Hiking Itch – Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

There is almost nothing more thrilling than embarking upon an adventure. When you add an element of challenge, it gets even better. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to write an article about the Appalachian Trail. Ever since then, I have craved it.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I used to hike all the time. My hikes lasted for a few hours, but that’s nothing compared to completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It goes for approximately 2,180 miles and would last for 5 -7 months! Obviously, I would have to be retired or simply out of work to make that trek. Regardless, it’s something I plan to do before I die somehow, some way. To make it even more fun, a friend of mine has already agreed to do it with me. So, I wouldn’t be alone. Safety first.

The trail travels through 14 states, including Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

For some of you, that probably sounds like a waste of time or way too much work. For me it’s a dream! Imagine being in the mountains, in the midst of trees and fresh air, not for an afternoon, but for months. Obviously, it would be a challenge and you would definitely have to have endurance, but it would also be very freeing.

Time would only be found in the sunrises and sunsets of the day. There would be no deadlines to meet and no responsibilities to maintain. It would just be you and nature, becoming one. I get excited just thinking about that.

Being out there in the wilderness away from noise, traffic and electronic devices would bring an indescribable amount of calmness and peace. During the day, there would be a variety of wildlife to watch and stunning views along the way. At night, millions of stars would look down upon you as you sleep. What could be better than that?

On the Appalachian trail, it is said that only 1 in 4 people make it the entire way. I watched a video the other day called “Surviving The Appalachian Trail“. It was recorded by a man who claims to have completed the whole trip. He didn’t just complete the trail though. He did it while fighting cancer. That is impressive! I like to think that I’m pretty fit, so if he can do it I should be able to also.

I’m also competitive and have a great deal of determination when it comes to challenge. Although a person’s fitness level is highly important for completing this trail, if you don’t have determination, then you won’t make it. Determination is the key.

Before any challenge in life, you must see yourself already at the finish line. You will make it. That must be decided before you even start. That will be the motivating factor which will carry you through the hard times.

Are there any adventures on your bucket list?

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19 Responses to Hiking Itch – Appalachian Trail

  1. suzjones says:

    Good luck with that. I have an an adventure but it’s a little more relaxed than yours. I want to go on a river cruise through Europe beginning in Budapest and finishing in Paris (apparently the last part is by coach). And I want to take the Garden Gnome and the Tween with me. I’d take the other kids as well if I won the lotto or something 😉
    I would arrive in Budapest a couple of days before the cruise left to give me time to explore and meet relatives I have never met. I want to see part of my heritage I guess. 🙂

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    • mewhoami says:

      That sounds like it would be an amazing trip! Not only would you get to see the beauty of the landscape, but meet family too. That’s an added bonus for sure! I hope you get to do it one day.

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  2. Luke says:

    I only heard about the Appalachian Trail very recently, but it’s sounds like such an amazing challenge and one that I really want to do one day! I have a lot of training and hiking to do before that though as I’m relatively new to hiking. Another challenge though is the Three Peaks Challenge in the UK, this one I really want to do! I enjoyed reading this post, very good read.

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    • mewhoami says:

      Thanks for the comment, Luke! I’ve never heard of the Three Peaks Challenge, but I’ll be looking that up as soon as I hit ‘reply’. Thanks for the heads up on that one. The Appalachian would definitely require some training, but it would be so worth the adventure.

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      • Luke says:

        Oh yeah with out a doubt, its a good few years down the line if I want to do that. Your welcome, let me know what you think of it. not half as bad as the AT but the time frame is the challenge.

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        • mewhoami says:

          After a bit of delay, I just finished reading about it. That sounds like a very interesting challenge. It would be a ton of fun to do it in 24 hours. I’ve climbed a 14k ft mountain before, so it’s nice to see that these are considerably lower in elevation. That would help out tremendously. Because of its location, I will probably never get a chance to do it. If you do though, I would love to hear about it.

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          • Luke says:

            Yeah it would be so much fun. Oh really, that sounds cool, we don’t get them that high over here unfortunately. Well I plan on doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks in the summer of 2015 because I live very close, and then Ill see about the national one from there. I’ll definitely write about them both a lot on my blog though.

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  3. April says:

    I would like to commit to a hike on the Appalachian Trail. I have visited the beginning of it many times here in Georgia. I can honestly say I crossed the Appalachian Trail 😉 I’m not sure I have the stamina, and I’m anxious of having an asthma attack out in the sticks. I saw a documentary of it on Netflix—there are lots of creepy critters on that trail too. Snakes and such. It is broken down in four sections, and the southern section is supposed to be the most difficult. Have fun!

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    • mewhoami says:

      Hey, at least you’ve crossed it. You’ve already made it further than many people have. 🙂 It would definitely take stamina and if you’re not into creepy crawly creatures, then it might be a problem. I haven’t seen the documentary, nor heard of it even. But, I’ll be looking for it now. The terrain in the southern regions would be tougher, but the cold in the northern region would be the most difficult part for me. It would definitely require several layers.

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  4. I hope you get to hike the trail. The part that runs through my state (Georgia) is breathtaking.

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  5. Lynda says:

    I was in training for this in California. I never found anyone interested in going with me, then we moved. Now I am closer and not in training and certainly not in shape! At that time I had also considered doing it in sections because of the time involved. Perhaps I should put it on my ‘bucket list’.

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  6. pardenme says:

    I just finished watching the video you posted and tracked his progress with an A.T. map. The trail is just beautiful… to look at and watch someone else traverse. While it isn’t my cup of tea, I do see you taking it on easily and without hesitation. One day you will take on the A.T. and you will conquer it. I know these things 🙂

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    • mewhoami says:

      Isn’t it though? Beautiful indeed. 🙂 Thank you for your confidence in me. I sure would love to do it one day and I too believe that one day it’ll happen and I so look forward to it.

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