In Two Photographs, What is the Appalachian Trail?

What is the Appalachian Trail in two photos:

 

The Appalachian Trail is all about the people. Every year, thousands of hopeful thru-hikers flock to the southern terminus of the AT to test their mettle against the brutal ups and downs of life in the Appalachian Mountains. Most of us begin alone before finding what we call our “trail families.” In this photo are Finch, Mountain Goat, and My Shadow who are cuddle together in the corner of a shelter enjoying each others comanionship and warmth as they prepare to remove their jackets and face a cold days hike. I had the great pleasure to hike with these girls for roughly two months.

While the first photo illustrates the warmth and comfort of friends on the trail, this photo displays the trails darker side. It is one of my favorite photographs for this reason. A lone hiker traverses an exposed bald on a dark and gloomy day. The trail tests us in many ways often bringing out our deepest and darkest secrets. On the Appalachian Trail (or any grand adventure) we are forced to face our demons. It is these thoughts we battle more than the mountains or rough terrain. The trail tests the mettle of our minds way more than that of our bodies. Even when we physically hurt, which is often, it is our minds that overcome the pain pushing us ever onward.

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3 thoughts on “In Two Photographs, What is the Appalachian Trail?

  1. Hey man, I meet you on the Great Allegheny Passage in June in Boston PA at those bike jumps. I enjoy reading your blogs on here and because of yours I decided to make my own. Are you still on the trail, you haven’t updated in a while so me and my friends who met you weren’t sure what was going on.

    Johnny

    • What’s up Johnny! I am still on the trail. I’m in Maine now with 250 miles to go! Anticipate finishing in about two more weeks. Tel me more about your trip!

  2. Congrats on almost completing it, I’d like to do it or at least certain parts of it in the future. My first blog I just wrote was about a short trip we did a few weeks ago. But I’m in the process of writing about our Pittsburgh to DC trip. It was an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heart beat.

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