Appalachian Trail

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My Open

While CrossFitters across the globe are participating in the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games first Open Workout (aka 15.1), I’m trekking up to Springer Mountain (GA). I’m hiking the approach trail that starts at Amicalola Falls State Park and consists of 604 steps to the top of the falls before continuing on another 7.7 miles before reaching the summit of Springer Mountain. The approach trail is optional when thru-hiking the AT, although there is much debate about that. I’ve been granted...

It begins…

We all hear the stories of obstacles that will be encountered as you hike the AT. Who would have thought that the first obstacle encountered would happen before we even set out to hike! Due to freak storms that have rolled in throughout TN, NC, and GA, there is unheard of amounts of snow on the ground. Oh my God! There’s about 4 inches of snow on the ground! It’s snowmageddon! Now to us who live on the Northeastern part...

Like planning a wedding

Someone equated my preparation of this thru-hike to planning a wedding. I never actually thought about it, but she was spot on. However, unlike getting married, stuff can go wrong. Not ‘the flowers didn’t show up’ wrong, mortally wrong. We are not going to think about that though. We are going to have happy, fuzzy thoughts and all will be well. I don’t remember the exact day I decided to do a thru-hike, but it was in the spring of...

Wish I could do that

When I tell people about my upcoming adventure, many say “I wish I had the time to do that” or “I wish I could just take off and do something like that”. There will never come a point in your life when you will not have responsibilities and alsohave a bunch of disposable income to take on a six-month endeavor.  To take on something such as this, you will have to make sacrifices to make it happen.  As I hear...

Ultralight bullcrap – A rant

In preparing for this hike, I’ve purchased I don’t know how many dollars in equipment. I’ve cut out gear, re-added it, and cut it out again. I’ve reconfigured my pack like a thousand times already and as I’ve mentioned before, all this prep is driving me mad! There’s so much concentration on getting your pack weight down. A a lot off the buzz in all the Facebook groups geared towards thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail is around how much everyone’s pack...

How to Mentally Prepare for a Thru-Hike

In preparation for my Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike, I’ve been reading books, blogs, and Facebook posts as well as speaking to those who have actually successfully completed a thru-hike. Although hiking approximately 2,180 miles is a feat that requires physical strength and stamina, there’s a seriously underestimated mental component to successfully completing a thru-hike. In the beginning, the experience will be exhilarating, exciting, and a great wonderful thing. However, as the miles add up and the weeks wear on, aggravation, discomfort,...

It’s only 7 miles

Yesterday I went on another shakedown hike (one of I don’t know how many now) with my buddy Russ and my husband Joe (for those of you who have read my story, yes, we are back together after all that has happened). Generally, when I hike with Russ, I let him do the logistical planning, I don’t pay much attention, I just go with it. All I know is where we will start and where we will end. I don’t...

What I will NOT be carrying

As the countdown ticks on, I contemplate what is deemed as necessary for me to carry on the trail. I joined a couple Facebook groups designated for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers in order to get to know my fellow hikers and to learn all I can before setting out on this epic adventure. As with any interaction with other humans, there are diverse opinions. I value opinions as they give me some perspective on what lies ahead.  Some feedback is more...

Yes. Yes, I am.

Appalachian Trials recently posted a link to an article written by fellow hiker Maggie Wallace – ‘8 Questions You SHOULD Ask a Thru-Hiker‘. In the article, she eludes to the ‘annoying’ questions that thru-hikers are repeatedly bombarded with. Being a female and endeavoring to completing a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail seems to generate genuine concern about my well-being. Maybe the feeling is not genuine is some folks case, but definitely casts doubt in the minds of those who...

Decisions, decisions. When will the madness end?

The hike is 87 days away and I’ve been planning since spring. As the start date creeps up on me, I’m having increasing anxiety. I’m second-guessing EVERYTHING. I’m not second-guessing doing the actual hike (although when I’m warm and cozy in my bed at night, I think about how potentially awful it will be), but I’m agonizing over my gear, my clothing, and my strategy. The worst is when, after a day of prepping (not a day goes by where...