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Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Calls Off Journey


Last updated 3/30/2020 at 5pm

Jacob Myers takes a celebratory photo at Newfound Gap on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, where he got off the AT for the season after receiving an email from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommending hikers abandon their hike due to coronavirus concerns.

A little over 200 miles into my journey down the Appalachian Trail, after frigid single-digit nights in the elements, cruel winds, lots of rain and possibly the best company I have ever kept, I had to put my lifelong dream on hold. I awoke in my hammock, began sipping my morning coffee to bring some warmth into my soul and checked what I would soon find to be a life-changing email.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), which has worked for decades to maintain the Appalachian Trail and provide for thru-hikers, asked all hikers to put our dreams on hold because a virus was beginning to sw...

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