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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Asheville amateur hiker takes on USA's 2 toughest trails | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com

Asheville amateur hiker takes on USA's 2 toughest trails | The Asheville Citizen-Times | citizen-times.com: "After I read Bill Bryson's classic outdoor narrative “A Walk in the Woods,”I developed a near obsession with hiking the entire 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail in one hiking season.

This was in spite of my never having spent even a single night outdoors in my 44 years. So in the spring of 2005, I set off — full of hope, determination and fear.

I immediately realized I had plunged into a whole new world. For starters, the Appalachian Trail runs through some ferociously difficult terrain over the course of 14 states."

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