Kate Waite

I thru-hiked the AT in 2013, answering to the name of First Gear. Rarely the first up or down a mountain, it suited me well. As a school-based speech language pathologist, there are no more half year forays in my near future. Still, my work affords ample vacation time compared to your typical 9-5er. I capitalize on summer vacations, spending large chunks of time ticking off the shorter long distance trails while I scheme about one day attempting the PCT.

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L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack

Disclosure: L.L. Bean donated this item for review purposes, but this review presents an honest representation of my experience using this

Dec 11, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #25-46

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #25-46

The woods and the mountains are my home away from home. The place I seek when the final school bell rings. The place that allows for space and

Nov 28, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #1-24

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: High Peaks in Haiku #1-24

As with all of my long escapes to the woods, I charged into my Street and Nye - nothing to write home about, but the closest the High Peaks come to

Oct 25, 2016 : Kate Waite
Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: Part I

Bagging the Adirondack 46ers: Part I

When I was eleven, I hiked my first Adirondack High Peak with Dad. I have vague recollections of the experience, including a carsick induced haze

Jul 11, 2016 : Kate Waite
A Grandmother’s Lessons

A Grandmother’s Lessons

A year before I hiked the Appalachian Trail, I lived in Colorado. I’d been there for six years and my family had no reason to believe I’d be coming

Apr 5, 2016 : Kate Waite
Attention Incoming Thru-Hikers: It WILL Get Easier!

Attention Incoming Thru-Hikers: It WILL Get Easier!

I can’t help but pull my car over anytime I cross paths with the AT. No matter what, I feel compelled to hop out and give a white blaze a high five

Mar 3, 2016 : Kate Waite
6 Reasons to Hike the Long Trail

6 Reasons to Hike the Long Trail

The Long Trail (LT) is the granddaddy long distance trail of them all, the first of its kind blazed in North America. Spanning 273 miles, the LT

Feb 17, 2016 : Kate Waite
6 Reasons to Hike the John Muir Trail

6 Reasons to Hike the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail extends 211 miles through the exquisite backcountry of the High Sierras.  This statement alone may be all the coaxing you need to

Feb 12, 2016 : Kate Waite
The Trail Continues to Provide

The Trail Continues to Provide

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, I hitched thirty minutes out of town during Trail Days and was unexpectedly enjoying breakfast in a perfect stranger’s

Jan 12, 2016 : Kate Waite
5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter

5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter

The days are short and (finally) getting colder around here.  As a Vermonter, I’m generally fond of winter.  One would have to be in order to live

Dec 29, 2015 : Kate Waite