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September 20, 2019

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Preparing for adversity on the Appalachian Trail and a cool trick to help you finish

It may happen as you’re going through your gear list a month before your thru-hike, or it may happen as you’re eating breakfast at the Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls, but it will happen.  At some point before you begin thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, you will have that moment when you think holy crap, I’m

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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,