Sup Fam! My name is Derek (currently accepting trail name suggestions) and I'll be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail NOBO in April 2023. Im from Paradise, CA originally and now I live in San Antonio, TX and have had the pleasure of living in WV, HI and Honduras in between. In no particular order I'm a physician, veteran, hiker, nerd, jokester and student of the game. Follow my journey on The Trek, Facebook or Instagram @Barkelycharles.
What compels a person to abandon (albeit temporarily) their home, family and friends, creature comforts, and other worldly possessions to spend several grueling months in the woods hiking over countless hills, ridges, and mountains? I'll use this de facto manifesto as an attempt to answer this question, but I suspect I won't truly know until I've reached the finish line.
This year, 2023, my resolutions include practicing more humility and self-deprecation. Based on the title of this article, I think we’re off to a