Why I Want to Hike the Appalachian Trail
Putting first things first, I think it is only proper that my first post should explain why I’m thruhiking the AT. So, here are my three lists per Zach Davis’s suggestion in Appalachian Trials.
I AM THRUHIKING THE AT BECAUSE…
- I’ve never been inhibited by concern for the consequences of my actions (exhibit 1: “Planes, Trains and Powerlines” Flying Magazine, August 2001)
- I like the color green
- I love the feel of a backpack in the morning – it feels like possibilities!
- I delight in overcoming the challenges of nature
- I enjoy time spent alone – I’m an extreme introvert
- I love a good story and want to share my story of an extraordinary thruhike
- I want the sense of accomplishment
- I always want to know what’s over that hill or around the next corner
- I want to walk the same paths in the same mountains and forests as the mountain men and Native Americans of days gone by
- if I’m going to tell the same story over and over in the old folks home, I want it to at least be interesting (well, the first couple of times, anyway)
WHEN I SUCCESSFULLY THRUHIKE THE AT, I WILL…
- have accomplished something few have accomplished
- have a beer (washed down with a few cheeseburgers)
- be part of a great community of successful thruhikers
- have overcome great obstacles and stood on magnificent vistas
- sleep and eat
- have a great story to tell
- encourage others in their ‘great journey’
IF I GIVE UP ON THE AT, I WILL…
- always wish I had finished
- feel as though I let myself down
- never, ever see what was over that next hill or around that next corner
- be disappointed as all get out
- feel that I let myself down
- miss my fellow thruhikers
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