Why I’m Re-hiking 200 Miles – The Trek

Why I’m Re-hiking 200 Miles – The Trek

In my last post, Why Im Attempting and Appalachian Trail Thru Hike…Again, I outlined my reasons for hiking again, even after the incredible amount of self-induced suckiness I experienced in last years failed attempt. What I didn’t do is describe why I’m Thru-Hiking.

Apart from “Why the heck would you try that again?” the other question I get most often is “Why don’t you just start where you left off?”

The answer is both simple, and complicated. The simple answer is, I really want to be in the exclusive club. The complicated answer probably says something about my mental state.

The Deepest Why

I like doing hard things. If you have more than a passing interest in the Appalachian trail than you probably relate to this in some way. I have consistently found that the most desperate struggles in my life have lead to the most positive transformation.

People often say with large goals, and with the trail in particular, you need to have a why. The why for me, in almost anything that I do, is that I think I’ll like the person I become.

I imagine sitting down with future Sidetrack in some dingy coffee shop. It’s November, 2022 and he’s just turned 26. Small flecks of foam from his cappuccino hang from a scraggly beard that he really ought to have shaved by now.

Future Sidetrack will probably look something like this

Its only been six months since we’ve talked, but he’s quieter, calmer and more self-assured. He exudes the silent confidence of a man that knows he can handle whatever comes his way and knows that he’s been to the breaking point and survived. He has incredible stories that he and few others can truly understand. He’s experienced life at its simplest, and clearest. He felt highs and lows that I can’t fathom, and he was changed.

I want to meet that man, and to become him. Re-doing those 200 miles gives me 200 more miles of change and transformation.


I Like Hiking

Imagine, if you will, your favorite vacation spot. That place you always go, where you know all the little hidden spots, and have a lifetime of memories. You tell your neighbor about the plans you have for your annual seven days of freedom: all the things you’ve never tried and things you can’t wait to do again. Your neighbor looks puzzled and says “Why don’t you just take three days. You’ve already done half that stuff already.” Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Why would you cut short something you love just because you’ve done it before.

Young Sidetrack at the top of a random hilltop in Olloix, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

I’d like to put it out there for the record…as insane as this might sound: I actually like hiking! It’s really fun when I’m not in agony. if I’m out in the countryside with nothing to do, I hike. I don’t want to spend less time doing …….

Source: https://thetrek.co/why-im-re-hiking-200-miles/