There are probably as many different reasons to hike the Appalachian Trail as there people who decide that they really want to take the journey.
I want to hike the Appalachian Trail for 5 reasons (I could probably ramble on and on about this for days, so I decided to pare the list down to a succinct and curt five items), and it’s important to note that these will appear in no particular order as I am writing this in total spontaneity…
1 – Physical challenge – There is no doubt that the trek from Georgia to Maine will be a physically taxing one but that is part of the intrigue. If it was easy then everybody would do it and then it would lose much of its luster. The fact that only about 10% of those who attempt it each year are able to complete it speaks volumes about the toll it takes on each individual. Maybe I’ll even lose some weight along the way as an added bonus.
2 – Get away from it all – The grind of daily life holds no allure for me these days, so my only goal in life is to turn my online efforts into a passive income so that I can just roam the Earth and enjoy each passing day on my own terms. It just so happens that I enjoy hiking long distances and I live close enough to the AT that it has been something tangible for me to pursue over the years.
3 – Prove something to myself – I’ve made a habit of taking the easy way out of things in life so thru hiking the AT would represent something difficult that I could actually finish. There isn’t much more to it than that, really. I just want to accomplish something that most people wouldn’t dream of trying and even less would attempt. I want to walk into a room and have people say, “Hey, that guy hiked the Appalachian Trail!”
Other than that small thing, I don’t really care what others think about this adventure; I just want to prove to myself that I can do something extraordinary. Otherwise, why not just give up on everything?
4 – Bucket list – I wrote a book a few years back about developing a bucket list and things I would add to mine and thru hiking the AT is definitely in the book. There are a lot of cool things in life that are worth pursuing and for me this thru hike tops my list. I think about it each and every day and the only thing that dominates more of my time in thought is SEO and my online endeavors. These are the only two things I think about enough to warrant a mention on one of my blogs.
5 – Because it’s there – When I first learned about the A.T. I asked if anybody had ever hiked the whole thing in one go. Of course I knew the answer before I asked the question, because the fact that it immediately popped into my head meant that others had already been down that path, quite literally I was sure. There is nothing rarer on this planet than original thought, so I was sure there were pioneers on this subject and I will learn from them and follow their lead all the way to Mt. Katahdin.
That’s it. Like I said there are an infinite number of reasons to hike the trail. What are some of yours? Leave some comments and follow along on all the social platforms as we shoot for a 2017 Appalachian Trail thru hike!