Michael "Salad Days" Craigs completed a Northbound thruhike on the Appalachian Trail in 2013. He currently resides in Southern California, although he is originally from the Northeast. He has always had a strong desire to travel. He has visited all 50 states, driven across the country 6 times and also solo hiked a few long(er) trails including Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon.
It was January 2012 when I decided that I would attempt a thruhike of the Appalachian Trail. I had never been backpacking before, let alone hiked
I was full of excitement when I started the seven mile, 2,900 foot ascent up to Sassafrass Gap Shelter. I had just left behind the comforts of the