Taylor Ciambra

Born and raised in the hills of Connecticut, I fell in love with hiking after summiting Mt. Washington during college. Since graduating, I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska and various national parks out West. I love making theatre, asking big questions, and telling stories. You can also check out more of my AT ramblings at: blistersbeforemisters.wordpress.com

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Disrupting Aging on the Pacific Northwest Trail

Disrupting Aging on the Pacific Northwest Trail

“They don’t let on, but I assume they think we are crazy.” This is what James Clare tells me when I ask how his friends and family are taking the

Jul 13, 2017 : Taylor Ciambra
Walking the Walk: Quadriplegic AT Thru-Hiker Stacey Kozel Shares Her Story

Walking the Walk: Quadriplegic AT Thru-Hiker Stacey Kozel Shares Her Story

"I don’t think there’s anything more painful than regret,” says Stacey “Iron Will” Kozel, the legendary quadriplegic 2016 AT thru-hiker. “On the

Jan 25, 2017 : Taylor Ciambra
From Soldiers to Thru Hikers: Examining Civil War History Along the AT

From Soldiers to Thru Hikers: Examining Civil War History Along the AT

  Hiking Through History isn’t your typical history book or hiking book. Written by Leanna Joyner, an AT thru hiker in 2003, she published

Jan 11, 2017 : Taylor Ciambra
Benton MacKaye: Reviewing an Unconventional American Life

Benton MacKaye: Reviewing an Unconventional American Life

Reviewing "The two continued to follow parallel paths by attending Harvard University and delving into writing, activism and hiking in New England.

Oct 27, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
Hiking in Record Time, Kaiha Bertollini Champions for Sexual Assault Awareness

Hiking in Record Time, Kaiha Bertollini Champions for Sexual Assault Awareness

“I didn't choose the AT, the AT found me.” Kaiha “Wild Card Ninja” Bertollini was at a crossroads in her life when the Appalachian Trail found her

Sep 14, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

Myron Avery: The Architect of the Appalachian Trail

“Might well, instead of ‘Appalachian Trail’, have been termed, ‘The Anonymous Trail,’ in recognition of the fact that many, many people…have labored

Aug 26, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
Tougher Than Thoreau

Tougher Than Thoreau

My last days in the Shenandoahs were unfortunately marked by anxiety. But at least there were some blackberry milkshakes. I hadn’t been able to

Jun 29, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
Writing Love Letters on the AT

Writing Love Letters on the AT

Shortly after Xtra-Tuff and I started hiking solo in the afternoons, I started writing love letters. At first they were fairly simple out loud,

Jun 23, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
The Right Thing and The Difficult Thing

The Right Thing and The Difficult Thing

It's difficult to hug with backpacks on but Xtra-Tuff tried as best she could to comfort me, creating one of the most tender and awkward moments

Jun 19, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra
My Experience with a Virginia Creeper

My Experience with a Virginia Creeper

"It's nice to see you with pants on." I said, standing in the doorway of the room of the guy who had exposed himself to me and pissed on my backpack

Jun 8, 2016 : Taylor Ciambra