The five Ws


My name is Mark Costello; you may recognize me from such previous aliases as: Sly, Coach Mark, Brunchin Bunch, or Young MC. I like long walks on the AT (hopefully) and eating ramen noodles by headlamp.


Appalachian Trail 2022 NOBO Leapfrog hike.


In the present. The decision was made, the preparation is done, and the work has been put in. Plan to fully take in the good, bad, and everything in between. There is no past or future, there is only the trail. As John Hodgman says “Nostalgia is a toxic impulse”. 


NOBO, SOBO, NOGO…coming soon to a white blaze near you! Hiking the trail in three chunks. Starting in Georgia at Amicalola Falls State Park approach trail hiking approximately 600 miles north to Bland VA to intersect with my parent’s Grand Caravan (windows down of course) for a few days of off-trail family vacation. Back on trail at the Mason Dixon line up to Katahdin ME, then flip back down to the ~600 mile mark to finish up #thetrek going NOBO!


Just had to ask the difficult question. Hopefully this list will glean some insight to the reader and the hiker on those lonely days:

  • For all those who cannot or never will
  • To show others what is possible and to prove to myself that it is worth it try
  • Have the rest of my life to sit in front of a screen
  • Be a good stewart for the trail
  • Be an outdoor advocate
  • To live a life far from mediocrity
  • The time is right to have the time of your life

Go take a hike,

Mark “trail name TBD” Costello

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Comments 2

  • Peter Randrup : Apr 27th

    Exciting and new way to do this, good luck and happy hiking from Bawlmer.
    Youse got dis, Hun!

  • Playboy : Apr 27th

    Young MC!!!!!! We rooting for you bro. Inspire us all to do more.


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