Springer Mountain … it's that time of year again

It's that time of year again when excited (and sometimes anxious) thru-hikers start arriving at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain.  This year the A.T. clocks in at 2,185.9 miles according to the Appalachian Trail Convervancy's Data Book.  It grew in length by 0.7 miles over last year and included a relocation just north of Rockfish Gap in Virginia.  Here's some inpiration for those of you that are traveling North:

The northern terminus at Mt. Katahdin is a beautiful place, but don't forget that it's the journey and not the destination that you will remember for years to come.  Good luck Class of 2013 thru-hikers, and best wishes!  

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