Our Lists

In preparing for our hike, we read Appalachian Trials, by Zach Davis.  In his book, he talks about ways to increase you chances of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.  One of his suggestions is to create lists of why you want to hike the trail, how you’ll feel when you’ve successfully thru-hiked and how you would feel if you give up on hiking the AT.

Christy’s Lists:

Reasons I am hiking the Appalachian Trail:

  • to have a start date for the next chapter of my life
  • because I can!
  • to get off the hamster wheel and do something meaningful
  • to travel to different parts of states that I wouldn’t ordinarily get to see
  • to become a more mellow person- less type-A
  • to be more self-assured
  • to figure out what I want to be when I grow up
  • to meet some lifelong friends!

When I successfully hike the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  • Prove to myself that I can do what I set my mind to
  • Probably cry
  • Show my friends and family that I can achieve what I set out to do
  • Feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment
  • Have the trip of a lifetime to look back on for the rest of my life
  • tell future employers that my gap in employment was for the best 6 months of my life!
  • be able to tell my future kid(s) that we came, we saw, we conquered
  • be badass
If I give up on the Appalachian Trail, I will…
  • be full of regret
  • not feel confident in my abilities
  • be embarrassed to tell my friends and family that I didn’t make it
  • feel like I gave up a career and a lot of my belongings, only to have to pick up the pieces when I get home
  • be embarrassed to tell future employers that my gap in employment was because I tried to hike the AT and then gave up

Jimi’s Lists:

Reasons I am hiking the Appalachian Trail:

  • To experience an adventure larger than life
  • Need a change in life
  • What I’m currently doing isn’t working
  • It’s NOW or NEVER!
  • I’m somewhat crazy
  • I want to discover the true meaning of life
  • YOLO!

When I successfully hike the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  • scream off the top of my lungs on Mt. Katahdin, and also probably cry, honestly
  • do my Happy Dance!
  • accomplish a dream
  • have that personal trophy
  • be much more confident with myself
  • have some good stories
  • pat myself on the back
  • continue to kick ass!

If I give up on the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  • never believe in myself
  • carry the baggage of shame
  • always believe my friends think I just didn’t have it in me
  • kick myself in the head everyday
  • frown upon my failure
  • not be that badass
  • be a bum. . .a BUM!
  • sell my soul (for cheap)
  • tell my dad he would’ve done the same as an excuse

2 thoughts on “Our Lists

  1. From what I saw in New England. I would not worry about the giving up comments above. I saw strong, committed, balanced and good people.

    Best regards,

    Yankee John

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  2. I have to agree w Yankee John. I would also add there is NO SHAME in not completing the AT in a year. None! But I know you two can do! Keep on keeping on!
    Hi Yankee John! My man

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