135 Thru-Hiker's Tales for 2013

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Near Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker, Ace, Near Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Today is the final day of 2013 and we're closing the books on Thru-Hiker's Tales for the year.

Thousands of tenderfooted dreamers hit the Appalachian Trail (AT) every year. Hundreds thru-hike it. Everyone learns lessons along the way.

Authors, writers and bloggers share insights into the trek and hints about how to handle the tests you will face.

Preparation is a big part of success, but being able to adapt to the unknown ... at night ... in the woods ... when it's snowing or raining ... and the will to fight through the pain is what gets you from one end to the other.

My favorite stories -- Thru Hiker's Tales -- are from the people in the trenches. Not one says, "Daddy bought me my first Beemer when I was 15." Stuff like that won't get you over the first 50 hills. Thru-Hiker's Tales will inspire you and encourage you to endure when you want to quit.

AT Thru-Hikers at Woody Gap, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Southbounders Mollie "Moxie" David & Anthony "Natty" Lolli at Woody Gap, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

You'll read how real people coped with the weather, their gear, exhaustion, friends, former friends, mice, bugs, crowded shelters and living without all the stuff we take for granted at home.

These are the heroes of the Appalachian Trail, in my humble opinion. Ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary feats of endurance ... that the rest of us only dream or read about.

Blessings on all who hit the Trail -- no matter how far they hiked.

Cheers to the thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail!

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"Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail isn't hard.  Just begin on Springer Mountain in Georgia and head north until you mount Mount Katahin.  Pffft.  How hard can that be?" said no one ever. ~~  Photograph by Robert Sutherland

"Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail isn't hard. Just begin on Springer Mountain in Georgia and head north until you mount Mount Katahin. Pffft. How hard can that be?" said no one ever. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland


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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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