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Appalachian Trail Thru-hike Video

Updated on January 31, 2015
That's me, atop Mt. Katahdin in Maine, at the end of my 6-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail!
That's me, atop Mt. Katahdin in Maine, at the end of my 6-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail!

"Perseverance and Gratitude Along the Appalachian Trail"

This is the video documentary I made about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT). It took me six months to hike approximately 2,150 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Long-distance backpacking is an amazing experience. As the title "Perseverance and Gratitude Along the Appalachian Trail" indicates, I found that those were the themes that ran through my own hike.

It takes strong stubborn streak to keep going through the pain, tedium, and homesickness. But just plowing through without appreciating the small and large joys of life on the trail would be a rather empty journey.

I'm sorry this documentary had to be broken into two parts for technical reasons. But I do hope you enjoy both parts!

Perseverance and Gratitude Along the Appalachian Trail - Part 1

Some Books About Hiking the AT

There are many books available on the various aspects of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Here are just two books that are altogether unalike!

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)

This book had just been published as I was thru-hiking. It is a humorous (hysterically humorous!) account of an attempted thru-hike.

 
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner

This is a good resource for those who want practical information about planning a thru-hike.

 

Perseverance and Gratitude Along the Appalachian Trail - Part 2

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      Valerie Bloom 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @writerkath: I'm so glad that the emotion came through for you! I really wanted people to get an idea of the feelings through the video. Thank you!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Fabulous! I could feel my eyes tearing up as you approached Katahdin - I felt your excitement. Although I haven't done the AT (only bits & pieces, and a 70-mile stint through VT), I've hiked quite a bit in NH, where I live. I hiked Katahdin w/ my 2nd ex-husband on his 10th anniversary of finishing the trail, and was awed by the experience through his eyes. What an incredible feat - one of my friends (trail name Slo-goen' - I think it's spelled that way) stays in touch with lots of friends he has made on the trail over the years. It's something that only people who have lived and experienced can fully appreciate. Great job on this, and congratulations on finishing the trail. :)

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      What an amazing feat! I would love to do some long distance hiking at some point in my life. I have friends who sold everything and did the Pacific Rim Trail from Mexico to Canada over six months. It changed their lives! :-)

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      Valerie Bloom 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! If you can picture it, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      What an amazing journey. I enjoyed your videos very much. It was such a great idea to document your epic adventure in this manner. So glad you shared the magic and the nitty gritty realities of your life on the Appalachian Trail. I could see myself making that pilgrimage.