I'm an author, a mother of 3, an Army veteran, a Diet Coke addict and an Appalachian Trail section hiker! I live in Florida and can only get out on the AT typically once a year but my goal is to eventually complete a thru hike! Here at home I enjoy getting out for some camping and hiking on the local trails whenever I can! My motto is: "Georgia to Maine, One Step at a Time!"
Hello, fellow Appalachian Trail hikers. Allow me to re-introduce myself, cause I haven't been around in a very long time. We all know how that is;
We all have some idea of how we should prepare for any multi-day hike on the A.T. Some of us hit the gym extra hard a few months before our departure date. A few are lucky enough to live in the mountains where we can get out and do some practice runs. Then, there are some of us who do pretty much nothing beforehand and make it anyway. But, what about preparing yourself mentally for a hike on the A.T.? Here's a peek into my mental prep!
You might be happy with section hiking cause it's certainly better than not hitting the A.T. at all, but what happens when your "dream" of completing a thru hike doesn't seem to want to take a back-burner? What if you can't silence those little voices in your head that keep telling you, "Go for it!"
Just how do you decide where to begin your section hikes? For me, that answer was easy....
What makes some of us section hike versus attempting a thru hike? Here are some of my reasons!
Going from a high-heel wearing, ballroom dancing girl to A.T. Hiker Trash wasn't something anyone who knows me would have ever expected but it changed my life!