Rachel Poole

I'm a writer, massage therapist, hospitality ninja, and adventure seeking warrior. I've made my home everywhere from Georgia to Maui to Colorado and most recently Alaska, yet I keep landing where my roots sprouted. For the last 3yrs I have been dedicated to personal growth and transformation in order to live a more fulfilling life free from the clutch of past trauma and societal standards I willingly adopted as my own.

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Mission to Maine Aborted: No, I Didn’t Quit the AT

Mission to Maine Aborted: No, I Didn’t Quit the AT

Good morning from Hot Springs, N.C, mile 274 of the AT. The rumor mill tells me that by the time hikers reach this tiny little mountain town nearly

May 15, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Close Your Ears, Gents: I’m on the Rag and Ready to Dish

Close Your Ears, Gents: I’m on the Rag and Ready to Dish

Weeks ago, when I realized my little monthly visitor would be accompanying me during the first week of my thru-hike, I had a little tantrum. I even

Apr 23, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Little Toe, Big Problem

Little Toe, Big Problem

My first two days on the trail were, let's call them, eventful. I've been an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast since spring break camping trips as a

Apr 19, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

Be Stubborn: Advice from a Two-Time Thru-Hiker

"Be stubborn," said the two-time AT thru-hiker I ran into at Cloudland Canyon's south rim during my final shakedown hike. It felt like strange advice

Apr 11, 2018 : Rachel Poole
Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

Like Eating and Breathing, I Hike Because I Must

One of the first questions city dwellers tend to ask about my plans to thru-hike the AT is why. The question is usually jammed at the beginning of

Feb 25, 2018 : Rachel Poole