Where Have I Been and Where am I Going?

November 26, 2018

As you may have seen from my last post[link to state of the union], I’m not going to make it to Mount Katahdin before the end of 2018. Polite people told me I was being awfully ambitious to think I could thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, especially as a novice hiker and camper. Less polite people told me I was crazy. They may have been right, but I’ve found that ambition is often rewarded. “Shoot for the stars, and land on the moon.”

As you may know, I operate a business, and as dedicated as I wanted to be to the trail, the simple matter of the fact is that people rely on me for their livelihoods. As much as I’d like to be able to focus completely on hiking, that’s not realistic as long as I’m actively involved in my business. In fact, one of the reasons I was off my thru-hike pace was due to my business’s growth. I’ve been pulled off the trail in order to help guide my company, make deals and steer us to new heights. Things have been going extremely well, and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Rest assured that my lack of progress on the trail isn’t due to laziness (even if mornings aren’t my favorite), the trail being too difficult or anything like that. In fact, I’m committed to section-hiking the trail and completing it eventually. I won’t be as bold as I was before by assigning a timeline to it, but over the next few years, I plan to reach Mount Katahdin. Even though I won’t summit the mountain in 2018, it hasn’t lost its place on my list of goals.

So now that we’ve covered where I’ve been, let’s talk about where I’m going.

In my other post, I talked about expanding the scope of IntrepiDan to include all adventures big and small, as the quality of the experience is not dictated by the difficulty of the accomplishment. So I’m going to focus on adventures of all kinds, whether that involves scuba diving or finding the best hummus in New York City.

Still, the Appalachian Trail hasn’t fallen by the wayside. I’ve just gotten beyond the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, so there’s still time to hike this year. If I’d made it to New England, the trail would have been more treacherous in November. The southern portion of the trail will still present plenty of weather-related challenges, but there’s still some good hiking to be had in 2018. I’m hoping to get at least another 100 miles under my belt before the end of the year.

Topping Mount Katahdin is still on my bucket list.

Stay tuned for new updates from the trail and beyond!