Stand By Me

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was on the AT. Jesus, does anyone?”


I met Guide, Syrup, and Rocky the day we summited Katahdin on June 13th and I met Cowboy on the fourth day in the 100 Mile Wilderness. They were following the same 10-day itinerary recommended by the AT Lodge. We had no intention to stay together after reaching Monson — but over 1,500 miles later — we’re still hiking together as a tramily. They each have countless qualities that I find invaluable in a friendship and bring unique characteristics to the group dynamic. A special, and uncanny, characteristic that they each have is their resemblance to the main characters in my absolute favorite movie, the 1986 coming-of-age film — Stand By Me.


Wyatt (AKA “Syrup”) as Chris:

Like Chris, he is a true paradox. He can be hostile and troubled, yet chivalrous and kind. Aware of the evil in this world, he chooses to rise above it in hopes to leave a legacy of goodness, making this world a little bit better than when he entered it.

Noah (AKA “Guide”) as Gordie:

Similar to Gordie, he connects through storytelling. He’s modest about the incredible skills he possesses, a truly authentic and down-to-earth guy. Despite his mild-tempered demeanor, when push comes to shove, he’ll retaliate.

Patrick (AKA “Rocky”) as Teddy:

His energy resembles Teddy’s: fearless, assertive, protective, and territorial. He marches to the beat of his own drum, playing by no one else’s rules except his own. What he calls fun, others might call insane.

Dave (AKA “Cowboy”) as Vern:

Like Vern, he’s careful and meticulous. He handles his belongings with care, but has the tendency to misplace it. He’s eager to talk to others and will earnestly share the same handful of stories. He possesses a quirky charm and unintentional humor.

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