John Mecklin

My name is John and I'm an aspiring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker. I love travel and meeting new people. I got kicked out of my 8th grade spelling bee during the practice round for misspelling the word "dangerous". I broke my ankle after falling off of a bunk bed. I have tinnitus and my ears turn red when I get nervous, these are unrelated. If you're thinking to yourself, "John is getting a little too personal for the biographical portion of a wordpress account.", you should see me on job interviews and tinder dates.

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A Cure for the Overplanner

A Cure for the Overplanner

I refuse to think too hard about the what-if’s and the might-be's, but I don’t refuse to acknowledge their existence. There is also something very visceral and primitive about the unknown. There is a healthy fear of the shadows in the tall trees of the future, something that makes me conscious of my actions and aware of my surroundings.

Feb 5, 2020 : John Mecklin
Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Intentions, Goals, and Resolutions in the Months Leading Up to Springer

Obviously, I want to finish a thru-hike. I’m not hopping on the trail all willy-nilly and just seeing what happens. I have a clear and defined goal for the next six or so months, but I feel that my goal and my intent don’t necessarily have to be the same thing.

Jan 9, 2020 : John Mecklin
Stagnation in the American South

Stagnation in the American South

I think it’s because stagnation has a different meaning for every person, and while the repetition of certain actions may be a defining feature for some people, stagnation has much more to do with the environment for me personally.

Nov 20, 2019 : John Mecklin
Shakedown Hikes and Type 2 Fun

Shakedown Hikes and Type 2 Fun

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get as much time on the trail, specifically the Appalachian Trail, as I would like. While I’m great at

Oct 4, 2019 : John Mecklin
Searching for Questions on the Appalachian Trail

Searching for Questions on the Appalachian Trail

"How to leave a well-paying job with full health benefits in order to practice homelessness in austere conditions." or "Why i'm hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2020."

Sep 23, 2019 : John Mecklin