I am not the world's best backpacker. I have not summited a tremendous number of peaks, nor am I necessarily agile when weighed down by my pack. In many ways, you could actually say that I am terrible at backpacking. I struggle to light a match for fear of getting burned, even when starving for my next meal. While traipsing along a cliff-side, a mere glance at the drop below is enough to paralyze me for a few minutes as I grapple with my fear of heights. And yet, I heed the call of the mountains despite, or perhaps because of, these challenges.
This year, I will undertake my largest challenge yet: hiking 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine.
In recent years, backpacking has offered a space for reflection amidst the natural beauty of the world. It has become central to my own self-understanding, and so while on the Trail, I hope to inspire others to continue their journey in finding balance. This website serves as a space to document my own experiences on the trail and as a platform to raise awareness for therapy and mental health.