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March 23, 2019

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The Two Americas I Discovered on the Appalachian Trail

For as long as I can remember, there has been increasing political and academic rhetoric about income inequality. There is no point in arguing the existence of such a gap — it’s there — but to focus solely on income is to misunderstand the great divide that exists in today’s America. While thru-hiking 2,200 miles

Happy Father’s Day from the Appalachian Trail

Last year for Father’s Day I wrote a tribute to my father and fathers everywhere that was heavily influenced by the psychological research I was in deep study of at the time. This year I will find myself on the Appalachian Trail on Father’s Day, doing even more online writing than last, so in the

Appalachian Trail thru-hike mile 419: No mountain man

I have written a lot about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with diabetes and a bit about agoraphobia, and I know these two factors are the reason many are interested in my hike. Be that as it may, neither of these conditions define me, at least not anymore, and I think it’s also important to understand,

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Hiking 2200 miles with agoraphobia: Mission impossible or miracle cure?

The truth is, I expect it can be a little bit of both, depending upon the characteristics of one’s particular agoraphobic tendencies, but I hope to make some surprising arguments in favor of such an undertaking.  Let’s face it: thru-hiking the roughly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail is incredibly challenging for anyone, and five to seven years ago,