Clarity is one of my favorite words. One great writer, G. Campbell Morgan, said effective communication requires "truth, clarity and passion." Words I write by.
When my research led me to an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker named "Clarity" (aka Allyson Hester), I found her life intriguing.
Yes, this shot of Allyson on Shooting Star, her former Kawasaki, made an impact too. She wrecked her bike, broke her back, survived, dusted herself off ... and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail seven months later.
Be still my heart.
Since then, she's written oodles of advice for newbies about to hit the Trail.
I love her writing style too (although reading a brown font on a mud-colored background was a chore).
Allyson Hester's Thru-Hike FAQ puts the trek into focus:
How did you train?
I've always been a bit addicted to exercise, but I did change my gym routine a bit two months before embarking on my journey. In addition to regular weightlifting, I began wearing my full pack to the gym and climbing on the Stairmaster.
It's also a good idea a couple of weeks before your hike to wear your pack all day for a few days at a time so your body gets used to enduring its weight for 10-12 hours straight.
You can't throw a pine cone without hitting AT hikers who have written a book/blog or made a film about themselves on the Trail.
Clarity writes for others, it seems. From hygiene on the Trail to Cool Places to See to "Let's Talk Water," her words are delightful and profound ... as I hope you will discover for yourself.
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