Don’t get obsessed with mileage. Some days will be a crawl of a few miles, and on others you’ll be amazed with your endurance and pace. The trail is not going anywhere and no one is waiting at Katahdin with a stopwatch.
First impressions are not always reliable, especially when it comes to judging others. Some of the most hilarious, companionable hikers I met looked a bit “rough around the edges,” while some of the most suspicious looked clean-cut.
Yes, you can carry and enjoy fresh produce on the trail. Simply pack the onions, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli and eat them during the first two or three days out. You’ll appreciate how they break the food boredom cycle.
You have more in you than you ever imagined: more skill, resilience, proficiency, and endurance. Trust yourself and you’ll discover this is true.
The simplicity of trail life can bring happiness.
Take the trail on it’s terms. Be humble. Don’t struggle against difficulties. Look for the lessons in them.
Your worth, skills, or abilities as a hiker has absolutely nothing to do with whether you complete a hike of the Appalachian Trail from end-to-end in one season. It’s a great achievement hiking any section of the trail. Revel in what you have accomplished!