Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.

Mary Caroline Richards

I  love  LIVE  to hike!


Hello! I’m the voracious long distance walker and backpacker, Alison Young. I walked New Zealand’ s challenging Te Araroa and the classic Pacific Crest Trail in one year!

I guess it’s fair to say, I live to hike!

I got hooked on walking the first time my dad took me to Yosemite at age 13. next hike? The Continental Divide Trail. Join me for my latest project, Walking Distance podcast with The Trek.

I invite you to follow along on the journey, and share yours too!


coming up!

Midwest Montaineering Expo presentation: Te Araroa, New Zealand’s Long Pathway

Friday, April 23rd 4:00

What motivates a middle-aged woman to brave extreme weather, precarious river crossings, swarms of sandflies and epic mud? Breathtaking scenery and a renewed sense of wonder. Join Blissful Hiker Alison Young for stories and images of her spectacular solo tramp of New Zealand’s 3,000 kilometer “Long Pathway,” Te Araroa.


The Pee Rag podcast latest episode!