Georgia Down, Thirteen To Go!

Well, Georgia has been checked off the list!It’s an amazing milestone to officially pass through the first state. Georgia, you’ve been tough, but I’ll keep on going. Thanks for the crazy mountains, false summits, wet rocks, nice shelters with bear cables – and especially- testing my emotions.


Let’s see what North Carolina has to offer next.


Looking back, it’s been a crazy ride so far. The first few days, I just couldn’t believe I was actually doing this. I’m walking with my mind racing all the time, as it tries to trick me into false and negative thoughts.


Come on, you know the first week can really play dirty. Even as an avid hiker and adventurous soul, I was missing family and wondering if I can actually do this for the next few months.


Completing Georgia has been a huge help, as well as establishing a trail family. We push each other and support when we can. Everyone gets the jitters, and now with my friends, it just feels so much easier since we are all in this together. Pushing it up some of these mountains would have taken much longer without them.


Honestly it’s hard to wrap up all the extreme emotions you feel on the trail. One moment you miss your family, the next you’re screaming in joy that you can do this forever! It’s crazy how even just a little bit of Trail Magic or a warm campfire can lift your spirits after a hard climb.

It’s all mental, people. I knew going into this that my biggest fear was letting my anxiety get the better of me and trick my mind into negativity.


Each day gets better, and you get into the groove of this lifestyle. For anyone just starting out and reading this, just keep going. It’ll become natural, and will make sense as you begin to let go of your fears.

You wanted to come out here, and trust me, you’ll discover it soon enough if you haven’t yet.

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Comments 1

  • Christine (Moondance) : Apr 10th

    Amber your post and your pictures are so honest and real and inspiring! You have the right attitude and I believe you will reach your goal! I’m an aspiring thru hiker and planning to section hike Virginia in July. Keep the posts coming (when you can) and keep it real!

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