Grayson Highlands State Park Virginia part of the Appalachian Trail
Hello hiking friends. First off, I’d like to thank The Trek for allowing me to be blogger for the 2022 hike of the Appalachian Trail. Hopefully everyone will enjoy my posts as I traverse the path.
Why do I want to become a blogger? I’ve been following The Trek Bloggers for several years and have found that most bloggers are young people. There are very few bloggers over 40 years old. When I was 68, I wanted to hear from older hikers what their challenges were, how they adjusted, what their concerns were, how they exercised, their health and other issues. Hopefully with my blog I can help other current and future older and younger hikers.
My name is Galen and I will start my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) on April 4th, 2022 NOBO from Amicalola Falls State Park. I will be 69 years old during my hike. Some of my biggest health problems are restless legs syndrome (RLS), sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and moderate depression. Since I suffer from the three main sleep disorders I have, one of my greatest concerns is the quality of sleep. Another concern is recovery. Everyone knows that the older a person is, the longer it takes to recover from exercise and injuries. From my research, physical preparation is important. That’s why I’ve been training since August 2021. Time will tell whether my training was sufficient. Depression is not one of my biggest worries. The reason for this is that being out in the sun and being active helps me relieve my depression. I also have great determination when it comes to achieving my goals. Also, I mentally prepared for the challenge by reading videos about hiking the AT, Pacific Coast Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Tail (CDT) and watching how to mentally approach the mental challenge of hiking these trails and masters.
In my future blogs, I will be talking about my physical preparation, the equipment I start with, and the final preparations before my start date.
Thank you in advance for following my blogs. Galen
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