Sean Speckin

After nearly 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, I figured I keep the bucket list ball rolling; I'll be hiking NOBO starting April 4th! I've been known to spin a yarn or two, so follow me as I adjust to life on the trail and readjust to life in the USA!

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Walking Home: From Gorham, NH, to Monson, ME

Walking Home: From Gorham, NH, to Monson, ME

"Walking home, huh?" Though I always responded with a chuckle and a nod, I resisted the near-overwhelming urge to roll my eyes. From day one,

Oct 12, 2019 : Sean Speckin
The Thru-Hiker Metamorphosis, Part 2: Mind

The Thru-Hiker Metamorphosis, Part 2: Mind

The Pre and Post Aspiring thru-hikers take to the trails for a variety of reasons. For some, a long-distance hike is a physical challenge unlike

Sep 18, 2019 : Sean Speckin
The Thru-Hiker Metamorphosis, Part 1: Body

The Thru-Hiker Metamorphosis, Part 1: Body

While researching for the Appalachian Trail, I was surprised to find little information about the effects long distance-hiking has on the human body

Aug 23, 2019 : Sean Speckin
The AT Community Part 2: Trail Family Tree

The AT Community Part 2: Trail Family Tree

What is the “Trail Family Tree?” Back in part one, I talked about the cast of characters one meets on a thru-hike. In many ways, these people add

Jun 27, 2019 : Sean Speckin
The AT Community Part 1: The People

The AT Community Part 1: The People

What’s New? After nearly two months on the trail, I’ve begun to settle into the daily routines of thru-hiking. With less time spent worrying about

May 26, 2019 : Sean Speckin
From Hot Springs to Erwin: A Trail Update

From Hot Springs to Erwin: A Trail Update

So you’ve survived Georgia, powered through Fontana Dam, conquered the Smokies, and breezed into Hot Springs, NC, at mile 275… What Now? While

May 10, 2019 : Sean Speckin
Thru-Hikers: 3 Tips for Newbies (From a Newbie)

Thru-Hikers: 3 Tips for Newbies (From a Newbie)

Twenty-One Days Today marks three weeks on the Appalachian Trail. Though I’d been told that time on trail differs greatly from time in the real

Apr 28, 2019 : Sean Speckin
Thru’s-Eve: A Final Gear Check Before Hitting the AT

Thru’s-Eve: A Final Gear Check Before Hitting the AT

For aspiring and committed thru-hikers, the first day on trail always seems like the carrot-on-a-stick that remains just out of reach. Not a day goes

Apr 2, 2019 : Sean Speckin
Four Lessons to Guide My Thru-Hike

Four Lessons to Guide My Thru-Hike

For many, the first step is acknowledging what you don’t know. Scrolling through countless thru-hiker communities and blogs, I quickly realized that

Feb 2, 2019 : Sean Speckin
A Wild Idea: A Thru-Hike Announcement

A Wild Idea: A Thru-Hike Announcement

The more I think back, the harder it is to pinpoint exactly where this wild idea began. The Love It could've started with our move to Maine. With

Jan 20, 2019 : Sean Speckin