2011 was a big year for the Appalachian Trail, we seen some of the biggest stories come out in the news that we have seen in a few years with the trail. And the National Appalachian Trail Examiner was here to bring the news to you as it happened. One of the trails biggest stories was how dry it was. The Appalachian Trail seen its driest season ever in 2011, hikers had to hike many more miles just to find water and carry more water than normal.
Another story we remember with tears is the heart breaking news of hiker—–who was found dead on the trail this past—–. When the story broke NATE brought you the news even before the authorities learned what the cause of his death was. Although it is not something new that hikers are sometimes found on the trail past on, it is always untimely and heart breaking to the hiker community. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of —-.
2011 also was the year that the AT seen more hikers that ever. In fact it was the busiest year for the AT in many years and possibly ever. Reason being is because more people are turning to natural ways of living, healthy ways of living and of course that means getting more exercise. Getting outdoors more is where one can find lasting and true natural happiness. After all there is a healing ability that nature holds for us all.
But the Appalachian Trail may be a bit distant to some. Are you a hiker that started hiking the trail some time back only to get off the trail and haven’t been able to get back on it? Likely there are hikers that started their journey on this spiritual trail and never finished it. Some may have experienced an injury, illness or just ran out of time or money. As an avid hiker myself falls into this category because in 2011 there was a thru hike scheduled that ran out of funds prematurely.
It always hurts to get off the trail and then it hurts to get back on if you have been away for so long. But sit for a moment and think about the feelings you had while there on the trail. The fresh air and smell of wood burning from relaxing campfires at night. Remember all the plans you had for places to see along the trail. If you began a trip on the AT years ago and never got to finish it or have never got back to the trail, 2012 is the year to change that.
Resolve to get back to the trail and get back to what you love. Put life on hold one more time and get back to what feels right. Even if you do not hike the trail thru or even a section thru just being back on the trail will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. To help you get back at it and to help spur you forward the National Appalachian Trail Examiner showcased some very good tip filled articles that can help even the most experienced hiker. Here is a review of 2011:
Cooking on the Appalachian Trail: Trail tacos
Cooking on the Appalachian Trail: Trail cereal
Warm weather hiking tips
Cold weather hiking tips
Tips for off season training
New trail event on Springer
Meet the moment campaign from CLIF bar
Opening of the new ATC website
How you can support the trail (licenses)
Reward yourself or others for hiking the trail
Happy New Year from the National Appalachian Examiner and all of the Examiners here at lodeplus.com. We wish you all the best in the coming year and hope you will remain to be a loyal reader of this column and the other three columns that I write for the Examiner national network as well. For a peak at this Examiner’s other writings use these three links: NBE, NHE, NNLE. May you all be blessed and healthy!