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Check out Jake's blog at! Follow him on Instagram @JakeTreks

In this episode we’re discussing thru-hiking as a total beginner, the divorce that sparked his thru-hike, why he chose the AT over the PCT, getting a job as an Alaskan Tour Guide, being a gay man on trail in 2017, giving yourself permission to ask for help, and returning home from a thru-hike to live with his parents. 

Jake also brings up a controversial topic: Trail Days. I’ve met people on both sides of the line here. Some people LOVE trail days, fully embrace it, and enjoy the intoxication that can accompany it. Others don’t feel quite as comfortable with the environment or the way people treat the town and parade. While Trail Days has gained a police presence in the past two years, it can still be a difficult environment for many hikers. He shares his perspective here. 

Tell me how you feel about Appalachian Trail Days after you listen to this episode HERE! I’d love to hear everyone’s perspectives. 

I'm writing a book about Post Trail Depression. To inform my book, I’ve created a survey about Post Trail Depression, please take it if you've hiked!! ->

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