Mariposa

I was ten years old when my love for the Smoky Mountains first inspired my dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Twelve years later, I made that dream a reality when I completed my NoBo 2014 thru-hike. I am now in grad school for Clinical Psychology at Ole Miss. In addition to hiking, I try to maintain some semblance of sanity through crafts, baking, piano, fantasy/sci-fi books, beer, and bacon.

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Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Examining the Thru-Hiker Dropout Rate: Survey Results

Ever since Zach Davis wrote Appalachian Trials and started the blog that became The Trek, our purpose has been to help long-distance backpackers

Aug 23, 2017 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

For the third year in a row, we asked Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and long-distance section hikers about the sleeping pads they used. Many of the

Jan 31, 2017 : Mariposa
Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

Stoves, Food, Water, and Illness on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

More so than with backpacking gear, food and water plans are different for each trail, because they depend on road access, prevalence of nearby

Jan 20, 2017 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

We surveyed one hundred eighty-eight section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2016. We asked about the sleeping bags and

Dec 23, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Tents and Hammocks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Tents and Hammocks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

For the third year running, we surveyed long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail in 2016, regarding the shelter systems they used. This year, we

Dec 20, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Footwear on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 Thru-Hiker Survey

This is the third year in a row I have surveyed hikers about their footwear, and for the third time, it seems be the trickiest gear selection. Just

Nov 17, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

The Top Backpacks on the Appalachian Trail: 2016 AT Thru-Hiker Survey

Unless you're making the rest of us jealous by slackpacking the whole way, your backpack is one of the most important pieces of gear you take on a

Nov 10, 2016 : Mariposa
The 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

For the third year now, we surveyed long-distance hikers who completed a section or thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. This year, we

Nov 6, 2016 : Mariposa
By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

By the Numbers: Sleeping Pads on the Appalachian Trail

Also, check out the previous post covering breakdown of sleeping pads). Almost one third of hikers (30.7%) changed sleeping pad models at some

Jan 22, 2016 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

The Top Sleeping Bags on the Appalachian Trail

When I bought a sleeping bag for my thru-hike, I was incredibly overwhelmed. Synthetic fill is more water resistant, but natural down is more

Jan 6, 2016 : Mariposa