I will be Hiking 2189 miles (3523km) on the Appalachian Trail starting March 2nd 2015. It will mean spending 4-6 months on the trail
What? – The Appalachian trail or “AT” is a hiking trail through the eastern united states starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia and finishing on Mount Katahdin in Maine. The majority of the trail is in forest or wild lands, although some portions traverse towns, roads and farms.
A “Thru Hike” is hiking a long distance trail from end to end in one hiking season.
Why? – I first learnt of the trail from Bill Brysons book “A walk in the woods” which was recommended to me by my Dad. My second experience was hiking on the trail in summer of 2010 whilst working at summer camp in upstate New York. After spending some time on the trail and talking with some people who were hiking the whole thing I knew I needed to hike the whole thing one day. That journey begins in March 2015.
How? – Good question, and a difficult one to answer in a concise manner. Gear selection is important (Ill be posting a gear video soon), physical preparation is important and phycological preparation is paramount. Essentially though it’s “just” placing one foot in front of the other…
- Hike the whole trail regardless of how long it takes me
- The trip is completely self funded but i’m raising money for St Luke’s Hospice, sponsor me here
- Have an adventure
- Update the Blog from the trail to keep everyone informed and possibly entertained and as a means to record my thoughts (it may get weird)
” A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. “
-Robert A. Heinlein