Planning & Pre-Hike

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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...

Follow me on the trail!

Hello everyone! As many of you already know, I will soon be embarking on an adventure. On Saturday, February 28th 2015, I will be leaving from Springer Mountain, Georgia on the 2,180 mile trek to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I am hoping to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one continuous journey. Only 1 in 4 hikers who attempt to do this are successful. I will do my best to complete this mission and invite you all to join...