Emmi Laakso

Bonafide hiker trash trying to pass as a respectable adult. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2015, and now I'm just biding my time until the next adventure.

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Forays into Fastpacking: Surviving The A100

Forays into Fastpacking: Surviving The A100

The A100 is an event that takes place every June in the Allegheny National Forest of western Pennsylvania. Participants have up to 50 hours to

Oct 23, 2016 : Emmi Laakso
Hiking Kauai: The Kalalau Trail

Hiking Kauai: The Kalalau Trail

Most people associate Hawaii with a very beach-y, boozy, horizontal sort of vacation. But if you’re looking to leave the mainland and are aiming for

Apr 9, 2016 : Emmi Laakso
Seven Life Lessons I Learned on the Appalachian Trail

Seven Life Lessons I Learned on the Appalachian Trail

So as you all may know, I took getting off the trail

Oct 25, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
The Post-Thru-Hike Blues

The Post-Thru-Hike Blues

It's been almost a week since I climbed those last fateful steps up to the summit of Katahdin, and ended the single most earth shattering experience

Aug 6, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
All Good Things Must Come to an End

All Good Things Must Come to an End

This was hard. I was charged by a bear. I missed stepping on multiple rattle snakes and copperheads by sheer luck. I was so close to a lightning

Aug 1, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
New York to Almost Maine: This is Hard But I Love It

New York to Almost Maine: This is Hard But I Love It

From taking a zero at my parents' house, getting back on trail was hard and easy at the same time. I was clean, as was all my gear, but starting

Jul 16, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
Harper’s Ferry to Peekskill, NY: Having and Getting Over Pennsylvania Blues

Harper’s Ferry to Peekskill, NY: Having and Getting Over Pennsylvania Blues

Out of Pennsylvania! Finally! Well, I've walked home to New York. I actually passed the start of my shakedown section on Friday en route to the

Jun 21, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
The Rest of Virginia: Glamping in a Minefield of Bears

The Rest of Virginia: Glamping in a Minefield of Bears

From Atkins to Harper's Ferry, I've had the chance to experience the rest of Virginia. I haven't felt particularly blue in any of this time (so no

May 31, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
Weeks 3-5: Hot Springs, NC to Atkins, VA

Weeks 3-5: Hot Springs, NC to Atkins, VA

Wow, again, time flies! It's been about three weeks since my last post, and a LOT has happened: friends met, adventures taken, food eaten. I'm

May 5, 2015 : Emmi Laakso
Weeks 2-3: NOC to Hot Springs

Weeks 2-3: NOC to Hot Springs

Fontana Dam early in the morning. Hobble on Charles Bunion. I can't figure out how to disperse the photos on my phone, so the ones I was able

Apr 21, 2015 : Emmi Laakso