Rain, Terrain, and Transness

This week I went from Hot Springs, NC to Roan Mountain, TN with a stop in Erwin, TN, which added up to around 120 miles. The terrain was a little tougher than last week, with lots of climbing and extremely rocky sections. There were a few places I had to throw my trekking poles ahead... Continue Reading →

Town Days and Crushing Miles

This week I officially left the Smokies, and I hiked from Gatlinburg to Hot Springs. Even though Gatlinburg is a tourist hell-hole, I somehow wound up staying there for two days and was itching to go by the time I left. Hot Springs on the other hand is a beautiful little hiker’s paradise and I've... Continue Reading →

Solitude, Community, and Trail Legs

This week brought lots of sunny days and some intense hiking. After the snowstorm last Saturday we hiked down into the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where it was about 70 degrees. We spent most of our Easter Sunday drinking beer and lounging by the river, giving thanks for the warmth. In the few days after that... Continue Reading →

Week One

So far I've hiked for about five days and around 60 miles. I've climbed a couple of mountains, including one in the middle of a thunderstorm, had to run behind a tree to put my Diva Cup in, and gotten the privilege of hiking through countless clouds. Today was my sixth day out here and... Continue Reading →

Getting Ready To Go

Right now I'm in Atlanta for the day after taking an overnight Amtrak train from Virginia last night. Tomorrow my friend Rachael, who deserves a big shoutout for making my life much easier, will drive me from Atlanta to the start of the trail and I’ll begin my journey. Also shoutout to Teeter, who I... Continue Reading →

Hiking and Trans Visibility

Planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is incredibly complicated for anyone. Throughout the course of my planning, I discovered that my transness makes it much more complicated, and I haven’t even started yet. Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, which feels like the right time to discuss it. Visibility can be a double-edged sword for transgender... Continue Reading →

Why the Hell am I doing this?

I grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, on a small ridge in an old hunting cabin that my parents had built into a home just big enough for the four of us. My childhood was spent running around all around the woods and at old time music parties and festivals. I... Continue Reading →

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