As hikers near the end of the trail, or sometimes even after they’ve already finished – the realization sets in – what am I going to do now?!? Find out my favorite, unconventional, places to check for getting a job after a thru hike plus how to add your hiking time to your resume. [Read more…] about Tips for getting a job after a thru hike
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. [Read more…] about A Note For Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers
I know it’s a little early to be talking about, even thinking about, what you will do after your Appalachian Trail thru-hike or LASH is over.
But, sometimes, it is so hard to keep these thoughts, anxieties and post-trail depression at bay. Especially, when you have zero plans for what’s coming next. I know, I’ve been there! [Read more…] about Not sure what to do after a thru hike? Read on.
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.
Some hikers will fall into depression after their hike. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the language to talk about what we’re going through.
What we usually say is something like ‘I miss being on the trail. Like really miss it!’
Which doesn’t mean much to our friends, family, and coworkers who have not lived on the trail. [Read more…] about What Are The Post-Trail Blues Anyway?