I posted earlier about my short hike today. I wanted to pass along a quick story one of the rangers at Amicalola told me this morning before I started.
He said that they'd recently discovered a full gear set abandoned up the trail a bit. They were able to somehow determine the identity to whom the gear belonged. They were able to confirm through his wife that the hiker did not make it back home and was supposed to be on a thru-hike. After some searching on the trail and some off-trail investigation, they found out that he exited the trail, purposely abandoning his gear to present evidence of his missing status, only to hop a plane for the west coast in order to end his marriage... and to be presumed dead?
What ever happened to having the stones to say "it's over"? It may not be a happy occassion, but at least you don't have to go through the indignity of being caught running away.