Colleen Goldhorn

Hello! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as NoNa. I currently live in Rocksylvania, and have been in love with climbing the state's rocky peaks since I was a little girl. In 2016, I attempted a thru hike of the AT when illness unfortunately forced me off the trail - however I am currently working towards section hiking my way to Katahdin! You can usually catch me somewhere in the woods most likely hugging a tree, taking a thousand pictures of the same overlook, or eating my 5th Snickers bar of the day. Happy hiking!

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Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders.

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

With only 17.5 miles of the AT in West Virginia and 40 miles in Maryland, these two states are known for being the smallest on the trail. Their small

Jul 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Why ​Every Hiker Should Take a Leave No Trace Course

Why ​Every Hiker Should Take a Leave No Trace Course

Leave No Trace Principles (also referred to simply as LNT)​, are the golden rules for outdoor ethics. Backpackers, climbers, hunters, bikers... all

Jul 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Pennsylvania: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

If you are a frequent reader of my posts, then you know that I am a huge fan of Pennsylvania hiking. With that being said, after hiking all 250 miles

Jun 22, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
New Jersey: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

New Jersey: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Being from the Philly area, there is a small bit of rivalry between PA and NJ, so it kills me to admit that Jersey has been one of my favorite parts

Jun 7, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Backpacking Trip

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Backpacking Trip

So, you have decided that you want to try to accomplish your first overnight trip out in the back country. Congrats! Chances are, pictures and movies

May 17, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
1 Year. 10,000 Blazes

1 Year. 10,000 Blazes

A full year has come and gone since I reached the summit of Springer Mountain, GA and officially started my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail.

May 3, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Put A Knot Around Your Finger: Easily Forgotten Backpacking Gear

Put A Knot Around Your Finger: Easily Forgotten Backpacking Gear

The goal for many folks heading into the backcountry is to carry as little weight as possible. Even though this often means bringing less gear,

Apr 20, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Tips and Tricks for Singing in the Rain

Tips and Tricks for Singing in the Rain

After telling people of any long distance hike, popular responses always seem to follow the theme of "What if you see a bear?" "How do you go to the

Apr 5, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Hiking Sandals: The Best Friend You Never Knew You Wanted

Hiking Sandals: The Best Friend You Never Knew You Wanted

When the average person thinks of hiking, images of huge backpacks, Clif bars, and (you guessed it) full leather hiking boots come to

Mar 16, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn