I'm a 2014 thru hiker trying to figure out how to navigate the real world from a fresh pair of eyes. I only planned on hiking from Springer Mountain to Harpers Ferry, but was still having a blast and decided to keep hiking. I learned what it meant to be a thru hiker on the fly and it was the best choice I ever made. I live very close to Harpers Ferry and am lucky to have the trail right in my backyard.
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Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail was the best experience of my life. However, that doesn’t mean the entire experience was great. When doing nothing
When it comes to Appalachian Trail guidebooks, there are really only two options: The A.T. Guide by David “Awol” Miller. I used both of these guides
It’s obvious that maintaining the Appalachian Trail requires a ton of work, like painting blazes, creating steps, controlling erosion and building
I knew hiking the Appalachian Trail would be hard. I also knew I would probably cry once in a while. What I didn’t expect was how often I would find
For some people, mail drops are a necessary part of hiking the trail. There are a couple of ways to send yourself packages while you’re hiking.
All thru-hikers do embarrassingly stupid things on their hike—it’s part of the learning process and part of the fun. There’s just no way to learn how
Adjusting to life on the trail is hard, but getting back to the real world can be even harder. Living on the trail for nearly half a year can rewire
Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail makes you very thankful for the volunteers who maintain it. All it takes is a stretch of trail with very full
One of the aspects of thru hiking the Appalachian Trail I was most excited about was all the people I would meet along the way. I heard stories about