Future AT Hiker Nicole

Travel expert, cardiac nurse, hiking guru


Hiking and traveling has been a love of mine since I was a little girl. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t hiking. Every year, my whole family would hike up Mount Washington in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and we would stay at the Lake in the Clouds hut. The first time I did this hike up the tallest mountain in New Hampshire, I was 5 years old! Crazy right?

 

Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail? Well, is it enough to say its because I LOVE hiking and backpacking? No? Okay the real answer is I have always been drawn to the AT because I’ve been hiking on it my whole life. Whenever I meet AT thru-hikers (this is what they call people who are hiking the entire trail), I immediately get this feeling of belonging. They just feel like my people. I’ll go more into why I am hiking in a blog post, but in reality it’s because I love hiking. Just as simple as that.

Sandy River AT crossing, Maine

 

Lake Moraine, Alberta, Canada

 

Hiking with a purpose: Trail Blazers Foundation


When I was fresh out of High School I traveled with the non-profit Up with People. This organization showed me the beauty of traveling with a purpose. It’s not enough to just travel and visit these places, it’s also important to give back to the community of the world. This can be done by shopping at locally owned businesses, volunteering for a non-profit, spending time with and learning about the different cultures, and even donating money to causes that are important to the communities you visit. 

While I am on the AT it will be very difficult for me to volunteer like I normally do in my home and other communities, so instead I’ve decided to start a foundation in my name called Trail Blazers. The idea is that money raised will go to those who are blazing their lives as we often blaze trails to do bigger and better things! I’ve decided to raise money to donate to three different causes.

  1. Scholarships
  2. Fix and Upgrade prosthetic
  3. Woman’s shelters: Pegasus House and Woman’s view