Hi y’all! I’m Aubri (‘Timex’). I started backpacking and hiking with a vengeance on Labor Day weekend 2013, when I backpacked for the first time ever, solo, across the state of Massachusetts on the Appalachian Trail. In 4 days. In snug running shoes with a small toe box, and a Lifestraw for my water. It took 6 months for me to fully feel my feet again, but strangely enough, I couldn’t wait to hike again. After that adventure, I began to explore backpacking on the AT, making mistakes and learning lessons along the way.
Adventures of Days Gone By
Appalachian Trail, August 2013-August 2017
Over the course of four years, I took 18 trips, and spent 121 days and 93 nights on the Appalachian Trail, averaging 19.7 miles per full day on the trail. I did three 30+ mile days, two in New Jersey and one in Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. I hiked solo for the entire trail except in Southern Maine, which I hiked in 2015 with Stretch, Towanda, and Backtrack.
New England Trail, 2012-2016
I started hiking in 2012, with the desire to hike all of the Blue-Blazed Trails in Connecticut. Part of that included section hiking the Mattabesett and Metacomet Trails, both of which are part of the New England Trail. Over the summer of 2016, I section hiked and backpacked the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, which runs from the CT/MA border to Mt. Monadnock, and the Menunkatuck Trail, which runs from North Guilford to Long Island Sound.
New Hampshire 48 4,000 Footers, 2014-2017
With my Appalachian Trail hikes through the Whites (and a few detours along the way), I had, unbeknownst to me, peak bagged 23 of the New Hampshire 48 4,000 Footers by the end of summer 2016. In March 2017, I began looking for more local hikes on which to train for my final AT trips and discovered the NH 48 list. I completed my first winter hike in the Whites at the end of March 2017, with 4 feet of snow at the stake, ascending Mt. Tom, Field, and Willey. With something to focus my efforts, I threw myself into weekend hiking the NH 48. On December 30, 2017, I completed my final ascent on Mt. Cabot.
New England 67 4000 footers, New England Hundred Highest, and The Grid
With the NH 48 completed, I began working on the New England Hundred Highest (and the 67 along the way). At this point, I have completed 62 of the New England 67 4,000 Footers, and 86 of the New England Hundred Highest. And because I might as well track it, I’m at 62 of the 522 ascents needed to complete The Grid.
Tour du Mont Blanc, 2018
In July 2018, I will be traveling to Switzerland, Italy, and France to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc, a circumnavigation of Mont Blanc massif in the Alps.
Long Trail, 2018
In August/September 2018, I will be returning to Vermont to complete the ~60% of the Long Trail that remains for me to hike, with Towanda joining me for a happy 3-year reunion hike. The AT and the LT are the same trail from the MA/VT border up to Maine Junction, near Killington. Then the AT takes a hard right to go towards New Hampshire and the LT continues up through Vermont to the VT/Canada border.
Future Hopes and Dreams
John Muir Trail, 2019
Wonderland Trail, 2019
Tahoe Rim Trail
International AT, Canada
Chamonix – Zermatt Haute Route, Alps
When I’m not hiking…
When I’m not hiking through the mountains, I keep very busy! I rock climb; swing and flip on the flying trapeze; dance (mainly East Coast Swing); read YA, fantasy, and sci-fi; crochet amigurumi; train my ginger tabby cat (or does he train me?) – we take walks together and I dream of camping with him; watch TV shows (I’ll be a Browncoat to the very end, and it’s ‘Queer Cry’ not ‘Queer Eye’!); play board games (think like Settlers of Catan/Eurogames); and research various medical issues for friends and friends-of-friends. I’m also a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ people and other social justice issues. (#istandwithpp, #stopthestigma).
And to pay the bills (and improve the world I live in), I’m a researcher. I’ve spent time working in the realm of social-behavioral research (focused on teen pregnancy prevention, interventions for unhoused individuals, diabetes prevention, and increasing accessibility to libraries for transgender individuals), and now I provide research support to physician-investigators doing big bio-medical NIH-funded research studies.