Archives for October 2014

The Making of a Thru-hiker, Part 3: Should a Young Woman Thru-hike Solo?

My third post for “The Making of a Thru-Hiker” column (in Women’s Adventure Magazine): Should a Young Woman Thru-Hike Solo?

Gail on the Pacific Crest Trail

This message from a reader threw me into a soul-searching tizzy:

“What would you say to a twenty-year-old woman who wants to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail but doesn’t have a partner to hike with? I’m her mom, and after reading your book I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, I don’t think it’s safe for her to attempt this alone.”

To read the rest of the article, visit Women’s Adventure Magazine:
http://www.womensadventuremagazine.com/hikingbackpacking/should-a-young-woman-thru-hike-solo/

The Making of a Thru-hiker, Part 2: How Not to Train

My second post for “The Making of a Thru-Hiker” column (in Women’s Adventure Magazine): Tips on how NOT to train for a long-distance hike!

Gail, Porter, and Philip on the Appalachian Trail

Gail, Porter, & Philip on Appalachian Trail

I thought I was dead. Supine in front of an altar, looking up at the vaulted ceiling, I felt like someone in a casket. My husband, Porter, stood over me. “Time to get up and hit the road,” he said.

We’d spent the night in the sanctuary of a church in a sparsely populated village in Virginia. They offered overnight refuge to long-distance bicyclists like us. Swaddled in my sleeping bag, I wasn’t dead….

To read the rest of the article, visit Women’s Adventure Magazine:

http://www.womensadventuremagazine.com/hikingbackpacking/the-making-of-a-thru-hiker-part-2/