Steven Bracco – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest and most famous hiking trails in the entire country. The trail itself is 2,180 miles long, stretches from Georgia to Maine, and it takes about 5 to 6 months for the average person to complete.

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LRHS English teacher Tatum Temple is training to hike the Appalachian Trail

Only about 20% of the people who start the Appalachian Trail ever finish it, and LRHS English teacher Tatum Temple wants to be a part of that 20%.

Temple decided she wanted to go on the trail earlier this year and will start to train for it in January. Although some people only walk small portions of the trail, Temple is determined to finish the entire thing.

Temple is planning to start the hike at the same time as a friend of hers, but they will not be sticking together throughout the entire trail because she wants to hike her own hike.

Temple did a small part if the trail in March last year but most of the trail is new to her. She said walking that trail “was a great learning experience and let me know which pieces of gear I need to bring to make sure I’m warm enough.”

Temple said, “I have a positive outlook on the hike but, I also have to be realistic and know that it’s a possibility that I become injured or just tired of hiking”

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