Going with the Flow

There are many different approaches that hikers take in planning their thru-hike. Some will carefully plan their mileage per day on a spreadsheet and prepare dehydrated meals in mail drops. In contrast, other hikers will make no plans at all. There is no “right” way to hike the trail.

Throughout my life, I have always been a planner. But not now- not for this.  The trail is freedom. No guilt about sticking to a pre-made hiking schedule. No rush to get to a post office before it closes. The trail is the rare moment in life where we can be completely free, and not be tied to a schedule.

Instead, here are my hiking plans:


Yep. That’s it.


How many miles will I hike everyday?
dunno- until I’m tired

What will I eat?
dunno- whatever looks good at the grocery store in town that week

Where will I be on a certain date?
dunno, somewhere on the AT 🙂

To me, this is the beauty of the trail. I plan to not plan. I have no deadline except October 15, 2013. On that date, Mount Katahdin, the northern terminal of the AT, will close for the winter. I just have to keep hiking north and go with the flow.

Freedom….  I can almost feel it.



“What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”

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6 thoughts on “Going with the Flow

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more! This is by far one of the things I’m most looking forward too!

  2. Definitly the approach I will be taking! Looking forward to enjoying and tackling whatever I come across on the trail.

  3. Thats the way to do it. You won’t regret taking your time.

  4. erikmiller6

    Step 1: Start hiking. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Katahdin! Likewise, I’m looking forward to getting out of the game for a while.

  5. That is how I did it. You will have a great time. You already have the right mindset.

  6. Love your blog, very beautiful! Hopefully we will see you out on the trail!

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