In 1948, Earl Shaffer was the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. He hit the Trail, after serving in World War II, to "walk off the war." Sixty-four years later, after three combat deployments, Sean Gobin thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail too.
Sean's love for his fellow soldiers was the reason he founded the "Walk Off The War" outreach of Warrior Hike -- to help combat veterans re-enter civilian life by walking one of America's National Scenic Trails.
Warrior Hike's sponsors and donors provide veterans in the program with all the equipment, supplies and encouragement they need.
Sean Gobin was named one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes of 2015 for his contribution to this life-saving non-profit organization.
Sean doesn't like being called a hero. He just wants to help vets walk off the war.
To me, that makes Sean Gobin even more of a hero.
Warrior Hike offers eight expeditions for returning soldiers: Appalachian Trail; Arizona Trail; Continental Divide Trail; Florida Trail; Ice Age Trail; Mississippi River Paddle; Pacific Crest Trail; and, the Mountains to the Sea Trail.
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The non-profit group Warrior Hike helps veterans of foreign wars readjust to civilian life through their Walk Off the War program on Hikes that Heal. hiking
The recruits for the 2015 Warrior Hike of the Appalachian Trail met on Springer Mtn on March 16, 2015. They hope to finish on 9/11 on Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
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Robert Redford & Nick Nolte portray the characters in A Walk in the Woods well, probably. That doesn't guarantee rave reviews of the Appalachian Trail film.
Dahlonega, GA, has the first Appalachian Trail festival annually. The Trails End Festival in Millinocket, Maine, honors the thru-hikers who never gave up.
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