The Countdown

I can’t tell if time is going by too slow or too fast! I feel like it was just yesterday when Kory asked me what I thought about hiking the AT. That was probably about 6-7 months ago and since that point, it’s been the one thing that’s constantly been in the back of mind. We have a tentative start day of April 15th but it all depends on Kory’s thesis defense date. He has been working hard to wrap up the last of his research and his paper, but we can finally see the end of the tunnel. Work has kept my mind somewhat preoccupied but I still have those “oh, sh*t” moments periodically throughout the day. Training my replacements has kept me pretty busy but come next Friday I will be jobless and that’s when the pre-hike jitters will strike. I’m finishing up the last of my gear and clothing purchases and tending to a foot injury that has hindered my running for a few weeks now. My workout/running routine has been out of sync since the injury but I’m hoping things will heal quickly and I’ll be walking ready by April. There’s nothing like an injury a month before our start date to really calm the nerves! The countdown begins! If you are planning on hiking the AT and still have not registered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy click here to register.

2015 NOBO Start Dates

2015 NOBO Start Dates

3 thoughts on “The Countdown

  1. I can’t believe so many people start their hike in March! Good choice starting in April. We started in April and quickly caught up with most of the March people because they were already exhausted and demoralized due to bad weather… You are going to have a blast!


  2. Really looking forward to following you as you take this adventure! You know that Kevin and I are all about having “No Regrets” days and experiences. Who knows, maybe we will do this someday too? That was a joke!


    • This will definitely be a “No Regrets” experience! We are both extremely excited to start this big adventure! We are counting down the days! And.. you’d be surprised what you can accomplish. Look up Grandma Gatewood’s story! She was a 67 year old woman who took on the trail and thru-hiked it in Keds sneakers with only an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain in a homemade denim bag slung over one shoulder.


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