I first read about the Appalachian Trail (AT as known by hikers) when I lived in Florida and wondered then if I could ever hike it. The thought faded, as the children were younger and my primary priority at that time. When my first granddaughter was born in 2002, the idea of hiking came back into mind and I realized it was time to challenge the mental and physical discipline.
Why would anyone want to hike 2,175mi/3,500km? Reasons usually reflect on the external words of someone else. Perhaps it was the need to touch ground with Mother Nature after surviving over half a century in the concrete jungle. Personal challenge, reflection, recharge, solitude, etc may have been some of the reasons.
Before giving up the job and kissing everyone goodbye, I questioned myself as to how to explain that all I will do for 127 days is get up to walk, eat and sleep? Had no explanation except that I just wanted to do it, as the day would come when the mind is willingly but not the body.
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Takes app 400,000 calories and 117 gallons of water
Over 9,000 people have hiked the entire trail –
Pre 1930s to present
The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,175mi/3,500km footpath that runs along the Appalachian Mountains from Maine-Georgia. The trail’s northern terminus is in Central Maine in Baxter State Park at Mount Katahdin. The southern terminus is in Northern Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest at Springer Mountains.
It is now federally protected under the administrative jurisdiction of the United States Department of the Interior, but is primarily maintained and managed by the Appalachian Trail Conference, changed to Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in 2004.