My name is Kevan, misspelled by my parents on purpose, being quirky at my expense. I have yet to earn a trail name, so imagine a suggestion box hanging alongside my profile (please be gentle, clever, and / or original). From Apr. to Aug. 2019, I will attempt to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail. I expect my CDT thru-hike to be very similar to the show Naked and Afraid (albeit, almost no nudity and twice the fear). While Knoxville, Tennessee, has been home for most of my life, I also claim New York City and Kobe, Japan, as previous residences. My primary occupations to date have been communications specialist (advertising and marketing) and English teacher, but I would make different choices given a do-over.
A thru-hikers first step should not be on the trail but in the head, determining his or her motivation for taking the journey. It is claimed that every story, even a trail journal, adheres to seven basic plot structures, so what are the seven reasons someone would attempt a thru-hike?