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Based in Sydney, Australia, Emily Granger is a member of the Chicago Harp Quartet and Omega Ensemble, and she has performed as guest principal harp with the Chicago, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opera Australia Orchestra.

Taking a long walk to save your sanity

—by Emily Granger

It is our habit to think outdoors—walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

Thru-hiking is to hike an established end-to-end trail with continuous footsteps in one direction. In 2015, I set out on my first thru-hike: 1,800 miles across New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail. The entire walk took me nearly five months to complete from the very North in Cape Reinga to the Southernmost tip in Bluff. After this life-changing experience, I’ve taken every opportunity to embark on more long walks like the Te Araroa. In 2016, I spent three weeks walking 250 miles on the John Muir Trail in California and a month in 2018 on the Camino de Santiago walking 550 miles across Spain.

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