2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-hike

$2,825 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 44 months
My 8th grade year, my parents called me downstairs to watch a movie with them. I reluctantly obeyed and to my surprise, on the television there was a vast expanse of mountains called Appalachia and the movie was Nat Geo's documentary "The Appalachian Trail". After the movie was over I looked to my parents and told them that I was going to hike the Appalachian trail after I graduated high school.

-A Little about me- 

My Name is Cole Swan, I was born in Dallas, Texas and I'm 17 years old. I am a Senior at my local Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. My love for the outdoors did not start that fateful night I saw the documentary, it was already there at birth. When I was born, my parents went through some rough times financially but they still wanted us to vacation as a family. So we started hiking locally, it was cheap (free) and it gave us a chance to get away and just be with each other.  

My dad had an opportunity to relocate us to Charlotte, NC and this move was one of the first in many very important steps towards shaping my love of the outdoors. I remember the first camping trip we took. It was our first Thanksgiving in Charlotte and was supposed to help us (me and my sister) appreciate and be thankful for what we have and also because we were unable to travel back to see family in Texas and Oklahoma.

We packed up the mini-van with down comforters, sleeping bags and what we thought was enough to help us weather the cold night, but to our surprise it was FREEZING that night. Yes, we were cold but we were all together and it was wonderful. That was the first of many camping trips. Over the years we have been able to downsize and up tier our equipment.

The experience and the knowledge that I have gained over the years due spending time with my family and the outdoors are unparalleled to most things I've done in my life. Being outdoors isn't just something I enjoy spending time in occasionally, it has become my outlet and one of a few places I feel truly at home. 

-What is the Appalachian Trail?- 

More commmonly reffered to as the "AT," it is a trail that runs from Baxter State Park in Maine over 2,200 miles to Springer Mountian in Georgia. It traverses through 14 states along the East Coast through mountains, swamps, and some of the most beautiful and pristine wilderness left in the United States. A typical journey takes anywhere from 3 months (superfast) to the more commonplace 5 months. I am hoping to complete the trail in around 4 to 5 months 

-What's the money for???-

My goal of $2500 will cover my food, mail drops, replacing broken or worn out gear, and any other incidentals or unforeseen travel costs.

-What you get!!!-

By now you are probably asking yourself "What do I get in return for helping this kid reach his goal?” Well no matter how much you donate you will be able to access my youtube channel where I will upload content pertaining to my thru hike, leading up to, describing and reviewing my gear, also progress updates along the trail. I am a very astute photographer and I will be taking lots of pictures along the trail. Full access to  all my pictures will also be available for your personal use. 

-When am I starting?-

I will be starting in Maine at the beginning of July going South bound or SOBO, from Maine to Georgia. This is the least common direction as most thru-hikers go South to North.  A hard start date will be released ASAP.

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this, I hope you find it in the kindness of your heart to donate, a kind word, prayers, non perishable food :) anything helps!!
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Hey everyone! Thanks to all of your help, we have almost reached my goal! This is just a reminder that after this closes I will be doing all of my pre trip planning and updates on my youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDjcPGjstdywKfSHccwG1Hg

So be sure to check that out so you can follow along!
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Hey guys! I just uploaded my video of the tarp that I will be using on the trail. Be sure to check it out, and if you haven't already subscribed then be sure to do so because it is where I will be posting all of my updates from pre-trip planning to logging on the trail. Just search "coleregulates" in the youtube search bar and I should be there. Thank you all for your continued support!
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Hey guys! I have uploaded my first (and very incomplete) gear video, please take a second to look at it if you are interested! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z34xg02IVrs
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Hello everyone! I'm sorry for not updating in a while, but so far I have almost reached $2,000!! Thank you again to everyone for the donations. I unfortunately still have some gear that has not arrived so I will be doing my best to put together a video of the gear I have now and get that uploaded within the week. Thank you for your patience. p.s. here is a picture I took of the beautiful sunrise at Mount Mitchell last year, enjoy!
The sunrise over Mt. Mitchell
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Eric Folkerts
44 months ago
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Hey Cole- I'm also a hs senior going SOBO around the same time. If you're at all interested in starting the hike together, lemme know! Best of luck to you

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Cami Archer Bambini
42 months ago

Cole. So awesome !! I'm going to learn a ton watching these posts. U do a great job blogging !!

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Patti Morfeld
43 months ago

Cannot wait to meet you on the trail somewhere-so excited for you!

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Cole Swan
43 months ago

Hey Eric, I'm definitely interested in starting the hike with someone. Friend me on Facebook and we can talk more

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$2,825 of $2,500 goal

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$500
Alvino Family
40 months ago

good luck Cole! Can't wait to see and hear all about it :)

MH
$100
Mark Hollowell
41 months ago
LP
$25
Lynn Pounds
41 months ago
TP
$20
Terri Powell
41 months ago

Good Luck Cole!

TB
$100
The Burgers
42 months ago
$50
Anonymous
43 months ago
CB
$50
Cami Bambini
43 months ago
DS
$100
Doug Stewart
43 months ago
$50
Anonymous
43 months ago
TT
$50
The Turners
43 months ago

Be careful and have a great time! We can't wait to hear all about it.

Eric Folkerts
44 months ago
2
2

Hey Cole- I'm also a hs senior going SOBO around the same time. If you're at all interested in starting the hike together, lemme know! Best of luck to you

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Cami Archer Bambini
42 months ago

Cole. So awesome !! I'm going to learn a ton watching these posts. U do a great job blogging !!

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Patti Morfeld
43 months ago

Cannot wait to meet you on the trail somewhere-so excited for you!

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Cole Swan
43 months ago

Hey Eric, I'm definitely interested in starting the hike with someone. Friend me on Facebook and we can talk more

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