Arizona Trail Day 1-7 Bikepacking from Mexico to Canada

Hi! I’m writing from Tucson, Arizona. Mile 140 of the Arizona Trail. It’s been a while and I’m going to keep this post fairly short. Between updating daily on Instagram and putting together a 10 minute video when I get to a town I find myself stretched too thin to do much blogging. I’ll just give you some highlights and …

My 2018 Adventure Plans(Thru-hikes and thru-bikes)

It’s time for more adventures! I went through a long period of deconstruction in 2017 after my Appalachian Trail thru-hike and finally feel like I’m integrated and whole again. The AT hike made me question everything about life, down to the most basic fundamental question of “who am I?” In that process of discarding old beliefs and old patterns of …

10 Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat Experience

The beginning of an article is always difficult for me. I’ll stare at the white blank and run sentences through my head to try to find one that feels right. Sometimes this process can take hours. Today I felt that same block. After about ten minutes of writing and deleting sentences I gained an awareness of a pressure in my …

Part 1 of my Appalachian Trail Documentary is Live

Here’s a link to part 1 of my Appalachian Trail documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2BkK_bHMA4 Pt. 1 covers Georgia, from Springer Mountain, up Blood Mountain, and finally to Neel Gap. Appalachian Trail Documentary Pt. 1 I’ve been keeping busy. I’ve picked up a couple of personal training clients at MKT CrossFit and I’m also training several people online. Healthy Gamer was one of just twenty …

Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail Gave Me Permission To Be Me

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. Thanks for following along after all this time! May 8th, 10 days from the writing of this post, marks the one year anniversary of when I stepped off on the Appalachian Trail. I’ve been getting my life back in order. I’m working out at MKT CrossFit and I’m going to coach some …

Post Trail Depression and a Revelation

I’ve been struggling with post-trail depression. It’s a fairly well-known phenomenon that is experienced by a majority of thru-hikers after. I think it’s brought on by many factors, as depression generally is. There’s the physical side of your body being wrecked. There’s the aspect of leaving the trail community. You’ve left the structure and simplicity of following a set path. …

How thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail Changed Me

Nine weeks off-trail and I’m feeling much more like myself. My energy has come back and I’m excited to do things again. My feet have stopped hurting. I’ve cut down sleep from averaging eleven hours a night to nine. The trail continues to impart lessons. Nature can’t be rushed. When you throw a system off of its homeostatic set-point it …

Adjusting back to “real life.”

I’ve been off-trail for 20 days now. 20 days already!! Time is really strange. I remember stepping through the arches in Amicalola in May. I remember feeling a queer surreal feeling. It didn’t seem real at the time that I was embarking on a 2,189 mile hike. Even now after completing the thru-hike the idea of having hiked all the …