Alan Goodwin

Just a 29 year old guy from New Hampshire who will be attempting to hike the AT starting in late March 2016. Everyone has their own reasons as to why they are hiking the trail. I suppose mine are similar to others – need an adventure, need a change, have big dreams, want to live life to the fullest etc. etc. My goals of this blog are to hopefully provide everyone a little bit of entertainment, a little bit of inspiration, and most importantly to let my parents know that I’m still alive. Working 8-5 for the next 35 years (with a few vacations mixed in) scares the shit out of me. People live their lives in a magnitude of different ways. Find something that you love and do it because you want to, not because society told you to. (this whole paragraph is such a cliché) I’ve had people ask me if I am hiking for a charity or for a cause. My answer is no, I suppose that is selfish, but you shouldn’t donate to a cause because someone is hiking the AT, you should donate because you want to. If you feel strongly about one specific issue you should contribute in any way that you can. Whether that is cancer, ALS, or the heroin epidemic is a huge bitch right now. If anyone wants to send me anything along the way (another selfish statement) snickers and whiskey are encouraged items.

Posts

Following More White Blazes on the Long Trail

Following More White Blazes on the Long Trail

In 2016 I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (see photo for evidence) and figured I saw every single white blaze. Well, guess what?  The Long Trail is

Jun 26, 2018 : Alan Goodwin
A Thru-Hikers’ Holiday Gift List

A Thru-Hikers’ Holiday Gift List

Last year right around this time UPS was at my door about 3 times a week dropping off a wide assortment of thru-hiking / backpacking gear. At that

Nov 26, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Get Out and Hike – Follow-up

Get Out and Hike – Follow-up

The blog that should have been written months ago. I was unaware how much of a pain it was to keep track of my photos, upload the photos, post the

Sep 15, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Epilogue of Sorts

Epilogue of Sorts

This is probably a little scattered. I wrote the majority of this throughout the last few nights on the trail.   Here's to Josh for

Sep 7, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
A Hike Through the Home State

A Hike Through the Home State

If I ever decide to thru hike again, my goal would be to blog more. We hiked into Hanover on a rainy Monday morning. The hike into Hanover was a

Aug 21, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Still hiking, still having fun

Still hiking, still having fun

I apologize for the lack of blog updates, I really wish I was better at journaling and keeping trail notes. I'm currently re-reading "The Maine

Jul 14, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Damascus to Waynesboro

Damascus to Waynesboro

It's  been a busy few hundred miles since Damascus. Been charging mountains and crushing miles. I'm feeling the best that I've felt on the trail yet,

Jun 8, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Get Out and Hike

Get Out and Hike

Hiking is inspiring in many ways. The time spent hiking helps you think, and makes you realize that our day to day problems may not be as big as we

May 14, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Erwin, TN to Damascus, VA

Erwin, TN to Damascus, VA

The start of this stretch was pretty easy, except that it decided to rain, a lot, and it got cold. By cold, I mean snow. I woke up at the Clyde Smith

May 12, 2016 : Alan Goodwin
Hot Springs to Erwin, TN

Hot Springs to Erwin, TN

This may have been the most craziest miles on the trail. At some point in between these two fine southern Towns I started to hike with Ontario and

May 8, 2016 : Alan Goodwin