Mile 2190.9: There are many aspects of long distance hiking that are not glamours to most of the world. You physically exert yourself 10-12 hours a day, wear the same outfit day in and day out, shower and wash that outfit once a week, are in head to toe physical pain for 6 months, trudge up and down grueling (and often dangerous) mountains in rain or shine, and if you’re lucky enough to find flat ground you best believe it’s covered in roots, rocks, and mud. To most people, that sounds like hell, but if you find the strength to push through, you become one of the few that gets to watch the earth defrost from winter, blossom in to spring, thrive through summer and recede again in the fall. You witness newborn cubs, fawns, and fledglings find their way in the world. You drink from the purest mountain springs and eat plump wild berries from the vine. You yell your lungs out on mountaintops just to see how far across the range your voice will carry and echo back to you. You meet the most astonishing people and receive the greatest kindnesses from strangers who want nothing but to see you succeed. You live entirely from a backpack and find you don’t need much more than what you can carry, and that’s perfectly fine with you. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• So how do you say goodbye to a life best lived at 2mph? Simple, you don’t. It’s just “see you later”. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••On Monday, October 1, I summited Mt. Katahdin with the only person I wanted by my side. Thank you for the never ending support I received from you every step of the way, @trailology -Peanut ❤️
Mile 2175: How do you even describe standing before the mountain that embodies all of your wildest dreams? On Monday, Oct. 1, I’ll be summiting Katahdin and completing my AT Thru-hike. I’m not crying...
Mile 2000: And just like that, I’m a 2000-miler! Marked by a beautiful bed of red maple leaves and stones a hiker before me took the time to delicately arrange. Since leaving the Whites, I’ve been experiencing a strange anxiety about finishing the trail. On one hand, I can’t wait to be “normal” again, and on the other, I can’t imagine leaving this forest, and, especially, the people that have truly become my home. If there is one thing I am certain of, it’s that my life is forever changed by this trail.
Mile 1910: I now have fewer than 300 miles left on this magical journey, so I’m going to sign off and go savor every last one. Time to get this thing done. See y’all on Katahdin!
Mile 1858: Not everyone is lucky enough to hit Mount Washington on a clear day, so of course I hiked up to catch the sunset and view the world from above the clouds. Mount Washington is the second highest peak on the AT, home to some of the most torrential and erratic weather, gets just 40 days of sunshine a year, and is absolutely stunning all around.
There have been moments along this hike where I’ve really questioned why I’m putting myself through this day in and day out. Then I have days like today where I get to hike Franconia Ridge, and there’s no doubt in my mind that this is where I’m meant to be. It’s been awhile since I cried on a summit, but Mt. LaFayette got me.
Mile 1801: Got the first mountain of the Whites under our belts, and another 100 miles closer to Maine! The climbs are certainly steeper, rockier, and longer, but New Hampshire has been beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the rest of it.
Mile 1748: Your basic IG wilderness model ain’t got nothing on us. Goodbye Vermont mud, hello New Hampshire and The Whites! They say the last 20% of the trail is the hardest; I say let’s bring it. P.S shoutout to the awesome Crawford family for putting me up for two nights in Hanover!! Good rest in a comfy bed was MUCH needed ☺️ (@trailology)
Mile 1704: Admittedly, I’ve been having a hard week on trail. Vermont’s slick mud has led me to fall more in 100 miles than in the first 1600. Couple that with rain and dropping temperatures, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a trail breakdown. However, I’ve got the support of amazing friends and boyfriend to help put in to perspective what I’m achieving while out here. Happy to say my spirits were lifted, and I got to climb Killington on a beautiful sunny day then stay at the trail famous Yellow Deli for the night. Just 490 miles left and this trail is complete!
I’m terrified of heights but I faced that fear for this view 😍