My name is Mike Joyce. I am taking on a SOBO thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail starting July 2019. Residing in Florida, I'm no stranger to mountains as I've lived all over the US. Over the last 2 years I took on obesity and turned from couch potato to trail runner. By following a ketogenic diet, I've lost enough weight that a fully loaded pack feels surprisingly light. As a bonus, this diet has helped with managing Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes. I intend to maintain the diet during my thru-hike. Join me on my adventure where I hope to share my experience building my meal plan, resupplying medication and food predominately by mail drops, and shining a light on the SOBO AT experience.
Out the gate of the 100-Mile Wilderness I did some big miles. Eighteen to 25 miles happened every coupleof days. I tried to keep this going
Maine has been unbelievable. It is more beautiful and picturesque than I could have expected. From glorious rivers, to rolling landscapes of pine,
As my southbound journey began, I felt a rush of peace and complete bewilderment. I was entirely ready, while simultaneously being utterly
The journey of a thru-hike begins before ever stepping foot on the trail. Early on, it's easy to romanticize it as a beautiful opportunity to grow
On the trail we all have a pack to carry. As we prepare for a long trek, we obsess about our base pack weights. Counting grams, swapping out
For the last five years, I've section hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Every year I've said "I'm going to hike the Appalachian trial