11 things I wish I’d known before hiking the Appalachian Trail
Brilliant! Practical, humorous and encouraging! Best nugget (for hiking AND life): "There’s a petty side to human nature that seeks to tear down strong people because we interpret their success as an offense to our own inadequacy. The words of the people who succumb to this have no bearing on you, so don’t let anyone’s arbitrary benchmarks determine your actions. It doesn’t matter if you begin the trail out of shape or without hiking experience. You’re the only person who can say whether or not you’re going to finish."