In the fall of 2014 I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2015. I’m not really sure why or how I arrived at that decision but somehow I did and became committed to it. Up until then I’d only been a day hiker with a few over nighters under my belt. To hike for approximately six months on a trail that encompassed fourteen states and 2,168 miles was a daunting prospect. I discovered that every year several thousand people attempt a thru-hike (the entire trail) with only one in four finishing . About 25% of those who do complete it are women. I definately have my work cut out for me!