The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of my 2017 AT hike.
Photo was taken during training – a word I’ve used to intensify what was essentially practicing walking with new gear.
Greetings, everyone! Below is the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of my 2017 Appalachian Trail (AT) journey.
My friend and I.
- 2,200(ish) mile long trail between Maine and Georgia
- the entire trail must be completed within 12 months to be considered a “thru-hiker”
- of the thousands of hikers that attempt each year, about 25% succeed
- only about 10% of hikers travel southbound (SOBO) from ME to GA
- trips take 5-7 months on average to complete
- crosses through areas that allow for showers, food resupply, and phone charging every 4-10(ish) days
Beginning in less than one month.
Maine -> Georgia
Here are 5 reasons why I plan to hike the AT:
1. Priceless memories
Need I say more?
2. Slow-paced lifestyle
I’m looking forward to slowing down and being reminded to appreciate the little things in life (dry clothes, warm showers, comfortable furniture, electricity, etc.)
3. The challenge
I’ve always been up for challenges – many of which I feel have prepared me to hike the AT successfully, despite never having slept in a tent before. The AT will undoubtedly challenge me mentally and physically, making me stronger as a result for whatever comes next.
4. Build character
This adventure will allow me to gain wisdom that I can use to help and inspire others.
5. To be regret free
No person lying on their death bed wishes they had worked more in their lifetime.
Now that I’ve laid the foundation, stay tuned for the good stuff! Also, don’t forget to check out my gear list.
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Happy hiking bro!! Very excited for you!