|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Leaving on April 1st, this hike was my first attempt at anything of real long duration. Not an attempted thru-hike of the entire trail, but still a large section. I had no set paramaters other than to challenge myself to a physical degree of intensity while still maintaning mental happiness and a high degree of taking in the sights. I eventually called it quits, not due to injury or ill will, but to attend a good friends wedding, in Marion VA on May Along the 540 miles of Appalachian Trail I experienced the full immersion of the thru-hiker community, culture and experience. I hiked through hail, sleet, snow, sun, rain, more rain, intense heat, bitter cold, humbling humidity and howling winds. Thick lush valley gaps, great windswept balds and all the peaks in between. Meeting a cast of characters rivaled by no community I've seen to date, and experiencing the greatest range of wildlife and plant life I've been blessed to see. All the while keeping an affordable, yet comfortable pace and budget. I would reccommend this hike to anyone and everyone seeking challenge, occasional solitude (during peak thru season), and the full range of the southeast in all its beauty.