5 FOR 2015: 5 Female Thru-Hikers Blogs to Follow in 2015
Did you grow up reading the Lord of the Rings, fantasizing over the long descriptions of rolling hills and dark forests and plants on gray, windswept hillsides? Did you imagine yourself traipsing across open moors without a path, sleeping under strange hillocks every night and stepping into a morning that stretches out in every direction? Did you read (or see) Wild? Are you tired of the world-as-we-know-it? Do you want true stories?
Thru-hikers are people who cut themselves off from the world-as-we-know-it to traipse across the open country for months at a time, looking for something that we can’t find anywhere else. If you imagine college grads with full beards, you’re only partly right: plenty of thru-hikers are no-nonsense women with muddy legs and sunburnt skin and sharp wit. Hikers don’t always start out of economic privilege; many work seasonally, scraping by on odd jobs in the off-season so that they can walk come summer. Hikers come from everywhere but they disappear onto the same trails, forming a tough, eclectic, tight community. Here are five female thru-hikers to follow in 2015, five indomitable women on five of America’s greatest trails this summer who tell their stories beautifully and honestly. Being a woman in the wilderness can be exhausting, terrifying, and right, they suggest. And once you’ve started, it’s hard to stop.
1. Carrot Quin
This summer, Carrot Quinn will be hiking the CDT (Continental Divide Trail), which cuts 3,100 miles across the middle of the United States, crossing New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. And fortunately for us, she plans to update her blog every single day. Her sprawling descriptions of epiphytes and mountainsides and loving and losing crawl under your skin and refuse to leave. You’ll stay up late thinking wishing that you could see through the roof to the stars and in the morning, until you wake up hungry for a sugary pastry from a bakery in the middle of the wilderness. Her book about her 2013 PCT thru-hike, Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, has just been released. It’ll break your heart.
2. Tick Tock aka Molly Katzman (icoulddriveforever)