ABOUT

I’m Nalini, better known as Hiking Misadventures. I’m a nonprofit fundraiser by day (cause I have a mortgage to pay!) and an outdoor enthusiast by the weekend.

Although my outdoor journey started before I could even walk playing in the dirt of my mother’s garden, I drifted away from outdoor activities as I grew older. And it never occurred to identify myself or anyone else in my family as “outdoorsy.” It was partly because my immigrant family’s ways of connecting to nature (gardening, walking in local parks, eating big family meals outside) was rarely reflected in what we see as outdoorsy (camping, climbing, hard-charging athletes conquering giant mountains). Growing up in the middle of a city, I also didn’t have any opportunities to venture to the mountains that were mere hours away (my family didn’t own a car for much of childhood). Also, I was not a natural athlete and the idea of venturing outside alone filled me dread and embarrassment. I was anxious about doing things the “right” and feared “failing” anything resembling athletics.

Then at 34, in the midst of some dramatic life changes, I jumped into hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (George to Maine). I had little hiking and no backpacking experience (the first time I slept in a tent was during my thru-hike, eek!). With each step and mistake (there were so many of them!) on the trail, I gained experience, confidence, and a passion for a life filled with adventure. More importantly, I also developed the perspective that there is no correct way to enjoy the outdoors and everyone including the most experienced enthusiast makes mistakes! And my AT Trek blog which was filled with humorous stories of my beginner mistakes slowly morphed into Hiking Misadventures. 

So welcome! I’m so glad you found your way to my little corner of the world. As you explore here, I hope you laugh (because I still make hilariously obvious mistakes). I also hope the stories and resources help you gain the confidence to define outdoor adventure on your terms, inspiration to jump into them with both feet, and resources that can guide you in the process!


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