Jessica Porter

I'm a 2014 thru hiker trying to figure out how to navigate the real world from a fresh pair of eyes. I only planned on hiking from Springer Mountain to Harpers Ferry, but was still having a blast and decided to keep hiking. I learned what it meant to be a thru hiker on the fly and it was the best choice I ever made. I live very close to Harpers Ferry and am lucky to have the trail right in my backyard.

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Gear Review: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

Gear Review: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

Disclosure: The following product was donated for the purposes of review. I value my own space. Since my boyfriend and I met on the trail in 2014,

May 21, 2015 : Jessica Porter
The Best Games to Play on the Appalachian Trail

The Best Games to Play on the Appalachian Trail

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was the best experience of my life. However, that doesn’t mean the entire experience was great. When doing nothing

Apr 17, 2015 : Jessica Porter
The AT Guide vs. The Thru-Hiker’s Companion

The AT Guide vs. The Thru-Hiker’s Companion

When it comes to Appalachian Trail guidebooks, there are really only two options: The A.T. Guide by David “Awol” Miller. I used both of these guides

Jan 19, 2015 : Jessica Porter
Giving Back: Volunteer for the ATC’s Corridor Stewardship Program

Giving Back: Volunteer for the ATC’s Corridor Stewardship Program

It’s obvious that maintaining the Appalachian Trail requires a ton of work, like painting blazes, creating steps, controlling erosion and building

Dec 24, 2014 : Jessica Porter
The Emotional Roller Coaster of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I knew hiking the Appalachian Trail would be hard. I also knew I would probably cry once in a while. What I didn’t expect was how often I would find

Dec 10, 2014 : Jessica Porter
A Guide to Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail

A Guide to Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail

For some people, mail drops are a necessary part of hiking the trail. There are a couple of ways to send yourself packages while you’re hiking.

Dec 3, 2014 : Jessica Porter
6 Important Backpacking Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail

6 Important Backpacking Lessons Learned on the Appalachian Trail

All thru-hikers do embarrassingly stupid things on their hike—it’s part of the learning process and part of the fun. There’s just no way to learn how

Nov 25, 2014 : Jessica Porter
10 Surprisingly Difficult Adjustments to Life After the Trail

10 Surprisingly Difficult Adjustments to Life After the Trail

Adjusting to life on the trail is hard, but getting back to the real world can be even harder. Living on the trail for nearly half a year can rewire

Nov 18, 2014 : Jessica Porter
From Thru-Hiker to Volunteer: How to Give Back

From Thru-Hiker to Volunteer: How to Give Back

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail makes you very thankful for the volunteers who maintain it. All it takes is a stretch of trail with very full

Nov 12, 2014 : Jessica Porter
Why Relationships Thrive on the Appalachian Trail

Why Relationships Thrive on the Appalachian Trail

One of the aspects of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail I was most excited about was all the people I would meet along the way. I heard stories about

Nov 5, 2014 : Jessica Porter