Hello everyone, I’m Flagstaff

Allow me to introduce myself. In the civilian world, I go by Bryan Hickman, but on the trail, I’m adopting the alias Flagstaff.

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After finishing my first multi-day hike (The Virginia Capital Trail).

Why Flagstaff?

My luxury items are an American Flag and a POW/MIA Flag. These two flags have been with me on every hike. I’ve had to sacrifice some food and water to make room in my pack, but I would never go on an adventure without them.

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Why did I decide to start hiking?

I never had the chance to hike when I was a kid, but after graduating high school, I had a lot of free time between appointments with Navy recruiters. I wanted to find something physically and mentally challenging to occupy my time. And when I heard of people hiking across the country, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

 

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Alex helping me fold my flags.

I started off doing weekend hikes since its all I could afford, but it got harder and harder to keep away from a thru hike. When I hiked a short section of the AT along the Virginia Triple Crown in July, I saw the mountain tops crashing like gentle, green waves as far as the eye could see. It was then that I committed to doing a thru hike in 2017.

With plenty of input from my cousin, I decided to start on February 20, 2017 at Mt Flagg, Alabama. I’ll be thru hiking the Pinhoti Trail to the┬áBenton MacKaye Trail and hiking it to Springer. That should add almost 500miles to my AT thru hike.

Since I’ve been hiking for less than a year, I know I’ve still got a lot to learn, but it should be a fun time.

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