Bachelor of Arts
School or Department
Faculty Mentor Department
Forestry and Conservation, College of
Creative Writing | Nonfiction
This past Summer, I spent two months solo-hiking the first third of the Appalachian Trail. I completed 737 total miles, starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia and continuing through North Carolina and Tennessee, before finishing my journey in central Virginia. I am no stranger to backpacking, but the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southeast were completely foreign to me. Throughout this two month excursion I kept a daily journal, logging everything from mileage and geographical features, to encounters with wildlife and humans alike. Over six months have elapsed since I completed my journey and, having had plenty of time to reflect, I realized that it is these latter brushes with humanity that have stuck with me most poignantly. The kindness, selflessness, and immeasurable sense of community I experienced while on the AT is truly what mattered most.
Honors College Research Project
GLI Capstone Project
Booth, Noah L., "Solitary Solidarity: Vignettes of the Appalachian Trail" (2020). Undergraduate Theses, Professional Papers, and Capstone Artifacts. 300.
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