You’re invited to read along as I walk along the Appalachian Trail.
WHO: Hi, my name is MG. I’m a first-generation Filipina-American woman and I’m privileged to take on this journey as an able-bodied person. I’m also a sister, a daughter, a friend, and a partner to wonderful people whom I’ll miss deeply while on trail. I’m a mental healthcare worker and a graduate student at The University of Chicago working on my MSW. A few favorites are chocolate; The Beatles; coming-of-age films; Tetris; and, of course, hiking.
WHAT: I’m attempting to thru-hike the AT from Maine to Georgia — a whopping 2,194.3 miles. I intend to use my blog as a public space to be vulnerable and to share my thoughts and experiences. I hope it’ll be self-serving while offering something of value to readers and aspiring thru-hikers.
WHEN: I’m starting mid-June 2022 and my goal is to be home by Thanksgiving.
WHERE: I’m going southbound (SOBO), starting at Mt. Katahdin in Maine heading to Springer Mountain in Georgia.
WHY: As cliché as it sounds, life is too short to do what you’re “supposed” to do. My ever-growing relationship with the outdoors was the impetus to attempt this thru-hike. I’m eager to face a healthy balance of struggle and success in the most primitive environment. Ultimately, I’m doing this hike for myself and I look forward to knowing the person I become as I walk along the AT.
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