Ashley Manning

Hello everybody! My name is Ashley, while I have no trail name yet, I have a river name (Smashley), that I received while working summers at a rafting outpost on the Chattooga river. Recently I graduated from the University of North Georgia and I will be setting off on my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail at the end of February (2018). I grew up hiking around the North Georgia mountains with my Father and my Uncle, so the love for the outdoors runs deep for me. I pride myself on breaking stereotypes and showing the world that people of all sizes can be outdoorsy!

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North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

North Carolina: A Not-So-Warm Welcome

I walked around the curving bend that snuck over the side of a mountain to see my AT partner, Lindsey (trail name: Dorothy), waiting for me at the

Apr 2, 2018 : Ashley Manning
I Forgot My Pants on the Appalachian Trail

I Forgot My Pants on the Appalachian Trail

Yup, I forgot my pants on the first day of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Feb. 28, 2018 My dad, sister, and boyfriend drove me to the trailhead to

Mar 5, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Big Girl, Big Hike

Big Girl, Big Hike

Hello, final hours of civilization! What a beautiful day we are experiencing here in North Georgia! Tomorrow I take the first of many steps on the

Feb 27, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

Tips And Tricks For Plus-Size Hikers

When you look through outdoor magazines, watch adventure movies, or even go into most outdoor stores, you typically don't see plus-size

Jan 16, 2018 : Ashley Manning
Question: Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Question: Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail?

Hello, friends! Recently, I have had many people ask the question, "Why are you going to hike the Appalachian Trail?"This question is usually

Jan 7, 2018 : Ashley Manning