Lists Out

These are my lists…to remind myself why I’m hiking from Georgia to Maine. They will be with me from Springer to Katahdin. Thank you Zach Davis for writing the kick ass book- APPALACHIAN TRIALS -and inspiring me to write these lists! If you haven’t read it, you seriously should!


I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…

  • I can
  • I want to push myself
  • I don’t believe in waiting. Go do what you want…you’re living now
  • Living a mundane life scares the shit out of me
  • I love being outside and the mountains make me happy
  • I am so done with writing papers in MLA and APA format
  • I always love a good adventure
  • I really want to see wild ponies
  • I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to
  • It’s there and that’s enough for me


When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will….

  • Have accomplished exactly what I set out to do
  • Have had an incredible adventure with my mom
  • Have met tons of wicked cool people
  • Have overcome my current fear of pooping in the woods
  • Never be mad if my car breaks down ever again, cause I’ll just walk 17 miles like it ain’t no thang
  • Have walked a hole through one of my Darn Tough socks???- A seemingly impossible feat (pun intended), that I’m determined to take on
  • Have gained so much life experience
  • Have probably cried into a bowl of Ramen at least once
  • Have some of the best memories of my life
  • Have achieved something that no one can take away from me
  • Start planning my next adventure
  • Summit Katahdin


If I give up on the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  • Eat a lot of pizza and cry
  • Let myself down, like seriously insurmountably disappoint myself
  • Even worse let my mom down, who is hiking with me
  • Be part of a statistic I really don’t want to be apart of
  • Have to tell everyone that I didn’t make it
  • Not be living up to my potential
  • Have some really sad gear that will stare at me from the corner of my room
  • Wasted an opportunity a lot of people don’t have
  • Repeat bullet point one several times


Thanks for reading friends! I’m wicked excited to finish my last semester of college and start the AT; 121 days until I fly down to Georgia to begin my NOBO thru-hike! What is even happening? (SCREAMING)

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