What You’ll Learn From Hiking the Appalachian Trail

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I recently wrote about hiking the Appalachian Trail (a 2,184 mile footpath that stretches from Georgia all the way up to Maine) and noted that it is one of the most difficult hikes on the planet, as only around 10% of the thousands of hikers that attempt it each year make it all the way to the end.

Terri Lonier of WorkingSolo.com recently reported that her cousin (Belinda) hiked the Appalachian Trail solo, and that in doing so she learnt many valuable lessons.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn from hiking the Appalachian Trail:

1) Listen to other people, but only do what works for you. As Terri says: “Like a solo entrepreneurial venture, it’s about knowing yourself and choosing to play to your strengths.”

Belinda (Terri’s cousin) said: “Everyone wants to give you advice on how to hike the trail, particularly in the beginning. I learned to listen to it all, then used what worked for me.”

Appalachian Mountains

2) Secondly, you must learn to be flexible, and to be able to change your plans (no matter how well-thought-out they might be): “Heat, rain, sleep (or lack of), and overall physical condition all play into the mix.”

3) Take each day as it comes. When undertaking such a monumental task (such as hiking 2,000+ miles), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like you’ll never finish. Because of this, it’s important to take it one day at a time, and to just focus on what’s immediately ahead of you.

As Belinda says: “If you’re going to mope about how tough this is, you’re not doing yourself any favors.”

Have you hiked the Appalachian Trail? What did you learn from doing so? Leave a comment below!

Source: WorkingSolo.com


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