Hi. I’m Deane Giordano.
I live in the Western North Carolina mountains where we have one species of hummingbird, the one with the Ruby Throat.
The mighty ruby-throated hummingbird
is my totem animal.
She’s a perfect symbol for thru-hikers, in spite of the fact that she can’t walk a step.
- Hummingbirds migrate the length of the Appalachian Trail every year.
- Hummingbirds are “a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible”. *
- Hummingbirds teach us “how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances,” * i.e. they teach us how to hike our own hike.
- Hummingbirds show us how to drink of the nectar of life and to live with tireless joy.
- Hummingbirds are fiercely independent, a particularly powerful symbol for us solo hikers.
In short, hummingbirds are small, but mighty, badasses.
I’m planning my own solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
One of my gifts is that I love to start stuff. I love planning and researching and talking to experts and taking copious notes.
I love experimenting and testing and seeing what works.
I don’t mind making mistakes, if for no other reason than to learn from them.
Like the time I was experimenting with Macrobiotics and thought I might enjoy seaweed on a five day backpacking trip in Spain. Mental note…leave the seaweed home. Bring macaroni and cheese instead.
I created the Ruby Throat Journal to be a resource for other women who long to hike strong, hike long and hike happy.
So far, my notebook contains the following research:
- Gear reviews as I switch to ultralight backpacking (and say goodbye to my beloved 19-year old Osprey Isis with the built-in chair)
- Packing lists
- Shoe reviews
- Food preparation, including freezer bag meal recipes
- Resources for trail food
- A training plan, including endurance, strengthening, stretching
- A pre-hike book list
- Interviews with women who have blazed the trail before us
- How-To videos
Every time I learn something new about succeeding at this epic undertaking, I'll add it to the Journal as a resource for everyone.
These resources can be yours for free.
I invite you to sign up for Ruby Throat Journal weekly newsletter.
That way, you’ll stay up-to-date with the latest resources and thru-hiker tips.
And you’ll join this community of fiercely independent women who are daring to do something epic and brave.