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Why am I Hiking the AT?
The most simple answer is that it is there. I got a new job waiting for me in June and I know this is the last time for awhile I will be able to just take months off from life and do something solely for the purpose of doing it. The hike will be my “job” and I will be able to put my time and energy into that.
Originally, I thought about going backpacking abroad again, but then I realized there is so much of America that I haven’t seen. Why spend a lot of money on a plan ticket when I can explore my own backyard that I have been taking for granted. Then the idea, was to road trip across country in Jamie, my Jeep, but he is 17 years old and likes to develop problems. I realized that my budget would be quickly gone between gas, attractions, and repairs which would cut the trip short. Then I saw a post in a Facebook group I am apart of about a couple that completed the PCT and realized that the AT is down the road from me and all I needed for that was my feet and motivation to just put one foot in front of the other one. I quickly did some research on the type of budget I would need to hike the entire AT, plus gear (because I am an accountant and a nerd like that) and realized that I had the money, I had the time, and I had the will to do it. Since then I have started planing, prepping, and practicing so that I am able to finish. I am going alone so that I am able to hike my own hike and I can go as fast or as slow as I please and take as many zeros as I need.
I am lucky and thankful I have parents that are used to me just taking off on random adventures that they support me, even if it scares them or they don’t understand, and a living situation where I am not tied to a lease otherwise this trip would not be possible.
Photo Credit: to fellow AT hiker Jules Davis