Welcome to Married to the Trail. The reasons as to why you’re here are many, but I suppose what we now share in common is the allure of long distance hiking, and the intriguing idea called thru-hiking. Whether you’re here to learn, support or live vicariously, you are now part of the trail community. Welcome.
What is thru-hiking, you ask? In a nut-shell—because in all honesty you have to be a little nutty to be a thru-hiker—it’s setting out, by foot, to hike the entire length of a long-distance trail, one ideally more than 200 miles and one generally under 3,000 miles. With only the shoes on your feet, the clothing on your body, and a backpack full of gear, food and water, thru-hiking connects the dots between a trail’s two opposite ends. Some shorter trails may take two weeks to complete, while others may take six months. That said, there are hundreds of long-distance trails spread throughout the world just as there are hundreds of reasons for why people choose to thru-hike. This blog will unveil the trails that I’ve hiked—and plan to hike—in addition to the evolution of reasons behind what drives me to take that next footstep.
This is not a blog designed to answer all of your questions, although you’ll likely find an answer to many wonder. It’s a blog in which I can ramble off a plethora of tangents, as anyone who knows me, knows that I’m equally good at rambling as I am walking thousands of miles. Also on Married to the Trail, there is ample photography to gaze upon and inspire your own dreams. Also, don’t forget to follow the blog (which there should be a FOLLOW button floating around here somewhere. Click here if you’re a technologically-challenged dinosaur like me.) as I will soon be leaving for the next big adventure, the Calendar Triple Crown: Three thru-trails. 7,500 miles. One year.
THE BOOK: MARRIED TO THE TRAIL
Additionally, I’m happy to announce that my book, Married to the Trail, is published and ready for purchase. It tells the story of my thru-hike along the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). The CDT is a 2,700-mile long backcountry trail that runs the length of the rough and rugged Continental Divide. It walks through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana and provides an adventure unlike any other. Leaving New Mexico on May 4th, 2011, I surrendered myself to the challenging nature of the trail and began hiking north. As a solo female hiker, and at the age of twenty-seven, I would hike through many obstacles, including deep snowpack, thirty-mile waterless sections, fast-moving and swollen creek crossings and long days of solitude. 133 days later, I’d reach the northern terminus of the Continental Divide Trail. You can purchase your copy following the PayPal button below.
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