A 2,200 mile hike with my dog Nara.
Nara and I completed our southbound thru-hike. We hiked south from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia: 2,186 miles in 149 days, with 15 rest days. What an incredible journey. I'm very grateful to everyone for their encouragement and support. On to the next chapter.
"The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Known as the “A.T.,” it has been estimated that 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and about 1,800–2,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons: to reconnect with nature, to escape the stress of city life, to meet new people or deepen old friendships, or to experience a simpler life."
Hi, my name is Jamie, and I will be attempting a south-bound 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hike with my dog Nara. My prior hiking experience includes trekking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago (550 miles from St Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain), multi-day hikes through Shenandoah National Park, Virginia and Big Sur, California, and several other weekend hikes.
Nara is my 2-year old Jindo. She unexpectedly fell into my life this year, but she's been a real blessing and great companion. She has very tough paws and a strong, lean build. Although shy with new people, she is a strong hiker and will keep me company on my thru-hike.
One of the objectives of this website is to provide a firsthand account and information on long-distance hiking with a dog for anyone that is interested and planning a similiar pursuit.
For anyone that would like to follow our journey, you can visit our trail blog as we travel down the Appalachian Trail:
*Hat tip to Caleb, Sarah, and Don for permission to use their videos and graphics on this website.