Aussie gal taking the SOBO route on the Appalachian Trail from July 2022! Lawyer/runner/cyclist/triathlete/animal friend/lover of the outdoors dedicating myself to this full-time hiking business :)
It is just under 4 weeks until I start my through-hike attempt of the Appalachian Trail (actually 3 weeks, 5 days, 4 hours and 20 minutes at the time of writing this post, but who's counting?). I have done some practice hikes with my pack so far, but these have been fairly flat to date. So today I decided the day had come to load up my pack with all the earthly belonging I will have on the AT, and climb a mountain. Luckily, living in the Rocky Mountains, mountains are pretty easy to come by.
How do you prepare for 3,500+ kilometres of hiking? How do you go from corporate lawyer life to the full-time hiker life (admittedly via 16 months of Rocky Mountain life)? How do you prepare, mentally and physically for such a giant adventure? I’m sure it is different for everyone, but this is how I’m doing it.
How I made my gear decisions for my pack, shoes and food bag, and the other essentials I am bringing along
Planning Here I was, eight months out from my proposed start date, with no gear and no idea where to start. My camping experience was mainly when I
The answer, in a slightly convoluted way, is Canada, and Canada's decision to extend the age for working holiday visas to 35 years old. Once in Canada, a seed sprouted and grew into a concrete plan which means I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail Sobo from July 2022.