Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Alone?

Yes, ladies, it is time.  This H1B visa, non immigrant “foreign alien” Asian 115 pounds chick is going to follow the footsteps of other brave women before me to hike the Appalachian trail.

Step 1: Establish purpose statement

I am doing this because I want to.  Yup, easy enough.  So much of our lives is based on what we think we should do, what we have to do or what we think others expect us to do.  Recently, I realized that my life was meant for more than my own thought.  God created me in His image, died for me so I can be free.  My only goal is to glorify Him through my oh so imperfect self.

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

Step 2: Plan it out

  • Research: since I can’t take a whole month off work, i’ll be hiking for 8 days, I will pick out the section/sections that would fit best.  There is so much on the net to prep for this.  Here are a few links I am looking at:

http://wilderness.org/no-time-hike-appalachian-trail-try-these-12-easy-section-hikes

https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/how-to-complete-guide-to-thru-hike-the-appalachian-trail

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/hiking-basics/safety

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/7-tips-from-female-solo-hikers

https://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-23379.html

http://appalachiantrailgirl.com/

  • Shopping: and there’s that http://www.backpacker.com/trips/appalachian-trail-thru-hike-gear-list
  • Training: work out is not my favorite past time activities, but I am committed!
  • Saving for plane tickets and other expenses

Step 3: Commit

  • The only way I know I won’t back out is if I announce this to my friends and family to keep me accountable and keep me encouraged!

That’s it!  Feel free to give me more resources and encouragement :>

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One thought on “Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Alone?

  1. I really hope that you find a friend who is willing / able to commit and go with you.

    I’ve always wanted to try the Camino de Santiago, a religious pilgrimage through northern Spain, that has gotten quite popular over the years. It wasn’t that long ago when a hiker went missing – and she wasn’t found until it was too late – yet another life tragically taken on this road. She wasn’t lost to losing her footing or some storm, but because there was a dangerous guy in the area and he happened to be the unfortunate soul who came across him first. If that can happen on a religious pilgrimage; then who knows what dangers await on a regular trail.

    There is safety in numbers.

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