Remember Mike? We met him here three months ago when he began training and preparing for a 2012 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Since then, he has lost 35 pounds, more than doubled his training-pack weight, and increased his hiking mileage from 4 miles a week to 20 miles a week.
Mike, who gave up smoking two years ago, is 68 years old and maintains the right attitude. “My goal is to begin and finish an A.T. thru-hike, but if fate has other plans, I’ll go as far as I can and go back to finish the following year.”
Meanwhile, Mike studies the literature and keeps on hiking. He follows current A.T. thru-hikers on www.Trailjournals.com and learns about their problems and solutions.
Mike and I hike every Thursday evening with the southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). We hike for two hours in varied terrain, sometimes with headlamps. With others in the group, we get to talk about gear, ask questions, and learn.
Joining a group like AMC is an excellent way to prepare for a long-distance hike. Mike is doing all the right things and is consistent and persistent with his training.
Press on, Mike; we wish you every success!