Appalachian Trail


Are we more likely to stretch for a significant accomplishment if a contingency plan exists?  Boarding a flight destine to foreign locale, lacing up hiking boots at an empty trailhead, launching a new initiative generates fear.  If reaching the other side is the only option then understanding the options for rescue influence the decision-making.  If we are willing to make forward progress and evaluate as you go along, establishing safety guidelines may be the course of action.  A thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail does not commence the journey without planning stops for re-rations and contingency plans.  They set-off with clarity about the final destination but focused daily on the section of trail in front of them.  It does them no good to dedicate emergency plans to Maine when they start in Georgia.  Knowing where and how to provide contingency plans leverages fear and the unknown.  Fear and safety are co-conspirators.  Understanding how they work allows us to take on remarkable opportunities without being completely cut-off from a contingency plan.

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Appalachian Trail Map

Thru or Section Hiker

There are two types of hikers who complete the Appalachian Trail, thru hikers and section hikers.  Thru hikers commit to a six-month period and hike the trail in one spring to fall time frame.  Section hikers select portions of the trail to hike and can choose the ideal season to attempt the trail and many take years to complete the entire trial.  Both are rewarding experiences but require some subtle differences.  Does your cause allow both thru and section hikers to succeed?