What’s in a Name?

I plan to use this blog to document my 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hike and I hope that you’ll be interested in reading about my adventure and even following me if you like my posts. I plan to begin the hike in early April and it should take five or six months to complete the 2180 miles of the trail.

But first I want to explain why I chose the name “The Man in My Shoes”. Quite a few years ago a friend was talking about the relative advantages of various job assignments and he said that he enjoyed his current job a lot because he was “…only responsible for the man in my own shoes.” That phrase stuck in my head and I’ve thought about it a lot as I progressed through my own career. Leadership gurus would object, but there is certainly something to be said for calling your own shots and having success or failure rely solely on your own efforts.

Anyway, the phrase is meaningful to me and it applies very well to the world of long-distance hiking. You can get help and encouragement from a lot of people along the way but ultimately success or failure comes down to your own attitude and effort. I like that a lot and so I decided to use “The Man in My Shoes” as the title for my AT blog.


About The Man in My Shoes

Since retiring in 2012 I am enjoying the freedom of being able to make my own decisions about how I spend my time and am taking advantage of the opportunities that I have to spend more time with my family, explore, learn, and pursue my dreams and goals. I look forward to writing about these pursuits and hope you enjoy reading about them.
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3 Responses to What’s in a Name?

  1. buddyjohnson1 says:

    It is nice to have something hot to eat during the colder seasons You might want to consider carrying the stove during early spring and start it up again when you get to Hanover NH
    This is so awesome and I really think you will enjoy every second of your hike.

  2. Now that you’ve finished your walk everyone can benefit from the blog. Great advise here for years to come for any young hiker wanting to thru hike trail or any hiking anywhere. I walked across US in 70s and can say with confidence great words of wisdom.

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