Carol Copeland

Hey y'all! I'm Carol, from South Carolina, but known on the AT as "Overload" because I tend to carry an "overloaded" pack. The AT has been in my blood since birth. My dad and grandfather hiked sections in Tennessee in the 60s and my dad took me on my first hike when I was 11. We hiked from Newfound Gap to Icewater Springs and Charlies Bunion. I saw the Katahdin, Maine mileage sign and knew that I had to complete a thru-hike one of these days. To top it off, once we got to the spring, I drank the cool, clean mountain water and must have been bitten by the hiking bug. 2018 is my year for an AT thru-hike and I cannot wait! I am a nature lover, biologist, yogini, former science teacher and fashionista that will somehow make all this work out in the wild for 6 months! I'm looking forward to meeting all the genuine trail folks, getting back in touch with nature, and living with just what I can physically carry on my own back. There is healing in the wilderness the AT offers. Life is truly better in the mountains. I would like to show my friends and former students to never give up on their dreams and be able show everyone a part of America that is somewhat tucked away. There is still a wild America out there and everyone could benefit from a few days in the mountains reconnecting to nature.

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Shakedown Street = Neel Gap (Learning Curves on the Trail)

Shakedown Street = Neel Gap (Learning Curves on the Trail)

The journey as a L.A.S.H.er (Long Ass Section Hiker) began for me in July 2013.  At this point in my life I was a 7th grade science teacher and the

Oct 22, 2017 : Carol Copeland
“Overloaded” Backpack, Outdated Gear, and Trail Names

“Overloaded” Backpack, Outdated Gear, and Trail Names

As I rolled into Therm-a-Rest Prolite Women’s sleeping pad, took my Therm-a-Rest pillow.  I reached in for my food bag that I believe held three days

Oct 15, 2017 : Carol Copeland
Let Me Go Where I Feel Most Alive!

Let Me Go Where I Feel Most Alive!

Hey ya’ll!  My name is Carol, or more commonly known as “Overload” on the trail.  I’m from South Carolina and I just can’t get enough of the

Oct 15, 2017 : Carol Copeland