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September 20, 2019


thru-hiking with agoraphobia

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,

Kevin McCourt hiking in Glimmerglass State Park

Can an agoraphobic, insulin-dependent diabetic hike 2200 miles through the wilderness?

Like most things in life, there’s only one way to find out. If you told me a few months ago that in March I would begin thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, I would have said you were crazy.  Now that I’ve decided to do it, I realize it was inevitable. It was