Recruits for 2015 Warrior Hike Hit the Appalachian Trail

Sharon MamaGoose Smith -- former Warrior Hiker -- and Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike on Springer Mtn. ~~ Photo courtesy of MamaGoose

Sharon MamaGoose Smith -- former Warrior Hiker -- and Sean Gobin, founder of Warrior Hike on Springer Mtn. ~~ Photo courtesy of MamaGoose

Sean Gobin founded Warrior Hike in 2012, after returning home from three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He hiked the entire AT and discovered what the Warrior Hike website calls "the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking."

Sean built on that victory and created the "Walk Off the War" program. Walk Off the War began by making it possible for veterans in transition from their military service to thru-hike the AT.

Our pals, Sharon MamaGoose Smith, a former Warrior Hiker, and Sean Gobin sent the Appalachian Trail troops on their way from Georgia's Springer Mountain on Monday, March 16, 2015.

The weather could not have been more gorgeous for the 2015 recruits for the Appalachian Trail Warrior Hike hit the Trail. Sunny and 75, light breeze with a 100% chance that this opportunity to walk off the war will help heal old wounds and open new opportunities.

Sean Gobin and 2013 Warrior Hikers Rosie & MamaGoose in Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sean Gobin and 2013 Warrior Hikers Rosie & MamaGoose in Millinocket, Maine ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

They expect to finish on 9-11 by climbing Mt. Katahdin in Maine. None of the participants is compelled to go all the way.

We wish all of this year's team Godspeed.

Now, Warrior Hikers have six trails to choose from:

  • Appalachian Trail
  • Arizona Trail
  • Continental Divide Trail
  • Florida Trail
  • Ice Age Trail and the
  • Pacific Crest Trail.

The men and women of the Warrior Hike program are exceptional, not just as soldiers but as good people who gave America more than will probably ever be required of the rest of us.

It's our hope and prayer that the Warrior Hike participants for 2015 will glimpse the appreciation we have for them. We hope they'll be greeted all along their paths by those who can help them walk off the wars they faced. For us.

Click on the link below and follow along with the folks who'll hike the AT ... or go to the Warrior Hike site and choose a few hikers to cheer along the way on the other trails they'll tread.

It's the least we can do for the men and women who served the United States of America so well.

Meet Warrior Hike's Appalachian Trail Class of 2015

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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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