From the AT to NYC

Hi guys! I’m in New York City right now for my big sister’s wedding this weekend. Got off trail in New Jersey on Tuesday, getting back on where I left off on Sunday. Seven states down, seven more to go!!  Also, if you’re lookin’ to kill some time, I recently got interviewed about the A.T. … More From the AT to NYC

Lightning Hangover: A Zero Day in Pearisburg

It’s an easy eight miles into town from the shelter. I’m on the trail before seven, hiking fast across the ridgeline as the sun tries to burst forth from behind the slate-colored clouds. Thousands of feet below, an explosion of green. Roads snake through pastures and trees. Tiny doll houses dot the landscape. Everything big … More Lightning Hangover: A Zero Day in Pearisburg

Big Miles, Big Bears

The birdsong begins before my alarm, an overlapping chorus of tweets and peeps and chirp-chirp-chirps. It’s a comforting sound, a sound that sounds like home. Which it is, really. Over the past year, I realize, I’ve spent more nights sleeping outside than in. I roll onto my side and open my eyes. They fall closed. … More Big Miles, Big Bears

In the Smokies I Sleep in Shelters, In the Smokies it Always Rains

We pull into the parking lot at Clingman’s Dome in the early evening. Alanna keeps the car running while I take too long to gather my things. Her heater is turned up all the way. Outside, the sky sags dark and heavy, unrelenting rain. “I can take you back to Asheville if you want,” she … More In the Smokies I Sleep in Shelters, In the Smokies it Always Rains