We first spoke with Jessica after she had successfully completed her thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2015. Since then Jessica has continued to share her backpacking and hiking advice though her website and hugely popular Youtube channel - Homemade Wanderlust (well worth checking out - over 150,000 subscribers!)
Jessica talks very openly about her dreams, doing what she loves, the challenges out on the trail as well as how she is funding her life. I am inspired by Dixie and what she has achieved and I know you will be as well. Enjoy this episode.
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What does she prefer to be called?
How Dixie would introduce herself
Completing the recipe to be successful.. but not being happy
Doing what she loves
Getting back home after the Appalachian Trail
Wanting to get hiking again
Doing a wide variety of different jobs while growing her youtube channel
2017 and doing the Pacific Crest Trail - the why and the how
Learning about the CDT
The pressure she felt at the start of the PCT and feeling so nervous about the desert and the snow
Gear changes and wanting to go lighter with her gear
Getting use to dry camping
Not being able to train before the PCT
Dealing with the desert and the first 700 miles
Filming on the PCT and trying to capture more of nature
The moment that stands out on the trail and why the bad days make the best stories
Loss of life on the trail
Navigation on the trail and using the Guthook App
Appreciating the trail but also taking time out for a family graduation
Getting to the end of the trail and what it felt like
Wanting to get out on the CDT in 2018
Heading north bound - 3,050 miles!
Create your own adventure trail!
The challenges of the CDT
Food and nutrition on the trails
Lessons learned on the CDT
Taking risks doing thru hikes
When things don’t go to plan
Completing the triple crown and why it was surreal
Life after a thru hike
Future hikes and plans
2019 plans with her mum on the PCT
Top tips for having a successful thru-hike
Read Jessica’s book! - Take A Thru-Hike: How-To Guide for Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Check out her blog - homemadewanderlust.com
Follow her on twitter @HomemadeWL
Watch her videos & subscribe to her Youtube channel here!