Blog — Appalachian Trail
This is how it works for the whole trip: you meet people, you keep walking together for some hours, days, or weeks. Sometimes you meet them again, sometimes not. Sometimes you think somebody has left the trail and then you meet him eight weeks later again. And sometimes you just decide to walk on your own.
Is this your first time doing a long-distance thru-hike? Yep—my first time! I'll be doing some longer hikes in the UK at home in Cornwall—namely around the Cornish coastal path for a week or two, but more than that won't be possible before I begin the AT.
Giving Tuesday is a response to the frantic post-Thanksgiving commercial rush—an occasion to be generous to nonprofits instead. For Giving Tuesday 2018, we encourage you to donate to ALDHA-West, the western branch of the American Long Distance Hiking Association. Financial contributions help the organization support its mission "to inspire, educate and promote fellowship among long-distance hikers and those who support long-distance hiking." So exactly what does ALDHA-West do to deserve your well-earned dollars? They educate on trail etiquette and Leave No Trace and advocate for long-distance hikers and their trails, as well as acting as a diplomatic bridge between hikers and local...
Ashley Samuel hiked the AT, summiting Katahdin on September 14. We followed her adventure on Instagram (appropriately her name is rainyhikes) and caught up with her by email.