Matt HealeyMonday,22 April 2013

The Snap:

This is the second of my “on the trail” updates. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a very personal thing. It is not a race, it is not a competition, and everyone has a different reason for doing it. After all, the choice to walk 2200 miles for fun is not the kind of choice that many people make. Because of this, one of the key rules is “Hike your own hike.”

The Download:

Hike your own hike on the AT means that you should not try to compare your hike to others. You should not tell other people how they should hike the trail. You should not look down on them if they are not “doing it right.” Some people section hike, some people thru-hike. At times you want to “Slack Pack” (leave your overnight gear at a hotel and only take food and water for 1 day because you will be back at the hotel that night). All of these are fine. There are trail nazis who will explain that if you slack pack, or section hike, you are not a “Real AT Hiker.” The response is “Hike your own hike.”

I wish that in the real world, more people would hike their own hike. It seems like a lot of problems come from people comparing themselves to others, telling others how to live, and in general not hiking their own hike. The fact is that we all make different choices, and those choices lead different places. Hike your own hike.

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