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.