Esther Burghouwt

Yep, it is really happening! This 31 year old Dutch woman (girl?) from one of the flattest countries in the world is going to try and conquer the ancient mountains of the USA on the Appalachian Trail, starting in March of 2018. I still go by my real-life name of Esther, momentarily enjoying the sedentary life of a financial administration job, happily living in the big city of Amsterdam. Having studied Cultural Anthropology, I have an innate interest in other cultures and a craving for adventure, that I somehow also need to balance with my more introvert and careful character. But I love a challenge!

Posts

Snow, Blood, and Lost Electronics: The Misadventures of Snow Angel

Snow, Blood, and Lost Electronics: The Misadventures of Snow Angel

About two weeks ago I spent a zero day in NOC, which besides the white water rafting, was quite uneventful and to be honest a little boring. Only one

Apr 4, 2018 : Esther Burghouwt
Biting Cold and Hiker Bonds; Musings From the Trail

Biting Cold and Hiker Bonds; Musings From the Trail

I have now been in the U.S.  for 12 days, of which this is my ninth day on the trail. And I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do the classic

Mar 11, 2018 : Esther Burghouwt
Gear, Check. Flight, Check. I’m Ready to Go

Gear, Check. Flight, Check. I’m Ready to Go

The last few months have flown by. All my training plans, blog plans, and general taking care of things have gone by the wayside, something which I

Feb 26, 2018 : Esther Burghouwt
How I Went From Hating To Loving Hiking

How I Went From Hating To Loving Hiking

Just wanted to give a brief glimpse of how my attitude towards hiking changed over the years! Growing up All my life I have lived in cities,

Nov 26, 2017 : Esther Burghouwt
Trial and Error in the French Pyrenees

Trial and Error in the French Pyrenees

At the beginning of October, I made a trip to the French Pyrenees, to do one final test run for my body, gear and mind to see if I really, really

Oct 21, 2017 : Esther Burghouwt
Obstacles for Foreign Hikers

Obstacles for Foreign Hikers

Of course I am not speaking for all the foreigners that have hiked or are planning to hike in the US, but I do think that for quite some of us there

Sep 26, 2017 : Esther Burghouwt
Why I Should Not Hike the Appalachian Trail

Why I Should Not Hike the Appalachian Trail

I know, I know. Why start with something so negative? Well, I just need to air out all my doubts and all the doubts that other people have about this

Sep 19, 2017 : Esther Burghouwt