Discover your strength, and experience the freedom of life on the Appalachian Trail.
Together we’ll break through the barriers, fear, and logistics that have been holding you back from finally turning your dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail into a reality.
You may have thought about hiking the Appalachian Trail before but fear, self-doubt, lack of money or time, or life just got in the way.
And if you've never been backpacking or solo hiking, taking on the Appalachian Trail can be a scary thing!
You were so excited about finally taking this journey, you may have even told a few people about your plan, to which they usually respond:
“What?! Are you crazy? Is that safe? You can’t do that!”
You’re smile sags a little and you don’t really know what to say, stunned by the lack of support and understanding.
Then you have to think, am I crazy?
I know, because I’ve been there. But you and I know something that they don’t.
It’s about way more than just hiking.
You want to hike the Appalachian Trail because you want more out of life. You realize there is more to life than just the daily grind most people put themselves through! You need to take this journey so that you can:
- Unplug and hit the refresh button on life
- Clear your mind
- Discover your own strength and independence
- Reconnect with your body and the earth
- Enjoy the freedom of backpacking and living in the woods
- Be part of the most amazing and ridiculous community you’ll probably ever find
But… planning a long distance hike and actually hiking the Appalachian Trail is not an easy task.
Here are 4 common obstacles that could hold you back
No Support Network
Your friends, family, or significant other are not in your corner cheering for you.
Sometimes, this is a deal breaker, but it doesn't have to be.
You want someone who will support you and cheer you up after a bad day on the trail, but this is a very personal choice, a personal journey, and personal accomplishment that not everyone will understand.
Afraid of bears! Afraid of snakes! Afraid of lightning. Afraid of shady strangers. Afraid of not being strong enough. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of leaving the comforts of home.
While there are some very real risks of hiking the Appalachian Trail, they don't have to hold you back.
You want to feel prepared, not scared.
You don't have enough money to spend months living in the woods right now. Or you're scared to quit your job and lose your income.
It is very possible that you simply don't have the money right now to attempt a thru-hike.
But you still want to know exactly how much you'll need to start hiking and set up a plan to get there.
Information, Gear and Gadget Overload
You've been bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information about backpacking and what gear you need or don't need and what knots you need to know and what you have to worry about or not worry about.
You just want straighforward answers about what you really need to carry with you, what skills you really need to know and what you can scrape by without.
Even if you’re determined to hike the Appalachian Trail one day, there are a lot of factors that determine either the success or failure of your hike.
Many of them are within your control, but there are few things that we can’t control, for example illness, injury, or natural disaster.
But with careful planning and preparation you can increase your chances of success on trail.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward making your dream a reality, break through whatever has been holding you back, create a solid plan to set yourself up for success, prepare both physically and mentally for the journey ahead, and have all your trail questions answered,
then Appalachian Trail Prep is for you.
A 4-week long coaching program to give you the information, resources, support and confidence you need to charge ahead with planning your first long distance hike.
2017 Program Schedule
Since this is a one-on-one coaching program, I am accepting clients on a rolling basis right now. If you are still thinking about a thru-hike or long-ass-section-hike during Summer 2017 or planning further ahead for 2018, then this is the perfect time to register!
How It Works
For the first three weeks of the program, you will schedule one 60 minute coaching session with me, each week, where we will:
- Hone in on what your goals are, and what issues you have come across in preparing for your hike.
- Go over all the nitty gritty logistics of gear, food, budgeting, and transportation.
- Create an action plan of what you still need to do before your hike, what you will do on the trail when things don't go as planned, and you'll get personalized tips and feedback to help set you up for success.
Then in the fourth week, you will schedule one final 30 minute coaching session with me. This is your chance to ask any last minute questions, nothing is too big, too small, or too crazy here!
During the entire four weeks, if any questions, fears, or issues come up you can always e-mail them to me! I respond to all e-mails personally and would love to hear from you!
Please contact me if you have any questions at all about the program.