I think I'd be scared of being alone for that long.
You'll make dozens of great friends.
Not fear of outside influences, just loneliness. I need that companionship.
Will not be an issue on the AT. On other long treks, maybe, but not on the AT.
How much time would you say you were you by yourself out there?
I'm a natural hermit and I hiked alone so probably 12 hours a day of the possible 24. Most people are rarely alone. I chose to be.
What was the highest point of the trip (attitude not altitude) ?
Well I'm obsessed with animals and that was the main reason I went so a dozen or so bear experiences and one pine marten experience was pretty awesome. I never saw a moose but most people did. The most amazing place is White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. I'd rather hike from Massachusetts to Maine and back then do the whole thing over again. The northeast is beautiful and wild.
I assume the lowest was the pneumonia...
No. I came home to good friday, easter with the fam., and spring break with friends when I was sick. Plantar fasciitis was the worst part and the excruciating pain that comes with it.
Did you keep a journal?
No, but 90% of people do. I took 6,000 pictures instead and a ton of video. A dozen or so people planned on writing books.
If I ever did it I'd want to write down every thought and experience I could during the journey, just to analyze how I changed as a person over the course of, I'd imagine. a life altering experience.
I hiked the 100-mile wilderness and summited Mount Katahdin (the finish line) with a great guy named Badger (real name Zach Davis). He wrote a book called Appalachian Trials that is for sale on amazon right now. Check it out for sure for more info. The pic on the cover is from Katahdin and I took the pic on an iphone lol. This guy is a total badass. He gave me a signed copy of the book for my b-day a few weeks ago & it is a great guide. Image: https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTVTMthiN6EeyrEPANFB-FS0ogFBTMTsBwWc_r8CXjdzJKZBqsD8g Image: https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSAn-ctZBz8b09jZHSmfRBGdK8P2xHv1eNtOLGSwB9Bnmisru9D Image: https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQyOKOc4iFkkKqtc5opzIV6obK45qnLovaqgLQtmVCKJ_c0vAgJ
Nobody goes by their real name. You leave those at home. You either pick a trail name in the first few weeks or somebody picks one for you.