I'm a Northbound AT thru-hiker for 2019, having just left my jobs as a church minister and fitness instructor in New York. In high school my trail name became "Scout" when I mistakenly took an unopened scout-sized sleeping bag on a youth group camping trip to Yellowstone. Every night was a cold experiment of socks pulled up over my arms and coats over my head. Years later, embarking on a thru-hike of the AT is a dream come true! I even have a grown-up sleeping bag.
I Can't Wait to Soak My Feet After 13 miles of hiking, I stop to take off my trail runners. I'm somewhere in North Carolina (or is it Tennessee?),
I am here, I am here / I've already seen the bottom so there's nothing to fear ... / I don't have the answers but the question is clear - Pink
Or how I tried not to starve My Hiking Appetite Theme Song(Cue synthesizer) I just can't get enough / I just can't get enough / I just can't get
Meet my first trail fam!
What finally brought me to tears
It's still early, but one week in, here's my "For the win!" list: 1. Garage Grown Gear Fanny Pack Lightweight, holds a lot, waterproof,
What I got rid of in my first two days of thru-hiking
Things people said that made me laugh
1. Stuff isn't just stuff"Pack light!" everyone says. It's the night before I leave for Atlanta to start thru-hiking the AT. I have already boxed
"Do you think you should do this, at your advanced age?" my 66-year-old dad said to me last night half-jokingly at dinner. I am 42, just left my