Hey, I'm Ronen--known on the trail as Mogely. I graduated high school in NYC in May 2015; instead of going straight to college, I decided first to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail! I started March 9th at Amicalola Falls, and finished on August 17th on Katahdin. I'll miss cruising down the trail, whistling in time with my steps. I enjoyed the freedom that comes with a task so basic--to walk from Georgia to Maine, somehow or other. I felt myself growing stronger every day in body and mind. I hope that this winding path will largely define the way I approach the challenges of my future. Onwards with the journey, over the hills and more!
As I expected, when the sign appeared out of the mist, something clicked that hadn't before. Though we'd been able to see Katahdin from the trail for
Sometimes, in the Whites, I'd close my eyes at night and still see a rock wall directly in front of me that I'm supposed to climb. Each day was
I've arrived in Hanover, NH, and I feel like I'm staring at a massively ominous storm cloud heading my way: the notorious White Mountains are just
I'll be hiking, my mind deep in that hibernation it enters when I'm alone for a while, when suddenly I see movement up ahead. Moving on two legs,
Today as I pulled myself up the rocky crest of the ridge dividing New Jersey and New York, I could see a faint yet vast stretch of skyscrapers in the
I passed that marker yesterday. Now I'm 'that guy,' so to speak--I'm someone I would have wondered at just 3 months ago. For 1000 is a large,
Why do I always see bears on days I'm coming into town? Because I just saw a bear, again, yesterday, when I was walking to the Waynesboro road
I'm 62 miles from where I did my last post, about 4 days later. That's the longest I've gone in 4 days so far, and my legs are definitely feeling it.
We've had beautiful hiking since the last post. Unaka Mountain was serene with its gentle dark spruce forests, the Roan Highlands were open with
It's been a while since I've posted, mainly because it's hard to find a computer out here. But I'm well over the 300 mile marker now, and going