Committing to Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail
One Year Ago
A year ago today, 12/13/16, I was on assignment in Georgia and decided to go hiking in Amicalola Falls State Park. I remember purposefully not hiking any part of the approach trail. I told myself, “I’m going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) one day and I want that time to be my first time.” Now, a year later I am at the cross roads, do I commit to thru hiking the Appalachian Trail?
No Reason Not To
When I read peoples struggles with deciding to hike the AT it’s always about having enough time, or not enough time. It takes on average 4-6 months to thru-hike the AT. I can hit the trail Northbound in April or Southbound in May/June. Depending on when my next assignment/contract ends. I’m a travel nurse, so my schedule is flexible, really flexible, and I don’t have to ask for time off.
Not enough money, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommends $1,000 per month for the average hiker. I’ve been saving for some time, not for anything in particular, mostly dream trips. Like hiking the AT!
Those are both legitimate reasons, but neither of those are an issue for me. Not that I have unlimited money, but I probably do have unlimited time. At least until the money runs out!
I’ve been hiking for about five years, so having experience doesn’t worry me either, you know what does? Committing. Well commitment of any kind, but that’s a topic for another day.
Making the Commitment to Thru-Hike
How do I know that I’m supposed to take 4-6months to walk in the woods? How do I know that this is God’s plan for my life? How do I know if I should take my dogs or not? Can they even make it through a week? Those are big reasons/questions for me personally.
It seems that everything that has happened in the last year, or 5, has been propelling me towards this goal of mine, to thru hike the AT. A bucket list item.
I need to make the decision, commit. Realize that there’s nothing holding me back, except me. The journey would be a hard one, but hopefully life altering and soul awakening.
Now if I can just commit…
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