I’ve been putting off this first post for a while now, mainly because it’s difficult to put together all the thoughts I’ve been having about the trail. With only about a month left until I step foot on Springer Mountain, I’m feeling more anxious than anything. I am so ready to be putting one foot in front of the other, making my way slowly but surely to Mt. Katahdin. For those of you wondering what exactly I’m talking about, let me back up a little bit for you.
The 5 w’s of my hike
My name is Pj Coleman. I’m 18 years old and live just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Starting on March 1st, 2015, I will be one of the many attempting a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail, otherwise known as the AT. The AT crosses through 14 states and covers about 2185 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
A lot of people might wonder why anyone would want to live in the woods through the cold and the rain for 6 months straight while carrying a heavy pack up mountains all day. On top of seeing the beauty of the Appalachian Mountain Range, I need time to reflect on the mistakes I’ve made in my past and figure out what I want for myself in the future. Successfully completing this challenge will be a huge confidence booster and push me to my physical and mental limits. It will be a life changing and unforgettable experience, plus hiking the AT sounds like way more fun than going to college!
In the meantime
31 more days. I can not express how excited I am for this new chapter of my life. One person I talked to recently who thru hiked in 2014 said that one of the hardest parts of the hike is letting go of your previous life and taking on anew. I am so ready to do just that.
For the time being, I’ll be patiently waiting as the days go by. Posts will be limited until I actually start my thru hike, where I will be posting all of my daily journal entries as often as possible as well as pictures videos. I hope you all will continue to follow me on my journey!
Until next time,