Why I'm Hiking

The Long Path is a trail that begins just a few miles from my house. Growing up, I would often go hiking on a short section nearby, but I was always intrigued by the possibility of hiking to the other end, 400 miles away.

After spending last summer working long days in an overly air conditioned office, I decided that I wanted to do something different this summer. Last fall, I decided that I would hike the Long Path, spending some time to reflect and "get back to the basics." I was honored to win a Dale Award to allow me to fulfill my personal dream of hiking the Long Path as well as Vincent Schaefer's 75-year-old dream of hiking from New York City to Whiteface Mountain (see the right column for more on the history of the Long Path).

I leave in one week. I'm finally home from school, making final preparations for my trip and making sure I have all the gear and stuff that I'll need.


  1. Before, I used to wonder why do people love to hike. I did not know the answer until I have experienced hiking. And I must say that hiking is good not only for your health but also it's a way of becoming one with nature.

  2. Congrats on winning the Dale Award! An awesome honor and stepping stone to reaching your dream!!

  3. Nice and informative article. This article helps me. Keep doing this.