You know you’re a thru-hiker when:

There are some definite characteristics of thru-hikers. Here is a list of several:

– Anything under 15 miles is an easy day 15-18 is normal and over 20 is an awesome day.

– you walk into a restaurant and suddenly everyone is either finished with their meals or they stay at least 20 feet way from you

– you do your laundry and your clothes still stink

– your clothes start standing on their own

– you cant sleep because every time you roll over you get a wiff of yourself

– you think hiking 11 miles is a nero (nearly zero) day

– you don’t need hairspray for your hair to stay put with all the grease

– you can’t sleep when you’re in a soft bed

– the 3 main subjects talked about are food, when the next shower is and pooping

– you meet some amazing people

– the novelty of a flush toilet and trash cans are amazing

– you go by 2 names – real and trail name, but hardly anyone knows your real name

– you get up with the sun and go to sleep with the sun. 9pm is close to hiker midnight

– you walk into towns like you own the place – yeah that’s right I walked here from GEORGIA! You build confidence on the trail

– you have bites from insects all over

– girl’s legs are hairy

– your eyes are always puffy from lack of sleep

– you go into town and eat as much fresh produce, dairy and meat as you can

– you constantly have a swarm of gnats around you

– you look in the mirror and say ‘wow, my body is a machine’

– you figure you’ll get some sleep again when you get back on the trail after a zero day sleeping in a real bed

– you are perpetually tired

– you appreciate the small things like hair ties in a mail drop. Now I can put up my hair!

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About Renee

I enjoy adventures. Whether running marathons, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, working with Service Adventure, or working with youth as Program Director of Swan Lake Christian Camp for 9 years, I have encountered many an adventure. On this site I will try to capture the big and small ones for you. Enjoy!

Posted on July 20, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I love the one about walking there from Georgia! That’s so awesome! You go girl!

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