AT Class of 2017 – Zero to Hero

Excited…

That’s about all I can say about it.  With 8 months to go before I start my AT2017 Thru Hike.  But that’s 8 months of thinking, rethinking, overthinking and thinking again about the Appalachian Trail.

What’s in store for a novice like me…I guess just about everything imaginable.  The lots of mileage, the beauty of the trail, having fun, making new friends, a different experience, dealing with trials and tribulations.  Yes, all of this will come from time on the AT, but it will also come from the lead up to the Thru Hike.  I mean…you just don’t go jump into 2,200 miles of trails without doing a little training (mentally or physically).

To help chronicle my journey to Thru Hike the AT, I began blogging a few months ago.  It was meant to help me prepare and have as a journal from the time I said “GO” until the time I stop at Mt Katahdin.  It’s been interesting to see the thought process of preparing for a Thru Hike.  In fact, I’ve already had experiences from the hiking learning curve, but it’s been fun.

Just a little background, but I’m not one of those HIKER Types…you know, the earthy crunchy types with all the free love, return to mother nature and eat bugs kind of people.  No, I’m just an Average Joe who after experiencing life for 50 years thought “what the hey, let’s try something NEW!

My experience for overnight hiking is ZERO, zilch, nada, none, non-existent, never done it.  However, I plan on becoming a HERO after hiking 2,200 miles and when finally climb Mt Katahdin next year.

So the journey begins…

 

 

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Comments 15

  • Chris Veverka : Jul 14th

    Good Luck! Start preparing now…

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      Working on that now. I hope to be in great shape before we head out…but if not, I’ll get in shape on the trail.

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  • Forrest stone : Jul 15th

    Good luck, Im going to be going SOBO, we may meet somewhere along the trail. I’ll hopefully have my dog Keira with me. Depends on her handling the hike. I’ll start my blog when I get the info for it.

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      I’ll be looking for you on the trail…Forest Stone! I’ll be watching for your blog too.

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  • Gelfling : Jul 15th

    Woo Hoo!! It’s exciting to see the first 2017 Blog on this site :). I’m starting my NOBO thru hike March 1st. Like you, I have absolutely no experience with overnight hiking, but I plan to remedy that next week when I go on my first shakedown hike with all my new gear. I set my kitchen counter on fire trying my new alcohol stove, but I think I have it down now. I’m counting down the days on my calendar! Woot! I look forward to more preparation posts!

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      Gelfing, I think the 1st 2017 Classmate is…Mackenzie Findeisen! So…we’ll be stumbling around in the woods a little disorganized I’m sure. But, after a few days or weeks on the trail, it should be like anything else…repetitive. Have fun on your shake down hike. Best of luck and hope to see you on the AT.

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  • Larissa : Jul 15th

    Ditto on the experience. Preparing now and thru the fall and winter. See you on the trail LarryBoy.

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      Larissa, AWESOME! Can’t wait to meet people just like you on the trail. EXCITEMENT is in the AIR!!!!! NOBO AT2017….we ROCK!

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  • Bob : Jul 16th

    Good luck

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      Bob, Thanks so much! FUN FUN FUN awaits on the trail.

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  • Karla : Jul 16th

    Good luck! I also want to take a break from life, taking a year off after my daughter graduates and the AT is on my list!

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 16th

      Karla,

      Sounds like a plan. Taking a break from life…I’m not sure the AT Thru Hike is a BREAK! LOL. However, it should allow for a “refocusing” of priorities in life.

      I have a new (1st one) granddaughter and being away during these early years is the toughest part. I missed a LOT of time with my own daughter when she was growing up because of deployments. I really, I MEAN REALLY, like this Grandfather thing. It’s a great gig. But I’ll have stories to tell “B” when I get back.

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  • Greenie : Jul 16th

    Hey LarryBoy, hope your nomatic living is working out! I basically did the same thing, only for me it’s only been two years and. my travels have been mostly international. I am looking forward to being on the trail bu April.. Maybe we’ll run into each other and talk about our experiences. Good luck with your journey.

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    • LarryBoy : Jul 17th

      Greenie, Look forward to meeting you on trail. I’d like to go more international, but there’s so much to see here! Headed to the Southwest and West Coast this fall for a little hiking and surfing. LarryBoy

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  • Mike hanes : Aug 12th

    Hey I’m 51 and my bro is 52 we plan on heading north from springer mar 1st hope to see you out there Larryboy

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