Completing a long-distance hike requires planning and research. Completing a long-distance hike when you have literally zero experience requires planning, research, deep breaths, and a good sense of humor about the fact that you’re a beginner and that you don’t know what you don’t know and that you will obviously make a lot of mistakes.
Yes, I made a lot of mistakes.
But here are the resources that helped me the most, without which I would have made many more mistakes. I hope they help you, too!
Books & Blogs
- Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, by Carrot Quinn
- Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-Hike, by Liz Thomas
- Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips, by Mike Clelland
- The Trek
- Halfway Anywhere
- Clever Hiker
- Do More With Less, created by Travis Barron and Eric Timmerman
- As It Happens, created by Andy Laub and Ian Mangiardi
- Only The Essential, created by Colin Arisman and Luke Kantola
When it comes to the outdoors, I particularly enjoy following:
Below you’ll find links to the post-hike Q&A podcast episodes I’ve recorded for my show, Real Talk Radio, which are perfect for anyone who wants to hear me talk in more detail about how I first got into long distance hiking, what it was like to be a total beginner, why I kept doing it even though I was pretty miserable, my experiences as a solo female hiker, how I dealt with fears and loneliness, and so much more.
- Nicole Antoinette on Pain, Self Reliance, and Completing a 460-Mile Solo Backpacking Trip (September 2016)
- Nicole Antoinette on Thru-Hiking the 800-Mile Arizona Trail (November 2017)
- Coming soon: Nicole and Gent Answer Your Long-Distance Hiking Questions (March 2019)
I was also honored to be a guest on the She Explores podcast (Episode 92: Quitting Can Be a Kindness) where host Gale Straub and I talked in depth about my choice to quit the PCT in 2018.