I'm Avery Hayden! Born and bred in Georgia (shout out Kennesaw Mountain). I'm a Mtn Chicks Ambassador for Georgia where I encourage and lead women on outdoor hikes and adventures. I also recently became a Staff Writer for Wander North Georgia where I will be sharing more of my wanderings in and around the state. In 2018, I spent the better half of the year hiking home 2,190.9 miles from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail.
In August of 2017 I hiked 168-miles of The Long Trail in Vermont and hiked over 70-miles along part of the Wind River High Route in Wyoming. Being close to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, I have hiked many sections along the AT in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Currently my personal challenge is hiking all 32 of Georgia's 4,000 footers. My chihuahua-papillon, Bixby aka Bixby Goat is one of my favorite hiking partners and makes lots of appearances. Don't let his size fool you, he has a tiny dog pack and can carry 2.5 pounds and has hiked over 50 miles on that A.T. in December and it even snowed. He's truly the G.O.A.T!
I attended Georgia State University in Atlanta where I received a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. My training was in film photography and my love was in medium and large format film and alternative processing. My GoPro has practically been another appendage in the past year and a half that I begun documenting my hikes. Video simply captures things that a two-dimensional photo cannot. I've always felt most comfortable behind the camera but more importantly than that, my videos and photo are not about me. My purpose of documenting of my hikes is to share with others the beauty of the outdoors. Being in nature taught me to learn how to cultivate mindfulness and that everything is beautiful exactly as it is.