From the AT to Everest

My personal journey

Please join me as I hike my way to better health while exploring two of the worlds greatest walking trails: The Appalachian Trail and the trek to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp.

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The Big Idea

On a cold day in September of 2019 I was enjoying my favorite physical activity.  I was trail hiking.  Nothing big.  Just a local spot that I enjoyed.  I decided at the end of the hike to walk down to the supermarket and pick up a few things. I didn’t want to stop but I had already finished the trail.

Walking back, I started thinking.  “I need to up my game.  I’m 47 years old.  I’m in mediocre shape at best.  I’m better than this. I need to do more” I had lost a lot of weight hiking over the last few years but laziness had crept in, my love of beer had returned, and I had started putting the pounds back on.  WAY too much of it back on in fact.  “I need a goal.”  And then there was the number… 50… looming in my future.  I needed something big to drive me to walk into my next decade in the best shape of my life.  I needed a something that got me excited and would keep me on track.  Something to get me healthy for the rest of my life. 

“What’s on my bucket list?  What is something big that I’ve really wanted to do? What will drive to me to this?

Everest.  Base Camp.  I have always wanted to do the trek to base camp.  I have ZERO desire to climb that mountain but to do the journey to the base of the highest peak in the world is something I have wanted to do for at least the last 25 years.  Only problem is that if I tried to do this today, I will drop dead within a week.  I am in no condition to do this.

“I need a warm up.  Something to get me ready for it.  There has to be something I can do to train for it.”

Then I remembered a friend of mine saying that he had been section hiking the Appalachian Trail and he had only one section left to do in Georgia. 

“The Appalachian trail? Why hadn’t I thought of this before?!  It has been a LONG time since I camped and I have never walked that far ever but who really does unless they decided to do this?”

And so, my idea was born.  I’d hike the AT between now and my 60th birthday and then to celebrate I’d trek to base camp at Mt Everest.  Big Goals.  Get more fit and healthy than I had ever been in my life.  “HELL YEAH 50!!!  I got this and you won’t stop me!!!”  This would prove to myself that if I put my mind to something, no matter how huge it is, I can do it.  And to do at this stage in my life… what a challenge.  What an exciting, invigorating, difficult challenge. 

This blog is my journey.  Its going to be a wild ride.  Come share it with me

Michael Brookshire is a career banker and hiking enthusiast. He resides outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his trail activities, Michael is a huge fan of classical and jazz music as well as the tremendous food scene that Philly has to offer

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