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After participating in a 200-mile cycling event in 2010 and a 218-mile hiking event in 2011, I decided to hike the 2,184-mile Appalachian Trail in 2012. I did not know if I could do it, but once I set my mind to the previous challenges, I saw how I accomplished something amazing... but only because I had the encouragement & support of my friends, family, and colleagues behind me.

Ending upon the 14,505 foot summit of Mt. Whitney, the John Muir Trail helped prepare me for the rigors of six months on the 2,184-mile Appalachian Trail. John Muir once said "The mountains are calling and I must go." I am so excited to get back to nature by hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail.

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