The Appalachian Trail is a calling for those seeking to find ones self, searching for meaning and looking for a new start in life during a pivotal moment. Those of us that have yet to have the privilege to begin our own journey on the AT find solace and comfort each year by following these brave and determined souls as they search one foot step after another.
This year Hiking Forward is sponsoring six Appalachian Trail thru-hikers as they undertake the adventure of a lifetime. As part of the Hiking Forward AT Crew 2015 each crew member's blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos and Instagram posts will be reposted to the Hiking Forward family of social accounts for everyone to follow.
In addtion to reposting the crew's journal entries, photos and videos, each week Hiking Forward will survey it's readers (that's you) for questions to ask the Hiking Forward AT Crew while on trail. The question of the week will be sponsored by a different outdoor themed organization or outfitter and may be geared toward a topic of the day on trail or simply a curious question for our crew. Each week Hiking Forward will deliver the question to the crew via various electronic means and the crew will utilize thier social accounts to be as creative as possible in answering the questions. Once all the members of the crew have answered the questions, a post be placed on hikingforward.com. (sample question - "How do you handle the mice in the shelters?")
Hiking Forward is also working with gear manufacturers to help in outfitting the crew and offer new and pertinent gear for the crew to test as they all try and conquer the AT.
We encourage everyone to follow, like and love the members of the crew and their existing social accounts and blog as they presently prepare for thier AT adventures. Of the six members we have youth and experience, men and women, a newly retired couple, new englanders, west coast representation and even a south-bounder! Just like the trail, which brings the best out of all of us, we have brought the best to you to follow this season. A diverse and exciting team of adventurers is here for you to follow, interact with and live vicariously through.
Below is a schedule of when our crew members will kick off for thier journey. In the meantime start thinking of questions for our crew and as mentioned begin reading about them and their AT preparations.
Michael "Rev" Kane Northbound February 27
Pree Kastelic Northbound April 17
Jeff & Kim Mann Northbound March 16
Bus Question Northbound April 28
Liz Kibby Northbound
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