Ignorance is bliss?

Mt.Washington warningHowdy thru – hikers I’m the Jolly Green Giant I’m a class of 2016 hopeful with the hiking expertise of a newborn. That’s when I found Appalachian Trials and now I’m strictly book smarts as of right now. Aside from the casual walk down the street or quick run the best I’ve been able to do is squat it out at the gym and regret it for the next three days. So let’s do this.

They all say “Go for it”

Have you ever brought up an idea just to have it shot down immediately? Well this isn’t the case because apparently my parents agree that I’m crazy and they could use the extra space in the house so it’s a win – win? This idea spawned when the family decided to drive up Mt. Washington to take in the view of the presidentials and next thing you know I’m looking at a rectangular white blaze chilling on this boulder that people kept trampling like it was nothing. The funny thing is the white blaze I had seen never even registered until my grandfather left a book out that he’d been trying to finish and funnily enough it was “AWOL on the appalachian trail” so with some guts and the cover of darkness I began to learn all of the great things of the trail from white blazes, to crazy people in Tennessee, and of course the art of pooping in the woods only to have a family walk by when you thought you were clear of the trail. Game. Set. Match from that point on every outdoors store became my muse and 10 minutes after visiting lahoutes in little Bethlehem, NH I had my first pack that “fit” me quite well. 4 or 5 books later and countless YouTube videos the idea blossoms and it’s time to pitch the idea to the parents. And with resounding support they say yes to it and begin helping me in whatever way possible and next thing we know we’re skulking about REI looking for a pack that really fit.

Thanks for reading this far!

A series focused on a newbies perspective about tackling such a monumental goal sounds like fun and if you agree then stay in touch with me via Facebook or even my fledgling instagram I’ll be heading out Feb 15th hoping to to see some snow and put in some miles.


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