I plan to be fully thru hiking the AT next may right after i graduate college. (May 2017) Ill be leaving around the 10th of may or somewhere right after my graduation date. At this point, ill be hiking solo unless one of my friends comes thru and wants to hike with me. Would anyone be interested in leaving around that date? and thru hiking?
Originally Posted by g00gle
I was reading an article on another website (blasphemy!) today and found some real encouraging words for the Class of 2016.
There’s a petty side to human nature that seeks to tear down strong people because we interpret their success as an offense to our own inadequacy. The words of the people who succumb to this have no bearing on you, so don’t let anyone’s arbitrary benchmarks determine your actions. It doesn’t matter if you begin the trail out of shape or without hiking experience.
May 18 - Left Hot Springs by noon. Lovely sunny day. Stopped at Post Office on my way out and decided a deli sandwich might be a good idea. Pickle tasted like heaven! Pretty walk along river and then crazy goat path up the cliff into the burn zone. Hiked through blackened and semi-blackened areas all day-kinda yucky and smelled smoky. Got up to Rich Mtn Fire Tower hoping for sunset pics but fog rolled down the trail as I was hiking up. Camped by Shatterproof, little Beard, big Beard and Counselor.
I had intended on thru hiking this year but my baby brother, and only sibling, died suddenly a year ago March of Pancreatic Cancer and that threw all my plans a-kilter. So, I have a small window of time and decided to do a large section of the AT. I leave this next week. I will begin near Erwin, TN and hike into Virginia at least to the area past the Grayson Highlands, perhaps farther. I have 30 days to get as far as I can. I am going alone. My husband does not like that but he is being as supportive
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