Thru-Hikers’ Tales


The majestic Mount Katahdin, the northern end of the mystical Appalachian Trail in Maine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

When it comes to thru-hiking the 2,185.3 miles of the Appalachian Trail, with its “pointless ups and downs” through 14 states, it takes everything you have to finish the trip of a lifetime.  And more.

My brother, aged 68, said he has a bad knee and he didn’t think he could make it end to end.  I, ever so kindly, told him that petite women, blind hikers and much older men would be there to help.

Grandma Gateway, enshrined in the Appalachian Trail Museum, hiked the entire AT wearing Keds sneakers — using a shower curtain for a tarp — three times.  After having eleven children.

Yeah.  Think about that for a minute.

No book you can buy, read or study will lift your pack up to Springer Mountain in Georgia or to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine.  Only you can do that.  For yourself … or anybody or anything you choose.

No one finishes anything they don’t begin.  A good place to start is to get advice from folks who have hit the Trail ahead of you.

That’s why we offer these Thru-Hikers’ Tales, along with a few helpful tricks of the Trail.

Hike your own hike.  Learn your own lessons.  Then, send us a link to your story.  No doubt, it will benefit someone as they make their way through life on one path or another.

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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Tales for 2014!

Red Robin’s Tale

Nolan McDermott’s Tale

Steve Hess’s Tale

Bob Koch’s Tale

Shelter Etiquette from Appalachian Trials

Warrior Hikers’ Tales

Joseph Young’s Tale

Anne O’Brian’s Tale

Steve Adams’s Tale

Roger “Adventurous Cane” & Roni “Rambling Shamrock’s” Tale (Roger is blind & deaf.)

Jeff “Yellow Beard” Bliss’s Tale

Paul Luedtke’s Tale

Dan Manning’s Tale

John “J-5″ Vuolo’s Tale

* Cassra Zareie’s Tale

Mexbuk-i’s Tale

Lucy “Peppa” Gamble’s Tale

Lauren Davis & Nate Cramer’s Tale

* Lauren & Grace’s Tale

* Phyllis Sheffer’s Tale

Gary Parkinson’s Tale

William Wells’ Tale

* Jett Cat & Wired’s Tale

Mark St. John’s Tale

* Drew Burnett’s Tale

Bill Hevrin’s Tale

Ethan Jenkins’ Tale

* Murphy’s Tale

Evan Prater’s Tale

Becky Wright & CJ Mauger’s Tale

Peter King’s Tale

Kurt Bramel’s Tale

* The Kallen Family’s Tale

Dustan Thomas’s Tale

Jerry (Buzz) & Bennett (Tandem) Travers’s Tale

* Jamie Gault’s Tale

John Vuolo’s Tale

Steve Risavy’s Tale

* Brittany’s Tale

* Montana N’s Tale

Jonathan Maidment’s Tale

Nick Klockenga’s Tale

* Midnight Sparkle’s Tale

Harry Whittingham & Fran Matthews’ Tale

* Madison Dragna’s Tale

Lauren & Nathan’s Tale

Alison Kieffer’s Tale

* Renee Tougas’s Tale

Tom Brown’s Tale

Travis Glynn’s Tale

Mexbuk-i’s Tale

Dr. Rough’s Tale

Steve Adams’s Tale

Julie Fast’s Tale

Terry Pike’s Tale

Jonathan Maidment’s Tale

Evan Coombs’s Tale

Phyllis Sheffer’s Tale

Sarah Beatrice’s Tale

Jamie Randle’s Tale

*Gary “garmachi’s” Tale

* Patches Thru’s Tale

Alex “Paperboy” Voigt’s Tale

Rich “Hog Driver” Malagrifa’s Tale

* Trevor Thomas’s Tale

Kyle Felts’s Tale

Sherry “I Believe” Spellman’s Tale

David Sweitzer’s Tale

Kyle Zalaski’s Tale

Joey McKenna’s Tale

Nan “Drag’n Fly” Reisinger & Carolyn “Freckles” Banjak’s Tale

Jim Carlson’s Tale

Judge Robert Springer’s Tale

Andy Smith’s Tale

Kyle “The Mayor” Rohrig’s Tale

* Dani “Swiper” Hoskins

Chris Minnich and Jamie Ratchford’s Tale

Jacqui & Stowe Perry’s Tale

David “Shortstop” Smith’s Tale

Jason Feild’s Tale

Pat Coate’s Tale

Mike Ewald & Shawn Summers’ Tale

Joe Abler’s Tale

Jacob Vince’s Tale

Alexandra “Oops” Ammenheuser’s Tale

Paul Eveland’s Tale