March 19 – August 25, 2017: Springer Mountain, GA – Mt. Katahdin, ME
160 days: 2,190.3 miles
On August 25th, I summited Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, achieving my dream of becoming an Appalachian Trail thru hiker. It was one of the best days of my life, and I will vividly remember climbing the mountain and kissing that sign forever. The day was full of triumph, emotion, and sad goodbyes to lifelong friends.
The journey was raw, challenging, rewarding, and most importantly full of joy and camaraderie. I thought having a few days at home to process would help me put the summit into words, but the summit was not a moment;it was the culmination of the 5 months leading up to it. To describe the entire journey is near impossible. Hopefully some day I can put it into words, but for now all I can say it is surreal to be an official thru hiker. The journey was nothing short of extraordinary. I fell in love with the trail and everything about it. (Even the rainy days… maybe.) It will always be a large part of who I am and who I will become.