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Crazy Feather's Outdoor Adventures

by Melanie Wood

Follow the journey of Melanie Wood aka Crazy Feather, a business owner, digital influencer and nature enthusiast from New York State's southern tier, who's been training to thru hike the Appalachian Trail in June 2024.
 

Join Melanie (and friends) as they explore the woodlands and mountains throughout the region and beyond, helping Melanie condition her body and mind for an epic adventure that might just inspire you to embark on your own!

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Deer in the foliage.MWood-Ongoing.11-2023
Melanie Wood and Jeff Loomis stop for selfie at Hunter Mt. Fire Tower-NY.12-2023
Devils Path-May 2022.MWood
Christmas Moon.Photo by Melanie Wood.12-2023
Waterfalls at Hunter Mt Fire Tower.MWood

Join hiking and outdoor enthusiast Melanie Wood aka "Crazy Feather" and her partner "Sticky J" as they take a foggy winter hike to NINE Ithaca waterfalls. Learn all about these “well worth any weather” waterfalls in this video that Melanie created just for Southern Tier Life.

Melanie Wood ... on Social Media
 

Be sure to follow Melanie's adventures on social media for the latest updates on her training and hiking prep as her June 2nd (2024) southbound hike of the Appalachian Trail approaches. All photos on this page are provided by Melanie Wood.

Melanie Wood, April 5, 2024

There are some new friends on this profile so it’s time to introduce myself again! 
I am Melanie and my trail name is Crazy Feather. (The amazing man in the pic is Jeff, aka Sticky J…my number one fan, best support and keeper of my heart.) 
Trail names are nicknames given to those who hike - and hike I do…A LOT! 
Why Crazy Feather? 
I have lost count of the number of times people in my life ask me where I am going and what I am doing and how many miles that will be and how much elevation and upping there will be just to say “THATS CRAZY!”🤪 
And… feathers are something that fall from the sky and are placed perfectly and synchronistically on the trail for me to find nearly every hike I do. Call them Angel Feathers, call them Signs, call them Gifts From Nature…it’s magic and it makes me smile. 🪶
In June I will be heading to Maine to begin thruhiking the Appalachian Trail Southbound. At almost 2200 miles, covering 14 states to Georgia, this is my longest and (dare I say) most exciting adventure yet! I expect it to take 4-6 months. 

My posts here, on my profile, are intended to share my hiking (and life in general!) adventures. Every time you look at, ❤️ or 👍, *comment* and SHARE my posts it helps me be on this crazy adventure and tell the stories day by day. I am incredibly blessed with a life full of love, so lucky to spend time in nature like I do, and I appreciate all of you being here to share it with me.

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Thank you. Happy trails, my friends, wherever they may take you and whatever they look like for you. ❤️🥾❤️

 

#crazyfeather #stickyj #trailname #hike #hikerlife

#hikers #womenwhohike #crazy #feathers #angelfeather #iwalkthruit #appalachiantrail2024 #appalachiantrail #sobo #contentcreator #blessedbeyondmeasure #naturelovers #yoursupportmatters #thankyou

View from Barbour Rock Pine Creek Gorge Natural area.Spring 2023.Photo provided by Melanie
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Melanie Wood, Jan. 22, 2024

You are going alone? How do you feel safe? 
This is probably the number one question I receive about hiking the AT this summer. 
Jeff does go with me a lot nowadays but I do still love the peace and the challenge of hiking alone. 
Here are the top 3 ways I work to ensure my safety. 
1) I always let someone know where I am with a trail name, a map, a check in about arrival and progress. Jeff can see me on Life360 if there is phone service. If not, I have a Garmin inReach mini that tracks my route via satellite and I can still send and receive messages. 
2) Awareness, awareness, awareness! We are used to using our Spidey-senses around people when in our day to day life and that extends to the trail too. But it not just about people…it’s about knowing if you are wearing the right gear for the day, making decisions at water crossings, choosing to scramble this side of the rock instead of that so you don’t set off an avalanche, knowing the difference between a bear and a chipmunk sound in the woods, and which direction is north or west? All things to study and practice tuning into every time you are on a trail. 
3) In case of an emergency, be prepared. Have a first aid kit designed for wilderness (snake bite, anyone?) Know what is in it and how to use it. Have a way of contacting EMS - it’s not always 911 and there is not always cell service to call. Make sure your contact at home knows the phone number to the nearest ranger, police, etc.
There is more! Safety is an ongoing learning process. And, it is the way we can keep going out and seeing the beauty of nature. 
What else can you add? What has become important for you? 
#hiking #hikingsafety #staysafeeveryone #staysafeoutthere #crazyfeather #outdooradventures #hikerlife #gooutsideandplay

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Melanie Wood, Dec. 26, 2023

If not now, then when? Wish me luck!

A commitment is not official till it’s Facebook official, right? Well … here it is!

I have a hiker number! I’m registered to start the #appalachiantrail #SOBO (southbound) on June 2 after driving to Maine with Jeff, my love and number one fan and best support person ever, on the first.

157 days left to get ready…physically and with gear shakedowns.

My heart and mind are already on the trail.

#2024goals #thruhiking #OMG #opportunityofalifetime #love #igettodothis

Onward VIDEO Podcasts: The Journey

356 Days to go until Melanie embarks on her SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and this video finds Melanie and friend, Jeff, setting off into the night to Cascade and Porter for technical terrain training with rock scrambles that lead to a 360-degree panoramic view. Remember to subscribe to Melanie's YouTube channel to stay up to date on her progress.

480 Days until hiker Melanie Wood leaves civilization AND her business for six months to hike the Appalachian Trail. This latest video follows her breathtaking (literally and figuratively) THREE summit hike in subzero temperatures. Check it out and subscribe to Onward's YouTube Channel.

Elmira's Melanie Wood introduces a video podcast that chronicles her training to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2024.

 

Subscribe to her Youtube channel here.

Feathers Found - Onward.MWood
Sunrise in the Catskills.June 2022.MWood
Melanie and Jeff Hiking in Asaph PA.selfie.11-2023
Serenity at Hills Creek State Park.PA.MWood.11-2023
Breathtaking view at Hunter Mt Fire Tower.MWood
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Hiking Q&A

Melanie Wood, of Elmira, NY, is training to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in June 2024, which will take approximately 6 months. Here, she answers the questions YOU have about her epic journey.

In Onward's third Q&A, hiker Melanie Wood shares how she preps to tackle the mountain trails during the winter as she trains to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in June 2024.

In her latest Q&A, avid hiker Melanie Wood shares her top 5 fears as she trains to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2024.

* If you've got a question for Melanie related to her hiking experiences, please email them to info.southerntierlife@gmail.com. We're happy to pass them along!

More media:

The Viewsroom on Zoom with Pfif & AWAC: An interview with Southern Tier hiker Melanie Wood, June 2023. Humor columnist and podcaster Jim "Pfif" Pfiffer and Cat "AWAC" White interview Southern Tier hiking enthusiast Melanie Wood, who plans to SOBO thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in June 2024.

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Three hiking hot spots in the Southern Tier: Spencer Crest Nature Center and  Steege Hill Nature Preserve, both in Corning, NY; and Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum in Elmira, NY.

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