My name is Ashli, AKA ‘Katniss Neverclean’. In 2014, I completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. My initial pack weight was about 25 pounds without food. That’s pretty darn good to start when compared to other starting pack weights. Once I started hiking everyday, I realized that if I wanted to hike big miles and keep … Read more
[dropcap]An[/dropcap] entire year has passed since I stood on top of Mount Katahdin in Maine surrounded by friends, celebrating the end of our 2,000 mile journey. Since that day, countless twists of fate have brought me on a new journey that I feel is far from over. I would say that I’ve had copious amounts of luck, but as … Read more
The Pinnacle loop is a moderate 9-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. It is one of the most popular day hikes in Eastern PA with rewarding views of the surrounding Lehigh Valley. This first time I visited the Pinnacle was during my thru-hike. I got to watch the sunrise while I drank a cup of … Read more
The entire hike took 6 months, but it went by so fast that sometimes it seems like it never happened. A lot of the time, I fail to realize how huge of an accomplishment I have made. I want this tattoo with serve as a reminder of my strength and perseverance and to always be looking for the next big adventure.
The Appalachian Trail covers over 2,185 miles along the East Coast of the United States. The trail is continuously maintained with the help of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and 31 Trail Maintenance Clubs that span the length of the trail. Last year over 6,000 volunteers provided more than 240,000 hours of service. The Trail Maintenance Clubs are … Read more
It took me a while to get it put together, but after 4 months I have finally put together a photo recap of my 2014 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Follow me and my friends from Georgia to Maine as we complete our 2014 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Then, check out my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike … Read more
It’s February and that means that the thru hiker class of 2015 is starting off soon. Hiking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail is a daunting task and the first few days are a big learning experience. For those of you who are about to begin your journey, here are 5 things that you can expect … Read more
Somewhere in the southern Appalachian mountains I stumbled across a shelter and sat down for lunch. I flipped open the shelter log and found that one of my fellow hikers had penned a poem about beginning his thru hike. As a read through it, I was surprised to see how much it hit me right in the feels. In … Read more