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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike 2014

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Appalachian Trail Map

Appalachian Trail Map

As promised, our good friend Will is about to embark on his journey of a lifetime – the 2014 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. An Appalachian Trail thru-hiker is someone who attempts to hike the entire length of the trail in one season. To say the least, this is an arduous journey which many undertake, but not all can complete. We wish him health and vitality during this trip. We expect to hear from Will about once per week with an update on the trail, a unique update solely for VisitUSA.com’s readers.

We hope you will enjoy reading about his journey as much as we do.

The Editors

February 25, 2014

This is it! I have decided to attempt a Thru Hike of the entire Appalachian Trail, starting March 9th, 2014. This epic adventure will take me through 13 states and almost 2200 miles.

I plan on updating my blog daily, posting photos, thoughts about the trail, my mental state, and just the overall feel for what I am going through day to day. You can visit my blog for more updates, pictures and more to live vicariously through me.

To some, this may not sound like their idea of fun. To me, this is something I have been craving for quite some time. To understand ‘why’ I am going through with this, you have to look at my past, my present, and where I am at in my current profession.

This all started when I was young, growing up in Boston, MA, my father (a very adventurous, outgoing, self-starter type man) would bring me out on day hikes in the towering mountains of New Hampshire. There is something about the crisp, fresh air in the mountains, the views you take in, the challenge in a mountain itself, even the task of walking itself helps clear the head. I fell in love. My father and I hiked 36 out of the 48 peaks in New Hampshire that were over 4,000 ft. During our travels we bumped into some ‘thru hikers’ (someone hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in one season) and I realized that this was an adventure that I would one day attempt. Through the years, I went on some Outward Bound programs, climbing the mountains of Colorado, to canoeing the rivers/lakes of Maine. I realized I was in love with the outdoors. Recently, I have started acquiring the gear necessary, building the endurance via conquests of adventures in Arizona in the Grand Canyon with views and campsites one could only dream of.

Havasupai Trail at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Havasupai Trail at the bottom of the Grand Canyon

 

Currently, I am on a wait list for Physical Therapy school, I have no relationship tying me down, and I have saved enough money to take 6 months off work to undertake a journey like this. This was the perfect storm for me, a sign that pointed me in the direction to just start toying with the idea of a thru-hike. Those thoughts quickly transformed into reality as I started reading the blogs of previous thru-hikers. I had, for some time, felt like a part of me was missing. It was adventure, and as I started planning and preparing, I felt that part of me starting to mold my attitude, emotional state, confidence levels, etc. I am so excited to begin this journey in less than a month. I am more excited to share my journey with those of you that are willing to read about it.

Please check my blog for more updates! I look forward to sharing with you all!
-Will

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