Life After The Trail
If you have just finished a thru hike, or long section hike, on the Appalachian Trail, adjusting to life back in the 'real world' afterwards can be ridiculously hard.
Many Appalachian Trail thru hikers experience some degree of post trail depression as they shock their system, both physically and mentally, back into the hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic, crowded cities, imposed rules of society, lack of community found on the trail, and lack of endorphins you were soaking up all day, every day.
I know it’s a little early to be talking about, even thinking about, what you will do after your thru-hike or LASH is over.
But, sometimes, it is so hard to keep these thoughts and anxieties at bay. Especially, when you have zero plans for what's coming next. I know, I've been there!
Many long distance hikers can be blindsided by what they experience after their hike is over. Some call it 'post trail depression' or post-trail blues.
I like to call it trail-sick. It's kind of like if you've ever been home-sick for the comforts of home. You can also get trail-sick for the joy, freedom, and community that come with the hiker lifestyle.