Brown Girl on the NST

is creating a written picture of life on long-distance trails

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First Steps

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You'll get access to the voice notes from the final day of my Pacific Crest Trail thruhike, as well as the first audioblog from my Grand Enchantment Trail thruhike, where Pineapple and I discuss the day, the difficulties, and the cool stuff we saw along the way.

Gaining Momentum

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For a quarter a day, you'll get access to the whole audioblog as it happens. Updates occur in town or when there's service.



About Brown Girl on the NST

I'm Zuul - or Amanda Jameson, if you insist. I'm a published writer and thruhiker who has hiked the 485-mile Colorado Trail and the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. I also happen to be a black woman in a predominantly white and male sport. While this year, I'm hiking the 770-mile Grand Enchantment Trail, in the coming years, I intend to thruhike the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail to complete the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking. It's a tall order, but I'm a tall woman, and I'm up for the challenges long-distance hiking has to offer - and I'm hoping to show folk of all colors, particularly brown folk, that they're totally up for those challenges, too.

You've probably found this page from my blog, Brown Girl on the NST, from my articles in Backpacker Magazine and at, from my appearances on The Trail Show or Sounds of the Trail, from my Instagram account, or from, y'know, actually meeting me on the trail or at a hiker-oriented event. If you've interacted with me in one of these ways, I want to thank you for being open, for listening to my stories - and for encouraging me to write more, which leads to why we're all here.

This Patreon page is set to help me with three things:

1) Writing for the blog, as it takes valuable time and focus out of my (hiking) day to be able to deliver 1000-or-more-word posts. 

2) Blog-related expenses
, such as hosting and keeping the site ad-free.

3) If there's any extra after the first two, More hikes to give you more content.

The bonus of trying to fund all of this with Patreon is that I can give back to you fine folks in the form of rewards, as delineated in the wee column to your right.

Donations will forever be voluntary - you'll always be able to read daily accounts of any hikes I do on my blog for free, and I hope you do! And you could just totally leave it at that, or buy the eventual book when it comes out, or none of that. You do you. But even a dollar a month helps me worry less about how I'm going to eat and more about how I'm gonna get you more writing.

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