Kristen Fiedler

Hey all! I'm Kris, a half Midwesterner, half New Englander who used to think that backpacking and thru-hiking was crazy! But curiosity turned into interest and somewhere along the lines turned into full blown obsession. After years of daydreaming and months of planning I hit the Appalachian Trail NOBO in March!

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Connecticut! I Walked Home!

Connecticut! I Walked Home!

I think I started smiling the second I hit the Connecticut border and not sure I stopped all the way through. I hit the green Gateway to New England

Jul 6, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
A Struggled Stretch

A Struggled Stretch

I've been struggling a bit lately. This last stretch had a lot of challenges and, unfortunately, a small injury that I'm working on bouncing back

Jul 3, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
An Ode to Pennsylvania (That’s Not an Ode at All)

An Ode to Pennsylvania (That’s Not an Ode at All)

Oh Pennsylvania. You were no fun and from you I now shall run to New Jersey. All the hikers you seemed to mock, "try and get through

Jun 25, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
How to Beat the Virginia Blues

How to Beat the Virginia Blues

Virginia has 556.2 miles in it. Being over a quarter of the trail, it has the potential to feel endless. This yearning to get out of endless Virginia

Jun 15, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Shenandoah! I Love You!

Shenandoah! I Love You!

Shenandoah National Park was nothing less than spectacular. After getting back from Trail Days I did just as I promised myself I would do after

Jun 10, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
It’s OK to be Cliche

It’s OK to be Cliche

There are a million cliches out there: actions speak louder than words, you can't judge a book by its cover, the grass is always greener, etc. But

Jun 2, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters

Spring is here. The leaves are green, the flowers are blooming, and the animals are out to play. The first week of May has brought some very

May 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
My Worst Day on Trail

My Worst Day on Trail

The trail, as in life, gives you good days, bad days, and everything in between. More often than not I feel happiness and fortune to be able to have

May 12, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
Holy Smokes! Surviving the Smokies

Holy Smokes! Surviving the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park brought me days of seemingly endless rain and dense fog, my first rattlesnake encounter, an outbreak of the

Apr 27, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler
To Pee or Not to Pee

To Pee or Not to Pee

You would think that being out in the middle of the woods that peeing would not be an issue. You can go whenever, wherever, right? Not so. As a

Apr 18, 2019 : Kristen Fiedler