When I was growing up, I didn't have an outdoor female role model. Everyone I had ever seen doing crazy things like rock climbing, backpacking, biking, were pretty much all men. I realized this when my little sister and the young girls that I work with started looking at me as a role model in the area of outdoor adventure sports. They have such fire in them, but find it hard to place themselves in a community where they have seen mostly men. These men made great role models for me, but I want to be the role model for these amazing girls. Completing the trail will show them that they can do anything they put their mind to.
The past few months, I have been researching, planning, earning money, and practicing with my first solo trip. Now, I just need your help. Between gear, food, and an occasional shower, the funds necessary to complete the trail are a little hard to come by as a full-time college student. It is estimated that roughly $1000/month on the trail is what it takes, with an average of five months on the trail. I hope to do it in four. Most people quit the trail because they run out of money and only about 25% of people who start the trail finish it. I will keep working towards earning the funds, but any help that you can lend will be immensely appreciated, you will be the reason I complete the AT.
I will be posting from the trail for those who want to follow along via a public Instagram account @bikingchimpanzee
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