The Long Start to the Journey : How to Support a Thru-Hiker’s Incredible Project

This past February, Chris Gallaway (Frost), set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and capture his hike on video. Although I never caught up to him on the trail, I was always inspired by the videos and pictures he posted along the way. Chris is now working on creating a movie about the AT called The Long Start to the Journey. Here is a video and excerpt from his kickstarter page…

The Long Start to the Journey is a documentary film about the Appalachian Trail. The story follows filmmaker Chris Gallaway on his personal attempt to thru-hike the AT in 2013 and to learn what the trail means to individuals he meets along the way. Chris (or “Frost” as he comes to be known on the trail) meets hikers young and old with wildly disparate backgrounds, “trail angels” who provide food and support, and an assortment of wildlife that make the journey much more exciting. This is a personal story of struggle and perseverance and of how the natural world can teach us and enrich our lives. The film captures the importance of the trail by looking back to its history and also at its current influence on culture in America. “The Long Start to the Journey” is a film for those who love the outdoors and who find insight, meaning, and enjoyment in the time they spend in wild places.

Be sure to watch the video and check out Chris’ other videos at

For Chris to complete this project, he needs your help! If you want to see incredible footage of the trail or simply just want to help out another hiker, please donate to Chris’ kickstarter campaign.

Below are some photographs from Chris’ blog:DSC_1887


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Comments 1

  • Clifford Ward : Jan 3rd

    I would love to purchase a copy of “the long start to Journey” as I travel extensively
    ( am a ships officer) and watching items like this give me a piece of mind that I
    often need while traveling the world’s oceans.


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