Max Kiel

NY-based writer, video editor, thru-hiker and runner Appalachian Trail '21

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My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

My Biggest Advice For Future Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Many people daydream about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, but few actually take action with their plans. Taking that leap from "I want to hike"

Oct 6, 2021 : Max Kiel
Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

Vegan on the Appalachian Trail: Is It Feasible?

If there's one thing all thru-hikers take seriously, it's their food. Thru-hikers are known for their ferocious appetites, devouring virtually

Sep 9, 2021 : Max Kiel
Climbing Mt Katahdin, the Finale; AT Day 134

Climbing Mt Katahdin, the Finale; AT Day 134

Abol Bridge to Mt. Katahdin, Baxter Peak, 15.1 miles Today was the day I had been day-dreaming about for years. Mt Katahdin was calling, and it

Aug 22, 2021 : Max Kiel
100 Mile Wilderness, pt. 2: AT Days 131-133

100 Mile Wilderness, pt. 2: AT Days 131-133

Carl Newhall Lean-to to Antlers Campsite, 26.9 miles I woke up at 5:00 and was hiking by 5:45 with my game face on. The sun was shining and I was

Aug 20, 2021 : Max Kiel
100 Mile Wilderness, pt. 1: AT Days 129 & 130

100 Mile Wilderness, pt. 1: AT Days 129 & 130

Route 15 to Cloud Pond Lean-to, 19.2 miles The zero day taken at Shaw's was the perfect final town day experience; a day filled with canoe rides,

Aug 19, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 125-127

AT Days 125-127

Little Bigelow Lean-to to Pierce Pond Lean-to, 17.3 miles The day started off with an easy descent down to Rocky Beach, right on the shores of

Aug 17, 2021 : Max Kiel
Traversing the Bigelow Range: AT Day 124

Traversing the Bigelow Range: AT Day 124

Rt. 27 to Little Bigelow Lean-to, 15.2 miles In true hiker-trash fashion, I rode in the back of a pickup truck on the way back to Route 27. The

Aug 15, 2021 : Max Kiel
2,000 Miles Hiked: AT Days 121 & 122

2,000 Miles Hiked: AT Days 121 & 122

Route 4 to Spaulding Mountain Lean-to, 18.7 miles The sun was out and spirits were high as Jackrabbit and I began making our way back to the trail

Aug 14, 2021 : Max Kiel
The Way Life Should Be: AT Days 118-120

The Way Life Should Be: AT Days 118-120

Grafton Notch to Frye Notch Lean-to, 5.7 miles I was in no immediate rush to get back on trail today, and I spent the majority of the day hanging

Aug 12, 2021 : Max Kiel
AT Days 115-117

AT Days 115-117

Lost Pond to Rattle River Shelter, 18.5 miles Before falling asleep last night, I checked the weather report for the area and was happy to see a

Aug 12, 2021 : Max Kiel