Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear
~ Mark Twain
As we document our journey to and through the Appalachian Trail, I am cognizant that our thoughts, strategies, desires, and fears will change as we experience the different phases of thru-hiking. So, it is odd typing words that undoubtedly will change throughout and by the end of our journey.
That being said, it is important to acknowledge what we are fearing at the outset so we can master our fear, or at a minimum resist the fear and be courageous. (more…)
There is no exact definition of the term often used to describe certain characteristics of long-distance hikers, so I cobbled my own:
Hiker Trash – a term of endearment used to describe the necessary mental shift caused by living in the woods on a thru-hike for long periods of time.
Symptoms include a modification of socially acceptable behavior, especially in regards to frequency of showering and laundering; what constitutes nutrition; where and how you sleep; and what is meant by the word comfort.
It does not refer to those who disrespect the trail, nature, or others. No, those people are just plain trash.