Why I’m Hiking the Long Trail
Why Thru Hike?
I’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time browsing thru hiker’s posts on Appalachian Trials and The Trek over the past year and always enjoy the “why I’m thru hiking” posts, so here are my reasons for thru hiking:
- To prove to myself that I can
- Because I’ve finally found a “sport” that I’m good at and it’s an amazing feeling
- To become stronger than I’ve ever been before
- Because I love being outside among the trees
- To show the world that a woman can thru hike and they don’t need a man to go with
- To become more self-sufficient and learn how to live in the woods
- Trail legs
- Hiker hunger & the joys of not dieting to lose weight
- Because since I started hiking, I’ve finally started to love my big calves and legs for their strength instead of hating them for being too “fat”
- To overcome the fear of sleeping in the woods brought on by The Blair Witch Project
(There is much more that I could say about women and hiking, body image, and finally finding a hobby I’ve become completely enamored with (other than reading), but those thoughts are for a future blog post).
The Long Trail, Why?
I didn’t always have my eyes set on hiking The Long Trail in Vermont. In fact, until a few months ago, it wasn’t even on my list of future goals. Why the change, you may ask? The desire to test out my trail legs on the LT entered my mind when I began toying with the idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail. I figured, why not try out a shorter thru hike to see how much I liked it, and living in New Hampshire, the LT fit the bill. It was as simple as that.
Is the AT Next?
Who knows! I’ve toyed with the idea of thru hiking the AT for a little over a year now. I would LOVE to hike the AT however there are many things that are holding me back from pursuing that particular dream. The main reason being my husband. I don’t know if I can leave him for 6 months. (Work would be the second reason). Why not section hike the AT? Because I’m a purist. I applaud everyone who hikes period, and all of those who have done the AT whether as section hikers, flip-floppers, LASHers, etc., but for me, it must be the traditional all at once or not at all. HOWEVER, I would prefer to do it SOBO.
So, the LT is the test. If I’m mentally and physically capable of spending up to a month basically alone in the woods of VT, walking every day, AND I enjoy it, MAYBE the AT is next…The LT is the test.
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