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The Appalachian Thru-Hiker

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May 21, 2019

philosophy

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,

Weight of the world on my shoulders

You don’t have to walk 2200 miles to simplify and de-stress your life, but it doesn’t hurt

It is sometimes in the strangest moments, during the course of the most conventional tasks, that drastic change is initiated.  Choosing to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, taking on a six-month, 2200 mile journey through rain and sleet, through cold winter nights as well as hot, humid days, spending each night in a tent or occasionally