Reflections on my Thru-Hike

On Thursday, September 12th, I finally summited Katahdin and finished my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It wasn’t until near the end that I came to the realization of just how far I had travelled and how difficult it was, but I definitely feel a massive sense of achievement. I celebrated by getting a hotel room all... Continue Reading →

Almost Finished

Right now I’m in Stratton, Maine, having taken a rest day to escape some nasty rain. Nothing has made me feel more like a Southerner than the weather up here, which is basically like Virginia in late October and November - except right now it’s supposed to be summertime. I’ve made it through some difficult... Continue Reading →

New York

For the most part, the New York section of trail has treated me extremely well. I spent most of my time in the past week and a half visiting friends and my old home in New York City, but I managed to get some hiking in as well. This part of the trail got a... Continue Reading →

More Virginia, Pride Month, and Misogyny

This week and a half I covered some good ground through Virginia, and finally passed from a somewhat boring section into a section with way more landmarks and views, including both Dragon’s Tooth and Macafee Knob. I hit a new highest number of miles with a 25-mile day, which wound up putting me into camp... Continue Reading →

Hiking Back Home

This week definitely came with some rough patches and a little bad luck. Shortly after Damascus I realized that my feet had swollen so much that they outgrew my shoes, so I had to cut slits in the sides of them so my feet would have more room. It helped some, but I've still been... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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