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Meegana

Meegana

Thru-Hiking Expert

  • Hiking
  • Camping

Your local hiking guide here, I’ve been with RRO since 2015 and I love what I do! My love for trails solidified when I completed the Appalachian Trail in 2014. In July of 2016 I completed the Tahoe Rim Trail in California and Nevada and in 2017 I went trekking in Nepal! In 2018, I trekked the longest trail in Texas: The Lone Star Trail and went international with my Kilimanjaro summit! My goals for 2019 include further international travel and training for Ragnar Races. I have many goals for future hikes; including, discovering more local trail systems, heading back west.  I am wildly dreaming of the Everest Base Camp!  Other dreams include hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the completing the Camino de Santiago by the time I am 30.  In the meantime, I enjoy my role as a River Rock Outfitter Athlete, planning sponsored events for our customers and charities.  I am here to provide inspiration, serve as a guide, establish friendships, and just have fun with my fellow hikers.  I look forward to embracing every sunset, sunrise, sunburn, and fall with you.  I can’t wait to see you on the trails.

AT Thru-Hiker (2014), Tahoe Rim Trail (2016), Nepal (2017), Lone Star Trail (2018), Kilimanjaro (2018)

Certified Hiking Guide through American Hiking Guide Association

Wilderness First Responder through NOLS

CPR/AED/Child/Infant Training though NOLS

Winter Survival Training through AMP

Leave-No-Trace Trainer through PATC

Member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Appalachian Trail Club and Rails-to-Trails

 

 

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Day 7 on the Mountain: We woke at 10:45pm. I couldn’t tell if my head was fuzzy due to dehydration (I had started taking diamox for altitude sickness on day 4 for my persistent headaches) or because I was so tired. We packed only the essentials: water, snacks and layers. I had three shirts, one fleece, one down jacket and a rain jacket for my top; one fleece, one base, one hiking pant and a rain pant for my bottoms; and one pair of anti-blister socks and my winter socks for my feet- my toes did get very cold. Our trek started after “breakfast”: porridge, chocolates, toast and biscuits. I saved the chocolate bar for my way up. Every hour we took a 5 minute break where we could choose to go to the bathroom, take a drink or eat something- they couldn’t be any longer as we could freeze. It was never enough time for all 3 for me in -9 degrees. I ate a piece of the chocolate bar at every break which boosted my mood and stride. Alfanso (the “Dad” of the trekking company) took my hand when he saw my foot slip and my pace slow down. We had already hit Stella Point which meant we could be there in two hours or 45 minutes but I wasn’t sure how fast our pace was being that tired. He helped me a few strides up and I could see Maeve (one of the girls on the trek) struggling. I asked if she wanted me to take her hand, she called me a doll and took it, a few moments later our trekking guide Athumani took her other side and we walked her to the sign. Alfanso has no idea how much he helped me in his small moment. I can truly say this was the hardest climb of my life. Was it the fatigue? Was it the altitude? Had I been psyching myself out and my heart Wasn’t actually pounding the hardest it ever has? I am baffled at the fact a mere 28 hours later I am back at a hotel, ready to shower for the first time in 8 days and my legs are still like jello. Thank you all for your support and your kind words of encouragement. #hikekilimanjaro #idonedidit #7summits #hikeafrica #womenwhohike #outdoorwomen #badassmountain #alpingirls #mountainwoman #mountainwomen #onedown6togo #mountainlog #bringmorevaseline #meeganadoesafrica

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