20 Emotions You Will Experience at the Beginning of Your Thru-Hike

1) When your family drops you at the trailhead and questions your thru-hike one last time:

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2) As soon as you begin to climb Amicalola Falls:

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3) Reaching your first shelter:

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4) Meeting people the first night:

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5) Listening to someone snore in the shelter:

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6) When you get to Blood Mountain, you’re like:

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Then:

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7) When someone offers to shake down your pack for you:

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8) Most discussions the first week:

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9) Validating your ultralight (or not ultralight) gear choices:

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10) Some days got you like:

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11) But most of the time you’re like:

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12) Any time you take off your pack:

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13) Eventually “hiker hunger” hits:

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Then:

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And your first AYCE Chinese buffet:

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14) You get back into town and forget how things work:

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15) Finding out the Post Office actually closed at 1pm not 4pm:

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16) When you sent yourself the same food in every maildrop:

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17) Then you take your first hot shower on the trail:

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18) Getting back on trail after sleeping in a motel bed:

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19) When you find out Gatlinburg has free wine and whiskey:

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20) By the end of your first two weeks:

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    Kathi Carson Reed : Apr 19th

    How did that work for you? Being with a parent for so long? I did a vacation with my younger daughter for a month in Australia and New Zealand. We had some moments, but made it ok. (Rough spot was trying to follow directions from Google maps and driving on the left side of the road simultaneously….)

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    Andria Schmitz : Mar 7th

    One of my favorite posts; thanks for the laughs!!

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