As of October 28, 2013, we have 116 links to published stories of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers for 2013. Many southbounders are still on the Trail, but the season is close to ending for northbounders. My guess is we'll have 125 pretty soon.
Thinking of heading out for your own walk in the woods? Wondering how a friend or how someone you met on the Trail is doing? If they're thru-hikers who keep online journals, you might very well find them in our list.
As you read their stories, one theme becomes apparent: Few people have any idea what they're getting into before they hit the Trail. Especially northbounders this year, who walked into a blizzard almost as soon as they got into the woods. Then, the torrential rains came. Who dreams of hiking in a nor'easter?
Only the toughest became thru-hikers this year.
You'll find an asterisk beside a few of the tales. Those were a few of my favorites, but each and every one is inspirational, educational and worthy of your attention.
When you thru-hike -- even if you almost thru-hike -- let us know, so we can post your tales too.
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