When it comes to thru-hiking the 2,185.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail, with its "pointless ups and downs" through 14 states, it takes everything you have to finish the trip of a lifetime. And more.
Grandma Gateway, enshrined in the Appalachian Trail Museum, hiked the entire AT wearing Keds sneakers -- using a shower curtain for a tarp -- three times. After having eleven children. Yeah. Think about that for a minute.
No book you can buy, read or study will lift your pack up to Springer Mountain in Georgia or to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine. Only you can do that. For yourself ... or anybody or anything you choose.
No one finishes anything they don't begin. A good place to start is to get advice from folks who have hit the Trail ahead of you.
That's why we offer these Thru-Hikers' Tales, along with a few helpful tricks of the Trail.
Hike your own hike. Learn your own lessons. Then, send us a link to your story. No doubt, it will benefit someone as they make their way through life on one path or another.
Thousands of hikers are attempting a thru-hike of the AT. Only 25% will make it to Mt. Katahdin, but they'll all have great Appalachian Trail Hiker Stories.
If you really want to know what it's like to thru-hike the Trail, read these Appalachian Trail hiker stories. Not everyone wins or gets a trophy for trying.
Know anyone hiking the Appalachian Trail -- seeking the fame, honor & fortune that comes to all who thru-hike? We do. Read their tales of winning & woe.
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