A new tent and a grand plan

I guess it doesn’t matter how old you are, when your new tent arrives, you’re obligated to set it up in your living room and sleep in it.

The tent arrived today and is one of several packages I’m expecting as I gear up for an upcoming backpacking excursion. It’s not going to be just any outing, however. It’s the first leg of the Appalachian Trail that my friend Mark and I are going tackle as part of grand plan to hike the entire 2,180 miles section by section, in no particular geographic order.

If we actually stick to this, it will be a study in perseverance.

Under the best scenario, we’ll be limited to no more than three or four long weekends a year, and maybe one extended hike. If we can get away on our hikes 12 days a year, we’ll be ahead of the game. If we can average 12 miles a day, we can knock out 144 miles a year, which means we should finish the entire trail in 15 years. In other words, it’s probably not happening. I can’t even stay on a diet for more than a couple weeks.

Still, it’s good to set goals and it’s easier to do something like this if you’ve got someone to push you along.

We’ve circled an upcoming weekend in October to kick it off. Most likely the outing will be a two or three day hike that starts in Virginia or Maryland and ends up in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.


Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.