Though I thought I might not be in the office Monday morning, I most definitely will. Â I did one day of the AT and I am out! Â I was over zealous with the plan. Â We have guys out there today on Day 2, and they should be fine. Â These were the guys who played it smart with light packs, and using the support system that we had put in place.
I tried to carry it all, like a “through hiker”. Â Biggest difference, is that through hikers usually hike about 8-12 miles a day. Â So on day 1, I took a 40# pack 30 miles, and paid for it. Â So I am resting now, trying to recover. Â My back is sore, my shoulders are destroyed, and my glutes feel like I have penetrated them with needles. Â Pin point pain.
So next year we will be doing it again, and I guarantee that I am carrying the lightest pack possible! Â I hope that you would consider joining us for your first attempt at this. Â It makes sense to get out here and see this nature, and get a sense of how hard the AT is. Â I’ll provide more details later.