I have suffered with depression on and off for years but recently came out of this severe low point with a brand new attitude to tackle hardships and live life to the fullest. This led me to attempting a flip flop thru-hike of the AT in 2017, making it approximately 700 miles before having to leave due to knee issues. I am hoping to continue LASHing the trail until completion. I grew up deep in the middle of nowhere in Virginia and have loved exploring more of my beloved Appalachian Mountains. I currently live in West Virginia and am often found wandering the Dolly Sods and other areas of the beautiful Monongahela National Forest.
Appalachians are the people who choose to live a lifetime in the woods, not merely a half-year trek.
Currently I've hit a sort of pause in my Appalachian Trail preparations. I've purchased all of my "main" gear items, only a sleeping pad, winter
I once wanted to end my life…now I endeavor to really LIVE IT.
Rest your body and mind, don't wear yourself out before the starting line.
One of my relatives used to say that to arrive at the Hill's household you needed a four-wheel-drive truck, followed by an ATV, followed by a horse,