17 and a native New Yorker: How I ended up on the AT

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Hi! I am a seventeen year old from New York City who decided in 2021 to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I am an avid reader of philosophy, a poet, a passionate debater, and a furiously determined soul. Also, I love mangoes. I’m afraid not even the trail can stop me from eating them.

Where did it all begin?
I first got the vague impression that I should hike the Appalachian Trail on April 2nd, 2021. I had just finished two days on the AT in my first-ever attempt at backpacking in preparation for a summer program in Colorado. …

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