Gloucester resident John Walsh began an epic journey this past spring, hiking the entire 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Walsh, 19, said the journey gave him more faith in his fellow man and gave him a deeper connection to the mountains and the forestlands.
One might think it would take months of planning to embark on an adventure such as this. However, Walsh said he decided April 1 of this year that he was going to hike the trail and began his actual hike less than nine days later.
An Eagle Scout, Walsh said he had some good preparation for surviving in the wilderness. Actually, he said he brought too many things with him to begin his journey and ended up having to leave some things along the way.
It was during his time in the Scouts that he first found out about the trail. “I heard someone say that there was a trail that goes from Georgia to Maine,” he said. “I didn’t believe it—it...
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