The hiker community

Well, there are lots of hikers on the trail this year. I probably interact with about 20 each day – many thru hiking to Maine, some section hiking 20 – 200 miles, some on spring break, and some out for a day hike. About 2/3 are college age, mostly guys. Today I got lost a bit on the trail and this young guy named “Footlong” set me straight. Almost all hikers are Caucasian. I’ve seen one Hispanic fellow, one African American guy , and one Asian guy – no native Americans. I read in recent weeks that REI and ATC were trying to reach out to other ethnic groups. There are a fair number of guys my age out here   – maybe 20% over 50.

I guess the only folks who can take 5-6 months off are transitioning from school or between jobs. Many have planned this event for over a year. Seems everyone out here has been thinking about doing this for a long time. One exception is this young fellow named “Price Tag” who I met yesterday. He hurriedly put his gear together for his trip and most of his stuff still had price tags on it…


  1. Sally (Duncan) D'Antonio · March 24, 2016

    I would love meeting the people! Camping, I could NEVER do, but I LOVE meeting new people!


  2. Marti Rand · March 24, 2016

    Lol … I’m probably not the only one wondering why Price Tag left in such a hurry.


  3. Yvette Rand · March 24, 2016

    Weather is more to your liking the last few days. I’m glad someone came along to rescue you when you got lost. Today is he day when your interview should be on line. I will try to find it. Maybe as time goes on there will be less
    people on the trail. They may go slower or give up. Mom


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