On Feeling Beautiful: I Got a Hiking Dress

I bought a hiking dress.  Which, in and of itself, is nothing of interest, lots of women hike in dresses and skirts… but for me there is some feeling behind the dress that I have been trying to put my finger on and it has been hard. As a woman, all of my life, I […]

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For Women’s Eyes Only: Thru Hiking Specifics

I wanted to do a post that pertained to a couple of specific things that women experience on trail.  So any men reading this, you have been warned and you may stop now and walk away, but if you have a girlfriend, wife, daughter… these aren’t bad things to know.  So let’s begin with one […]

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Advice From My Past Self To My Future Self

Kyle and I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail two years, four months, and ten days ago. Now we are about four months away from our next thru hike.  We would be idiots to not have learned anything from our first go at it, so here are the things that my past AT self learned and […]

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The Why: Continuing to Grapple With “Why” We Hike

People always want to know about the AT vs the PCT.  They want to know about the stats on the trails, which one is longer, which one is harder, which one has more elevation gain and nastier bugs.  But shockingly very few people think to ask if our reasons for hiking the two trails are […]

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The Why: My First Attempt at Explaining Why We Hike

The other day one of my friends called me “emotionally buoyant” on the phone.  She is right, I am generally happy, despite sometimes trying, boring, repetitive circumstances (aided, of course, by a relatively easy middle class white girl existence).  I am able to keep a positive attitude, always with a goal in sight.  Sure, I […]

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Why it Pays to Plaster Your Car With Stickers

A couple of days ago I pulled into the gas station and immediately noticed that the car in front of me was covered in stickers.  Not just any stickers. It was covered in trail stickers: the AT, the PCT, the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Wonderland Trail, the Colorado Trail, the list goes on.  I leapt […]

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RIP Brooks Cascadias: Finding New Shoes for the PCT

Kyle and I hiked the majority of the AT in Brooks Cascadia 7s.  We both started in boots, figuring that during those first few cold wet months we would want to keep our feet dry and our boots, paired with tall waterproof gaiters, did just that.  But around Virginia it started to get hot and […]

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The Dehydration Games: May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

In this post I hope to give you an overview of how to dehydrate different foods and some insight into how we are planning on dehydrating all of our meals for the PCT.  First step, get a dehydrator.  Two years ago for my birthday Kyle got me an Excalibur 5 door dehydrator and although some people […]

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The Myths and Facts About Hiking as a Couple

When Kyle and I tell people we hiked for five months together and that we are planning on doing it again people tend to stare at us, mouths hanging open, before quickly recovering and exclaiming, “That’s amazing you didn’t kill each other!” and many people quickly declare that if they spent that much time with […]

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