Clarity is both my purpose and my trail name. In a quest to find clarity, I embarked on my first backpacking experience with a 6-month long flip-flop thru-hike of the A.T. On June 5, 2015, less than 7 months after suffering from a broken back, I walked northbound (NOBO) from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and summitted Mount Katahdin in Maine on September 15, 2015. One long road trip later, I found myself back in Harpers Ferry for part 2, a southbound (SOBO) trek to my home in Georgia. Over 2,100 miles later, I can now be considered somewhat experienced in the sport of long distance hiking.
As a successful elementary teacher for eleven years, my passion is educating others, especially kids. Combine that with my intrinsic love of the great outdoors, and I’d be a happy camper! 😉 Being a newbie to this whole backpacking thing meant lots of overwhelming information to weed through and myriad mistakes. Important for us perfectionists to remember, the mistakes are part of the journey. Be in it for the journey, not the destination, and you, too, will succeed!
This blog is a way to allow me to share resources with others who may be in similar “hiking shoes”. A female who desires to hike the Appalachians solo? Where does one even begin? Hopefully I can help! Emails are welcome! Just click here to email Clarity. Or click here to follow AppalachianTrailClarity on Facebook.
Clarity’s Published Works:
Grin and Beer It: Watering Holes Cater to Hikers Along the Appalachian Trail
Athens Banner Herald
Ten Items to Include in Every Day Pack – Part 1