Well, hi! As you probably already know, my name is Colleen, and I will be attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting May 2016. For my readers whom are unfamiliar with backpacking, and hiking culture in general, here are the key points you need to know:

  • The Appalachian Trail (also referred to as simply the AT) is 2,174 miles long and follows the spine of the Appalachian mountains.
  • The trail stretches from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katadhin, Maine.
  • A thru-hiker is a person who intends on hiking the entire length of the trail in one shot.
  • A thru-hike of the AT takes around six months.

OKAY. Now that we are all up to speed, I would like to answer the question I most often receive when telling people about my post graduation plans: why?

It’s not really a simple answer, or one I have a really good answer for. Truth be told I am not 100% sure, but what I do know is that I have an overwhelming desire to explore the mountains that I practically grew up in. There is something very intriguing about accomplishing a task as physically and mentally challenging as a thru-hike. Plus, hiking is my favorite extra curricular and being able to experience nature for six months straight kinda seems like a dream come true if you ask me. So, I figured that the time in between graduation and joining the real world would be the perfect opportunity to make my dream a reality.

I am lucky enough to have been given blog space on Appalchiantrials.com (Thanks, Badger!!!!) so I invite you to join me and follow my adventure on the AT! I promise that it’s going to be super fun!

Happy trails.

Weverton Cliffs, MD

Affiliate Disclosure

This website contains affiliate links, which means The Trek may receive a percentage of any product or service you purchase using the links in the articles or advertisements. The buyer pays the same price as they would otherwise, and your purchase helps to support The Trek's ongoing goal to serve you quality backpacking advice and information. Thanks for your support!

To learn more, please visit the About This Site page.

Comments 2

  • Nichole : Jul 22nd

    Sounds like we’ll be starting NOBO around the same time! Good luck with your prep, see you out there!!!

    • Colleen Goldhorn : Jul 28th

      Looking forward to seeing you out there!!


What Do You Think?