Just 2 Hikers


Dormouse (L) and Dirt Stew (R) at the end of their first Long Distance hike, the Appalachian Trail


A blog about two hikers: Dormouse and Dirt Stew

Where are we now?

Update: Spring 2022

We are currently living in Durham, NC while Dormouse is in graduate school at Duke University studying Forestry and Environmental Management.

Some of what we’ve done:

2010 Appalachian Trail thru-hike Georgia to Maine  (2179 miles)

2014 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike Canada to Mexico (2650 miles)

2017 Benton MacKaye Trail thru-hike (300 miles)

2018 Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand (plus several Great Walks, minus some roads) (more than 1000 miles?)

2018 GR20 in Corsica, France (We did more than half ~75 miles?)

2019 Foothills trail and Bartram Trail, NC 2019 (200 miles)

2020 SB6k hiking to the 40 high points in the South beyond 6000 feet

2020 P400 hiking every trail in the Pisgah Ranger District of the very scenic southern Appalachians

2020 Tahoe Rim Trail a circumnavigation of the Lake Tahoe Basin 175-miles in distance

Click here to read some articles that we’ve been featured in or have written for other organizations.

A little more about us:

Dormouse and Dirt Stew met in 2008 at a juggling festival at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Dormouse had been planning since high school to hike the Appalachian Trail and was hesitant to start a relationship with a handsome sweet juggler, who would certainly break her heart when it was time to leave.  But after Dormouse laid the cards on the table, Dirt Stew without hesitation agreed to hike the Appalachian Trail with her.  This begins the love story between Dormouse, Dirt Stew, and long distance backpacking.

Dormouse grew up in Charlottesville, VA and went to school for Chemical Engineering at Bucknell.  She likes to hike, trail run, juggle, scuba dive and travel to awesome places that let her do more of those things.  Between in 2014 she found out that she had hip dysplasia and between 2015 and 2017, she went through several hip surgeries to try to correct for it.  You can read about her recovery from the second PAO surgery in Dormouse’s other blog:  Screwed up hips

Dirt Stew grew up in Merrick, NY and went to school for Environmental and Forest Biology at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.  He likes to hike, trail run, juggle, play Ultimate Frisbee, and travel places that allow him to learn about the natural world.  Since he started trail running in 2018, he has completed dozens of ultra-marathons including the famous “Pitchell” — 62 miles from Mount Pisgah to Mount Mitchell.

We’d love to hear from you, either your questions and comments or simply your words of encouragement as we go along!

If you would like to contact us, please feel free to “like” our facebook page and send us a private message, or follow our instagram page @just2hikers and send us a private message there.  You’re also welcome leave a comment here on our blog.

17 thoughts on “Just 2 Hikers

  1. PCTA lists completion year as 2019, rather then 2014-is that a typo? You were #’s 1111 and 1110/ Oct 22, 2014 at Whitewater Trail House. “Ziggy and the Bear” (nice pic with “Dormouse” and them) have since moved to Coarsegold, near Yosemite. They are at PO Box 678 there and would love to hear from. They enlisted me to help with the records in 2014, but I go back to 1999 at their Hikers Oasis in Anza. Thanks!!! for sharing your adventures with all of us. The Southern Terminus with that broken down monument and has since been replaced and rotated so pictures avoid the obnoxious looking border wall.

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    • HI! Thanks for reaching out. We hiked SOBO in 2014, but we finished with 100 miles left in Northern California due to Wild Fire Closures that did not allow us to complete the entire trail that year. So, this year, in 2019 we finished that 100 mile section, and with that, we went ahead and registered our 2014 thru-hike. Hence the confusion. I thought the PCTA would mark our completion as 2014, but it seems like they must have listed us under 2019 instead. We definitely hiked 96% of the trail in 2014! What’s the Zip Code of their PO box?


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