Newsie expresses great interest in hiking Appalachian Trail

Brylee Huber, Editor

   The Appalachian Trail, that runs through eastern United States, is a 2,190 mile hike that I will be tackling once I graduate college. Here are my plans and advice on how to accomplish this feat.

   First, I will have to find an opportune time. The average length of time that it takes for this adventure is six months.

   As there are particular towns that hikers must stop in for resupplying, I will be staying a few extra days to adventure. This will add about another month of backpacking time.

   Obviously, seven months is a long time to be away from the “real world,” so all of my furniture and belongings will have to be stored. Unless I use my parents’ house, this could potentially cost thousands of dollars.

   Another large expense is the gear required. A heavy-duty tent, backpacking backpack, and high-quality sleeping bags all cost hundreds of dollars individually. This doesn’t include the occasional hotel stays, miscellaneous gear, and light-weight food.

   One’s physical condition must also be close to perfect. This is not about weight or looks, but instead balance, weather tolerance, and muscle. A person has to average close to twenty miles a day or more to reach a reasonable time frame.

   If you are not much of a hiker, you may be wondering why a person would ever want to do something like this.

   The easiest answer for me is adventure. After college and before getting a job is the only time when true “freedom” exists, and I want to take full advantage of it.

   As someone who grew up loving video games, and someone who has far too many hours stacked up, I want the chance to escape from the addiction. Like most people, I play games because they allow people to live more exciting lives. The Appalachian Trail would give me the chance to actually do those things.

   If anyone else is interested in doing this trail or others, like the Continental Divide, research, train, and plan. Most importantly, though, is to actually do it.