2013 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Tales

Cheshire Grins by Robert Sutherland

If you've had ice cream at Diane's Twist in Cheshire, MA, you might be a thru-hiker. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

If all goes according to my plans, I will be driving my Ferrari 458 up to see my girlfriend in Boston, before our combined families cruise on a luxurious ocean liner to Europe, where we'll take trains, planes and automobiles to each and every wondrous spot on the continent -- with T-shirts and tacky mementoes for all.

That's the plan. I'll admit it might need a bit of tweaking along the way, but you have to start with a plan.

The folks who comprise the 2013 Thru-Hikers' Tales list made plans to hike the Appalachian Trail, then they actually put them into action.

No doubt, they tweaked their hopes and/or aspirations along the way. After all, it's much easier to plan to hike mountains than it is to actually HIKE mountains.

This year's weather has been especially cruel -- beginning with blizzards and ice storms, torrential rains that moderated temporarily to mere monsoons and weather colder than your ex's heart.

Will all these folks make it end to end from Springer Mountain to Mount Katahdin?

Maybe. Maybe not.

One thing is for sure: they're on their way to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.

They have earned the right to share their tales with us.


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Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, and Appalachian Trail Clubs

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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