Inherently, hiking isn’t especially dangerous. But, if you do it often enough, you’re bound to come across some weird/creepy/less-than-ideal situations. If my memory serves, in 5,000 miles of backcountry adventures, I’ve been in exactly five human interactions that have engaged my fight-or-flight response. Sometimes, they’re simple, as in the case
First things first: As I was driving back from North Carolina, I learned that the story of my upcoming thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to benefit Lyme disease research had been published on Kentucky.com. It was featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader today, which was really special and exciting. If
By the end of the Appalachian Trail, female thru-hikers are not uncommon; however, we are decidedly in the minority at the start of the hike. Even more unusual is the young female who is hiking solo, and, at the time of my thru-hike, I looked considerably younger than I was.