For those of who you who don’t know me, which will be most of you, I’d like to introduce myself and I guess where I’m at more or less in terms of prep and mindset. This is my first post here at Appalachian Trials and I’m so insanely excited to share my experience with you and get to know some of you.
My name is Nathan in real life, on the trail though my name is Puma and I’m 22. I’m an Ohio native and most of my time is spent outdoors, playing drums, hiking, or climbing as of recently. I’ll be starting my NOBO attempt at a thru hike on March 13th, 2016. I was selected by the wonderful people at Vasque Footwear to be a part of the Thru Hike Syndicate sponsorship this year. In these next three weeks before I leave, I’ll be eating as much food as I can from a local Mexican joint called El Campesino.
Anticipation of leaving
If you are reading this, you may have thru hiked, or are planning a thru hike, or just enjoy reading about the trail life and community, but I will say without a doubt, my mind cannot focus on anything else, and the anticipation is actually making me nervous. I can only imagine that everyone who has already completeled a thru hike can attest to the fact that the mindset is inescapable.
As of recent, I’ve been checking and double checking my pack, waiting for certain gear to arrive, making sure I have everything lined up to leave my life as I know it behind. Unfortunately, I’m not able to take a leave of absence from my job, so as of right now I have five days left at my 9-6, (not complaining). I’ll be packing up all of my current important belongings, storing them away, and heading down to Georgia. I’m not sure exactly my move after the hike, but ill figure that out later.
Nonetheless, the ever looming presence of Springer has completely taken hold, and I cannot manage to take my mind off of it. From now until I leave, my friends, family and the ability to soak up every commodity I can will be the consumption of my time. I’m mostly anxious about leaving everything behind. I know that everything will be here when I get back, but I’ve been in such a routine for the last few years or so, this big of a change is going to shake my world. I’m ready for it though.
I’ve read basically every article, blog, and post I can find about common concerns and misconceptions about the trail, and I think I’ve narrowed it down to one thing that I’m actually concerned about.
- Ticks – My dad was victim to lymes disease from a bite back in ’14 on our section hike in MA. Frequent tick checks and deet should do the trick.
Everything else I’m fairly confident shouldn’t be a problem. Weather isn’t too much of a concern considering I have a good layering system, and the weather has been fairly moderate recently. Bears, as most know, don’t usually cause to much trouble if any. Some are even lucky to see them. Water is extremely prevelant along the trail in most places. If you have any tips from past experiences or anything PLEASE share in the comments. Feedback is always awesome!
As it always does, only time will tell.
I’ll be posting more and more frequently as time goes on, including a gear post and some other cool things before I leave, so be on the look out.
Thanks for reading and again, any feedback, comments or anything are welcomed!
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