The Thru Hiker’s Bucket List
In my first post Now or Never I
introduced brazenly exposed you to just a few of my reasons for and concerns with hiking the Appalachian Trail. Though a more detailed, goal orientated “Reasons for Hiking” list is yet to come, I wanted to first share a fun project I’ve been working on to keep myself motivated when I finally get on the trail.
Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail is obviously on my lifetime bucket list. I actually have 50 different items, so far, which I’d liked to complete before I die. They vary in degrees of rationality ranging from one to Pi, and as I started to plan for this one, I noted that there were certain things I wanted to complete before ending my thru hike. From this epiphany was born The Thru Hiker’s Bucket List… or at least my version of it. I encourage you to read through it and then compile your own!
Tip: It makes itinerary planning way easier.
Amanda’s Thru Hiker Bucket List
- Hike a ridiculous amount of miles in one day… even more ridiculous than the normal ridiculous.
- Cowboy camp just to watch stars.
- Soak in the Hot Springs mineral waters.
- Be on the giving end of trail magic.
- See wild ponies.
- Eat a whole pizza by myself…large of course.
- Complete one full night hike.
- Construct an epic looking cairn.
- Pack out another person’s trash, just because it needs done.
- Create a celebratory feast for some occasion by food sharing with a group.
- Make a meal of naturally occurring edibles.
- Find a moose.
- Attend Trail Days.
- Find something amazing off a blue blaze.
- Teach others something they didn’t know about the Appalachians.
I’m sure I will be adding and subtracting from this as I go. Before the start of my hike I will paste this to the inside of my journal so I can cross it off upon completion. Along with this list I also hope to complete most of the long standing trail traditions. But what I’m most interested in is hearing from other thru hikers and perspective thru hikers.
What should I add to my list?
What items are on your bucket list?
Though a bucket list isn’t a necessity for thru hiking the trail, it gives me small goals that I can look forward to and achieve. It’s also helped me with planning places I want to take zero days in, parks or forests I want to spend more time hiking, and things I want to do that I normally wouldn’t take a chance on. So I’d encourage potential hikers to make a list of things you want to experience while hiking. Who knows, you may be able to more closely pinpoint why it is you want to hike in the first place.
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