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Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2009 - Erehwon Presentation 11/21/10

  1. 1. Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2009Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2009 John Suhar and Joe CollinsJohn Suhar and Joe Collins April 18April 18thth – September 12– September 12thth 148 Days148 Days
  2. 2. OutlineOutline 1.1. Appalachian Trail OverviewAppalachian Trail Overview 2.2. Thru Hiking - DefinedThru Hiking - Defined 3.3. Why HikeWhy Hike 4.4. PreparationPreparation 5.5. A Day in the Life of a Thru HikerA Day in the Life of a Thru Hiker 6.6. Trail TalesTrail Tales 7.7. TakeawaysTakeaways 8.8. Contact InformationContact Information 9.9. QuestionsQuestions 10.10. Our Expedition Slideshow - DVDOur Expedition Slideshow - DVD
  3. 3. Appalachian TrailAppalachian Trail
  4. 4. GeorgiaGeorgia
  5. 5. North CarolinaNorth Carolina
  6. 6. TennesseeTennessee
  7. 7. VirginiaVirginia
  8. 8. West VirginiaWest Virginia
  9. 9. MarylandMaryland
  10. 10. PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
  11. 11. New JerseyNew Jersey
  12. 12. New YorkNew York
  13. 13. ConnecticutConnecticut
  14. 14. MassachusettsMassachusetts
  15. 15. VermontVermont
  16. 16. New HampshireNew Hampshire
  17. 17. MaineMaine
  18. 18. Thru Hiking DefinedThru Hiking Defined ► Thru-hikingThru-hiking is the process ofis the process of hikinghiking aa long-distance traillong-distance trail from end to end. Thefrom end to end. The term is most commonly associated withterm is most commonly associated with thethe Appalachian TrailAppalachian Trail, but is also used for, but is also used for other lengthy trails and long distanceother lengthy trails and long distance hikes, including thehikes, including the Pacific Crest TrailPacific Crest Trail andand thethe Continental Divide TrailContinental Divide Trail. Thru-hiking is. Thru-hiking is also called "end-to-end hiking" or "end-to-also called "end-to-end hiking" or "end-to- ending" on some trails, like Vermont'sending" on some trails, like Vermont's Long Trail.Long Trail.
  19. 19. Long Distance TrailsLong Distance Trails
  20. 20. Why HikeWhy Hike ►Enjoy Backpacking and the OutdoorsEnjoy Backpacking and the Outdoors ►Simplicity of LifestyleSimplicity of Lifestyle ►Exercising our Passions & InterestsExercising our Passions & Interests ►Health and WellnessHealth and Wellness ►Educational OpportunityEducational Opportunity ►Ability: Regret MinimizationAbility: Regret Minimization ►Overcome a Challenging EndeavorOvercome a Challenging Endeavor ►Reacquaint Ourselves with the Scale & Beauty of ourReacquaint Ourselves with the Scale & Beauty of our Native LandNative Land ►New PerspectivesNew Perspectives ►Enhance Transferable SkillsEnhance Transferable Skills ►Reward Ourselves / Reflect on SuccessesReward Ourselves / Reflect on Successes
  21. 21. PreparationPreparation ►EquipmentEquipment ►Maps – Data BookMaps – Data Book ►FoodFood ►CostCost ►PhysicalPhysical ►MentalMental ►TransportationTransportation
  22. 22. A Day in the Life of a Thru HikerA Day in the Life of a Thru Hiker
  23. 23. Trail Magic and Trail AngelsTrail Magic and Trail Angels
  24. 24. The Trail CommunityThe Trail Community
  25. 25. Trail DaysTrail Days
  26. 26. Trail TownsTrail Towns
  27. 27. Trail DetoursTrail Detours
  28. 28. Joe’s TakeawaysJoe’s Takeaways ► Physical ChallengePhysical Challenge ► Simple LifestyleSimple Lifestyle ► The CommunityThe Community ► BerriesBerries ► Effective CommunicationEffective Communication ► OrganizationOrganization ► Adapting Well to AmbiguityAdapting Well to Ambiguity ► ResourcefulnessResourcefulness ► Self FulfillmentSelf Fulfillment ► Hard to ExplainHard to Explain
  29. 29. John’s TakeawaysJohn’s Takeaways ► Dedication, Commitment, FocusDedication, Commitment, Focus  Reinvesting that same Energy in post trail opportunitiesReinvesting that same Energy in post trail opportunities ► Sincerity of those helping youSincerity of those helping you  Unexpected kindness, it only takes a very little bit and it means soUnexpected kindness, it only takes a very little bit and it means so much to the people who are the object of that kindness - especiallymuch to the people who are the object of that kindness - especially when they don't expect it.when they don't expect it. ► Transferable SkillsTransferable Skills  Setting and achieving an ambitious goal (20% completion rate),Setting and achieving an ambitious goal (20% completion rate), preparation, planning, research, budgeting, team building, effectivepreparation, planning, research, budgeting, team building, effective communication, critical decision making, judgment, decisiveness,communication, critical decision making, judgment, decisiveness, self motivation, organization, creativity, innovation, initiative, detail-self motivation, organization, creativity, innovation, initiative, detail- orientation, adapting well to ambiguity, resourcefulness, stressorientation, adapting well to ambiguity, resourcefulness, stress management, leadershipmanagement, leadership
  30. 30. Closing ThoughtClosing Thought In the adventure known as lifeIn the adventure known as life ►““There are those who live it vicariously and enjoy theThere are those who live it vicariously and enjoy the ride from the safety of an armchair. And that’s good–ride from the safety of an armchair. And that’s good– ►There are those who have a few chances to realizeThere are those who have a few chances to realize incredible and life changing experiences and though theyincredible and life changing experiences and though they don’t repeat them, they carry with them a growth anddon’t repeat them, they carry with them a growth and personal philosophy for the rest of their lives–personal philosophy for the rest of their lives– ►And there are those for whom a taste is never enough.And there are those for whom a taste is never enough. For whom the lust of adventure is nearly insatiable. And ifFor whom the lust of adventure is nearly insatiable. And if you add to that the overwhelming desire to create and toyou add to that the overwhelming desire to create and to share then you get where I reside–share then you get where I reside– ►For the end of one adventure only signifies theFor the end of one adventure only signifies the beginning of another.”beginning of another.”  Inspiring monologue given by Les Stroud, SurvivormanInspiring monologue given by Les Stroud, Survivorman
  31. 31. Thank YouThank You John Suhar – jtsuhar@gmail.com – 262.707.4477 Joe Collins – coll0389@gmail.com – 262.488.1442
  32. 32. QuestionsQuestions
  33. 33. Our Expedition – DVD SlideshowOur Expedition – DVD Slideshow Available Upon RequestAvailable Upon Request ►40 minute video consisting of still40 minute video consisting of still images, video footage, audio voice over’simages, video footage, audio voice over’s from Bill Bryson’s book “A Walk in thefrom Bill Bryson’s book “A Walk in the Woods” and musical tracksWoods” and musical tracks ►Similar video sample viewed below:Similar video sample viewed below:  AT Video 1AT Video 1  AT Video 2AT Video 2
  34. 34. Quotes/References/AppendixQuotes/References/Appendix Listed on the Following SlidesListed on the Following Slides ► Aldo Leopald, A Sand Country AlmanacAldo Leopald, A Sand Country Almanac ► Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark TwainBenjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Twain ► Thoreau, WaldenThoreau, Walden ► RumiRumi ► Dali LamaDali Lama ► ReferencesReferences
  35. 35. Why HikeWhy Hike Appreciation of Lifestyle:Appreciation of Lifestyle: ►““Like winds and sunsets, wild thingsLike winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progresswere taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we facebegan to do away with them. Now we face the questions as to whether, a still higherthe questions as to whether, a still higher standard of living is worth its cost, in thingsstandard of living is worth its cost, in things wild, natural and free. For us in thewild, natural and free. For us in the minority the opportunity to see geese isminority the opportunity to see geese is more important than television.” – Aldomore important than television.” – Aldo Leopald, A Sand Country AlmanacLeopald, A Sand Country Almanac
  36. 36. Why HikeWhy Hike Ability – Regret Minimization:Ability – Regret Minimization: ►““A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the worldA couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which youthe secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think morecan do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put thingspeople would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear ofoff, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision,failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision, because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can'tbecause what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He whoundo? The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard thehesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us aboutproverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Stillwasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our ownsometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today'smistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finallypossibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowingunderstand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even theis better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the heck out of never trying.” –biggest failure, even the worst, beats the heck out of never trying.” – Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth GilbertBenjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Gilbert ►"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safedidn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Markharbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark TwainTwain
  37. 37. Why HikeWhy Hike Simplicity of Life:Simplicity of Life: ►““I went to the woods because I wished to liveI went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, anddeliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not,see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did notwhen I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did Iwish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quitewish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all thenecessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as tomarrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath andput to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to itsshave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then tolowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it.” – Thoreau,get the whole and genuine meanness of it.” – Thoreau, WaldenWalden
  38. 38. Why HikeWhy Hike Exercise Passion:Exercise Passion: ►"Let the beauty you love be what you do."Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel andThere are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth." Rumikiss the earth." Rumi
  39. 39. Why HikeWhy Hike Transferable Skills:Transferable Skills: ►““Determination, courage, and self-Determination, courage, and self- confidence are the key factors for success.confidence are the key factors for success. In spite of obstacles and difficulties, if weIn spite of obstacles and difficulties, if we have firm determination, we can workhave firm determination, we can work them out. Whatever the circumstances, wethem out. Whatever the circumstances, we should remain humble, modest, andshould remain humble, modest, and without pride.” – Dali Lama, The Path towithout pride.” – Dali Lama, The Path to TranquilityTranquility
  40. 40. ReferencesReferences 1.1. Bill BrysonBill Bryson 1.1. Audio DVDAudio DVD
  41. 41. ReferencesReferences 1.1. SouthBoundersSouthBounders 1.1. AT Intro DVDAT Intro DVD 2.2. Trailer to MovieTrailer to Movie
  42. 42. Appendix/Additional ClipsAppendix/Additional Clips 1.1. Trail Days – Video ClipTrail Days – Video Clip 2.2. Trail Angels – Video ClipTrail Angels – Video Clip 3.3. AARP – The Walk of a Lifetime – Video ClipAARP – The Walk of a Lifetime – Video Clip

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