Alrighty, let's see how this goes. I'm 21, male, a medically discharged Marine, and an IT Professional. I grew up a boy scout, and have been hiking on the AT since I was 14. I'm a son of a preacher. My current residence is Nashville, TN to which I will happily return to after I'm done. I'm leaving from Springer on March 1, 2009. I will be traveling light, and moving at a steady pace. I wish to make this last. I'm not looking to rush the trip, I want to enjoy nature and what it offers. I will not be staying in hostels except on occasion to refuel, regear, launder, and shower. I look to end somewhere in August, possibly September. I'm fully geared with lightweight components, and will be carrying a SPOT for emergencies and family updating. I'm happily taken by a beautiful girl who will be joining me for a thru-hike after she completes college, so I'm not looking out looking for a girlfriend or hookup if a female wishes to hike with me. If anyone is interested, let me know.