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  • Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2009 John Suhar and Joe Collins April 18 th September 12 th 148 Days
  • Outline
    • Appalachian Trail Overview
    • Thru Hiking - Defined
    • Why Hike
    • Preparation
    • A Day in the Life of a Thru Hiker
    • Trail Tales
    • Takeaways
    • Contact Information
    • Questions
    • Our Expedition Slideshow - DVD
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Thru Hiking Defined
    • Thru-hiking is the process of hiking a long-distance trail from end to end. The term is most commonly associated with the Appalachian Trail , but is also used for other lengthy trails and long distance hikes, including the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail . Thru-hiking is also called "end-to-end hiking" or "end-to-ending" on some trails, like Vermont 's Long Trail .
  • Long Distance Trails
  • Why Hike
    • Enjoy Backpacking and the Outdoors
    • Simplicity of Lifestyle
    • Exercising our Passions & Interests
    • Health and Wellness
    • Educational Opportunity
    • Ability: Regret Minimization
    • Overcome a Challenging Endeavor
    • Reacquaint Ourselves with the Scale & Beauty of our Native Land
    • New Perspectives
    • Enhance Transferable Skills
    • Reward Ourselves / Reflect on Successes
  • Preparation
    • Equipment
    • Maps Data Book
    • Food
    • Cost
    • Physical
    • Mental
    • Transportation
  • A Day in the Life of a Thru Hiker
  • Trail Magic and Trail Angels
  • The Trail Community
  • Trail Days
  • Trail Towns
  • Trail Detours
  • Joes Takeaways
    • Physical Challenge
    • Simple Lifestyle
    • The Community
    • Berries
    • Effective Communication
    • Organization
    • Adapting Well to Ambiguity
    • Resourcefulness
    • Self Fulfillment
    • Hard to Explain
  • Johns Takeaways
    • Dedication, Commitment, Focus
      • Reinvesting that same Energy in post trail opportunities
    • Sincerity of those helping you
      • Unexpected kindness, it only takes a very little bit and it means so much to the people who are the object of that kindness - especially when they don't expect it.
    • Transferable Skills
      • Setting and achieving an ambitious goal (20% completion rate), preparation, planning, research, budgeting, team building, effective communication, critical decision making, judgment, decisiveness, self motivation, organization, creativity, innovation, initiative, detail-orientation, adapting well to ambiguity, resourcefulness, stress management, leadership
  • Closing Thought
    • In the adventure known as life
    • There are those who live it vicariously and enjoy the ride from the safety of an armchair. And thats good
    • There are those who have a few chances to realize incredible and life changing experiences and though they dont repeat them, they carry with them a growth and personal philosophy for the rest of their lives
    • And there are those for whom a taste is never enough. For whom the lust of adventure is nearly insatiable. And if you add to that the overwhelming desire to create and to share then you get where I reside
    • For the end of one adventure only signifies the beginning of another.
      • Inspiring monologue given by Les Stroud, Survivorman
  • Thank You John Suhar [email_address] 262.707.4477 Joe Collins [email_address] 262.488.1442
  • Questions
  • Our Expedition DVD Slideshow
    • Available Upon Request
    • 40 minute video consisting of still images, video footage, audio voice overs from Bill Brysons book A Walk in the Woods and musical tracks
    • Similar video sample viewed below:
      • AT Video 1
      • AT Video 2
  • Quotes/References/Appendix
    • Listed on the Following Slides
    • Aldo Leopald, A Sand Country Almanac
    • Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mark Twain
    • Thoreau, Walden
    • Rumi
    • Dali Lama
    • References
  • Why Hike
    • Appreciation of Lifestyle:
    • Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the questions as to whether, a still higher standard of living is worth its cost, in things wild, natural and free. For us in the minority the opportunity to see geese is more important than television. Aldo Leopald, A Sand Country Almanac
  • Why Hike
    • Ability Regret Minimization:
    • A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the 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 more people 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 of 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't undo? 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 the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes 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's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the heck out of never trying. Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Gilbert
    • "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 safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
  • Why Hike
    • Simplicity of Life:
    • I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and 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 not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put 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 its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it. Thoreau, Walden
  • Why Hike
    • Exercise Passion:
    • "Let the beauty you love be