Nathalie Saulnier

AKA - "Maple!"

  • From Moncton, New-Brunswick
  • Job: traveler/hiker
  • Experience: PCT '19

Biography

Age: 22
Previous Thru-hikes: PCT ’19.

What are some of your hobbies?
I love writing/ journaling. Reading, laughing, and spending time with the people I love. Oh, and, of course, on top of everything, I love hiking!!

So why are you doing the Great Western Loop?
To gain a once-in-a-life-time opportunity! To challenge myself harder than ever. To support a charity that has a bigger meaning to me then just the name of it. And, of course, the fun of eating five snickers bars a day (haha). 

What do you think will get you to the end?
Eating so many sweets a day (haha). Keeping a positive mind set is a big one, but also the support everyone around will have – including my family and friends, even on the bad days are better than being at work.

What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a young woman whose impacted so many peoples’ lives. Because of me, many others I hope will want to enjoy adventures just as much as I do.

How would your parents describe you?
Very independent, the black sheep in the family, a bit crazy and funny, but smart, and very kind-hearted.

What’s your luxury item?
Pictures I keep on my phone of my loved ones, so I know they always support me

Who is the person you look up to the most and why?
I think with all the questions, this is the one that I got stuck on. The person I look up to the most is I believe is Heather Anderson. She has become a triple crown hiker in one calendar year. Now, SHE is one incredibly strong woman. 

Three words to describe yourself?
Funny, sensitive, and strong. 

Describe your perfect day on trail?
Pushing my life to do extra miles, and get to camp complete exhausted – that way I know how hard I worked that day. I tap myself on the shoulder and say, “Today was a great day. I’ve pushed myself in a fantastic way.” 

What would be the reason for you NOT to finish? 
The only reason why I will not finish is if I get an injury, but even then I’ll crawl my way to the finish line.