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This April I will be attempting my first ever thru hike. My trail of choice: The Appalachian Trail. The “AT” is a 2,100 mile trail stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Kahtadin, Maine. Each year thousands of people from all different walks of life attempt to complete this journey, with each individual having their own reason(s) to do so. I have never done any backpacking before and this is by far the most “out of my comfort zone” experience I will have ever embarked on in my 24 years of life.

As my start date gets near, I find myself thinking about why I’m doing this. Why am I leaving the comforts and luxuries of my current life to live in the woods carrying everything I need on my back for 6 months? Ive read that it’s important for you to have a “why” for you to remember on the days that you want to give up, whether it be from the mental exhaustion, or you’re sick of being wet, cold, hungry, and sore. For me, I have 3 “whys” that will make me keep fighting no matter what until I’m standing on the summit of Mt. Kahtadin.

  1. Set. Believe. Achieve. I have always heard the saying “you can do anything you set your mind to”, but I have never actually set my mind to something and done it. I have set my goal to complete my thru hike, now it’s time to believe in the process and do whatever it takes for me to achieve my goal. I want to feel the empowerment of knowing that nothing is impossible if you truly want it and for me, I believe walking from Georgia to Maine will instill that in me for the rest of my life.
  2. Trust. I have felt an overpowering energy to hike this trail for a couple of years now. It’s as if the AT is calling me and I need to go see what it has to say, all the way from beginning to end. When I have days that I want to quit, I know I need to have full trust in this process because its ultimately going to take me to where I need to be.
  3. Nothing is promised. This is probably what will keep me moving the most. I have dealt with hardships in the past, but until recently I haven’t felt the intense realization that life as you know it can change in a second. One moment you can have everything you could ever dreamed of and the next it can be all gone. I am blessed to be able to be setting out on this journey and I will not take one second for granted.

37 comments on “Nothing’s Promised

  1. writer77 says:

    Reblogged this on Write in Front of Me and commented:
    “It’s as if the AT is calling me and I need to go see what it has to say, all the way from beginning to end.” – Cato readies himself for his own Appalachian Trail endeavor.

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    1. Thank you for the follow and reblog!

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  2. COOL BEANS!!! That SOOOO rocks! You’re a year ahead of me. I look forward to watching what You’re up to. SOOOO excited for You. Thanks for finding me and Cheers! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m happy you’ll be following my journey! I’m excited to see all of you work too

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  3. Dangerspouse says:

    GOOD LUCK!! Lol – fatten up first. A buddy of mine at work did the full trail and dropped something like 20% of his body weight, and he didn’t have much extra to begin with. All the best with this, you can do it!

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    1. Thank you! Haha I’ve been trying to put on some weight just in case I end up losing more than planned!

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  4. jimfetig says:

    You will do just fine. Making miles becomes an obsession in time. That’s when to throttle back a bit and see the sights. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you very much!

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  5. I can’t wait to hear your stories and experiences. I have long admired the AT from afar, but I am not sure I have what it takes to take it on! Good luck, Mel

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    1. Thank you for following my journey! I look forward to your posts as well. You can live vicariously through my adventure and maybe the AT will be calling you someday!

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  6. greenpete58 says:

    Thanks for the “like.” I admire anyone who attempts to hike this far at once. I’m surprised that you’ve never backpacked before, and tested the waters with a section hike. I did a 7-day hike (supposed to be 8 days) and couldn’t wait to get off. You’ve probably already heard it takes at least 3 weeks on the AT to reach prime hiking condition. Also, only 1/4 of those who start a thru-hike will finish. It’s very grueling, miserable, and can be lonely, especially at the start. The good news is that so many people are hiking it now, you’ll have many companions and social opportunities. I wish you good luck. At Addis Gap in Georgia, make a right down the graveled fire road. My campsite is a half-mile down on the left, by the stream, in the poison ivy.

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  7. A friend has done this. He met so many kind and generous people who will be lasting friends. My longest hike is 40 feet to the mail box.

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    1. Thank you very much!

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  8. I hope your AT trek goes well! I’ll be following your blog to keep up. It’s something I’d like to try someday.

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    1. Thank you Timothy! I’m happy you’ll be following my adventure. I hope you get a chance to do it someday.

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  9. Good for you! I’ve not done a thru hike, but I’ve spent copious time on the trail in Georgia, Carolina, and Virginia. It’s not easy, I promise you that. But, if you make it, you’ll never be the same. Good luck, man. I’ll be following along. Are you gonna try to post as you go? Lots of dead zones, of course, but you’ll run into places with connectivity.

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    1. Thank you for the good luck! I’m going to try and post weekly, but might have to wait until I get to a spot with service to publish. Thank you for following along!

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      1. Absolutely! Thru hiking it has been a bucket list item for me. You’re wise for doing it now, before life gets in the way. Honestly, I’m envious of your impending adventure. If I may offer one piece of advice, get your body in order before and take extra special care of your feet while on the trail. Otherwise, have a blast, even when you feel like you can’t make it through and it’s kicking your ass. 😃

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      2. Thank you for the advice! I will do my best to take care of my feet. Hopefully the blisters will be limited. I will definitely have a blast

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  10. It’s an awesome journey! Hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Thank you! Congratulations on completing your thru hike! Quite an inspiration.

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  11. Pat Bertram says:

    I noticed you’ve been stopping by my blog now and again, especially my Pacific Crest Trail posts, and now I see why! It’s interesting that the AT calls to you like the PCT calls to me. I’ll be especially interested in reading about the Shenandoah part of the trail when you get there since that’s the part of the AT that calls to me.

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    1. How did you like the PCT? If I enjoy my experience with the AT that would be the next one on my list. I’m happy you’ll be following my journey and like what you read as I trek through the Shenandoahs!

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      1. Pat Bertram says:

        So far I’ve only done day hikes. But I keep dreaming . . .

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  12. Good luck! I look forward to your trail updates!

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    1. Thank you very much!

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  13. Best wishes for a lifetime adventure.

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  14. David Rough says:

    I began my thru-hike of the AT in April of 2014. I think you will enjoy watching the dormant forest turn green before your eyes. The new life of spring was glorious to watch. May you enjoy every day of your adventure. I look forward to reading of your progress.

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    1. Thank you for following my trip. I’m excited to see the turning of leaves both in the spring and the fall

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  15. This is going to be an awesome adventure. Even if it doesn’t always go the way you want, it will still be a great time. All the best!

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  16. B. says:

    Wow! Now that’s motivation! 👍

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  17. B. says:

    👍👍 now… that’s motivation!

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  18. Congratulations on your attempt and I wish and hope you are successful.
    I will be hiking parts of the long trail in Vermont in June, and I hope to attend the trail days event in Damascus VA.

    Stay safe and hike your own hike. 🙂

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  19. Hope it all goes/went well.
    Many thanks for stopping by and following my Travel and Photography blog. 🙂

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