Bob Fox - Author
Starry-eyed excitement in the beginning will only take you so far. If injury or life back home doesn’t lead to your thru-hike’s demise your funds, motivation, and drive may be what sends you home in defeat. The following are some methods that can keep you going through the Virginia Blues, The Whites, the bugs, and beyond. The end goal of standing atop the revered a-frame sign is the same for every thru-hiker, except FlipFlops and SoBos, and these methods used by successful people can help make your goal a reality. Listed in no particular order.
Use whichever combination of these work for you and motivate you to continue. After you master the physical and technical aspects of hiking every day the only thing left to master is your thoughts and motivations. There is a lot of time for this which can slowly add pounds to your pack weight until you can’t take another step. Don’t be that guy or gal. End in victory and raise your sting sword to the heavens, but please save the champagne for Millinocket.