Almost There: 'Rocky Mountain High' DeSanctis on the Brink of Making ADT History

Briana DeSanctis, close to being the first woman to solo the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail, reflects on her journey and shares her apprehensions about the final 200 miles, including her recent talk at the LA Adventurers Club.

Almost There: 'Rocky Mountain High' DeSanctis on the Brink of Making ADT History
Facebook photo - Briana "Rocky Mountain High" DeSanctis

Briana "Rocky Mountain High" DeSanctis is close to becoming the first woman to complete the entire 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail solo. For the last two years, she has journeyed from Delaware to California, a testament to perseverance and the spirit of exploration.

But with just 200 miles left, it is anything but a sprint to the finish. In an interview with a television station in her home state of Maine last month, Rocky explains why she is apprehensive about finishing.

To that end, last week, after reaching Sacramento, Rocky took a break, jumped on a red-eye Greyhound Bus, and headed south for a live appearance on the Adventurers Club of Los Angeles livestream.

"Rocky" on the Adventures Club of Los Angeles Livestream

🥾🥾 Rocky should finish in about two to three weeks – or maybe longer. 🤷‍♀️

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Segment 9 - Palisades to Nevada Line

As announced earlier this month, Effective 1/1/2024 - 12/31/2029 - The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has implemented a new order mandating the use of bear canisters in the Unit - this includes all of the Tahoe Rim Trail beginning a waypoint CA9-7.

We've also added links to trail conditions along the three sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail that the American Discovery Trail follows:

Illinois - North

Segment 2 - Bureau to Joliet

Hiker Notes have been restructured for more intuitive reading, ensuring easier access to information about services. Plus, we've included details about a newly installed Amazon Locker near Ottawa, offering added convenience for your trail journey.


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Added the Mountain Life Kitchen in Paw Paw, West Virginia. A cozy and family-owned Italian restaurant that we visited this week and that we love! Comfort food for the hiking soul.

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