AT in 2015 and will hopefully be having some more in 2017 on the Continental Divide Trail. I'll be blogging all about my preparations for the CDT in the build up to the hike and will be blogging from the trail in June. Checkout more of my writing at and follow me on Instagram @pieonthetrail

Rhys Hora

Howdy All, I'm Rhys, thanks for stoppin' by. If you've made it this far it means you just read all the gibberish I've written above, and for that I'm sorry. I owe you a beer. I'm hiking the the Appalachian Trail because, short answer, I think there's more livin' to be squeezed out of life. Thanks for reading, if you have any questions or want to nerd out about gear, hiking, or shenanigans (I love shenanigans!) feel free to reach out via email or facebook. See you on the trail!


Hi! I’m Henry, aka Righteous. After years of summer backpacking trips and a few seasons working in the backcountry for a trail organization along the AT, I completed a SOBO thru hike of the AT in 2013. In 2017, I hit the trail again and hiked the PCT and AZT (both SOBO) back to back. I’m always plotting more adventures, including long-distance bikepacking routes.

Rob Catalanotto

Hi. I'm Rob and I'm a North-bound A.T. thru-hiker. My interests include fly-fishing, hiking and carrying too much food. Follow me as I amble up the Appalachian Trail. Thanks for reading!

Ronn Raszetnik

I'm "Wayfinder," a 34 year old adventurer, spiritual seeker, craft beer geek, and aspiring writer who is taking the path less traveled on the Benton MacKaye Trail in 2017. Born and raised in Florida, I have scaled as many swamps as I have mountains, but hiking in the southern Appalachians always renews my spirit.

Ruth Morley

After living overseas 18 years, I continue to enjoy exploring the world, especially via my own two feet. Doing the 1500 mile GR5 trail from the North Sea to the Mediterranean made me fall in love with long distance hiking. Now that we're back in Ohio, the Appalachian Trail keeps calling me. So in 2017, I answered. I got 500 miles in before tendonitis and the dreaded plantar fasciitis sent me home. I'm healed now, and have enough of my gluten- and dairy-free food dehydrated for 1700 more miles. Will she make it? Did she learn her lesson about not covering too much daily mileage during the first month? Will the body parts cooperate, at least enough to keep on going? I'd truly appreciate your support and encouragement as I give it my SECOND best shot in 2018!

Sabrina Harrison

Hi, I'm Sabrina, aka GoGo. I'm a section hiker out of necessity, but the goal of thru hiking the big trails stalks me in my dreams. I have four kids and a husband who do their best to support my weird desires to smell terrible and torture myself by walking places most normal people use automobiles to reach. I'm still learning - so reading my stuff might make you feel a lot better about yourself.

Sam Getchell

You'll find me wandering the woods, clearing trails, and walking long distances. I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and will be walking north once again on the PCT in 2017! Hailing from New Hampshire, the mountains have always been my home.

Sara Chico

Hey, everyone! I'm getting an early start on my NOBO and I'll be hitting up Springer Mountain in February (the cold never bothered me anyway, right Elsa?) I'm 24 and I grew up in North Carolina, but I live in Colorado right now, where I'm spoiled rotten playing in the Rockies every chance I get. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology in 2015, and I'm thru hiking the last bit of my gap year before I hopefully start med school in August. I'm a simple gal who loves the usual things in life: big dogs, flannels, and free chips and salsa. Get ready for some serious shenanigans. Happy hiking!

Scott Edwards

I am a class of 2017 Appalachian Trail thru hiker. My background in camping, hiking and backpacking is through scouts. As a youth I spent five summers backpacking in the mountains of New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch, two of which were spent teaching others how to do so as a Ranger. As an adult I have continued my love of the outdoors, and have been back to Philmont four times as an adult leader and have led two groups for week long adventures to Isle Royale. It will be amazing to see some of the changes that take place in others on the trail, but I am especially interested to see what I can learn from the trail. The longest I have ever been out at one time is three weeks, and that was over 30 years ago. Hopefully I can convince my wife, Leslie, to write a couple of blog posts about what it is like for those that are left behind as we pursue our dreams of a thru hike. Happy trails......

Scott Farley

An avid hiker that loves to escape the world and run into nature. I do not have a trail name YET so be gentle. Besides hiking I love to ride my Harley Davidson any chance I get. I also do Stand Up Comedy and you can see one of my shows by going to my you-tube channel. I am also an 8 year Marine Veteran and a Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I am really looking forward to this upcoming 2,189 mile journey on the Appalachian Trail. If you see me out there say hello and carry my gear. Ha

Scuba Steve

Salutations fellow wanderers and followers, fans, friends, and families of wanderers! Our's not to reason why, Ours but to hike and die, Up the Appalachian Trail, hiked the 2017 thru hikers. (With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson). My ambitious plan is to start a NOBO the first week of May, take one week off in mid June, and finish by the first week of September. I will either succeed greatly, or fail spectacularly, either way, it should be quite entertaining and exciting. I am 47, retired military, working on my MBA, a book, and of course a hike! RLTW

Sean Kearns

36 years around the sun. Father of two. I'm also heavily bearded. I'm an avid outdoorsman and I have an unnatural obsession with craft beer. I am currently living in an RV near Asheville, NC, hiking my face off almost every day and loving every minute of it. I started hiking the AT NOBO in 2017 and plan on finishing in 2018.

Shaina Dudek

Hey world, I'm Shaina. Southeast Michigan native. I showed up to my first adventure in the mountains with a suitcase and had no idea that people climbed rocks for fun until 2014. Since then I have gallivanted around the deserts of Utah as a wilderness therapy guide, trekked 2200km of Te Araroa in New Zealand, and have spent more nights under the stars than under a roof. I dabble in paints, poetry, live music, and portable instruments. Follow me and my love and our new harmonica on the trail this May. NOBO PCT 2017.

Shani Arbel

Nature-lover, spreadsheet warrior, amateur yogi and thru-hiker also known as "snapchat." I like books, giggle fits, and fried potatoes in any form. AT '17. PCT TBD?

Shelby Cook

Hey everyone! My name is Shelby, and I'm from Newaygo, Michigan! I studied writing at Wheaton College ('14) in the suburbs of Chicago, and have been floating between the high peaks of Denali, Alaska and the warm beaches of St. John, US Virgin Islands since then. I love coffee, used book stores, front porch sittin’, drinking beer, traveling, playing outside, all things Alaska, Taco Bell, and you. :)

Sierra Knotts

I have been craving a new adventure ever since returning from a year spent abroad in Thailand. And I think I've found one with the vast challenge and mighty experience of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'll be spending the 5.5 months flip-flopping from Harper's Ferry to Mt. Katahdin and then Harper's Ferry to Springer Mtn. You can find me on the trail strumming my ukelele, reading a good book, snapping pictures of the sunset, or writing about the day in my journal. Things I won't ever be able to get enough of: Snickers Bars, dogs, and naps. Happy trails, everyone!

Socked In

Hikerchick located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I've completed the NH48, NE67, and am working on round 2 of the NH48.

Stephanie Brummett

Hi! Hey! My name is Stephanie, and I'm gearing up (pun very much in-tent-ed... I mean, intended... MUCH eye-roll) for my solo NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017. I'm from beautiful San Francisco and am a cliche san franciscan with a love of yoga, rock climbing, waiting in long lines for brunch (our favorite hobby), complaining about rent increases, and "literally freezing" in 50 degree weather. I grew up backpacking and hiking in the Sierras and am eager to get my feet on the ground over in the Appalachian Mountains. You can follow me along on Instagram (@stephbrummett), twitter (@sabrummett), and here!

Steve and Ivetta Severance

Hello! My name is Steve, I'm a 51 year old retired firefighter/paramedic. My wife Ivetta and I will finally be realizing our dream of thru-hiking the AT in 2017. We've been looking forward to this opportunity since we were married 32 years ago! Our trail names are Engine and Caboose...given to us on the AT years ago while hiking in a long line with our four children. In addition to hiking, we enjoy running, cycling, good food and craft beer. We'll be leaving Springer on March 8th and we can't wait to get the journey started. Hope to see you out there!

Stewart Moore

Stewart developed a passion for writing and the outdoors as early as high school. Living in the Southeast's premier climbing city, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Stewart was drawn to the natural beauty of the area and spent a great deal of time climbing and running, experiences that crept into his college applications. As a French Language and Literature major at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, Stewart grew his passion for languages while continuing to spend ample time trail running. His study of the French language took him to Nantes, Corsica, Geneva, and Guadeloupe, while his dedication to running allowed him to complete over ten marathons and ultra-marathons. Moving to Colorado in 2014, Stewart began a Masters program at Colorado State University focusing in creative non-fiction writing. Combining his outdoor experiences hiking over 1,000 solo miles on long-distance trails with thoughts on familial and personal relationships, Stewart finished his Masters thesis in August of 2016. Stewart currently lives in Frisco, Colorado, teaching yoga at Summit Hot Yoga, skiing and snowboarding at Copper Mountain, and writing a weekly gear roundup for Shoulders of Giants. He is continually active outside and has written freelance work for Elephant Journal and The Flyfish Journal. He is currently planning a Northbound thru-hike of Appalachian Trail starting in mid-April 2017.


Hey y’all! Stubbs here! I’m a Marylander who likes beer (maybe a bit too much!), running, reading, traveling the World, and of course hiking! I will be making my second thru-hike attempt with my husband and best friend, after a pelvic fracture forced me off trail in 2016. I made it over halfway to Boiling Springs, PA and have every intention of conquering the trail in its entirety this time if the odds are in my favor! It’s go time!

Tiffany Taylor Korrigan

I was a prospective 2016 AT NoBo thru-hiker, but leaning more toward a SoBo or flip-flop now. Also I'm a retired Army Sergeant First Class that lives in Kentucky with my three teenagers. I'm newly back into hiking and backpacking after some time away from it while serving in the military. I bring into these new adventures a completely different outlook than I had 20+ years ago when I originally wanted to do this hike.

Tom Abel

My name is Tom, but I am going by the trail name Red Beard. I am 66 years old, and as you can tell from my picture, my beard is no longer red. Red Beard reflects how I see myself when I am not looking in the mirror. I refuse to grow old gracefully. I am a geologist, now retired. I have always enjoyed working in the field and disdained working in the office. I have wanted to thru-hike the AT since 1975 and am finally going in 2017. In the mean time, I will be training physically and mentally (thank you Appalachian Trials) and getting my gear the way I like it. I will occasionally write about my progress. Happy Hiking!

Tom Rainer

Hi. My name is Tom and I'm planning on completing a North Bound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017 along with one of my sons. I'm recently retired from my job as a technical manager. This adventure offers an opportunity of a lifetime, as I seek to discover the focus for my encore career. I'm happily married to my wife of 38 years and we have three grown children, and four young grand children. I love all kinds of music, singing, playing guitar, country line dancing, and square dancing.

Tom Willard

Haunted by a failed thru hike attempt in 2016, I am back in 2017. My head is clear, the flame is reignited, and I am hungry for the trail.

Tommy Corey

Hey! Twerk here - and yes, I got that trail name exactly how you would think. I hiked about 750 miles of the PCT last year and am returning this year to complete a full thru hike. I'm a photographer in Portland, Oregon and recently turned the dirty 30. I'm a brand ambassador for Hyperlite Mountain Gear and will be posting constantly for my upcoming thru-hike so stay tuned!


My name is Tortugamama (Tortuga was taken), and Grey Hare and I are recently retired and are very excited to be starting our adventure on the AT. We will be flip flopping beginning in Virginia on April 10. We are life-long outdoor enthusiasts and look forward to hearing from our family and friends, old and new, along the way. Any words of advice will be greatly appreciated!


My name is Travis. I will be through hiking the PCT in 2017. I worked on cars for the last 13 years as a BMW master technician and shop foreman. Aside from loving to hike, I also love to build and off road Jeeps, and everything that comes with that, such as fabrication and welding. I have recently decided that I did not like my job and situation. My wife and I sold almost everything that we owned to downsize our life pay off most of our debt and are beginning a new chapter in our life starting with an epic adventure across the western United States to the PCT.

Trey Cate

I am a current Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker. I'm actually supposed to be out back fixing the fence, but I figured no one would notice if I snuck away for five months. Shhh. Oh! I keep up with my Instagram pretty regularly so if you have any questions just drop me a line. Hugs, kisses, and well-wishes.

Tyler Burnette

I am currently 22, but will be spending my 23rd birthday on the Appalachian Trail this summer! Recently graduated from Tennessee Tech, and excited to go Walkabout. Hoping this trek will allow me to develop into the person I aspire to be. Will try to post weekly on topics regarding the body, mind, and soul. Also, will be posting a series regarding physical fitness while on trail. I hope that my experience can help fellow and future thru-hikers make the most of the journey of a lifetime!


Zero to Hero. I've only completed day hikes before planning the AT Thru Hike. After a friend talked me into hiking with him who has since dropped out, I'll be going Solo. I've always lived the life of adventure -- surfing, skydiving, snowboarding, skiing, day hiking, camping, etc. Now I'm looking AT my next adventure -- Thru Hiking! Also, I'm hiking for a cause - the Air Force Enlisted Village ( Please sponsor me at:


Hello Everybody! My name is Jordan and I am 29 years old. I am currently planning my first (full length) Thru-hike, and will begin sometime in March 2017! This is just the beginning. I intend to complete the triple crown and then move toward advanced mountaineering. My current goals are to summit Everest and own an adventure related business by the time I am 40! I am the definition of "free spirit". I have lived in almost every state on the eastern seaboard! I was born in StateCollege, PA and raised in Londonderry, VT. I'll admit, I was a spoiled ski resort brat. Anyway, now I have developed this strange urge to walk up mountains? I Don't know... sounds kind of silly when I actually think about it. This is not my first appearance on the AT. Some of you may have seen me and my Siberian Husky back in 2015 as we hiked from Damascus, VA - Roanoke, VA (Hiking under the trail names "Vermont and Mukluk"). I have also completed all of PA and All of VT! "I don't expect anybody to care about my dreams, I just want to be the one who inspires you to follow you own" - Vermont


Hi, I'm Waterfall, a retired elementary school teacher. I've been section hiking the AT for seventeen years and have finished one fourth of it in all that time. I know, I hear all of the thru hikers out there saying, "What?!". This year is the first time I'm going to be on the trail for two months straight, hoping to do another fourth of the trail. Next year I'll do the other half. I needed a blog space and The Trek was gracious enough to allow me to share space on their site with the Bloggers of 2017 thru hikers. Trust me, I'm honored. I'm not doing the AT hike your way, thru hikers, I'm doing it my way, a little at a time. But, I have the same thoughts in my mind as all of you, that I will get it done. I'm excited, nervous, and anxious and can't wait to get out there, again.


Aaron Ibey

Hey guys! My name is Aaron I'm 20 years old from Indianapolis, Indiana. I'm setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail in early March, I can't wait! I recently graduated High School last spring and decided to take a gap year before I head into the "adult world" (whatever that means...). I'm a photographer, skateboarder, and adventure enthusiast. Along the way on my hike I will be photographing my trip along the AT, in hopes of creating a photo book of the A.T. as well as the people that help the A.T. both on and off trail. I'm very excited to blog for Appalachian Trials! Happy hiking!

Alan Goodwin

Just a 29 year old guy from New Hampshire who will be attempting to hike the AT starting in late March 2016. Everyone has their own reasons as to why they are hiking the trail. I suppose mine are similar to others – need an adventure, need a change, have big dreams, want to live life to the fullest etc. etc. My goals of this blog are to hopefully provide everyone a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of inspiration, and most importantly to let my parents know that I’m still alive. Working 8-5 for the next 35 years (with a few vacations mixed in) scares the shit out of me. People live their lives in a magnitude of different ways. Find something that you love and do it because you want to, not because society told you to. (this whole paragraph is such a cliché) I’ve had people ask me if I am hiking for a charity or for a cause. My answer is no, I suppose that is selfish, but you shouldn’t donate to a cause because someone is hiking the AT, you should donate because you want to. If you feel strongly about one specific issue you should contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is cancer, ALS, or the heroin epidemic is a huge bitch right now. If anyone wants to send me anything along the way (another selfish statement) snickers and whiskey are encouraged items.

Alex Frank

Hey! My name is Alex (at least for the time being). I graduated college about three years ago and have been working since then. After a long career in the corporate world, I decided that it was time to retire and start a new adventure. This trek has been a dream of mine for years now and I can't wait for the experiences to come. For me, the spiritual journey is just as important as the physical one. I will be attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail NOBO, starting mid April!

Alex Mohrman

Alex is currently studying Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As soon as she graduates this May she will be trading the beach for the mountains and embarking on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail!

Amy Bee

I love backpacking, but it is not something that comes easily to me, which is why I am so enamored. As a person that struggles with a mental illness, it is common to live in my head and be at the whim of my emotional impulses. Backpacking demands I get out there in the physical world; it helps me to be present, to work, to overcome obstacles, and find success on top of mountains. It pushes me to be tenacious and accept emotional transience. Besides, the best places in the world are the ones you have to walk to! I will be thru hiking the PCT in 2016- you can follow along here, and read about past PCT adventures at gottahike dot com.

Andria Schmitz

Well hey! I'm Andi, a traveler currently pit stopping in the Midwest. I'm a jogger, tea enthusiast, banjo listener, and in December, a recent college grad! My post-college plans are slightly deviated from the norm, as the AT is first on my list. Follow my wanderings and we'll most likely learn a few things together as I journey north to Katahdin.

Ashley Schellhase

Appalachian Trail Southbound 2016 | Pacific Crest Trail Southbound 2017 | GA hiker trash

Aundrea J

Hey Hey Hey! Aundrea here, I am an aspiring 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-hiker. Mother of a plus size feline. Lover of life, laughs, and leftovers. Wanderer, adventurer, and beverage enthusiast. I dream of mermaids and motorcycles and meeting a man who can dance.


Growing up in the south as a displaced northerner, I've never been able to fit in perfectly anywhere. After subsisting on little more than dirt and pennies as an AmeriCorps and SCA intern at Bear Mountain State Park, I rekindled my love for all things green, dirty, and 100% natural. Follow my adventures as I head northward on the Appalachian Trail on February 27. I promise I'm sort of funny.

Ben Moster

Hey folks Ben here! I recently graduated from Kent State University in December with a Bachelor's of Science in Aeronautics. In my last semester I spent more time studying the AT than I did studying for classes. I've got some time to kill before I start a new job and I can't think of a better way to spend this time than on an epic adventure.

Beth Harper

Hi! I'm Beth. I like singing disney songs in the shower, coconut flavored anything, and really terrible puns. You can usually find me rereading one of my favorite books, searching for treasures in thrift stores, or lying in the sun and pretending that I can tan. My husband Jordan and I fell in love with hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We are thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO starting in March.

Brenda Whaley

Hi, my name is Brenda Whaley. I'm a 60 year old mother, grandmother, retired teacher, dog lover, bike rider and thru-hiker wannabe! Happily retired and living an active life, Larry my husband of 43 years, and I were looking for a little more action than breaking in the porch rockers. What could be more in tune with that idea than hiking 2,189.2 miles on the Appalachian Trail? We moved to Piedmont, Alabama next to the Chief Ladiga Bike Trail where we ride our bikes on an average of 100 miles a week. We found that The Pinhoti Hiking Trail connects with the bike trail. Having hiked the AT approach trail to Springer Mountain in Georgia our interest was peaked, so to speak. We will begin our flip/flop thru-hike adventure April 2016.


In no particular order, part time: brewer, hiker, kayaker, driver, traveler, photographer, and cook. Someday I'd like change that to full time for one or more of those. I've known about the A.T. for as long as I can remember. My grand parents lived in Harrisburg and hiked sections of it. I'm not sure when I got the notion to do a thru-hike. I'm fairly certain it wasn't in my head upon graduation of H.S. or after getting out of the Navy as those would have been perfect times to do such a thing. Guess I was too worried about getting on with life and doing the "responsible" thing. I want to change that. And I'm hoping 2016 is a good year for a NOBO.


Hi guys! I'm Cat! I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia and now I am out adventuring through Colorado while in grad school for military counseling. I love school, Colorado and my job at REI but I am choosing to leave it all for 6 months to walk through the woods with a true friend who was crazy enough to join me. From Colorado to Georgia to KATAHDIN! I am excited about joining this community! Please feel free to reach out to me -- I would love to hear from you!

Charles Edwards

Recently retired 63 year old husband, father of two and grandfather of 1. A 40 year career in adult and juvenile corrections now behind me, I look forward to a bucket list adventure of a thru hike of the AT. Now with the time, health and resources I can actually attempt this adventure. Please, keep me in your prayers!!!

Claudia and Andrew Carberry

We became AT thru-hikers in 2016! We loved life on the trail and didn't stop there. New Zealand was calling and we listened. For 3 months, we volunteered on local farms and hiked many trails on both islands. Now, we're section hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail and have launched a business called Charge the Trail: Nutrition for Long-Distance Hikers.

Cole Farnum

I'm Cole and I'll be starting my NOBO thru-hike on New Year's Day, January 1st @ Springer Mt. My passions include learning, teaching, physical challenge, the combination of the three being the biggest of them all.

Colleen Goldhorn

Hello! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as either Spot or NoNa. I currently live in Rocksylvania, and have been in love with climbing the state's rocky peaks since I was a little girl. In 2016, I attempted a thru hike of the AT when illness unfortunately forced me off the trail - however I am currently working towards section hiking my way to Katahdin! You can usually catch me somewhere in the woods most likely hugging a tree, taking a thousand pictures of the same overlook, or eating my 5th Snickers bar of the day. Happy hiking!

Corinne DuBois

My name is Corinne, but you can call me Cori. I am a 25 year old piano technician and bagpiper finally realizing a childhood dream of thru-hiking the AT. I love music, literature, hot chocolate and laughing. I hope to emerge from this journey of a lifetime (at least) alive, wiser, stronger and with tons of great stories to tell.

Crystal Gail Welcome

I will embark upon my journey in April 2016.  As a former teacher, I know the importance of leading by example, and I want others to know that all things are possible.


Hi, I'm Jon! I'm an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker NoBo Class of 2016! My journey officially begins on March 7th, but I feel like I've been on it for about six months now. I'm a beard fanatic and a lover of all things outdoors. I have tattoos, piercings & a kind nature. During this journey I want to grow as a person and experience the outdoors from a different perspective. I want to become more emotionally aware and connected and always see the world through curious eyes. I'll be thru-hiking with my friend Josh so get used to seeing him on here! Hakuna Matata and Good Vibes.

Dave Michel

Trailname - Pitchit. Newly retired, went for a walk in the woods on the AT March 21, 2017 on a Supported Thru Hike with my wife, Tidbit. I'd sectioned about 60% of the AT; found out I'd done the easy parts! In 2009 I broke my ankle between Lafayette and Madison in the Whites; but the rest of NH and south Maine were harder! I made it 2070 miles when a stress fracture on my right, 3rd metatarsal sidelined me. Close. Will go back to finish the unfinished part in Maine in 2017.

Dawn Webster

Dawn plans to end a 5 year "optimistically quarter-life crisis" with a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. This journey has already included becoming a physician of acupuncture, herbs, and traditional Chinese medicine and traveling throughout 40-ish countries, often with trumpet in tow. Why not reintroduce myself to American culture with a walk in the woods?

Deb Beck

I'm a 50 year old photographer, writer, wife, mom and grandmother. I attempted a 2014 thru-hike but due to injury I sadly came off the trail 225 miles in. I am currently planning my return to the trail in February 2016 with the love of my life. We will start over at Springer and hopefully this year we won't have a foot of snow underfoot. In 2014 I wrote "On the eve of setting out to explore the life of a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail I’m ready to embrace that sense of freedom and adventure. I love the outdoors, sleeping in a tent, yet I despise wearing shoes and hate the cold. So beginning our hike in mid-February will be a testament to my determination to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail." Those thoughts have never been more true. There isn't a thing I would change going back out in 2016. A perfect day for for me is hiking, where I can let my mind wander and photograph the beauty surrounding me and finishing out the day chilling with fellow hikers, sharing our experiences.


Hi there! I am Debi. While toiling away in the corporate realm, I read an in flight magazine article about the Appalachian Trail and thought "someday". Many years, career and lifestyle changes later, I have decided that "someday" is now. Cooking has always been my passion and now it is my profession. Some would say I live a nomad life. I say I live a blessed life with the support of a great family and framily. Planning my 2016 thru hike has been a borderline obsession for over a year now- let's do this!


I quit my job in 2013 to thruhike full time. So far, so good! This year I'll be on the Pacific Crest Trail. "Thruhiking is sweet misery."

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer started backpacking in 2011. Since then she's completed over 6,000 miles on America's hiking trails such as the PCT, CDT, and Colorado Trail. A glutton for punishment, Dora is now planning her biggest trek yet; 5,000 miles in one season. Details on which route she will be hiking will be announced soon :)


Hi! My name is Jamie. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapist, following my dream and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail! I have been an avid hiker since I was 7 years old! I also play ice hockey and soccer and am just generally pretty active. I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades with a background in art and education and I love being inspired by the outdoors! I look forward to meeting everyone this year on the trail. Happy hiking everyone!

Duke Conrad

I'm a former teacher and administratort and recent graduate from work . I'm also a husband, father of two and friend to many. I live in Suffolk, Virginia and I had a rather strange experience about 5 years ago that I can only describe as an "epiphany" of sorts. It was about doing a thru-hike on the AT. Short story made long, the plan is to flip flop starting March 13, 2016. Stay tuned.......and follow my brother, "Shrek" , newcomer to our adventure, niece "Scout"and I (Chopper/Bandanaman) as we start our great adventure!

Dylan Siebenhaar

I have modest credentials and probably even less credibility. I have a high school diploma and several years of drudgery behind me as a member of the workforce. I recently quit my job to walk the Appalachian Trail for reasons still obscure to even myself. I have ideas that I hope to express to you as lucidly and honestly as possible.

Dylan Tonkin

I have spent my lifetime chasing big rapids, mayfly hatches and whistling wings. I was the kid who grew up in the outdoors away from video games and TV. As a youth I spent time hiking the trails of PA including the AT. I was the kind of kid with the full length map of the AT on my wall growing up. I finally took control of my life and thru hiked the AT in 2016. It opened up my eyes to so many new and exciting things and helped me to develop a better understanding of the world, and more importantly, myself.

Eliane Coates

Hi my name is Eliane, you can also call me Elle. I am from Frederick, Maryland and recently graduated college from the University of North Carolina Asheville. In Summer 2015, I served as the Visitor Service intern at ATC Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV. Here, my dream began to thru hike the trail and I will head NOBO in March 2016.

Emily Holzhauer

My name is Emily and I’m from the middle of nowhere Illinois. In December 2015 I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southern Illinois University. Much to my mother’s dismay, I will be setting out to thru- hike NOBO March 2016.

Eric St Jean

Eric was the name given to me at birth. Originally from the Great White North and raised in the Land of The Free you may hear me say "y'all" and "eh" in the same sentence. After spending years in New Hampshire's Whites and catching the essence of AT thru hikers I am happy to finally say that it is my year. Happy Trails! #AT2016

Erin Briggeman

Hello, I'm Erin! I'm taking a shot at thru-hiking the AT starting late April 2016. I make illustrations, I make cookies, I make puns, and I'm pretty stoic about getting rained on, so as far as I'm concerned, that's the whole checklist of AT pre-requirements completed. Let's go do this thing.

Ethan Deshields

Greetings! My name is Ethan, I am 23 years old from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'll be meandering NOBO in March of 2016! If you wanna see all things from great humor/puns to plain griping, to my love of enchiladas and Jesus, then you've come to the greatest thing since free WiFi! This is the journey of me.

Eva Briggs

I'm a family doctor in upstate new York and have always enjoyed the outdoors. My undergraduate education is in forestry. I'm a search and rescue volunteer and my border collie Boomer will be hiking with me. I've wanted to hike the AT for 40+ years and decided that 2016 is the year to go for it!

Fast Eddie

I'm a 63 year old medically retired (limbic encephalitis) airline pilot. I've been married 35 years to a wonderful woman. We have two independent and thriving children. My hobbies have included reading, music, motorcycle touring, and competitive aerobatics in my small bi-plane. I don't compete anymore because of the LE. I got into long distance hiking on the Northern Route of the El Camino de Santiago, about 700 miles including side trips. Looking forward to the challenge of the AT and the characters I'll meet along the way. If you see a black hatted, white bearded old guy just staring into space, please aim him at the next white slash a give a little shove. Thanks. I am doing this as a pledged hike. If anyone is interested in contributing they can go to and sign up as a sponsor. The organizations I'm targeting are the Mayfield Education and Research Foundation and the Red Rock Community College(Tyler Hagaman Scholarship for Physicians Assistant students. Mayfield funds Neuroscientists who have promising ideas to help understand a wide variety of neurological disorders including limbic encephalitis. The Tyler Hagaman Scholarship is aimed at Physicians Assistant students to help them finish this great program. Tyler died during his last year in the program. It didn't take long to recognize in Tyler many of the characteristics that he shared with his peers and friends; a love of the outdoors and outdoor adventure, a playfulness that he was never shy to express, and a big and willing heart which, I think, is a generational continuation and gift from his parents. This scholarship is a fitting way to remember Tyler.

Gabe Burkhardt

Howdy! I’m Gabe. I am a… Househusband? Digital Nomad? Professional bucket-lister? I guess so, maybe. I’m currently in Bucharest, Romania and not having any luck with my part-time quest to hunt down the elusive herds of vampires that supposedly originated here (I’m convinced HBO has hired them all and moved them to Louisiana to handle the stunt scenes for True Blood). Time for a more realistic goal. This will be the third time I’ve hiked along the Appalachian Trail, but I’m determined to keep hiking until I figure out who I am and what I want to be when I grow up (or I get to Katahdin). I firmly believe that the pen is mightier than the trekking pole. Armed with an ApplePencil (affectionately known as Slim) and a trusty iPad Pro (Gertrude), I will force those 1000ft summits into submission (I’ve received written assurance from a very reputable source that there won’t be any ascents greater than this), and tame the ferocious tribes of bearded backpackers that inhabit the brown strip of paradise known as the AT. If you’re still hungry, you can find additional digital sketches and pebbles of wisdom at

George Turner (Old Growth)

I started out to thru hike the AT in the spring of 2016. After hiking from Marion, Virginia to Harper Ferry, I went home to visit the wife and dogs, slipped on the stairs and tore my rotator cuff. God has a sense of humor, people! After surgery and four months of rehab, I went back to Marion and hiked south to Springer. Can't wait to get back to the trail to finish what I started.

Greg Ward

Born and raised in Montana, a deep curiosity for the outdoors seemed to just come along with my DNA. My second lifelong passion started in the kitchen watching my mom cook three meals a day. Cooking is a love of mine, mostly because it involves eating the end-product!! My life progression has been an amazing adventure, leading to my position as a Backcountry Chef. This has allowed me to experience the deep trails of the Western United States and Alaska. The scenery has been stunning, the relationships lasting, and the wildlife mesmerizing. As I cross the half-century threshold into my 50th birthday, my next step is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. My family supports my lifelong desire to travel 2,189 miles by foot: to slow down, to reflect, to be fully thankful. I invite you to join me and follow along on my Big "5-0"Adventure. Always follow your heart. Cheers!


HaHa attempted a thru-hike in 2015 and made it 1300 miles before breaking her wrist. !Que lastima! She's returning to the trail this summer to complete the NY --> ME portion with her beagle buddy Roan. (Yes, Roan like the Mountain!)


I was born in PA in 1991 and raised in the town of Blacksburg Virginia just a bit away from the AT. After completing a degree in Environmental science I moved to New Jersey for a few years and realized I really wasn't into the desk job thing. I decided that now was a really good time to hike the AT so after being reassured by my mother I decided it was a swell time to give it a try. I like home brewing, cooking, nature, and laughing.

Hollywood Coquito

Howdy, my name is Victoria, just call me V! I like solitude, hiking, training dogs and spending time with Andi, my partner in crime. Andi (You can see her in the photo with me) and I are AT Thru Hikers In Training


Trail name: Rucker! Completed a NOBO thru-hike of the AT in 2016. Attempting a SOBO thru-hike of the PCT in 2017. Born and raised on a farm located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Currently residing in Charlottesville, VA. Favorite Mountain- Mary's Rock, Shenandoah National Park. Favorite trail food-Maple, brown sugar oatmeal with a packed out mushy banana and instant coffee. Favorite piece of gear- a plastic spoon I got for .99 at Mountain Crossing, GA. Most quoted book- The Alchemist

Jacqui Reed

Hello there, I'm Jacqui. I'm 29 and the first epic journey of my new year will be this thing they call a thru-hike. There are so many wonderful things about life I couldn't possibly list them all, but my favorites are: hiking, writing, reading, football, OCR, animals, photography, and Daryl Dixon. I feel more at home in the woods with my dogs than I do in a crowded room or a party. You'll see me (or read about me) NOBO March 2016 on the Appalachian Trail with my long-time best friend Kimmy and my dog Panda. You can't miss me, I'll be the one just winging it.

James Scott

I was a 34 year old tech support analyst, but in 2016 I quit my job and moved out of my apartment to go hike the Appalachian Trail! It took me six months to get from Springer to Harper's Ferry, so in 2017 I'm back to try to knock out the northern half, starting at Katahdin. I'm no hiking expert, in fact I've generally been fairly ignorant, but you can laugh along at my mistakes and mishaps, while hopefully I learn a thing or two about this hiking thing.

Jamison McLean

Out of shape, 40 year old gamer, trying to have a little adventure. Starting in May of 2016, I'll be doing a flip-flop hike of the AT, to raise money for Extra Life, the children's charity. I'm a big fan of the following: Pizza, beer, sitting on my ass and binge-watching TV shows, and riding my Harley. I don't sound much like a good candidate for a thru-hike, do I? To support my quest for Extra Life, go to

Jennifer Meadows

Hello! I am a future 2016 AT NOBO thru hiker. My journey has started with making preparations for an 11 April 2016 start date from Springer Mountain, Georgia. This hike is dedicated to my Mom and the Green Berets I was fortunate enough to live and work with in Afghanistan.

Jeremy Morris

"A truly remarkable 23 year old Paramedic from Western Massachusetts" -USA Today "Jeremy has been totally successful in everything he's ever done, ever." -People Magazine "You're hiking the AT in one shot? Southbound? You're so neat!" -James Franco "I don't know who you are. Leave me alone. Take your latte and leave before I call the police." -Cashier at Starbucks Add me on Snapchat! Jeremy.Morris

Jolly Green Giant

Howdy eventual blog fans! My name is Morgan Mons but you can call me the Jolly Green Giant for short. Anyways, I cane up with the psychotic idea to live outside for 5 or 6 months on the AT when I was spending time up in New Hampshire with mi Familia and I noticed a couple white blazes on top of Mt.Washington and I truly thought that someone decided to graffiti a perfectly rectangular white blaze because they were polite but unruly ruffians but with further questioning I was enlightened to the wonders of the AT and all that it has to offer so here we go!

Josh Lichti

Hey Folks! My name is Josh Lichti. You can find me on the trail as "Clawhammer". I am a 30 year old Ontario born tree planter who currently lives in Vancouver. I have a weird, rare condition where I can't stop playing my banjo! In early June of 2016 I will begin the SOBO journey of the Appalachian trail.

Josh Wender

My name is Josh, but you can call me Der, Tweak, or Mr Khaki Pants. I'm currently working at an advertising agency, but I want go back to school for a Masters in Under Water Basket Weaving soon. I like to get outdoors as much as possible, hiking is my preference. I also enjoy food, a good book, peaking under scabs, and laughing at my own jokes. I try not to take life too seriously and collecting experiences is my main goal.

Katie Brown

Katie was born and raised in Connecticut, but now calls the great state of Utah her home. In 2009, Katie earned the trail name ‘Wilderness’ on the most poorly planned winter camping trip of all time. In 2015, Katie finished her 3-year section-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but she decided to just keep on walking because she was really good at it. Katie is a better dancer than Drake and has been told she has a nice smile. Katie finished her thru-hike of the CDT in September of 2016. She plans to continue walking towards her Triple Crown, as well as every other long trail that exists in the coming years. Next up: the John Muir Trail.

Katina (Arachne) Daanen

In 2011, I thru-paddled the 740-mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail. I was a 2016 A.T. flip-flopper, but my thru-hike attempt ended after 1300 miles. I started in Shenandoah National Park and four months later I summited Mt. Katahdin on August 23. Turns out, I did miss being on water instead of worrying about finding and carrying it. When I returned home after Katahdin, I headed up to Ely, Minnesota unwinding with a little 150-mile, two-week solo canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. During the winter, I decided I should finish what I started and headed back to the A.T. on May 2, 2017 departing from Springer Mountain. I arrived at Rockfish Gap on June 30, amidst families taking photos by the park entrance and wondering why anyone would be tearing up so much by a roadside sign.

Kelly Edwards

I'm Kelly. I graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in English and Anthropology, and right now the big question everyone wants to know is what I plan to do with it. Currently, the only answer I have is, "hike the Appalachian Trail." When I'm not hiking, you can often find me at a yoga studio, hanging out at goat farms, or running. You can follow my adventures (including the AT) on Instagram @kelly.edwards_

Kelly Souva

Hi! I'm Kelly! Unfortunately my thru hike isn't going to happen as planned so instead I'll be starting a long ass section hike at the NOC on March 20! I'm a 27 year old lover of nature, reading, kayaking and backpacking. Eventually (maybe) I'll graduate from U Toledo with a degree in Environmental Biology.

Kendra Jackson

Hi! My name is Kendra, and I'll be starting my NOBO Appalachian Trail thru-hike on March 4th, 2016. I'm a proud Mainer, and a recent Husson University Marketing Grad. Joining me will be Tyson, my best friend for over a decade and the love of my life. This will be the first of many long distance adventures, so follow me on my journey from Springer to Katahdin!

Kenna Bresser

I'm going to hike the AT in 2016 and it's going to be in tents. (get it?) However I'll be in a hammock so it won't literally be in tents but no need to get hung up on it. I'm an outdoorsy nerd who is excited for going on an adventure. Rocky roller-coaster ahead of me and it's going to be epic.

Kevin Arsenijevic

Good morrow world! I'm Kevin (Chaco), I thru hiked the AT in 2016 and loved every second of it. I'm working at Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Florida until my PCT thru hike in 2018. I enjoy running, staring at mountains, and baby raccoons. My trail motto: "It'll be fine until it's not". Hike on!

Kimmy Morris

My name is Kimmy but you can call me Sprout. I enjoy music, nature, & all things related to coffee. I'm a 28 year old mom & wife who accidentally discovered a love of hiking after spending all of my life living in Alabama. Turns out the world is not all square, flat, & beachy! Who knew? I then convinced my best friend, Jacqui, & her dog to join on a little walk from Georgia to Maine. I will be heading out NOBO March of 2016. Stay tuned because this could get interesting!

Kira Thornley

I'm Kira. I have a neat life with a job, a boyfriend, and great roommates (my parents). In 2016 I'm leaving the job and the roommates and taking the boyfriend to ride into the sunset. Or just hike the Appalachian Trail. If you like what you see, check out some of my other stuff at!

Laurel "Duchess of Slug" Seus

Hi! I'm Laurel and completed a flip-flop thru hike hiking NoBo solo from Spring Mtn. to Damascus and continuing SoBo from Mt. Katahdin back to Damascus with my boyfriend. I'm a twenty-something recent University of Tennessee graduate who grew up in the Smokies and decided it's time to take the ultimate tour of my home mountain range. In addition to mountains, I enjoy riding all kinds of bicycles, scaling rock faces, and begging for affection from dogs.

Leah Bear

I'm 30 years old from Destin, Florida. I love to play in the sand but also enjoy conquering mountains. Anything outdoors will usually keep me smiling. I'm also a mutt lover, avid jogger and travel enthusiast who can always appreciate a local brewery. An Appalachian Trail thru hike has been on my bucket list for far too long and I think it's time to give this dream a go come early April. I just hope this beach girl can handle whatever mother nature throws at her. I like to think that stepping out of our comfort zone is one of the best ways to, here we grow. Here's to new experiences and happy hiking.

Leah Cornwell

Passionate about the outdoors, a self-proclaimed gear geek, a former All-American athlete and Firefighter/EMT, a current client advocate for the homeless in Gainesville, FL, and mom to a wonderful 3 year old (golden retriever) named Shelby. I will attempt the adventure of a lifetime in a 2016 Flip-Flop thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. I can't wait to test myself, to find myself, and to be part of something bigger than all of us through this adventure!

Les Mayo

Well, first and formost, I'm a hiker. I've been known to enjoy a good cocktail and sometimes I eat fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I also eat meat. I'm a world renowned hitman and double agent. Hobbies include quantum physics, million dollar backroom poker games, assassinating public figureheads, and feeding the ducks in the pond. I've negotiated peace treaties between extremist religious factions and I've also been to the moon on more than one occasion.

LightFoot Tracks

Hey! We are Heather and Dan. The meaning adventure and travel for us has evolved over the years from party backpackers who's idea of exercise is popping out to get another six pack, to where we are today, which is two ultra runners who have spent the last 2 years driving the Americas taking in some of the most iconic hikes on offer along the way. As our trip progressed so did the focus on hiking, organically the idea of a thru hike began to form in our minds. It became the solo topic of conversation on long drive days and the pillow talk after long days spent hiking the Andes. We love hiking and the outdoors but most of all we love challenge and adventure, which we believe the AT will offer in spades. We are under no illusions, it will be hard and there will be crappy days (they usually make the best blog posts) but as with anything in life it is this adversity that makes the rewards oh so much sweeter.


I'm Linde, a twenty-something Dutch-American hybrid. I grew up in below-sea level Holland, always looking forward to the summers spent in national parks across the USA. Nowadays I play with swords, make puns, read books, eat doughnuts, make pictures, have a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology, and the love for the outdoors never left. Onwards to Maine!

Lisa Maher

YO! I'm Dill - a 23 year old Canadian who is all about cats, puns, winter, and chocolate. In spring 2015 I graduated from Trent University with a BSc in Biology but I truly believe adventure is the best way to learn so... I'm currently doing a 2016 NOBO thru hike! It's inTENTse! I love to laugh and be silly. I just want to live a completely adventurous, passionate, weird life.

Liz Schmitt

My cousin and I are two college grads with little direction in life. We will be leaving our dogs, partners, and family behind in Kansas for 6 months to hike the NOBO AT in March 2016.

Lydia Armstrong

Well, hi there! I'm Lydia, an aspiring thru hiker testing her luck on the PCT beginning April 19, 2016. I like to think of myself as an outdoor enthusiast with a decent sized vocabulary, but I'm sure I'll prove both of those things at least slightly untrue at some point along this journey. My hobbies include making myself look like an idiot, laughing way too often, correcting the grammar of NY Times Bestselling novels, and eating way too much food in a single sitting. I've been itching to trade in my sparkly work flats for muddy hiking boots for over a year now & I cannot wait to get out there! Feel free to check out some of my other shenanigans over at

Mariah Bardwell

I'm just a girl from the Pacific Northwest who's decided to explore the other side of the country the best way I know how, by heading NOBO in March 2016 from Springer! Barista by trade, but soon to be thru-hiker this season. Leaving behind my husband and pups to fend for themselves while I set off to eat oatmeal in the woods for six months may not be everyone's cup of tea(or in my case coffee) but to me it sounds like a great way to round out my twenty fourth year on this earth. I can't wait to see you all in that green tunnel!

Michelle Strong

My name is Michelle. I started my journey as a section hiker in June 2015. It changed my world. I came home, sold all my belongings and decided to live a different type of life. An authentic life. I am moving to Belize in October and will live on the island of Caye Caulker until April 2016 when I plan on getting back on the Appalachian trail for my thru-hike!

Mike Mayfield

Hey Guys! I am a 28 yr old nurse who has lived his entire life in the City of Brotherly Love. I've been hiking and camping my whole life with the Boy Scouts of America. I decided this year was a good year to check off a bucketlist item. I just graduated from Drexel university with my BSN, and to celebrate I am quitting my job for 5 months and as of April 1, joining the class of 2016 NOBO hikers.

Mischa Egolf

Hi! My name is Mischa (pronounced like fish-a with a M), but my trail name is Tripwire. I completed a NOBO through-hike in 2016 with my adventuring partner Caleb (aka Limbo). Even though I've conquered the AT, I plan to continue adventuring and sharing my thoughts on the wonderful world of hiking. Thanks for reading!

Molly Brown

Hey guys, I'm Molly and I am graduating from high school in January. What better way to celebrate than spending the next few months in the woods detoxing from all that. I love nature and being outside, if that wasn't implied... and with recent health problems, is there a better way to prove your body is capable? Anyway, if you're vicariously going to hike the trail with me or we might cross paths, I am sarcastic and love to make the uncomfortable and negative into a laugh, so maybe you'll be able to pick me out from the crowd... see you out there!

Molly Bybee

Molly Bybee. Call me Training Wheels. 25 year old Kansas City native. Future music therapist. Avid YA novel and pizza connoisseur. Ex-competitive rower and current Netflix binge-watcher. Fair weather Royals fan. I'm postponing completing my Master's to undertake a NOBO thru-hike beginning March 18th. I promise, at least my mother thinks I'm funny.


Hi, My name is Lorene and I am attempting a thru hike leaving in March 2016. I am a 50 year old wife to one, mother to two, and grandmother to three. I grew up in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine where I grew to love nature and the great outdoors. This hike is one of the few selfish things I have done in my 50 years on this earth and I intend to treasure each and every moment.

Nichole Young

Hello, I'm Nichole, AT class of 2016! I walked from Georgia to Maine (4/25-9/22) to test my limits and strength, to be a badass, and to show myself that if I can do this, I can do absolutely anything... and also raised $2,500 for clean water in the process. Summer of 2017 will find me backpacking the Mini Triple Crown: Long Trail, Colorado Trail, and John Muir Trail. I'm currently living in northern NJ with my incredibly supportive and non-hiking husband, working multiple jobs to fund my mountain addiction, and working on my new website, You can also see what I'm up to on Instagram, @nicholeyoung1.


I was living a comfy-but-unfulfilling life in 2015 when I met my first thru-hikers, my heralds, my calls to action. They said it was "never too late," and even though I didn't think I was too close to death's door, I saw they had a point. So nine months later I quit my job, put my furniture in my parents' basement, and started my NOBO thru-hike, which, when a stress fracture grounded me 675 miles later, turned into a LASH. But the trail taught me what I needed to know about myself, which is that although I will never like lashing rainstorms on mountainsides, I can survive them. This fact gave me the courage to start a freelance life, one that is breathtakingly more authentic than the one I had before. If you're on the fence, leap. If you want to read more of my writing, check out Hugs, Notebook. Twitter: @mathinacalliope IG: mathinacalliope

Olivia - Blueberry

Hi, I'm Olivia - a runner, hiker, and environmental scientist. Born near the halfway point in the rocky state of PA. I like pets, gear, and inspirational Jenn Pharr quotes. "Blueberry" - GA->PA 16

Patrick Murray

I thruhiked the AT in 2016 and moved out to Colorado afterwards to keep the party going! I'm currently perfecting the art of being a weekend warrior, working as a wastewater operator during the weekdays and exploring the mountains in the evenings and on my days off

Pen-Dexter (Jared Townley)

I graduated from Valparaiso University in 2015, now I am leaving the "normal world" behind to experience another adventure in the obscure and crazy life that I have lived. The best part? I can't remember what made me want to do it...

Phil Shipley

I am 67 years old twice retired and still working. 8 months ago I got to a point in my life where I just needed to get away for a while. then I had an epiphany, hence my trail name epiphany, go hike the Appalachian trail. I was an environmental engineer for 18 years then opened a custom furniture and cabinet shop and now I work customer service for Publix supermarkets. I want to blog my trip so my friends and relatives can follow my progress and also to tell other seniors that it is never too late for an adventure. I am excited about beginning my adventure on June 3, 2016 from springer mountain.


I'm a 24 year old creative, long distance hiker and photographer. In 2016 I thru hiked the AT. In 2017 I completed 1.7k miles on the CDT and the Long Trail in Vermont, making for an epic hiking season. I regularly blog on my personal site and here at the Trek. I write, shoot, and all that good stuff in the off season. April is just around the corner...

Rebecca Hatch

Just a girl in the world looking for an adventure. I love travel, yoga, vegan eats, singing, dancing, and modeling. Born and raised in Nebraska!

Richard Mackenrodt

Hi everybody, I'm living in Munich, Germany. Working as a screenwriter and novelist, I started long distance hiking only 3 years ago. Since then I hiked more than 1.200 miles on the St. James' Way, from Munich to St. Jean Pied de Port in France. I love hiking the Bavarian hills and mountains. In May 2016 I plan to start a NOBO thru-hike on the AT.

Rob Davis

Software developer, Improv performer, Netflix addict. All exchanged for 5 months on the trail.

Ronen Schatsky

Hey, I'm Ronen--known on the trail as Mogely. I graduated high school in NYC in May 2015; instead of going straight to college, I decided first to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail! I started March 9th at Amicalola Falls, and finished on August 17th on Katahdin. I'll miss cruising down the trail, whistling in time with my steps. I enjoyed the freedom that comes with a task so basic--to walk from Georgia to Maine, somehow or other. I felt myself growing stronger every day in body and mind. I hope that this winding path will largely define the way I approach the challenges of my future. Onwards with the journey, over the hills and more!

Sara Ecay

Howdy! I'm Sara and I will be setting out in March 2016, with my trusty mutt Jetta, to achieve my childhood dream of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. I'm a 26 year old Texas born and Tennessee raised adventurer and lover of nature. I have a special passion for animals and make my living as a veterinary technician. I could count the number of overnight backpacking trips I've done on just 2 hands but I enjoyed the heck out of each of them, so I've decided to take 6 months away from my wonderful life and amazing husband to hike the entire 2,200 miles of the AT. I foresee this being one crazy adventure so stay tuned!

Scotty Hayden

hola! I'm 25 years old and I think I might be having a mid-midlife crisis. Straight outa the burbs of Philadelphia, PA & on March 17th I'll be embarking on a 2016 NOBO AT thru-hike!

Shauna Sergent

Hi everyone! I just turned 30 this past year and have decided to take a year sabbatical from life to travel and see the world. I figured there is no time like the present for a big adventure! I love to stay active and explore new places. I will kick off 2016 with a trip to South America before becoming a NOBO thru hiker on the AT. I am a little nervous going alone, but hope to be a stronger person from it!


About to finish my second Spartan Trifecta in November then I'm officially focused on the AT. Flip-flopping or section hiking it-whatever you wanna label it. I'm 39 and decided a few years ago to stop bein scared of everything and just go do it. I've had reservations about it the night before the big plunge, but never regrets after finishing. People ask me why I'm doin these things and my answer is just,"Why not?"

Stephanie Cortes

Howdy, I'm Stephanie. If we happen to meet on the trail, meow at me and we will probably be best friends.


We are the Mountain Mutts, one crazy unschooling mom, three wild kids, and the original Mountain Mutt (our Golden Retriever) plus our newest mutt, Gooch the Pooch named after Gooch Gap Shelter on the A.T.

Taylor Ciambra

Born and raised in the hills of Connecticut, I fell in love with hiking after summiting Mt. Washington during college. Since graduating, I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska and various national parks out West. I love making theatre, asking big questions, and telling stories. You can also check out more of my AT ramblings at:

Terry Gandy

Hi, my name is Terry Gandy, Trail name Cotton. I'm a retired engineer and am excited about sharing my 2016 NOBO (northbound) thruhike experience through my Appalachian Trials blog - Thanks, Zach! I've lived in Wisconsin for about ten years moving here from Kansas by way of Arizona, Nebraska and Missouri, where I was born and raised. I've appreciated what each of these states have had to offer in terms of the outdoors, geology and natural history. I'm especially looking forward to what the AT has to offer. As Colin Fletcher said in his book, River, "The man who takes the last step of a journey is not the same man as the one who took the first." I hope you will join me in my journey by checking out my blog from time to time.

The Stones

Hello friends! We are Josh and Maranda Stone, a happily married couple from North Georgia who had big dreams of completing the AT in 2016. We dreamed about a thru hike for some time, and we were finally able to make it happen this year! From March to August, we walked our way from Georgia to Maine and had the time of our lives! We hope to continue to share our wisdom and crazy stories with you here, so stay tuned!

Tracy Cherf

I grew up on the West Coast and I am currently living life in Middle Alabama with my husband of 30 years. (I Just realized I have lived half my life in Alabama) I am getting ready to hit the big 5-0 while hiking the trail in 2016. I enjoy painting and drawing. I also like outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, camping and shopping at REI. (Well, it is an outdoor store!) I also enjoy taking cruises around the Caribbean, to Alaska, and to Bermuda. I have two grown daughters, a son-in-law and a grandson. I am a full time animal lover and a part time smart ass.

Victoria Ketteringham

Hi, I'm Victoria! I'm from Toronto, Canada. When I'm not working or walking, I can be found eating popcorn and drinking tea, reading young adult science fiction, saving all the banana flavoured candies for last, or watching children's movies. I am currently preparing for my 2016 NOBO thru-hike!

Victoria Wilkinson

When I was six-years-old, I met a woman wearing big, brown boots with red shoelaces. She told me she was training to hike the Appalachian Trail. Thirty-five years later in 2015, I followed her footsteps, and I brought my husband, Charlie, along for the ride. In 2016, we're heading out on the Continental Divide.

Vinny Tagliatela

Hey, I'm Vinny AKA "Slice", I'm 25 and currently living a very cold life in Chicago. I sit in a cubicle all day, wearing business casual. I'm about as far from an Eagle Scout as you can get. And for reasons beyond my understanding, I feel an insatiable urge to hit the trail and hike the AT in 2016. Join me for shenanigans and tomfoolery, won't you?

Will Babb

Hi! I'm Will, and I'm 18 years old and an Eagle Scout! I'll be thru hiking the AT starting in May 2016 right after I graduate high school! I spend most of my time running, fishing, camping, and hunting. I can't wait to hit the trail in May!

Yard Sale

Hey there! My name is Stephanie (Yard Sale), I was born and raised in the middle of no-where Wisconsin and now reside in Charlotte, NC. July 2016, my boyfriend Gordon (Cardinal) and I are breaking free from our regular routine to thru hike the AT, SOBO.

Zoë Symon

Hi! I'm Zoë. By trade, I'm a User Experience Designer living in La Grande, Oregon. By passion, I'm a full-time adventurer who enjoys hiking, skiing, globetrotting, reading, and baking. In 2016 I completed a NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and have been trying my best to get back to trails as much as possible ever since. Why the AT? Growing up in North Carolina instilled in me a love for the Appalachians that I haven't been able to shake (not that I'd want to), so it seemed like a perfect first thru-hike. My current backyard is the Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, and I've loved exploring all that it has to offer.


Alyssa Engiles

Hi All! After retiring from being a scuba instructor I have decided to leave the gorgeous Florida Keys in search of a new adventure, namely thru hiking the AT in 2015! I'm a vegan, bibliophile, scuba bum, and generally snarky individual with aspirations of avoiding "a real job" for as long as possible.

Amanda Rogers

I'm a 2015 NOBO thru-hiker. I recently gained the opportunity to change my life direction, and free of (most) obligations, I'm embarking on a 6-month journey of self discovery. Before I started the trail I had never been backpacking and had almost no experience camping, but I'm having the time of my life and learning a lot. I blog about all my life experiences at

Amanda Vega

Hello humans! My name is Amanda Vega. I am a 26 year old food-loving palm-reading young lady from Greenville, South Carolina. My biggest fears include public bathrooms and earthworms, so naturally I've decided to thru hike the Appalachian Trail.

Andrew Repp

Hey all, my name is Andrew. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, (Azerbaijan 2011-2014), future grad student in international relations, and a 2015 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker (NOBO, March 10th). I've been traveling internationally my entire life and want to see more of what the motherland has to offer while I spend money on getting my masters degree instead of round-the-world plane tickets. I'm always up for a conversation on gear, anthropology, civil rights, or linguistics. I'll be attempting my thru hike in 120 days so stay tuned!

Bekah Barnett

I am a 26 year old backpacker who calls Indianapolis, IN, home. In 2015, my other half and I successfully completed our thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Now, we are gearing up for our 2016 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. I guess that makes us gluttons for punishment. I'm here to give a little travel advice and encourage questions. Feel free to check out my personal story on Keep dreaming, keep hiking, and get outside more often!

Ben Reynolds

First the bad news I have Stage II Primary Brain tumor which has started to spread slowly to my spine it cannot be surgically removed and I have 1- 2 years left on this planet. Now the good news: I will leave this world on my own terms and those terms are walking from Georgia to Maine..

Bonnie Newman

I'll be graduating in May of 2015 with a Masters Degree in Architecture, and before I spread my wings and fly into the big, scary, grown-up world, I've decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to, which I think will ultimately help me tremendously in my journey through life. Until my hike, I'll be posting about my small hiking/camping adventures, what I'm working on for my Master's Thesis (Tree House Architecture, Artificial Lighting, and the Opportunity for Comfort on the Appalachian Trail), and other random things I think about that relate to the trail!


Hello! I completed my thru hike in 2015 with my dog, No Shame. We had an amazing journey full of ups and downs, seems that is the nature of the AT. Throughout our hike we shared our stories and now off trail I am still embedded in trail life. Currently I am planning my next long distance hike for No Shame and I.

Brendan Bucko

I am searching for an adventure, for solitude, an escape from civilization, to refocus and revitalize my mind. I'm taking full advantage of the opportunity to sleep under the stars, walk miles a day in the wilderness and to simply bask in time. I am fascinated with studying our environment, health, and on improving the state of them, both independently and at Florida State University. This year, my girlfriend Morgan and I will be completing our first thru hike of the Appalachian Trail! We want to share our adventure with you as well!

Bryan Conley

Bryan is an avid adventurer with a a desire to see and experience it all. He has spend much of the last few years traveling around the country for music and mountains seeing many things most people just dream of. He continues on with his biggest trip to date, a 2015 Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting in March and ending in September.


Describing oneself in a little blurb is always a complicated endeavor. I'm a later thirty-something, military wife and stay at home mom to four kiddos. I've recently been given a 6 month kitchen pass to explore my dreams, a bit unexpectedly. The kids say "Go! If Dad can do it, so can you." I have a feeling a I will be exploring more than nature on this journey.

C.M. Pagels

My name is Bard the Changeling and in 2010 I hiked the AT from Pennsylvania to Maine. The AT and I have some unfinished business, approximately 1,175 miles of unfinished business. The strength and lessons wrought from hiking everyday have lost its luster in my current form. I want to find my balance again.

Captain Planet

How quickly we move; how slowly I move. Not from one moment to the next, but like a long breathe drawing itself in, then out, the tide, the seasons, the slow, gentle touch of age. Flowing without divisions and without deadlines. No discipline, no self-discipline, but it takes every muscle, every thought, to keep from moving along with the pressure. Blowing myself into unhappy ticks and tocks. With a suffocating anticipation they wait for me to climb onboard. They wonder why I take so much time to stay or so much time to waste when I could be finding or making. Find a mate, make a family, find a job, make a future. This is my life; I will live it slowly. I will not live my life between sick days and vacation time. I will not live to work until I am no longer useful. I will not work to live only to find that I have no time left for living at the end of each day, season, year, years. I want my work to be life. I settle for nothing less and accept nothing more, an immeasurable self-discipline is one that cannot be judged. There is only now. One foot in front of the other.

Chris Allen

My name's Chris, I'm from a small town of eastern Virginia. Walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Yearning to leave this way of life for a while. Hopefully in the end, I'll know more about myself AND the eastern Appalachians.

Chris LeBlanc

My name is Chris "Chickenfat" LeBlanc. I graduated from college in May 2014, and started my SOBO AT Thru-hike the next month. After finishing in November, I realized if I ever wanted to hike the PCT, it would need to be sooner rather than later. So here are my unfiltered and unprofessional writings about my 2015 PCT Thru-hike. #Fattestchicken


NEVER HAVE I EVER: - Been backpacking - Written a blog - Had a nickname - Pooped in the woods - Not panicked in close proximity of a small wild animal (skunk, possum, bird, raccoon) THINGS I HAVE DONE - Lived in AR (7 years), CA (11 years), FL (6 years) - Earned my BA in Business Management - Announced my intentions to the world, via the Facebook - Sold everything that doesn't fit in my Hyundai Elantra - Accepted a job at Yosemite National Park for the next 6 months - Convinced my parents that this isn't completely insane *I think - 4 months of physical therapy to build muscle around my broken vertebrae - Purchased what some might consider "a lot of beef jerky" - Spent countless hours researching maildrops, water filtration, and the intrinsic greatness of merino wool


Hello my name is Trung Phan (trail name Chuhawk). I find myself in the strange predicament of hiking the Appalachian trail 2015. I enjoy the hike the most and anticipate seeing a lot of different people and culture on the trail. I also intend to patronage the best espresso from the trial towns.


Hiking NOBO on the Appalachian Trail. Nature lover, photographer, balloon hater. Always looking for my next adventure. I'll be writing about my journey from Amicalola Falls to Katahdin. Starting out with my buddy, Krums.

Colton Harris

Well hello there brothers and sisters!! My name is Colton Harris and i am an explorer and adventure enthusiast. I grew up just a short distance south of the Atlanta area in a town called McDonough. Hunting and fishing and spending a majority of my time outdoors was the way we grew up as kids, and now here i stand a successful thru hiker of the Benton MacKaye Trail and staring down the Appalachian Trail as my next endeavor! I love to share my adventures and hope to join some of you in yours. Happy trails!!


I love grey and beverages. Recently relocated to Richmond, VA from Austin, TX, y'all. NOBO thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015. Exhilarating and terrifying.

Dakota Jackson

Dakota thru-hiked the AT in 2015. Dakota hails from Boston, MA, and is currently in London, where she occasionally dreams of Pasta Sides and fresh air. Described by many as reasonably funny and not too annoying.


I am currently living in the Southwest via Kentucky. After years of persistence, my husband has convinced me to thru hike the AT with him in 2015. We will leave behind our house, our cats and our jobs. What can possibly go wrong?


Lived in Shanghai for 1.5 years and am now back to discover my inner-Emerson. If you like short stories and art check, but if you're into a treacherous descent into the green-spangled unknown, this is the place. I'll be hiking NOBO with my brother Kyle.

Dennis Plato

Hey! Name's Dennis. | Long answer --> Cycled coast-to-coast in 2008 and am looking to tackle another big physical and mental challenge. Also hoping to inspire and empower others to achieve their own goals. For more on that, check out #YourHike. | Short answer --> I'm just doing it for the AT beard.

Ellen Baldwin

I'm Ellen, I'm 25, and the word "future" makes me shake in my hiking boots. Starting in April, I'll be thru-hiking the A.T. with my childhood friend, Anna.


I'm a wilderness/dog-sledding guide in Finland who happens to be from one of the warmest states in the U.S. - Arkansas. I love all things arctic, 157 huskies, and life out of doors. I've got a slight obsession with pizza, 80s action films, and The Misfits. Hiking the AT has been a dream for 3 years and I am so happy to finally be out here with some amazing people, stunning views, and the best lifestyle money can't buy.

Emily Gibson

Hey there! I'm Emily. I'm a laughter inducing, never sarcastic, 23 year old chick from Pennsylvania. I'm in school studying Environmental Science, and about 3 years ago decided that in 2015 I would hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail Northbound. Off-trail Emily spends her free time gardening, attempting to go running (they say it's good for you), going to as many punk shows as possible, eating sandwiches, and rocking out on my bright yellow ukulele, Simon, which will be accompanying me on my trek). I'll be setting off for the AT at the end of February, and starting March 1, 2015.

Emmi Laakso

Bonafide hiker trash trying to pass as a respectable adult. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and now I'm just biding my time until the next adventure.

Erin Tate

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I'll be putting my biology degree to good use as I explore the Appalachian Trail with my big brother Andrew in 2015. We'll be stepping off a day after my 28th birthday. I'll also be hiking for a good cause - on the trail I'll be raising money for BECA (Bilingual Education for Central America), a non-profit dedicated to providing bilingual education to some of the most underprivileged families in Honduras (please donate at Maybe we'll even write a book about our adventures on the Trail ourselves! After the AT, I plan on going to grad school for ecology and then seeing where life takes me.


I have just turned 60 and am attempting to retire a little early. My youngest son, Ian, is 22 and will finish college this coming spring. He and I are going to thru-hike the AT southbound in 2015 leaving May 23rd. This has been something that has interested Ian since high school. I have realized that it's not going to get any easier as time passes and this looks like an ideal time to start an adventure. Ian has agreed to help me with the blog, so this will be our story - from preparation to (hopefully) standing on Springer Mountain sometime in November next year.


I'm a nearly 22 year old Oklahoma native, and I'm a full time recycle worker doing my part to save this beautiful blue dot we call Earth. But as of April 2015 I'll be a full time adventurer experiencing all the Appalachian Trail has to offer! Never ever been thru-hiking before, ain't that a pip? I decided to hike the AT after getting my Associate's Degree in basically an undecided major, and landing a great job that let me save up to do so. I'm hoping that all this time away from "normal" life will give me a chance to reflect and let me realize my calling! My trail name is Grey Wolf.

Hiker Box Special

Sorry, no AT plans but I am hoping to hike 5,000 miles on the Arizona Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Te Araroa in 2015 and 2016. I fell in love with the lifestyle on the PCT in 2013 and I want to raise awareness of these incredible trails and help fund the people that make them possible! Check out my fundraiser here:

James Perkins

I am homegrown here in Georgia! I spent the first 18 years of my life living in the same house on a gravel road in the country about an hour south of Atlanta. I regretfully did not learn to appreciate it until I got into the big city! Now I long for property surrounded by cattle farms, open meadows, and beautiful landscapes. I was raised playing outside and I've luckily found a way to continue that as an adult! Hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, or anything else that will get me active outdoors is what I am looking for. I believe that I am a long distance hiker at heart and after finishing my first thru-hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail in June of 2014 I am ready to put myself to the true test! Appalachian Trail 2015, here I come!

Jamie Molihan

This is harder than I thought it would be. I have social anxiety disorder. I have epilepsy I have two sons and a daughter; they are amazingly cool. I have a nephew that has autism spectrum disorder, and he is The Sauce. One of my sisters has extensive frontal lobe brain injury from flipping her car seven times while drinking and driving. Don't drink and drive. In the last year and a half I have walked away from my marriage and my house, lost two cousins to drug overdoses, lost my mother suddenly, and then lost my father to pancreatic cancer. My dad helped me plan some of my thru hike while he was getting chemo; at the time we thought that I would be going on the PCT, but that quickly changed because of a popular book, a popular movie, and a water shortage. I am pretty lazy. I love Starbucks. I love Starbucks ALOT. I really want to do this. I am hiking with a dear friend of mine named Scott, he is an Army Veteren. He like cats, the outdoors and me; he also can't wait to live in a tent for six months. I can't wait to come up with a trail name for him.

Jeanne Church

I am a 68 year old retired teacher living in Kalamazoo, Michigan with my husband and two dogs. I love to hike and I love to camp, as does my husband. Over the years, we have hiked many, many trails here in the United States as well as trails in England, Ireland and Scotland. This April, we will be heading out to hike the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. My husband has already accomplished this twice, but it will be my first time. Our adventure will take us about 6 months.

Jen Magnuson

I'm "Ironjen." I'm a 38 year old professional photographer with a triathlon addiction who has always felt most at home in the mountains. My Appalachian Trail thru-hike adventure is the fulfillment of a dream 26 years in the making, and it began on March 18, 2015. It's a punctuation between life in Washington, DC and life in the Rocky Mountains. I'll be hiking with my husband, trail name Muskrat, and we look forward to celebrating our first anniversary in the woods!

Jena Campbell

Hello fellow hiking enthusiasts! I am Jena and am a prospective 2015 AT thru-hiker. I LOVE food! Right now I work for a freight logistics company and am a personal trainer on the weekends(which is truly the job I love). I am ready to make a big change in my life, so why not combine my love for the woods and fitness?! My main goal career wise is to build and work a rehab facility for overweight and obese people. This should give me the kick in the butt that I need to get this started. I am really looking forward to the friendships/relationships I am going to build and the memories I will share in this journey! Can't wait to see everyone out there! Until then, happy trails!

Jennifer Legan

Hey! I'm Jen. People say that I'm generally funny, can be quite zany, and love to go on wild adventures. I have a deep love for animals and the outdoors, and have studied monkeys in several countries for seven years (see my website at for more info). So, basically, I enjoy monkeying around. My last adventure entailed 6 months of rigorous research, studying baboons in South Africa. I saw baboons grow bonds and I saw baboons get killed, and, somewhere along the way, I lost my faith in conservation. So, among many other reasons, I am thru-hiking the AT (NOBO) to reconnect with the wild and with humanity—to rediscover what makes mankind a wonderful species, and to prove to myself that I can overcome even the most drastic of challenges.

Jennifer Williams

I'm Jenn (aka Sarge) and I thru-hiked the A.T. in 2015! I'm a Tennessee girl, but I currently live in Alabama (bleh, it's so flat). When I'm not slinging drinks, I often escape to Tennessee, Georgia, or North Carolina. Before I even finish one hike, I'm planning the next. My father claimed "chicken" was my first word. I find pepperoni pizza boring, but love pepperoni and cheese tortillas. I love reading about zombies at night while out in the woods. I psycho-analyze people when they don't even realize it is happening. 2017 holds The Wonderland Trail in the palm of my hand!

Jesse Metzger

I'm an 19-year-old NOBO'er, trail named Sputnik, taking a year off before college. I've wanted to hike the AT since I was little, and, education-be-darned, I need to have my shot at it! I've been on trail since February 25th and plan to finish by the beginning of August. When not in the mountains I enjoy cooking, daydreaming about being in the mountains, whitewater kayaking, and playing intense games of Monopoly.

Jesse Smith

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" -Thoreau, AT 2015, PCT 2016

Jessica Georgia

Originally from New Jersey and now reside in North Carolina. I am an entrepreneur, a wife, a mother, outdoors mountain lover, and have been cursed by wanderlust! Family always comes first to me. When I am not adventuring with my husband, 11 yr old daughter, and dog, Margo I am; working on client projects, getting tattooed, boxing, writing, photographing, rescuing dogs or creating. By the end of 2015 I will able to add A.T. thru-hiker to this list. I have a huge appetite for life and choose to live one full of adventures. Welcome to all the shenanigans that make up, Jessica-->

Jill Aubin

Adventure leads to mishap which leads to wisdom...or so I hope. I grew up on the Iron Range of Northern MN with time spent in the woods through out the year and summers spent in the BWCA . I fell in love with nature and all it's magical powers. I was introduced to the magazine National Geographic by my grandfather Jack at an early age. It opened up the world to me which to my adventurous, restless spirit. My husband Tom has supported me with most of them and he will be dropping me at Springer Mountain, Georgia in March 2015. My family consists of 2 grown children Andrea and Kevin and Kevin' friend Leslie and her daughter Audrey and my dog Finn.

John Kirkman

John is 32 year old small business owner who has hiked all over the country. He gets in a bit of trouble here and there but his wit makes most situations a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Joseph O'Donnell

Hey! My name is Joe, I'm 24, and I'll be thru-hiking the AT northbound starting March 30th, 2015. I'll be going by the trail name "Psych," because I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at some point post-trail, and I'm also really passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy. Among many other reasons, I will be hiking to fundraise $3 per mile for the organization HIKE for Mental Health. Along the way, I look forward to blogging here, and also on my personal blog and website to keep people updated about my fundraising efforts.

Josh Goebel

I like baseball, movies, good clothes, fast cars, whiskey, and no, I'm not John Dillinger. Just your average city slicker who will be getting lost in the woods this summer on the AT! @TheJoshGoebel is the name SOBO thru-hiking is the game! I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY, played college soccer in Atlanta, GA, met a lovely young lady there with whom I have fallen madly in love with, followed her to her home state of Hellhio and now I am pleased to call her my fiancée! I've been selected to be an ambassador for the 2015 Thru-hike Syndicate! #thruhikesyndicate @thruhikesyndicate I get to represent some pretty awesome sponsors this year and can't wait to tell you more about it! Other than that I lover soccer, Liverpool FC, running, and my dogs! Ready to just go with the flow, roll with the punches, and ride the wave! #WhenInRome

Julieann Hartley

I'm a nutritional therapist and board certified music therapist planning on tackling the Appalachian Trail, starting April 2015. During the day, I work with children and adults with disabilities, helping them achieve their developmental goals with music therapy. In the evenings, I run a nutritional therapy consultation company, helping clients with a variety of symptoms! My goal is to hike the A.T. with the nutrient dense foods (think grain free, grass-fed meats and veggies kind of thing), so I can hike efficiently and have time to forage local wild edibles along the way. I also plan on being a bit of a minstrel, earning my keep at the occasional hostel and hut by entertaining the other hikers with my stories and songs. I hope to inspire other hikers to make music, eat well and appreciate each step of the journey. For more information about nutritional therapy, visit my website at:


Hi! I’m Robert. During an adventure and travel filled life, I have found junctions where Shangri-La, Heaven, Nirvana, and Utopia meet. This is where time stops. It is where the brain blossoms so that the mental, emotional, and physical unify. The universe collapses to finite space and the burdensome manifestations of existentialism cease. I anticipate entering more on the AT in 2015. My hope is for all of you to find similar junctions in your lives. They are not physical locations....... Recently, I entered another while surrounded by the Gulf of Thailand. There was nothing possible to do but run long distances on soft pure white sand, swim endlessly in the warmth of the sea, and contemplate the myriad forms of life’s complexities...... Due to political controversies, my Peace Corps work in the small Muslim country of Azerbaijan, which is in the middle of a very rough neighborhood, ended early and abruptly. I find myself homeless, carless, and jobless. Some would say clueless!. Ironically, an unfortunate situation provides me the perfect opportunity to hike the AT...... Consider this a friendly invitation to follow my hike and read my blog “Mingechevir to Mount Katahdin.” It has two objectives. The first is to help me wrap my head around the verbal, cultural, interpersonal, economic, and political enigmas of my Peace Corps adventure. Second, is to provide a structured writing platform where I can utilize the AT as a vehicle to learn, understand, and to communicate critical aspects of our lives and how to discover mind expanding junctions. I start hiking March 18.

Kaili Morgan

I'm Kaili, pronounced kay-lee for those who were wondering. Outdoor enthusiast, Disney freak, marching band geek, and avid reader. I am currently an Anthropology undergraduate at Mississippi State University, but will be graduating soon to take on the big wide world! Life after college terrifies me, so hopefully I'll be staying in for just a few more years to get that PhD. Before that though, I need some time for soul-searching. Life is getting me down, and I am yearning for the quintessential human experience. Enter, thru hiking. What is more human than wandering the earth by foot? Nothing, I tell you! June 2015 will see me begin my SOBO thru-hike journey at Katahdin!! Life altering experience, here I come!

Kate Spillane Balano

Hey - I am an almost 60 something grandma looking to embark on the adventure of a lifetime when I retire. I know next to nothing about camping and just a bit more about hiking, so why not hike the AT to kickoff LIFE 2.0? I have been working in Corporate America for most of my (long) checkered career. Originally a New England girl, I will be hiking homeward, starting at Springer in March.

Ken Moffat

Hi, I'm Ken. Nevis and I will be thru-hiking the A.T. as SOBOs, starting sometime in June, and assuming my ancient knees allow it, finishing around the end of the year. I've been wanting to do this ever since reading "A Walk in the Woods" long, long ago. Career (mostly overseas, 53 countries and counting), marriage, and life in general always made me say "later". Finally, retired, divorced and living in the States (WA) again, my time has come. I've done plenty of hiking, climbing and scuba diving around the world, but this will be my first backpacking. Everything in its own time. I look forward to meeting y'all on the Trail. Hi, I'm Nevis, named after Scotland's highest peak, and the incredibly handsome brains of this family. I'm a 2-year-old border collie, herder of sheep (my true love), goats, ducks, Agility dog (CPE Level 4), and bi-lingual (Turkish and English). I like all people and animals (although I know some sheep that might disagree), and I very rarely bark, and then only once. Baba only accepts low growls If I want his attention.

Lara McLellan

Raised a Clemson Tiger, graduated an Oklahoma Sooner. Animal lover, except for birds. Fluent in sarcasm. Tennis coach turned 2015 AT thru hiker!

Laura Houston

Daughter, sister, teacher, organic farmer, MBA student, I’ve had a lot of roles in my 30-years. Before joining the corporate world in the fall, there is one more role I’d like to add to the list: a 2015 AT thru-hiker. So Springer Mountain, I’ll see you in April. Until then, I’ll be planning, traveling to NZ to study abroad and trying to graduate.

Laurel and Eric

Laurel and Eric here! Hailing from the Midwest via our current DC home, follow us on the adventure that is preparing for and embarking on a thru-hike as a married couple. Between us is one life-experienced hiker and one city-girl-turned-hiker who is still, despite reassurances, slightly concerned about not wearing deodorant for six months. Because it’s perfectly normal to leave jobs, family, and life behind to embark on our NOBO 2015 thru-hike. We hit the trail April 3.

Liz Kibby

My name is Liz, and I'm one of your friendly neighborhood bloggers here at Appalachian Trials. Originally from Western Massachusetts, I am flip-flop hiking the AT this year, beginning in Virginia in May. I love to share my experiences with others, and in general learning as much as I possibly can. I look forward to many years of travel and backpacking ahead of me, and the AT will be an introduction and an initiation into the lifestyle. I hope you find my writing entertaining and informing. Happy Trails.

Liz Snyder

I like to do cool stuff in the woods and tell stories about it. I crave long adventures (affectionately known as "sufferfests") and any excuse to eat jars of peanut butter. I am most comfortable when I'm sweating or shivering or scaring the hell out of myself on sketchy mountain bike descents. I prefer to walk/bike/travel uphill rather than down. In March 2015, I'm stepping away from my beautiful life in Asheville, NC to pursue a dream hatched twenty some years ago as a kid at summer camp - a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.

Maija Le

I grew up in the woods and it’s where I feel most at home. I’d call myself a photographer, nature-lover, world traveler, bookworm, dancing queen, dog trainer, and parent to a charismatic golden (Griffin) and his trusty sidekick (Little Bear). At the end of 2015, we’ll be AT thru-hikers. I have a passion for life and all that it brings and find true joy in discovering my place in this world. We all choose what to make of our lives; I’ve decided to make mine an adventure!


After hiking some 600 odd miles of the AT in the summer of '15, I've become completely addicted to hiking! Regardless of my luck, I'm hoping to complete a 2016 PCT thru hike. Be prepared for a lack of cohesive adventuring, some obvious colloquialisms, and non traditional hiking.

Markie Rexroat

Well hey there. My name is Markie and I'm from Indianapolis. I love travelling and being outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities are hiking/camping/backpacking, running, mountain biking, and longboarding. When I'm not doing those things, I occupy my time hanging out with my favorite people while usually consuming copious amounts of booze. I've done the whole school thing (B.S., M.P.A) and presently have an awesome job, but I've decided it's the right time (and needless to say, I'm totally stoked) to join the class of 2015 AT thru-hikers! I have so many reasons for doing this, but mainly it's because time flies, and I fully intend on living the f*ck outta some life!


A bit about me. I am 25, born and raised in Wisconsin (yes, that means my blood is mostly bratwurst, beer, and cheese). I have always been a sucker for adventure, i guess that's why no one was surprised to hear about my thru hike plans. In march 2015 I will be setting off NOBO with my dog Zeus. Besides having one hell of an adventure I will also be raising money for a very worthy cause, The Wounded Warrior Project.

Michelle Hand

Hi! My name is Michelle and I'm a 2015 NOBO Appalachian Thru-Hiker. I first set foot on the Appalachian Trail two years ago and spent my first week in the wilderness. It was one of the most liberating weeks of my life - I knew I had to go back. Two years later I'm finally about to live my dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Not a day has gone by since I haven't thought of being back out there. Here we go!

Michelle Revoir

After 11 years in the Air Force, I finally get to knock the AT off my bucket list! With only a few hats to wear... mom, wife, veteran, and videographer... I'm excited to add blogger and AT thru-hiker to the mix. While I'm used to telling other people's stories, it's going to take some getting used to writing my own.

Mike and Grace

Mike and Grace have travelled three continents together on some truly life-changing adventures. In April 2015 they will begin a NOBO thru-hike of the AT, arguably the most difficult thing they have attempted. While thru-hiking, Grace will be writing and recording a ukulele album called "Trail Mix." Mike will be carrying nerdy talismans and hoping people start conversations with him.


Hey everybody! My name is Alexander Newlon or just Noodle for short. I'm a perpetual daydreamer, a cannabis and human rights activist, a Eagle Scout and solo adventurer. I'm epileptic and will be thru hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO this April to show myself and others that we all CAN accomplish our dreams and turn them into reality! By completing one of my long time dreams, I hope to inspire others to follow their dreams. Get inspired and explore your local trails!

Oliver Hudgins

My name is Oliver Hudgins. Georgia Native who, when asked if he likes sports, doesn't say football. I say my sports are extreme. Mountain Biking, Fishing, Kayaking, Hunting, etc. Anything that will separate me from artificial lighting and synergistic revenue triangle graphs.

Rachel Hoyt

Hey I'm Rachel, your average Indiana English teacher with an unusual approach to her post grad years: NOBO hiking the AT. I love reading, guacamole, exploring, and deep-cleaning my car. I hate grammar, know-it-alls, sedentary lifestyles, and coffee. I'm hiking with one of my dearest friends and looking forward to an amazing and worthwhile adventure.


Rawwwwrrrrr! I'm Andrew aka Reptar. Originally from Northern Virginia but have been living the past few years in beautiful Key West Florida! I run an independent game development company and love photography and traveling. I just finished thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and loved every minute of it. Now the adventure continues on the PCT!


Hello there friends, my name is Ruth. I love tv shows, gear talks, reading a wide variety of books and eating a wider variety of food. I've been a Girl Scout for eight years and have a love of nature and a thirst for adventure. I have officially bored all of my family and friends to death talking about the AT and now need some fresh ears (that's where you come in!). I am planning on going on a NOBO hike starting this May. I hope you enjoy following me on that journey!


Hi, I'm Sam. Grew up on an Island. Yogi at heart. Figuring out more about who I am with every step I take. So why not walk 2,200 miles & really see where I stand!

Sara Douma

After completing the Appalachian Trail, Sara "Stretch" is trying to figure out what to do with her life. Want to hire her? Great please get in touch. In the meantime, she will be hiking, recovering from hiking, doing yoga and possibly getting her yoga instructors certification.

Sarah Tollackson

I fancy myself a photographer, occasional writer (when the mood arrests me), teacher, nature enthusiast, Kerouac adorer, dreamer, soul searcher, moon howler-at-er (...?), general wanderer, and of course, future AT 2015 thru hiker! But those are just words: empty words with empty meanings. You find the meaning of a person in actions, in their soul and spirit; in the quiet spaces surrounding their thoughts.


Day time architect, night time medic, all-around outdoor nut. Fighting off mid-life crisis by running away from life for 6 months in 2015, although I am still spinning my compass to figure out whether I will go north or south. Come join me for the fun!


Back home I go by Connor, but out here on the trail I am known only as Seeker. I graduated The University of Connecticut in the Spring of 2013, and this Fall I will be attending Law School in the Boston University School of Law as I continue working towards becoming an environmental lawyer. These in-between years have been dedicated to preparing myself mentally, physically, and financially for a little hike known to all of us as The Appalachian Trail. I am hiking to fulfill the dream that I have had since I was eleven and first discovered backpacking while growing up in the Boy Scouts. Aside from hiking, I love playing the guitar and trumpet, snowboarding, legal affairs, history, and a good IPA with a buffalo chicken wrap.


On a hiatus from medical school, Sharon is thru-hiking the AT with her boyfriend Nate. Having conquered thirteen of the forty-six high peaks of the Adirondacks, a 115-mile week-long on the North Country Trail and a month of hauling their packs around their tiny hometown, they think they’re ready to make it To Katahdin.

Smokey Bear and Home Grown

Homegrown: 27 year old male. Born and raised in West Palm Beach Florida until moving to Savannah Tennessee for high school. Studied Wildlife Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Biology at University of Tennessee at Martin. I then attended Colorado State University and majored in Forestry and Horticulture. I'm interested in anything that has to do with plants or being in nature but with a special love for mountaineering and flowers. Bailey: 4 1/2 year old Black Lab Loves long walks in the woods. Chipmunks and fish are some of her favorite animals. An affinity for water and sticks keeps her busy along the trail. Smokey Bear : Born 1987 in Captitan,NM Fern and Flower Lover. Student of life. Master Diver and Eco-Tourism Degree fuel my travel addiction. Finds friends in the midst of crowds. New appreciation for everything since becoming a Thru-Hiker.

Sonia Button

My name is Button. I find enjoyment and passion in animal welfare, whiskey, writing songs and venturing through the woods. I am currently hiking Nobo on the Appaclahian Trail.


Sprinkles is a 2012 AT thru hiker, a Smoky Mountain 900-miler, and a thru hiker of both the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Long Trail. She is currently a backpacking guide in the Great Smoky Mountains for a local outfitter and is constantly dreaming of getting out on her next long-distance hike. You can learn more about Sprinkles from her Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as her personal blog!

Stacia Bennett

Teacher turned nomad. Aspiring travel nurse. Full-time RV living. Appalachian Trail thru-hiker turned long-ass section hiker. Lover and trainer of dogs. Refusing to believe that after this year I'll no longer be a 20-something. Short term hiking bucket-list: Colorado Trail, John Muir Trail, Foothills Trail, Camino de Santiago.

Stephanie Jones

Aussie girl, flying 9000 miles so I can walk 2000 more.

Stix (Maggie Quamme)

I like coffee. I love drinking. I went to school with no clear plans for using my degree. I work(ed) with both animals and kids, and adore both. When I packed up my apartment to move, I had more boxes of books than anything else. I love my cat, Odin, more than I even like most people (and in general, I like people). My name comes from the outdoors camp I worked at for many years, where I taught kids how to start fires, build shelters, ride horses, catch and clean fish, do archery, be ninjas, and other general badass-ery. People like to abbreviate my real name to MagQuam. I will be starting my NOBO hike in March 2015.

Team SeeStar (Kyler & Laura)

Laura Seeman and Kyler Star here, or better known as Team SeeStar. In May 2015, we'll be leaving behind our Vermont home to take off on our Appalachian Trail thru-hike adventure. We like to do things a little differently, so we'll be starting in Virginia, hiking north to Maine, then back to Virginia to complete our hike southbound to Georgia. Becca Baer (like bear, grrrr), Laura's cousin, is also part of our team, and might guest blog occasionally! The "threesome dynamic" is already turning out to be an interesting one. Stay tuned.

Tee Corley

I'm John Rambo, Jambo, TBird, or Tee, and for the past 4 years, I have been having a contemptuous affair - with backpacking. In 2011, I was accosted by the fat face of failure while attempting an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Cold and alone, I returned to my home state of Massachusetts, finished my degree in History at Hampshire College, and brooded about what could have been. In April 2014, I reemerged, this time on the Pacific Crest Trail. Defiantly, I completed a continuous footpath on the west coast counterpart of the AT. Yet here I am again, on the east coast. And I say: HEY! Appalachian Trail! I'm callin' you out! 2015 will be the year my feet crumble the Trail that once crushed me. I invite you to follow along as I put this east coast rivalry, the AT vs. Tee, to bed.

Timothy Pluta

I love old-school blues, my dog, Oliver, New York bagels and most (if not all) terrible 80’s movies. For the past few years I’ve been working in insurance, living just outside Phoenix, Arizona. During the week, I worked, but on the weekends I spent my time in the canyons and wonderlands of the great American Southwest. No matter how much I tried to convince myself that corporate life was good, safe and dependable…I could never shake the calling of the wild unknown. Deep down, I knew what I really wanted -“If only I had the guts to follow my heart.” I’ve now recently left that corporate world behind, and have chosen to pursue my youngest childhood dream. This spring, I will set out to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail - from Georgia to Maine. Join me on this great adventure as I blog the highs and lows of trail life, on my quest for Katahdin!


Old Dirty Razor thru-hiked the AT in 2015, PCT in 2017, and she's gearing up for the CDT...because you only do one or three, nobody stops at two. You can read about her travel adventures from the Arctic Circle to thru-hiking America on her blog @


“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ? Alan Wilson Watts I am 24 years old, trying to learn and experience as much as I can. ~Hardwork and Dedication~ I have a sickening work ethic and really trying to enjoy what I am doing in the moment. I wear a few different masks, student, athlete, backpacker, amateur boxer, hunter, supportive boyfriend ;), big brother, health nut (but don't mind drinking a few beers lol). Although I have a lot going on, I have made the decision in my life to take on the Appalachian trail with my other half (my girlfriend Lindsay) and cannot wait to be on the trail. We are counting down the days and preparing as much as possible, we will be quitting our jobs and putting some other things on hold to start writing this new chapter in our lives. We are great people with a sense of humor and always bring the party!


Allison Kieley

Like most twentysomethings, I'm a hot mess. Not the bad kind of hot mess that you find drunk and crying alone in the bathroom of a bar, but the kind who is willing to admit that sometimes your life is in shambles. In my semi-shambley life I'm wearing the hats of a nanny, server, and super dedicated Beyoncé fan. Two of the previous three occupations have helped me save up enough money to finally make my dreams of thru hiking the A.T. a reality and I will set out NOBO for Katahdin March 13, 2014.


Hi! My name is Amy. I currently reside in Huntersville, NC where I work as a nanny hustlin' fun dip and runnin' the cul-de-sac. This past December I graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelors degree in International Studies. Essentially I took a lot of Spanish and a smorgasbord of random classes like home horticulture, introduction to companion animals, and online mountain biking (twice!-the first time didn't go so well). Now that I'm free from school, I'll be setting out to hike the Appalachian Trail in April, 2014.

Brittany Lea Neal

Hey y'all, "Rodeo" here! I'm a 22 year old graduate from Virginia Tech, a crazed horse-chick, a dirty mountain hippie and a very bad singer. I'm big on the adventurer lifestyle and am hoping to find a career that combines conservation education, journalism, and my love of the outdoors. In 2013 I broke my spine in a rather nasty horse back riding accident and since then have been planning and plotting my 2014 AT Thru-Hike with my dog, Scout the Adventure Beagle. Our goal is to raise at least a dollar a mile while hiking across the Appalachian Trail ($2,200) for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury Research. We look forward to seeing y'all on the map! Happy Trails! Check out our adventure blog: Donate:

Craig Tsao

I'm a self proclaimed unprofessional life coach. Let's keep this simple. I'm born and raised in New Jersey. The highlight of my time there was spending 1 month in Special Ed during elementary school. I moved to San Diego when I was 14. I'm fairly convinced that at least 100,000 thousand virgins were sacrificed to the San Diego weather gods. I'm trying to run away from this Satanic solar panel of a city that always has 69 degree weather of pure sunshine. I did go to college at University of California Riverside and got a BS in Business Administration. But what do you care? This blog is about the Appalachian Trail. That trail that stretches ~2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine. Witness my incognito inner hippy come out, read my nowhere stories, and be inspired by my terrible life advice. By terrible, I mean excellent. For example, my adventure on the Appalachian Trail will be one hell of a terrible experience. It will be totally titties. Tag along on my journey to see the trail from the mind of a "special" guy with mild outdoor experience. This will be interesting, I promise you that. I don't make detailed plans, have any sacred vows to keep, or have anywhere I need to be. I've put aside 6 months of my life for an open experience with one simple objective: follow the white blazes. If I start chasing a plastic bag and get lost, please help.

Dayna Thomas

Hello! I'm Dayna. I hate pencils pointing at me, eggs, any kind of melon, and the color red. I love free food, my bed, The Grapes of Wrath, cycling, and Guatemala. Until my thru hike, I had never bought anything at Wal-Mart, and I believe the best way to ruin good cookie dough is to bake it. In 2013, I graduated from law school at Brigham Young University, went through the police academy (long story), and passed the bar exam. In 2014, I hiked SOBO from Maine on July 15 and finished on Springer Mountain on November 22. My thru hike made me braver, but I'm still working on it.

Ellie B.

I’m Ellie, I am 24 and from the great state of Vermont. I thru-hiked the AT in 2014. I enjoy the Constitution, health care policy, and traveling. Someday I want to be governor, but what I do between now and then is anybody’s guess.

Micah Handy

Crazy! Raving mad! Well... At least that's what most people say when you tell them your going on a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian trail. The truth is though I am your average guy who grew up on a farm in upstate New York. Growing up I learned to love the outdoors, especially New York's very own Adirondack park, 3,000 some odd square miles of lakes, rivers, forest, and mountains. I have an AS in Cyber security (So you know I have to be a little bit of a nerd too. Lol) and am by no means a savant when it comes to writing, but bear with me as I am sure that something interesting is sure to pop up if only by pure chance. =)

Michael Osborne

Hey I'm Michael! I am a twenty one year old bearded adventurer from Baltimore, Maryland. I'm headed down to Georgia on March 1st to start my NOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. When I'm not dreaming of backpacking all over the country (about 99% of the time), I work as a barista to fund my dreams, I am an avid collector of antiques and oddities, and always have my nose in a history book. I've never had the time to take on an adventure such as the thru hiking the AT but come late February I'll be quitting my job, throwing caution to the wind, and going on a journey of a lifetime!

Montana N.

I crave adventure like that gnawing, pit-of-your-stomach hunger. I fetishize simplicity; I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for an excuse to be homeless, own only what I can carry, eat jars of PB, and do headstands atop mountains. My intended profession is writing, but I also like to rock climb, flail to live music, and get my daily dose of vitamin D. You can check out my blog at

Sarah (Ent)

Tried a NOBO hike in March 2014 and did 110 miles before deciding it wasn't for me. Learned a lot in the process, and excited to complete a section hike one day. When not hiking, I Iike writing fiction and am hoping to get a novel published in the fall. Daughter of HikerMom.