Preparing to Thru-Hike the Sheltowee Trace - Guest Post


I created this blog with the hope to share not only my stories, but stories of other people who love to hike and travel.


We are starting out with a post written by someone you might know. My mom! haha.
Last summer she set out, with my two sisters, to tackle their first long distance hike. 323 miles through Tennessee and Kentucky. Along the way they documented and blogged about the experience every day. What you are about to read is the first article she wrote about the hike!



In the days preceding.

It was Pan’s desire to do a thru-hike that had us, early in 2017, scanning the Backpacker’s two page spread of “America’s Best Long Trails.” Our mission was to find a trail that would be doable in the time we had in our already jammed pack summer schedule. She wanted to thru-hike and not section hike one of the longer options. Three hundred and twenty-three miles seemed a stretch for three weeks on our untrained legs; yet it was within driving distance and there was that spark of hope that we could do it.

So the recipe books were consulted and the dehydrator ran for weeks as we dehydrated and packaged meal after meal. We were determined to eat well.

Top Row: Broccoli, Spaghetti Squash, Fruit Roll-Ups, Spaghetti Sauce

Top Row: Broccoli, Spaghetti Squash, Fruit Roll-Ups, Spaghetti Sauce

We took inventory of our packs and made crucial and, of course, well-reasoned decisions about everything we’d carry.


Blogs were scoured for any tidbits of information that would make the Sheltowee Trace maps come alive. Handwritten notes filled the margins of our ST trail guide filling our imaginations with dim expectations of the days ahead.

And we walked.

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Training hike #1: 11 miles at Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio. We started on the North Rim and walked up to the dam and to the falls and back again to our little cabin at the campground.


Training hike #2: We attempted to thru hike the Pine Mountain Trail in a day (23 miles). We made it 18 miles before calling a shuttle.

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A week later we hiked 23 miles looping around our town taking breaks to use gift cards on food and ice cream and to find deals at a local used book store. As the sun set we hobbled back onto our street quite amazed that we accomplished the miles we failed to do the week before.

So with all this are we prepared?

Head over to Mom's blog to find out what happens next!

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