Lauren Groh

Adventurer

Lauren Groh lives in the Milwaukee area, where she graduated from UWM with a degree in journalism. She writes a camp and travel blog in her free time, and can often be found hiking in Wisconsin’s state parks with her wife, and other family and friends.

Lauren will be backpacking on the Appalachian Trail from April to September of 2017. Follow her journey on her blog and social media.

Essay: Escape

Oct 14, 2017
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If you grew up with siblings, quite often they also served as your friend, confidant, and playmate.

For essayist and Lake Effect contributor Lauren Groh - who you know from her Appalachian Trail updates - her sister was one of the first people she explored the outdoors with – primarily in their childhood tree house:

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Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is a crucial milestone for anyone who hikes the Appalachian Trail. Known as "the mental halfway point," it houses the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the land around it is a National Park steeped with Civil War history.

For contributor Lauren Groh and her wife, Rhesia Baron, arriving in Harper's Ferry was a special day on their journey through hiking the AT.

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Contributor Lauren Groh has been through-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. On her most recent check-in from the trail, she was surprised to report she and her wife had hit the 70-day & 700 mile mark. “I just can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 70 days!” says Groh. “It’s flown by.”

Not surprisingly, Groh says she feels stronger after so many days on the trail. “I was realizing the other day, as we’re climbing up this mountain that my legs were doing most of the work and my poles were more for stability than for moving me up the mountain.”

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Contributor Lauren Groh has been through-hiking the Appalachian Trail this spring and summer.  So far, she and her hiking companions have hit several major milestones - including reaching 400 miles on the journey.

Groh checked in from the trail just recently and reflected on the day-to-day challenges of surviving such a major undertaking:

It's day 42 in the Appalachian Trail. We left Erwin, Tennessee three days ago, and our next stop is Hampton. We will hit the 400-mile mark tomorrow, if we push it!

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It's been a little over a month since contributor Lauren Groh embarked on her through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. And as she happily reports, the experience has been "ten times better than I ever imagined it would be."

When Groh started the hike at Amicalola Falls, she had a panicked moment doubting whether she could do it.  "We got started and it just kind of fell into place. It's just put one foot in front of the other and just do it."

Essay: The Idea

Apr 18, 2017
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Milwaukee native Lauren Groh is in the process of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. In this essay, she explains what prompted her to attempt the journey:

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The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only public foot path in the world. It runs 2,190 miles from Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes months to complete and a good amount of preparation for novice and experienced hikers alike.

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The Appalachian Trail runs 2,190 miles from Georgia all the way to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes months to complete and a good amount of preparation for novice and experienced hikers alike.

Milwaukee native Lauren Groh is embarking on that journey soon, and she is busy preparing all supplies she will need on the trail: