Anonymous asked:

Do you feel like hiking the AT has changed your life completely? Do you look at things differently now?

Hmm, maybe? A lot of people go out there looking for that ~life-changing experience. A lot of people find it! I just had a good time. I suppose I do appreciate things a lot more now. Currently sitting in a warm, cozy bed with a dog and IT’S SO WONDERFUL. Showers are also really great now.

Anonymous asked:

Did you run into any people with major health issues on the AT? I'd love to do it but I have type 1 diabetes so I'm worried about carrying my medication and making sure I have enough on me at all times because I'll get really sick and possibly die without it :(

I know there have been quite a few with diabetes who have hiked throughout the years. I don’t have any experience with it myself, but there is a ton of information out there on it. Check out whiteblaze.net - a lot of forums about diabetes and the trail :] - found this one for ya: http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/archive/index.php/t-11545.html

Anonymous asked:

What did you do on rainy days? Did you keep hiking through the rain, or just stay in your tent and stay dry?

No rain, no Maine! We hiked. Got lucky a few times and missed some bad storms while in towns but we mostly just hiked through it. Nothing like being on a ridge in a lightning storm! (Gtf down)

Anonymous asked:

what were your expreriences prior to this hike? Did you do any other very long hike, or you only used to go to the mountains on the weekend (as you said I think)? Do you think there are some skills or any kind of knowledge that someone should have mastered before going into an adventure like yours, or "common sense" is enough and you'd figure it out and learn while on the road? Thanks <3

I hiked a lot, but mostly just whenever I could get out there. I had only spent a week camping in Utah prior to the hike. That was my longest trip. I honestly learned most of what I know now on the trail. Anyone can hike this trail, you learn a lot and everyone is willing to help you. My friend Wingin-It had no prior hiking/backcountry experience before setting out (hence the name) and he just finished a few days ago.

I’d say just be sure to test all your gear before you head out. That’s important.