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!
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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