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.