Decide What To Be And Go Be It: I’m Gonna Be A Thru-Hiker

I’m going to be a thru-hiker: no ifs, ands, or buts.

As my start date is getting closer, it hit me that I didn’t heed Zach Davis’ wise words of writing down the reasons I won’t give up during my thru-hike.

The thought of giving up hasn’t really crossed my mind, because honestly, it doesn’t even seem like an option.  But a list to look back on during those cold, rainy, all-around sucky days never hurts.

A Dream Turned Reality

The thought of summiting Mt. Katahdin genuinely brings tears to my eyes.  This is the number one reason I know that I’m not going to give up during this hike.  I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been so passionate about something that just the thought of completing it makes me emotional.

I want this with everything in me.  I have a confidence in this trip that I don’t even have in my everyday life, and that is what is going to keep me moving.

I’m Going To Spin Class

Now this may seem like a dumb reason not to quit, but hear me out.  I’ve been getting up and going to a spin class at 5:15 a.m. before work.  I’m 21, athletic, and am in decent shape but that class kicks my butt. Compared to the hard-core bikers who go to that class (cough, cough, my boyfriend), I kind of suck at it.  So if I’m going to get myself up that early to go make a fool of myself just to get in better shape for this trip, then I am not letting it go to waste.

I Need The Time To Think

I’m fresh out of college.  I graduated early.  I have a rough idea of what I want to do, but there are so many different routes I could go in terms of a career.  I need these few months to decide what the heck I want to do with my life.  Where do I want to live?  Where am I going to apply for jobs?  I don’t know, but I am planning on figuring it out on the trail.  If I quit early, the realities of life will be a quick slap to the face and I won’t be as prepared as I want.

I’m Financially Invested

Instead of saving money to go toward an apartment, my car, etc., I’m spending it on gear. I’m a tightwad. I don’t excessively spend money, but boy has that changed with this trip.  I’ve upgraded a lot of my backpacking gear.  Trust me when I say that I wouldn’t invest more money in my gear if I thought I wasn’t going to make it.

Experiences Have Prepared Me

In my first blog post, I talked about how studying and living in Costa Rica helped me realize that I was going to hike the AT.  I left out a pretty personal detail that I hadn’t planned on sharing, but it’s one of the biggest reasons I’m sure I can push through on the trail.  Long story short, during my second week in Costa Rica, I was woken up by my 31-year-old host brother in my room trying to get into my bed. Luckily, my startled screams were enough to get him out of my room before the situation could escalate.

I was terrified and was given multiple opportunities to come home from both my university and my parents.  Instead of going home, I chose to move in with a different family and I’m so glad I did.  I got through a bad situation and ended up having some of the best experiences of my life. I’m taking that lesson with me on the AT.

Katahdin, Here I Come

So now that all of you strangers know my reasons for not quitting, I really can’t back out because that would just be embarrassing.

We’re counting down the days, folks. And I’m beyond ready.

Hasta luego friends,

Eiryn

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    Pony : Jan 18th

    Good luck and enjoy your journey. It’s a life changer.

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    Drama Mama : Jan 27th

    Will be looking for you. Also from, well very near, the mountains of western NC. Hiking with my son who graduated in May.

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